Graphics Troubleshooting

Improving graphical performance in Worlds Adrift

Due to the nature of PCs, there's a lot of things that can change or go wrong, the easiest way to improve your game experience if you are encountering frame rate problems is to tune up your computer. Please bear in mind that while following these steps will make things better if you're having problems it is not a miracle cure - your performance is ultimately hard-capped by your PCs hardware

Does your computer meet our minimum requirements?

This is the first question you should ask yourself when encountering performance issues with Worlds Adrift.

You can find our recommended minimum spec by clicking here. 

(Please note if you are below these requirements you're going to have problems running the game which sadly are not fixable - proceed at your own risk.)

Are you graphics card drivers up to date?

The graphics driver is a program that controls how your graphic components work with the rest of your computer: your software, your monitor, and so on. Companies often update the drivers for their products which often have a positive impact on performance, optimisation and compatibility.

Here's how to identify what graphics card you have and will give you an idea about what next steps you need to take in order to update your drivers.

  • Press the Windows Key and R together - this will open up the 'Run' program (a little box in the bottom left of your screen.)
  • Type "Dxdiag" and then click OK or press Enter on your keyboard.
  • Select the Display tab.
  • Note the name and manufacturer of your card in the top left corner of the window.

Note: On later versions of Windows you can simply type "Dxdiag" into the search bar in the bottom left of your screen and it will give the same results.

Most people will find that they own a graphics processor from one of three manufacturers: NVIDIA, AMD or Intel. The update process for each varies slightly and is outlined below:

If you are experiencing performance issues after updating drivers please try setting Power management mode to Prefer maximum performance, to do this:

  • Right-click your desktop and select the Nvidia Control Panel.
  • Under the 3D Settings section, select Manage 3D Settings.
  • Select the Program Settings tab.
  • In the drop-down list, select Worlds Adrift.
  • In the feature list, navigate to Power management mode and change the setting to Prefer maximum performance.
  • Click Apply in the bottom-right corner of the control panel.

Adjusting in-game settings

The video settings accessed via the in-game menu can have a dramatic effect on your frame rate and performance. If you are close to our minimum spec you'll need to help out your GPU and CPU by turning down the in-game settings to lower values. 

Anti-aliasing (the smoothness of edges) and Shadows/Lighting Effects are a good place to start - reducing these settings will only make a slight decrease in the visual quality of the game but will yield noticeable performance improvements. For a more detailed explanation of the various in-game settings and what they do please see this article.

Ideally, you want to run your game at your monitor's native resolution. For most PCs that's 1920x1080; on a laptop, it's likely to be 1366x768. The game can scale to larger resolutions also the UI may not change correctly. Lowering the resolution should give you more frames per second. To find out your monitor's resolution:

  • Windows 10: right-click on the desktop and click on Display Settings then Advanced Display Settings.
  • Windows 7 or 8: right-click on the desktop and click on Screen Resolution.

Remove/disable unwanted programs

A lot of software starts itself automatically when Windows starts. A downside to this is some programs may be hogging your computer's resources. Disabling some or all of these processes could free up power which could be redirected to running Worlds Adrift. 

  • Press the Windows Key and R together - this will open up the 'Run' program (a little box in the bottom left of your screen.)
  • Type "msconfig" into the text bar at the bottom of the menu.
  • Once the System Configuration window comes up, navigate to the Services tab.
  • IMPORTANT: Ensure the Hide all Microsoft services box is checked.

  • Click the Disable All button
  • Click on the Startup tab
  • Click on the Disable All button
  • Click on the Apply and OK button
  • Restart your computer for the changes to take effect. 

Miscellaneous tips

If after trying out the advice above you still do not notice any significant improvement the tips below may help!

  • Running the game and Steam as an admin
    • To run the game as an Administrator:

      1. Right-click Worlds Adrift in your Steam Library.
      2. Select Properties and then the Local Files tab.
      3. Click Browse Local Files.
      4. Locate the game executable (the application).
      5. Right-click it and go to Properties.
      6. Click the Compatibility tab.
      7. Check the Run this program as an administrator box and click Apply.

      Once complete, restart Steam and try launching the game again.

      To run Steam as an Administrator, find the Steam executable instead (here by default: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam) and follow the same process as above.

  • Update DirectX
    • You should ensure you have the latest version of DirectX by downloading and installing it here.
  • Antivirus Scan
    • Sometimes your computer can pick up viruses - it's just a risk when using the internet. These programs run in the background and can use up your PCs resources without you realising. It's important to make sure you have antivirus/malware software to protect your computer and your personal details. Do a scan to make sure there aren't any intrusive/unwanted programs on your PC if you are still experiencing performances issues. There's plenty of good free versions available too!
  • Ventilation / Heat
    • If your computer does not have adequate ventilation it will get hot! When a computer reaches a certain temperature it will begin to reduce performance in an attempt to cool down. If you find that the quality of your gameplay reduces after a few hour this may be the cause. Make sure you clean your computer's fans (ideally the inside too) with compressed air to make sure there is no dust/blockages inside. If you're playing a laptop make sure the air intakes and fans are not blocked or obstructed, play on a flat, hard surface is possible.
  • Defrag your Hard Drive
    • If you haven't done this step in a while it can help improve the speed of your computer. Defragging your hard drive essentially sorts all the data to make it easier for your computer to read/find data it needs. It can take a while to do this so it's worth doing this overnight. Please click here to find a Microsoft guide on how to do this.)
  • Laptop Troubleshooting
    • Laptops usually have several power conservation options intended to prolong the battery's life. One of the ways in which they do this is by limiting the laptop's performance levels. If you find your game's frame rate is lower than expected it's a good idea to check that your laptop is running at full power.
    • Open the Power Options through your computer's Control Panel. You can also access this by clicking on the battery icon in your computer's task bar and selecting Power Options from there.
    • Things vary a little here but in general, there should be several options with check boxes next to them, make sure your laptop is set to High Performance.


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