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Payday 3 PC: Fix Low FPS and Stuttering

We explain the steps you can take to fix low frame rate and stuttering in Payday 3 by doing some technical tinkering and increasing your stable fps by quite a lot.
Payday 3 PC: Fix Low FPS and Stuttering
Starbreeze Studios

Are you running into performance issues with Payday 3 on your PC? Don't worry; you are not alone, but we've got you covered with technical steps you can take to fix low frames-per-second (fps) and stuttering in Payday 3!

This guide outlines the steps PC gamers can take outside the game's graphics settings, enabling TAA Upscaling while disabling Chromatic Aberration for a huge Payday 3 performance boost for most gaming rigs.

Update on 22 November 2023: We've updated this article with the latest info to fix that low frame-rate!

How To Fix Low Frame Rate & Stuttering in Payday 3

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If you are up for it, do some tinkering to fix Payday 3's low fps and stuttering issues experienced by some PC gamers at launch. (Picture: Starbreeze Studios)

Sometimes, simply turning all settings down to low will not do the trick. Some PC gamers are still experiencing low fps and stuttering in Payday 3, but if you are up for some technical tinkering outside of the game's standard graphics settings, then we've got you covered.

You can follow the steps below to enable TAA and Upscaling while disabling Chromatic Aberration, which should improve your fps/performance in Payday 3 significantly and remove most of the stuttering unless you are running the game below its PC system requirements.

Please note: Follow these steps, as per the awesome YouTube channel TroubleChute, at your own risk.

  • Close Payday 3.
  • Press the Windows/Start button + the "R" key on your keyboard at the same time to bring up the RUN Application window.
  • Type %LocalAppData% and press the "Enter" key.
  • Open the "Payday3" folder, then "Saved" then "Config," then "WindowsNoEditor"
  • Find the "engine.ini" file and right-click, then open it with Notepad.
  • Paste the strings of code (outlined below).
  • Save the file and launch Payday 3.

Settings to paste:



Again, this is messing around with the game's files, so proceed at your own risk. If done correctly, you should see a huge performance boost in Payday 3 on your PC. To further increase your performance, you can also enable DirectX 12 in Payday 3 via a Steam launcher command.

Check out the fantastic, informative guide from the YouTube channel TroubleChute, which provides you with a visual guide to increase your Payday 3 performance on your PC significantly.

So there you have it, a step-by-step guide to remove stuttering and fix low fps in Payday 3 on PC. If more fixes become available, we will endeavor to update this article accordingly, so stay tuned!

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