Fixed Modern Warfare 2 beta performance (stuttering and frame drops)

Are you suffering from Modern Warfare 2 beta performance issues like stuttering, lag, and dropped frames? The second beta weekend of MW2 is now live. Xbox and PC gamers join PlayStation gamers in beta testing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. However, players on all platforms are currently experiencing issues. As for the PC gamers, apart from the error code 0x00001338 and the “Verify phone number” problem, they also experience very bad performance issues. If your Modern Warfare 2 Beta experience on PC is plagued by FPS drops, stutters, and lags, here are some possible fixes.

Modern Warfare 2 Beta PC FPS drops, stutter and lag fix

How to Fix Modern Warfare 2 Beta Performance Issues, Stuttering, Lag, and Dropped Frames

The COD MW2 beta is now officially available for those who pre-ordered the game on Xbox and PC. Unfortunately, but also somewhat expected, the first day of the PC beta is marked by a myriad of issues. Among many other issues, players are reporting extremely poor MW2 beta performance on PC. Beta testers on forums, social media, and Reddit are reporting huge frame drops, unplayable stuttering, lag, and screen tearing. The situation is equally dire, even for gamers with high-end PCs, who shouldn’t have such issues.

Before moving on to the possible solutions, let’s point out something first. The game is still in beta, and there is still a full month until the full game is officially released. Thus, performance issues and poor optimization are somewhat expected. The developers still have plenty of time to hopefully fix these issues by the time the game launches. That said, let’s see what you can do right now to mitigate these issues:

Check System Requirements for Modern Warfare 2 Beta

Before starting the beta, you should check the minimum and recommended system requirements of the game. And plan your expectations accordingly. If you do not meet the requirements, adjust the graphics settings so that your game runs optimally.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • SE: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Chart: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470

Recommended configuration:

  • SE: Windows 10/11
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Chart: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580

Update GPU Drivers

Many beta performance issues in COD Modern Warfare 2 can be the result of outdated GPU drivers. So, make sure you have the latest version of your video card drivers before playing the game. You can check for the latest drivers through your GPU software or you can download them from the links below:

Disable third-party apps and overlays

While playing MW2 beta, it is recommended to disable all non-essential third-party apps that run in the background. Many of them are known to cause problems and conflicts with video games. This is especially the case for apps that have in-game overlays. This includes Discord overlay, Steam overlay, NVIDIA overlay, and other similar apps. A number of gamers report that the AMD Adrenalin overlay causes “insane stuttering”. There are also reports that Steam Overlay is also causing strange issues.

Check Modern Warfare 2 beta files

Use the “Verify integrity of game files” option on Steam to make sure there are no missing or corrupt files. The Modern Warfare 2 PC beta got a big update at launch, and there might be conflicts with old files if you preloaded the game. Here’s how to do it on Steam:

  • Right click on Modern Warfare 2 Beta in your Steam Library.
  • Select “Properties…”.
  • Select the “Local Files” tab.
  • Click “Verify integrity of game files.”.
  • Let Steam do its job.
  • Once done, restart your PC.
  • Launch Steam and start the Modern Warfare 2 beta.

If you’re playing the MW2 beta on, click on a small blue cog icon next to the “Play” button and select “Scan and fix”, and let it find potential problems. If you are still having performance issues, try using the “Shader optimization” function in the graphics settings, under “Details and textures”. This can potentially solve many problems. finally absolutely make sure the “Texture streaming” function is off. For more information on how to maximize your FPS, check out our in-depth “Modern Warfare 2 Best PC Graphics Settings” guide.

For now, that’s about all you can do to fix Modern Warfare 2 beta performance issues like stuttering, lag, and dropped frames. If we come across any other potential solutions, we’ll add them to our guide. Before we end this article, we want to remind you one last time that this is only the beta version and things will probably get better later.

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