Specially designed for split-screen cooperative muliplayer, It Takes Two is definitely a great action-advanture game in 2021. However, just like any other games released recently, for many players, the game still has some performance issues. If It Takes Two FPS drops on your PC, or if you’re suffering from in-game lag and stuttering, don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place. Although this issue is quite frustrating, you should be able to fix this issue on your own easily after reading this article!

Try these fixes

Here’s a list of fixes that have resolved this problem for other players. You don’t have to try them all. Just work your way through the list until you find the one that does the trick for you.

  1. Install the latest game patch
  2. Update your graphics driver
  3. Turn off Steam Overlay
  4. Optimize the graphics settings
  5. Disable background recording and Xbox Game Bar
  6. Close other demanding apps running in the background
  7. Set the Power Plan of your PC for Best Performance

Fix 1: Install the latest game patch

The developers of It Takes Two release regular game patches to fix bugs and improve gaming performance. It’s possible that a recent patch has caused the game crash issue, and that a new patch is required to fix it.

If a patch is available, it will be detected by Steam, and the latest game patch will be automatically downloaded and installed when you launch the game.

Run It Takes Two again to see whether the FPS is back to normal. If it didn’t work, or there are no new game patch available, move on to next fix, below.

Fix 2: Update your graphics driver

If you haven’t updated your graphics driver for a long time, you should update or reinstall the driver, because the outdated or faulty graphics driver may be causing It Takes Two FPS dropping issue.

There are mainly two methods for you to update the graphics driver:

Manually – To update your graphics driver to the latest version, you’ll need to visit the manufacturer’s website, download the exact driver, and then install it manually.

Automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your graphics card, 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.
    Scan now
  3. Click the Update button next to the flagged graphics driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).
    update graphics driver using Driver Easy
    Or 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.)
  4. Once the driver is updated, reboot your PC for the changes to take effect.
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

Fix 3: Turn off Steam Overlay

Many games still don’t work well with Steam Overlay. If you turned on Steam Overlay in the past, and you notice that the FPS drops while playing It Takes Two, just try disabling Steam Overlay for It Takes Two to see the in-game FPS increases. Here is how to do it:

  1. Launch Steam and navigate to the LIBRARY tabright-click on It Takes Two. Then select Properties.
  2. In the GENERAL section, Uncheck Enable Steam Overlay while in-game.
    Disable the Steam Overlay It Takes Two

Launch It Takes Two to see if the game runs smoothly. If the issue persists, try the next fix, below.

Fix 4: Optimize the graphics settings

Optimizing the graphics settings is another fix that may boost the in-game FPS. If you haven’t tried this fix yet, you should give it a shot.

To optimize the graphics settings, follow the steps below:

Step 1: modify your graphics settings

Firstly, you need to modify your graphics card settings. Just click on the graphics card you’re using to follow the step-by-step instruction:

  1. NVIDIA graphics card
  2. AMD graphics card

Modify NVIDIA graphics card settings:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog. Then type control and press Enter to open Control Panel.
  2. View Control Panel by Large icons.
  3. Select NVIDIA Control Panel to open it.
  4. Click Manage 3D Settings on the left, then navigate to the Program Settings tab. In the Select a program to customize: part, add It Takes Two from the program list.
  5. In the Specify the settings for this program: part, modify following settings:

    CUDA – GPUs: set it to your dedicated GPU
    Power management mode: set it to Prefer maximum performance
    Texture filtering: set it to Performance
  6. Click Apply to save the changes.

Modify AMD graphics card settings:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog. Then type control and press Enter to open Control Panel.
  2. View Control Panel by Large icons.
  3. Select your AMD Radeon Settings to open it.
  4. Go to Gaming > Global Settings. Then modify the settings the same way you see on the screenshot below.

Step 2: Lower in-game graphics settings

By defualt, It Takes Two will automatically select the graphics settings that suits your hardware. If you want to get some extra FPS and performance, you can play with the graphics settings in the game.

Normally, the in-game PFS will increase after you lower some in-game graphics settings.

If the FPS still doesn’t improved after you optimized the graphics settings, try the next fix, below.

Fix 5: Disable background recording and Xbox Game Bar

Microsoft introduces many gaming features to Windows 10, such as background recording, Xbox Game Bar, etc.. Once enabled, they’ll constantly run in the background, hogging a ton of resources.

If you’ve enabled background recording and Xbox Game Bar, try disabling them to see if the in-game FPS will improve. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I at the same time to open Windows Settings. Click Gaming to open Windows 10 gaming settings.
    Windows 10 settings gaming
  2. Turn off the toggle under Xbox Game Bar if it is turned on.
    Turn off Xbox Game Bar
  3. Click Captures on the left, then turn off the toggle udner Background recording if it is turned on.
    Turn off background recording

Launch It Takes Two to see you can play it smoothly. If not, try the next fix, below.

Fix 6: Close other demanding apps running in the background

The It Takes Two FPS dropping issue may occur if too many applications or programs are running at the same time in the background. So try restricting applications and downloads in the background before playing the game to see if the game would run smoothly. Here is how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press CtrlShift and Esc at the same time to open Task Manager. You will be prompted for permission. Click Yes to open Task Manager.
  2. Select any other applications and programs that take up a large amount of CPU, memory and network and then click End task to close it.
    Restrict applications and downloads in the background

Launch It Takes Two to see if the in-game FPS increases. If not, try the next fix, below.

Fix 7: Set the Power Plan of your PC for Best Performance

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer use power. In most cases, the power plan on PCs are configured to Balanced, which may limits the operating capacity of your graphics card and CPU.

Windows 10 allows you to customize the power plan on your PC. If the power plan of your PC is Power saver or Balanced and you’re experiencing the FPS dropping issue, try change the Power Plan of your PC for Best Performance. Here is how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type powercfg.cpl and press Enter.
    run dialog - powercfg.cpl
  2. In the pop-up window, expand Hide additional plans and select High performance.
    control panel power options

Launch It Takes Two to see if you would get a better FPS.


Hopefully, this article helped you fix the FPS dropping issue in It Takes Two. If you have any questions or suggestions on this issue, you’re more than welcome to leave us a comment below. Thanks for reading!

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