Bethesda has officially mentioned some generic troubleshooting for the major issues being faced by Dishonored 2 so it’s recommended that you check them out first before trying other workarounds.
Dishonored 2 was tested against the latest updates for Windows 7/8/10. Please check your system to ensure you have the latest Windows updates for your OS version.
Please visit our support page for more information on how to update Windows – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12373/windows-update-faq
Dishonored 2 was tested against the latest update for DirectX – please check your system to ensure you have the latest version of Direct X. Please visit the following support page for the latest version of DirectX – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/179113
Update Your Graphics Card Drivers
To ensure you are getting the best performance out of your graphics card, you can download and install latest drivers (based on manufacturer) here:
NVIDIA – http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx
AMD – http://support.amd.com/en-us/download
Avoid using Alt-Tab when playing. Relaunch the game if you see performance dropping after using Alt-Tab.
Avoid having background applications running in addition to the game.
- If you have performance issues, try lowering the resolution.
- Use 1440p resolution only if you have a very high-end GPU ( GTX 1070/1080 or equivalent)
- Keep the V-Sync activated, especially if you have large framerate fluctuations.
- If you have framerate under 30 fps, adjust the “Adaptive Resolution” between minimum (50%) and default value (75%).
- Use the “Auto” presets: this should adjust your visual settings without impacting your framerate.
- If you still have performance issues with “Auto” presets:
- Try deactivating the “TXAA Anti-Aliasing”
- Try lowering the texture details
Let us help!
If you experience performance issues, you can contact Bethesda Customer Support at http://help.bethesda.net/ with your DxDiag file for further troubleshooting.
Information on creating a DxDiag file and contacting customer support can be found here – http://help.bethesda.net/app/answers/detail/a_id/25236/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xNDc4Nzk3NDQzL3NpZC9INVB4Rmozbg%3D%3D
You can visit the Bethesda.net Dishonored 2 Technical Support forums here – https://beta-community.bethesda.net/category/39/pc or contact us on Twitter @BethesdaSupport.
The first Dishonored was a great hit. Critics and fans around the world admired its stealth based action and one could complete the game without even killing anyone. Success of the first game automatically set up the stage for hyped Dishonored 2.
Dishonored 2 has two protagonists and while it preserves the basic formula that made the first game great, Arkane Studios has introduced some new gameplay mechanics as fresh breath of Air.
However, based on early impressions, the Dishonored 2 PC port is struggling a bit specially with performance. Many users are reporting that they are getting bad performance initial crashes. Based on the reports, we have shortlisted the common problems being faced by users and their possible fixes.
Dishonored 2 Errors, Crashes, FPS, Performance and Their Fixes
#1 Dishonored 2 HBAO+ Setting Issue
If you are not seeing this setting your graphics options, you can change it via Nvidia control panel. You need to switch Ambient Occlusion to OFF in global settings in the control panel. Why is this setting important? Well some users have mentioned that disabling it helps the game’s performance considerably.
#2 Dishonored 2 Poor FPS Fix
Many users have reported that they are getting poor FPS on their capable enough rigs, especially on Nvidia cards. If you too are experiencing the same issue, you might want try these steps:
- Go to Nvidia Control Panel/3D settings and set Maximum pre-rendered frames= 1
- Power Management Mode Should be set to Maximum Performance.
- You should use the Adaptive Vsysnc and make sure that you have in-game vsync disabled.
It goes without saying that you should have the latest drivers installed.
#3 Dishonored 2 Game Stuck At Loading Screen
First thing you should do is try verifying your game files. Doesn’t work as a possible workaround? try pressing Alt+Enter to go to full screen as soon as game launches. For some users, this seems to have worked and it might well work for you.
#4 Dishonored 2 Stuttering Fix
If your game is stuttering a lot and you getting poor FPS, you should try the fix in #2 as it seems to have fixed a lot of performance related issues for the users.
#5 Dishonored 2 Crashes at Emily Corvo Loading Screen
If your game is being crashed on startup loading screen, you should first verify your game files. If that doesn’t work, try disabling Steam Overlay. Still no luck? Try disabling geforce experience in the background and try running the game in windowed mode.
Also, make sure that your game is not being blocked by your Antivirus or any other security tool.
#6 Dishonored to Crashes on Startup with a Black Splash
The issue is common among Phenom II processor owners. The problem is similar to that of Mafia 3. So if you are facing the issue, you should probably wait for the patch to come out.
#7 Dishonored 2 Blurry Graphics Fix
If you are experiencing blurry game graphics, you should change your antialiasing setting fxaa or turn it off. The effect is not a bug but it can sometimes be more prevalent in some screens.
#8 Dishonored 2 D3D11 CreateDeviceAndSwapChain FAILED
If you are getting this error, you should try installing the executables files in redist folder and restart your system. If that does not work, it’s important that you have a dx 11 supported video card otherwise the game won’t run.
If you are a laptop user, make sure that your game is being run by using the integrated GPU and not the dedicated one. Also, you should complete in pending windows updates as it seems to have fixed the issue for many. If there are no updates, you can download it from here.
#9 Dishonored 2 – How to Skip Intro Videos
A lot of people are facing crashes on the intro screens. Well, one solution could be skip them altogether. How you ask? Well, here is a nifty trick you can use to do that. Just make sure that you have the backup of the original files before you do any change.
#10 Dishonored 2 SLI Fix
If you are running an SLI and you want max out of your cards, you should use these drivers as these seems to have worked for some.
#11 Dishonored 2 Mouse Sensitivity Issue
In game’s setting, you can easily miss the tab above telling you to choose the controller or mouse. If your sensitivity isn’t changing by the slider, then chances are that you are doing that for controller and you need to select mouse tab.
#12 Dishonored 2 FPS Fix in Open Areas
The game is really struggling to give proper FPS for many users. And there have been reports that the drops become more annoying when you enter more open areas. As a workaround for now, you should try changing antialiasing to FXAA or try disabling it altogether.
#13 Dishonored 2 Possible Performance Fix
A user has reported that by increasing the priority (setting it to highest) of the game from task manager increased the performance. It’s a long shot but you should try doing that. Just make sure that you have the admin rights as otherwise, the change might reverse or not even happen.
If you are facing any other issues in Dishonored 2, let us know in the comments below.