Fix Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Stuttering and FPS Drop

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is a flight simulation game published by Xbox Games Studios for Windows and Xbox. The game is developed by Asobo and is one of the best game in the niche. Due to its above average system requirements on PC, users are facing a range of issues with the game like Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Stuttering and FPS Drop. If you are one of players struggling with FPS drop or stuttering, this guide is for you.

But, first ensure that your system meets the minimum system recommendations.

Minimum Specifications

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel i5-4460 | AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 770 | AMD Radeon RX 570
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 150 GB available space

Recommended Specifications

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel i5-8400 | AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 | AMD Radeon RX 590
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 150 GB available space

If you match the system requirements, here are the fix you can try to boost the FPS and reduce stuttering.

How to Fix Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Stuttering and FPS Drop

In order to fix the stuttering problem in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, we have a range of fix that we have divided into two sections, the primary fix and the other fixes you can try. The other fixes will help you resolve other game stutters and overall boost the PC performance.

Fix 1: Terminate Unnecessary Applications

With so many games, third-party software that forcefully inject themselves between operations cause crash in the game. Hence, the first thing we must do to resolve the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 stuttering and FPS drop is suspend all unnecessary programs and then launch the game. Here are the steps you can follow.

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type msconfig, hit Enter
  2. In General tab, uncheck Load startup items
  3. Go to the Services tab
  4. Check Hide all Microsoft services
  5. Now, click Disable all
  6. Click on Apply and OK.

Try launching the game, check if the error still occurs.

Fix 2: Enable Fullscreen Mode

Running the game after enabling the in-game fullscreen mode seems to fix a lot of stuttering problem in the game. users who ran the game on Windowed mode encountered lag and stuttering problem. So, head over to the Settings and enable the fullscreen mode.

Fix 3: Terminate Any Download

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 relies on the internet for various online features. Therefore, if the internet connection is not stable the game can stutter. So, terminate any downloads before playing the game. Basically, ensure the game gets all your bandwidth or you can simply turn off the online functionality from the settings.

Fix 4: Update the Graphics Card

It’s a gamer’s modus operandi to keep the graphics card and all the other software on the system updated. The graphics card in particular is important because it directly impacts your game performance. Nvidia and AMD both release updates for their driver fairly regularly. Go to the official website of your graphics card manufacturer and check if a new driver is available or use GeForce Experience to check for the driver. Download and install the new drivers. If the stuttering in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 started after a driver update, consider rolling back.

Fix 5: Find the Ideal Graphics Settings

If you are playing the game on high system specifications, it’s most likely to crash, stutter, drop FPS, and lag. As such, you should set the graphics settings from the in-game graphics settings to the lowest and increase the settings by one until the game stops to Sutter. When the stuttering start to occurs, the previous settings is the best for your system.

Here are some recommended settings for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

Display ModeFullscreen
Global Rendering QualityCustom
Render Scaling100
Anti-aliasingOff or FXAA
Terrain Level of Detail100
Tessellation QualityMedium
Grass and BushesHigh
Objects Level of Detail100
Volumetric CloudsMedium
Texture ResolutionHigh
Anisotropic Filtering8x
Texture Super samplingOff
Texture SynthesisHigh
Water WavesMedium
Shadow Maps1024
Terrain Shadows512
Contact ShadowsHigh
Windshield EffectsHigh
Ambient OcclusionMedium
Light ShaftsUltra
Depth of FieldHigh
Lens CorrectionOff
Lens FlareOn
Generic Place Models AIOn
Generic Plane Models MPOff

Other Fixes for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020  Stuttering

Here are the other fixes we recommend.

Fix 1: Change Nvidia Settings

In the next step to fix Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Stuttering, FPS Drop, and Performance Issues, we will set the Nvidia for performance. Here are the steps.

  1. Right-click on Desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel
  2. Expand 3D Settings and click on Adjust image settings with preview
  3. Check Use my preference emphasizing: Quality (for users who have a powerful PC, you can allow the app to decide and select Let the 3D application decide)
  4. Drag the bar to Performance (there are three options Performance – Balanced – Quality)
  5. Click on Apply to implement the changes
  6. Next, go to the Manage 3D settings under 3D Settings
  7. Click on Program Settings and select Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (if the game is not in the drop-down list, click Add, browse and add the game)
  8. Under 2. Select the preferred graphics processor for this program: choose High-performance NVIDIA processor
  9. Under 3. Specify the settings for this program, set Power management mode to Prefer maximum performance and Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames to 1.

Fix 2: Alter the Power Options in Window 10

For users who do not have an effective CPU cooler, you may want to skip this step as it would increase the CPU temperature by a few degrees. Without proper cooling, it may harm your system. Here are the steps to follow.

  1. Click on the battery icon in the System Tray and drag the button to Best Performance
  2. Right-click on the battery icon and select Power Options
  3. Click on the Change plan settings link
  4. Click on Change advanced power settings
  5. Locate Processor power management and click on the plus sign to expand
  6. Expand Minimum processor state and set it to 100%, next expand Maximum processor state and set it to 100%
  7. Click on Apply and OK to save the changes.

Fix 3: Configure Game Settings from the Registry

This fix will not just resolve your FPS drop, lag, and stuttering with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, but with all other games and applications. However, before you proceed do take a backup of the registry. Here are the steps:

  1. Type Regedit in the Windows Search tab and select Run as administrator
  2. Click on Files > Export. Name the backup and save it at your desired location
  3. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER > System > GameConfigStore
  4. From the right panel, double-click on GameDVR_Enabled
  5. Set the Value data to 0, Base as Hexadecimal and click OK
  6. Next, double-click on GameDVR_FSEBehaviorMode
  7. Set the Value data as 2 and Base as Hexadecimal and click OK
  8. Go back and expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > PolicyManager > default > ApplicationManagement > AllowGameDVR
  9. From the right panel, double-click on value
  10. Delete 1 and set it to 0, click Ok and restart your computer.

Fix 4: Toggle Off the Game Mode on Window 10

Often times, the game mode that helps you capture and record game images and videos causes problems like FPS drop, and stuttering with games. Turn it off, it does not have much use unless you are recording a video. To turn it off, press Windows Key + I > Gaming > toggle Off the switch below record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar.

Fix 5: Set Windows for Best Performance

In the Windows search tab, type performance and select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows. Check Adjust for best performance. Click Apply and OK.

Fix 6: Delete Temporary Files from Windows

Again, this is another general step to speed up the system and ultimately fix the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 FPS drop, stuttering, and other performance problems. Here are the steps you can follow to clear the temporary files on PC.

  1. Open the Run dialogue box by pressing on Windows Key + R
  2. Type %temp% in the field and hit Enter
  3. Press Ctrl + A and hit Delete (if you cannot delete some files, let them be and close the Window)
  4. Again, press Windows Key + R and type temp, hit Enter
  5. When prompted provide the permission. Delete everything in this folder as well.
  6. Again, press Windows Key + R and type prefetch, hit Enter
  7. Press Ctrl + A to select everything and hit the Delete key (skip files that do not delete)

After you are done with the above three processes, empty the Recycle Bin.

Hopefully, after you have tried the above fix the game does not stutter anymore.