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Cities Skylines 2 Fix Stuttering and Performance

Cities: Skylines 2 – How to Fix Stuttering and Performance Issues

Make building a bit more enjoyable

With its less-than-stellar release, Cities: Skylines 2 has been facing many performance issues which has been its main point of discussion among the fans. Fortunately, there are a few fixes and patches you can do yourself to make for smoother gameplay, and here are some of these tips.

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How to Improve Performance on Cities: Skylines 2

While the game brought some new twists to a very rigid game formula, it’s difficult to have a good time with many problems. But the first thing you can do is head to Options > Graphics and tweak some values.

The problem is that many options don’t seem to impact your FPS. A tried-and-true combination is doing the following:

  • Use “Fullscreen Windowed” or disable VSync
  • Disable “Depth of Field Mode
  • Reduce “Volumetrics Quality” to Low
  • Disable “Global Illumination”
  • Reduce the “Level of Detail” to Low (or Medium if you don’t need the extra FPS)
  • Disable “Motion Blur” (This is a preference, if you want it, keep it on Low)
  • In the Advanced tab, scroll to the Shadows section and disable “Terrain Casts Shadows”
  • If you want to squeeze a bit more performance, Disable “Fog Quality”

Credits go to Reddit user u/dotcat. I tried those configurations myself and found some good improvement over the base settings. The game will look uglier, but at least it becomes playable. Global Illumination seems to be the most impactful here.

While the game is clearly unoptimized at the moment, make sure that your PC also has the minimum/recommended specs for running. These are, according to Steam:


  • OS: Windows® 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6700K | AMD® Ryzen™ 5 2600X
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia® GeForce™ GTX 970 (4 GB) | AMD® Radeon™ RX 480 (8 GB)
  • Storage: 60 GB available space


  • OS: Windows® 10 Home 64 Bit | Windows® 11
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-12600K | AMD® Ryzen™ 7 5800X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia® GeForce™ RTX 3080 (10 GB) | AMD® Radeon™ RX 6800 XT (16 GB)
  • Storage: 60 GB available space

But again, the game is still highly unoptimized. While having a good setup and optimized graphical settings will alleviate things on your end, expect to see some occasional stuttering from time to time. There’s currently no known definitive solution for that and fans are rightfully angry, but all that’s left is to wait for an update patch to roll out.

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Patrick Souza
Patrick has been working for Prima since 2022 and joined as a Staff Writer in 2023. He's been interested in gaming journalism since college, and that was the path he took once he had his degree in hands. Diligently ignores his ever-growing backlog to keep raiding in Final Fantasy XIV, exploring in Genshin Impact or replaying some of his favorite RPGs from time to time. Loves tackling hard challenges in games, but his cats are still the hardest bosses he could ask for.