World of Warcraft Trick May Help With FPS Drops in Update 10.1

World of Warcraft Trick May Help With FPS Drops in Update 10.1

World of Warcraft players experiencing frame rate drops after the release of Embers of Neltharion can try this fix to improve the game’s performance.

World of Warcraft players who are experiencing performance issues after Patch 10.1 may be able to find relief with this handy trick. While there is no guarantee it will fix their frame rate drops completely, it has helped some players improve their gaming experience after World of Warcraft’s most recent content update.

Patch 10.1, titled Embers of Neltharion, came to World of Warcraft on May 2, bringing with it tons of new content, outdoor activities, and an expansive new subterranean zone. However, it also brought with it some performance issues–several WoW players have reported drastic dips in their FPS, with some crashing to 20 or less, even on high-end PCs.


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In their quest to fix their own performance problems, Reddit user and World of Warcraft fan Faramita discovered their issue was not caused by the game, but by a default setting in Windows 11. For whatever reason, the “Optimizations for Windowed Games” option was causing their FPS to dip, and deactivating the option fixed it. Players can try this out by navigating to the Settings window in their Start Menu, then going to System, Display, Graphics, and then Change Default Graphics. The option should then be at the bottom of this window.

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If that doesn’t help, or if players without Windows 11 are experiencing the issues, Blizzard developers have offered another solution as well. Players should navigate to their WoW directory by going to Options and hitting Show in Explorer in the app. Open the _retail_ folder, then the WTF folder, and finally open in Notepad or another text editor. Find the SET SkyCloudLOD line and delete it entirely, then save the file and launch the game. This should eliminate the FPS drops.

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These fixes might not help everyone with their performance issues; several World of Warcraft players have reported neither solution ameliorating their unstable FPS. Nevertheless, Blizzard is aware of the issue, and is working to provide an official hotfix, so hopefully, one of these tricks can help gamers play in the meantime until World of Warcraft can do so.

Embers of Neltharion is in out now for players lucky enough to not have any frame rate issues, with it reaching full swing when the Aberrus raid coming to Dragonflight on May 9. While some fans have expressed concerns with the design of Zaralek Cavern, and others with the characterization of some actors in the story campaign, overall reception seems to be positive. Hopefully, all World of Warcraft players can enjoy Embers of Neltharion without any performance problems soon.

World of Warcraft is available now for PC.

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Source: Reddit/Faramita


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