Control Performance Guide – Fix lag, fps drops, crashing and freezing

Control is a third-person action-adventure game developed by 505 Games. It is built using Remedy’s proprietary Northlight Engine. If you haven’t heard about this engine then let me tell you it was used in Quantum Break.

Players get to play as Jesse Faden, who is the Director of a secret U.S. government agency called Federal Bureau of Control (FBC) tasked with containing and studying phenomena which violate the laws of reality. The game revolves around the , a secret U.S. government agency tasked with containing and studying phenomena which violate the laws of reality. The main main objective is to defeat a powerful enemy known as the Hiss, that has invaded and corrupted reality

The weapon of choice in this game is the Service Weapon, a supernatural firearm that can be adapted into a variety of different forms with different combat applications. Apart from that Jesse also possesses a variety of supernatural abilities, including telekinesis, levitation, and the ability to control certain enemies.

This game also features a skill tree system that allows you to upgrade the Service Weapon. New powers can be obtained through Objects of Power that are hidden throughout the Oldest House. The combat system of Control can be easily customized and players can adjust it in accordance with their preferences. Health in Control does not recharge automatically, and must be picked up from fallen enemies.

Now that we are done talking about the game, lets talk about how the game performs. Now lets make one thing clear that Control is not a light title and unfortunately not everybody can run this game on their PC. You need to atleast have a decent, if not a good, gaming PC to run Control at medium to low settings. So performance issues in games like these is not actually surprising. Players are already complaining about lag, fps, stuttering and other performance related problems all over the forums. That is why we decided to come out with a basic performance guide for Control. Here is how to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and freezing in Control:

Control Performance Guide – Fix lag, fps drops, crashing and freezing

How to fix lag, low fps and freezing in Control Method 1

Compare the system requirements for Control with your PC specifications

Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements of Control:

MinimumRecommended
OS: Windows 7, 64-bitOS: Windows 10, 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i5-4690 / AMD FX 4350Processor: Intel Core i5-7600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 / AMD Radeon R9 280XGraphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660/1060 / AMD Radeon RX 580 AMD | For Ray Tracing: GeForce RTX 2060
RAM: 8 GBRAM: 16 GB
DirectX: DX11DirectX: DX11 / DX12
Additional Features: Widescreen support 21:9 / Remappable controls / Uncapped frame-rate / G-Sync / Freesync supportAdditional Features: Widescreen support 21:9 / Remappable controls / Uncapped frame-rate / G-Sync / Freesync support

As you can see the requirements for running Control is very high. Control is one of the most demanding games released in the recent times. You can easily tell from the graphics cards that are listed above. When the developers first released the system requirements of the game, everyone got a shock as it stated that you atleast need a GTX 1060 6gb to run it at the lowest settings. But later on they significantly brought down the level of requirements. So we can say that the developers did manage to optimize the game to a great extent.

Therefore we would recommend that you check your system configuration first and then go for the purchase as there is no way to refund a game on the Epic Launcher. If you are not careful then you will end up wasting the money and getting stuck with a game you cannot play.

How to fix lag, low fps and freezing in Control Method 2

Check for graphics driver updates

Both Nvidia and AMD has already released their graphics drivers optimized for Control. Download those drivers to get the best performance in Control.

Here are the links to the latest drivers for AMD and Nvidia graphics cards:

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

How to fix lag, low fps and freezing in Control Method 3

Tweak settings for Control from the Nvidia Control Panel

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel
  • Click on Manage 3D settings on the left bar
  • Click on the Program Settings tab
  • Locate Control from the drop down menu under “Select a program to customize”
  • If you don’t see the game on the list then click on the Add button and another list will appear
  • If you still cannot spot the game then you need to add the .exe file manually.
  • Click on Browse
  • Locate the folder where you have installed the game
  • Select the executable file or the .exe file which in this case should be Control.exe
  • Once you have successfully added the game, you will then see the program settings become available for the game
  • Now tweak the following settings:
    Maximum pre-rendered frames : 2
    Threaded Optimization : On
    Power Management : Prefer Maximum Performance
    Low Latency Mode : Off
    Texture filtering – Quality : Performance

How to fix crashes in Control Method 1

Check for Windows updates

Certain Windows 10 updates have been known to cause a lot of problems in the past. There has been a lot of updates for Windows 10 that have caused games to suffer from constant crashes. We are not sure whether Control has this issue or not but why take a chance. So check whether you have Windows updates available or not. Here is how you can update your Windows:

  • Type ‘Settings’ on the Windows search bar
  • Select the Settings option that will show up
  • Now click on Update & Security
  • Now just click on Check for updates

Wait for the updates to get installed. Once the update is done you would be prompted to restart your PC. Restart your system and you would be good to go.

How to fix crashes in Control Method 2

Terminate overclocking applications

If you are running any sort of overclocking application or utility then we would suggest that to terminate that process. Overclocking softwares have recently been known to cause random freezing and crashes in a lot of games. If Control is crashing for you without generating any crash report then it is most likely caused by a process running in the background. So make sure you are not running applications like MSI Afterburner of EVGA Precision XOC.

One last thing we would like to clear up. These are all basic troubleshooting guides for the game Control and we have not included any advanced method because we do not want people to mess with the in-game files and break the game completely. Some of these methods might work for you and some may not. If none of these worked then we would like to apologize as there are some things that are out of our hands.

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