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How to fix Diablo 2 Resurrected performance issues and improve FPS

Diablo 2 Resurrected's performance issues are being reported across all platforms, with the game lagging, stuttering, and having a really low frame rate. Here we will offer you some solutions for improving Diablo 2 Resurrected performance and boosting FPS.
How to fix Diablo 2 Resurrected performance issues and improve FPS

Diablo 2 Resurrected is finally here, a lot of problems are becoming more apparent.

Asides from server issues and some other technical hindrances, players are also experiencing more severe problems, like the constant crashing of the game.

But, by far the most prevailing problem with the game is in regard to Diablo 2 Resurrected's performance, or the lack thereof.

The game is performing rather poorly even on the high-end PCs, and players have been reporting both bad performance and physical issues with their hardware, like too much power draw or overheating.

But can we improve Diablo 2 Resurrected performance or is the game inherently badly optimized?

How to improve Diablo 2 Resurrected performance and increase FPS

How to improve Diablo 2 Resurrected performance and increase FPS
Diablo 2 Resurrected's updated visual will put a strain on your PC. (Picture: Blizzard)

First thing first, you should know that Diablo 2 Resurrected is not the same game as the old Diablo 2 from 2000, despite using the same code and all the base systems.

The game has been drastically modified both visually and under the hood, and the fact that you need 26GB of space to install the game probably tells you more than enough in that regard. For comparison, the original Diablo II (plus the Lord Of Destruction expansion) was less than 2GB big in total.

That means that the first thing you need to check is if your system can handle the game and its minimum and recommended PC system requirements, and you will need to temper your expectations based on the system requirements.

With that being said, as we've mentioned above, even some gamers with the RTX 30XX GPUs and all the latest components are reporting serious problems with the performance, so it is not always just about what rig you have.

How to improve Diablo 2 Resurrected performance and increase FPS
Players are reporting serious problems even on high-end PCs. (Picture: Blizzard)

When it comes to optimisation on your side, here are a few things you could do.

  • Turn off as many background applications as you can, so that you can free up resources for Diablo 2 Resurrected.
  • Prioritize Diablo 2 Resurrected (Task Manager > "Details" tab > find and right-click Diablo II: Resurrected.exe > Select Priority > Choose High)
  • It is known that some games when played in "Windowed Mode" can cause performance issues, so make sure to always play the game on fullscreen.
  • Experiment with the game's "Video" settings. Try to lower some settings gradually and see how will that improve your frame rate. 

Things like Anisotropic Filtering can affect the framerate, as they take up video memory, but different computers react differently to this, so you will need to see for your own what results will you achieve. Tweak settings here and there until you find the sweet spot.

If the situation is really critical, try switching to Legacy graphics, which will transform the game into a classic Diablo II look visually (2D, low resolution, etc.)

How to improve Diablo 2 Resurrected performance and increase FPS
Experiment with the settings until you find the perfect balance of quality and performance. (Picture: Blizzard)

Make sure that you have up-to-date GPU drivers. Here's how you can check this:

  1. Press Windows + R.
  2. Type DxDiag and click OK.
  3. After the DirectX Diagnostic Tool loads, click the Display tab.
  4. The video card's name and manufacturer are listed in the Device section. The current driver version is listed in the Driver section.
  5. Visit the driver manufacturer's website to obtain the most up-to-date driver.
  6. Contact the driver manufacturer for assistance with updating the driver. If the computer is under warranty, contact the computer manufacturer.

Ultimately, the game has just been released, which means that there's still a lot of bugs to be removed and improvements to be made, particularly when it comes to the game's performance and optimisation.

If Diablo 2 Resurrected is running poorly on your PC, don't despair, instead send your feedback to Blizzard and they might try to optimize the game over the next few weeks before the release.

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