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Less lagging, stuttering while playing osu!

osu! gamer setup

I've started playing osu! in late 2015 and I've been hooked on to it ever since. Skills improved and so were my stats. you could say I was on the right track but my setup stayed the same, more or less... That's why I always welcomed any tweak that's gonna improve the game's performance, reduce input lag and keeps frametime low. 

I've seen some people struggling, thinking they suck at the game but all they needed was a smooth, random spikes free experience... So, here is what I found so far:

I- Update your gpu's driver and edit it's settings

Depending on your gpu's maker, whether Nvidia, AMD or intel, make sure your have the latest compatible driver. You usually get it from the gpu maker but sometimes it's better to get it from your pc manufacturer if it doesn't work for ya. for me, I have an intel HD5500

intel hd 5500 driver

Once you get it installed, head over to your gpu settings(gpu settings interface and way to open it may be different for you) and tweak them for best performance like so

intel hd 5500 settings

intel hd5500 power settings

for Nvidia users, use "Advanced 3D image settings" & click on Take me there

nvidia panel gpu settings

Then apply these global settings like so

nvidia global settings 1

nvidia global settings 2

II- Close and disable all background apps and services

Whether you're still on Windows 7, 8 or on Windows 10, verify that there isn't a background process that's hogging system resources or causing random huge spikes while idle.

windows 7 task manager

Also, make sure you've set the power plan to best performance

windows power plan best performance

and Windows performance options to best performance

windows performance options

III- Verify your hard drive's integrity

before my current laptop, I had this ultra-potato laptop that -when in game- I suffered from weird spikes that caused my inputs being ignored causing me to miss a lot(massive input lag). It took me a while to realize that it's because of a faulty hard drive.

To check if the drive is in good state, I used a 64bit zipped version of CrystalDiskInfo that's <14 mb

crystaldiskinfo zipped version

And ran the DiskInfo64.exe

crystaldiskinfo 64bit

few seconds later, this window will appear. If the health status is GOOD then you're fine

CrystalDiskInfo health status

else if it's CAUTION or BAD think about changing your drive for a performant SSD if you had an HDD since this might cause those frequent lags as it happened with me

CrystalDiskInfo health status caution

IV- Disable 3rd party overlays

For me, Discord's in-game overlay had a big impact on fps when there are too much people talking in a room so I disabled it.

discord in-game overlay

discord on windows 7 be like "amma glitch and hide text for no reason"

discord disable overlay

IV- Change osu! settings

a. Changing display settings:

Changing game settings is pretty straightforward; press CTRL+O somewhere other than when clicking circles or via the game's menu. you can keep seasonal backgrounds if you want :3

osu! fps settings 1

osu! fps settings 2

osu! fps settings 3

osu! fps settings 4

b. Picking a good skin:

On a decent computer you might not notice it but on a potato, picking an fps friendly skin is an important thing if you wanna keep a smooth gameplay.

When i'm playing casually in a multi room I often switch between skins but I usually use Lucid Elegance skin

Lucid Elegance skin in-game

When I'm playing seriously, I play with WubWoofWolf's 1.8 skin

www1.8 skin in-game

When you download a skin as a .osk filedouble clicking it will cause it to be automatically installed and selected. However, if you got it a a .zip file, you have to extract it in the game's Skins folder and relaunch the game to see it on the skin list

osu! skin settings

And that's it! here is a video of me getting deconcentrated by friends :3

"plz enjoy game" - rrtyui


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