Black Ops 3’s PC Version Fixes Crippling Slowdown Issue

Black Ops 3’s PC Version Fixes Crippling Slowdown Issue

Black Ops 3 launched on PC with some fairly serious issues, chief among them the fact it ran like stuttering garbage on i5 processors. A week later, is it safe to actually try and play the game if you’d previously been having problems? Probably.

I can’t vouch for everyone’s PC, and the millions of possible combinations and quirks native to the platform, but looking at forums — and my own experience — it seems the big, common issue (the leak that caused a swift decrease in framerate) making the game unplayable has been fixed.

I fired up the game’s singleplayer campaign today and found that the gameplay experience was…flawless. A constant 60fps, even in the most chaotic and explosive sequences. This is in stark contrast to last week, when I couldn’t even play for five minutes before the framerate dropped so low that I had to quit.

There’s still weird stuttering in the game’s cutscenes, but the actual in-engine content was 100% smooth. Now, if only the game had been this playable before Fallout 4 came out…


  • It’s has definitely improved for me, but not fixed. First COD game I’ve bought in forever and it actually does seem for the most part a decent attempt at the old formula but it’s just too hard to stick with for long. I haven’t mucked around with my settings at all since the patch, but before it I could hold 60fps with most things on high but with crippling frame rate drops as low as 8fps, when I turned all settings to medium (and some lighting and PP effects off or low) and turned the render resolution down to 90% I got around 100fps but still with consistent drops (start of round, or when someone popped up right in my face and started firing).

    The best fix I found was to lower the MAX fps to something I could achieve all the time, I had never really seen it drop below 38 (seems weird that 38 causes issues but when you drop from 100 to 38 it is almost unplayable) and since the patch, other than the start of round where it often takes 20 seconds where I have to wait for the frames to wind up from about 15, I am only getting the occasional stutter.

    It does obviously suck that a game that I have already proven can run at 60fps on high has to be run on medium/low settings and capped at 38fps, but I will try to turn everything back up again now and see how I go

    • Update: I left the settings on Medium but turned the FPS cap off, was still full of stuttering but I turned the max fps to 60 and it seems to be running well at that, I’m happy enough with it to play it. Although because I’m now returning at lvl 14 and everyone else seems to have prestiged so I’m not getting flogged like naughty child in the 50’s. Bring on Battlefront!

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