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FromSoftware dev warns about mouse software potentially causing framerate stutters in Elden Ring

With the release of the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC expansion for Elden Ring, a lot of reports surfaced about the game’s performance. Numerous people have reported stuttering issues in it. According to the reports, these stutters can occur randomly. And from the looks of it, mouse control software can potentially harm the game’s performance. Or at least that’s what the official FromSoftware player support “X/Twitter” account claims.

As FromSoftware stated, PC gamers who experience framerate stutters and use mouse control software should stop using them. These applications can introduce stutters in the game. So, if you suffer from such issues, it will be best to close these apps and re-test the game.

This does not really surprise me. I’ve been saying for a long time that you should not be running other applications in the background when playing games. After all, that’s how we test/benchmark our games. We never run any applications in the background.

Believe it or not, OBS CAN cause stutters. Discord CAN cause stutters. Capturing a video during gameplay, even when using a capture card, can cause stutters. Even if you use a high-end CPU, the background applications may harm your in-game performance. This is nothing new. Again, I’ve been saying this for years. But hey, what do I know, right?

I haven’t tested Elden Ring’s latest version, so I can’t comment on the stutter issues. When I played the game at launch, I didn’t really encounter any major issues with it. Even on my older Intel Core i9 9900K, I didn’t have any massive stutters (though if I remember correctly, there were some traversal stutters. Still, the game never felt like a stutter-fest).

So, if you’re having major stuttering problems in Elden Ring, you should turn off your mouse software applications. The game devs themselves recommend this fix. It’s frustrating, I know. You’d think a PC game would work well with mouse software and all the other programs most PC players use on a daily basis. But if turning off your mouse software can fix the stutters in Elden Ring, you should definitely try it.

Stay tuned for more!