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Games stuck at 60fps even with V-Sync OFF? Check this out.

Games stuck at 60fps even with V-Sync OFF? Check this out.

by Vyncent ChanJuly 11, 2016
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I own a Lenovo Y50. Not a super-fast gaming laptop, but the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M in it should suffice for most casual games like DOTA 2 or CS:GO, right? Well then why was I stuck at 60 frames per second in every game running in fullscreen and borderless windowed mode? V-sync was off in both the game settings and also NVIDIA Control Panel, but I was still stuck at 60fps, with serious input delay in both DOTA 2 and CS:GO. Imagine playing CS:GO with input delay. True horror. But the games were running at the appropriate frame rates when I changed to windowed mode. Obviously something was wrong.

stuck at 60fps even with V-sync off

After a lot of Google-ing, I still could not find the solution to my issue. My keywords were “CS:GO stuck at 60fps” “Steam games stuck at 60fps” “Fullscreen stuck at 60fps”. Finally, as a last ditch effort, I blamed Windows 10. Bingo. Apparently, it’s the pre-installed Xbox app’s Game DVR which forced the games to run at a peasantly pace of 60 fps even when my hardware was capable of more. Disabling it immediately yielded results. My games were no longer stuck at 60fps even with V-Sync off.

Xbox Game DVR

The steps to disable the Xbox Game DVR is:

  1. Open the Xbox app.
  2. Go to Settings (it’s the little gear on the left edge)
  3. Switch to the Game DVR tab.
  4. Click on slider to turn it off.

That’s all you need to do to get the frame rates you paid for.  Or you can also uninstall the Xbox app if you wish.

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About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.
  • MoonMan
    August 6, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    holyshit thank you so much! going nutz over dis shit!

    • Vyncent Chan
      August 6, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Hi! It drove me nuts too until I managed to find a fix for it! Hope you enjoy your games at full performance!

  • Rasmus
    September 15, 2016 at 12:34 am

    OMG this is golden,
    i noticed some days ago that every time i opened a game there was this window appearing, “press windows + G” and thats right when the fps issue started,

    i was like you googleing about it for hours (days) and i could not get the issue, i was installing all the drivers all over again, cleared registry and god knows what,

    and its a f’ing xbox live setting?
    what is the xbox app even doing in my pc in the first place, 😀

    Thanks a lot for this post saved me from throwing the pc out the window

    • Vyncent Chan
      September 15, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Hi Rasmus, glad we helped! Well Xbox is on your PC because of Xbox integration into Windows 10 and what not. BTW, we would really appreciate it if you shared our site with your friends too! Enjoy your games!

  • Gaurav Mandal
    September 23, 2016 at 12:41 am

    THANK YOU MAN!!!! (Notice all caps)
    Fuck XBox

  • ephemeris
    October 9, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Thanks very much. Windows 10 is just full of surprises.

    • Vyncent Chan
      October 9, 2016 at 2:23 am

      Hi! Glad we could help! Perhaps share this post among your friends in case any of them are facing this issue too?

  • NoobME
    November 5, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Omg its working!!! Thanks a LOT ! ^^

  • Abhinav Batra
    January 24, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you so much brother. It worked very well.

  • August 1, 2018 at 3:56 am

    fam for me it doesn’t work, i have no slider and it just sends me to setting…

    • Vyncent Chan
      August 1, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      Hi, can you try searching for Game DVR in Settings, and see if it is recording in the background?

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