Outriders, a new co-op 3rd person RPG shooter supporting full cross play, is gaining great popularity among players now. But some of them may run into audio issues such as the audio is not in sync or choppy. To rule out the causes and troubleshoot the issues, we’ve put together some fixes.

Try these fixes

  1. Install all Windows Updates
  2. Run your game in compatibility mode
  3. Update your audio driver
  4. Verify integrity of game files
  5. Disable audio enhancements in Windows

1. Install all Windows Updates

The feature of Windows Update is to keep Microsoft Windows and several other Microsoft programs updated. Those updates often include feature enhancements and security updates to protect Windows from malware and malicious attacks.

The audio issues you’re having while playing Outriders may indicate that you need to check for Windows updates in order to get the best possible performance from your operating system. Here’s how you can download and install Windows updates:

1) In the Search box, type in check for updates. Click Check for updates from results.

how to download and install Windows updates

2) Click on the Check for updates tab. If there are any updates available, it’ll automatically start to download and install it.

how to download and install Windows updates

Once you’ve installed the latest Windows updates, launch Outriders and check if the audio is still desynchronized in the game cutscenes.


2. Run your game in compatibility mode

If you’ve already installed all Windows updates but can’t see any improvements, you can try running Outriders in compatibility mode. Chances are your game might not work properly even with your new operating system.

Here’s how to change the compatibility mode settings for Outriders:

1) Open your Steam client. Under LIBRARY, right-click your game title and select Properties.

verify integrity of game files Outriders

2) Select LOCAL FILES tab and then click on the Browse… button. You’ll be redirected to the game’s installation directory.

browse local files Outriders

3) Right-click OUTRIDERS_Win64_Shipping and select Properties.

run Outriders in compatibility mode

4) Select the Compatibility tab and check the box next to Run this program in compatibility mode for:. Select the version of Windows to use for your game’s settings from the drop-down.
(We recommend to use a version that is officially supported by the game. )

Then click Apply > OK to save the changes.

run Outriders in compatibility mode

Now launch Outriders and check whether it mitigates your problem.


3. Update your audio driver

Whenever you run into audio issues such as the audio is out of sync or cutting out, you need to check whether you’re using a faulty or outdated audio driver. If your audio driver is misconfigured or outdated, you would just hear a crackling or distorted sound and encounter other audio issues. Therefore, you need to update your audio driver as this action may fix your issue immediately.

You can update your audio driver from the PC or device maker’s support downloads page. This requires a certain level of computer knowledge and you need to know the specifications of your PC.

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your audio driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact device, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

update network adapter driver automatically with Driver Easy

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
(This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. If you don’t want to upgrade to the Pro version, you can also update your drivers with the FREE version. All you need to do is to download them one at a time and manually install them.)

update audio driver automatically with Driver Easy
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

After updating your drivers, restart your computer. Then you can launch Outriders to check your issue has been solved.


4. Verify integrity of game files

For Steam games, there is a built-in tool called “verify integrity of game files”. It is a generic troubleshooting step that can help ensure that the installation of a game is up-to-date and if necessary, repair any bad or corrupted game data. When your in-game audio isn’t working properly, it could be a sign that your game files are corrupted or missing. To fix it, you should verify the integrity of game files:

1) Open your Steam client. Under LIBRARY, right-click your game title and select Properties.

verify integrity of game files Outriders

2) Select LOCAL FILES tab and then click on the Verify integrity of game files… button.

verify integrity of game files Outriders

Steam will start verifying your game’s files and this may take several minutes. Simply wait for the process to complete.

Once finished, play Outriders and check if this brings your in-game audio back to a normal state.


5. Disable audio enhancements in Windows

Audio enhancement packages are aimed to enhance your audio performance. But this feature sometimes causes problems with audio and sound. If you encounter any audio issues, you can try disabling audio enhancements.

Here’s how:

1) In the right-bottom toolbar, right-click on the volume icon and select Open Sound settings.

open sound settings

2) Click Sound Control Panel on the right side of the window.

sound control panel

3) In the Playback tab, double-click on the speaker you’re currently using.
(Or you can choose the device and then click Properties.)

speaker priority

4) In the Properties window, select the Enhancements tab. Then check the option Disable all enhancements.

disable all enhancements speaker

5) Select the Advanced tab. Click on the down arrow and choose the first value 16 bit, 44100 Hz (CD Quality) on the list.

default format

Once done, simply click Apply > OK. This should reduce audio dropouts and help you fix the in-game audio issues.


Hopefully, this post helps you fix the audio issues you’re having. If you have any suggestions or questions, do not hesitate to leave us a comment below.

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