Some players are experiencing frustrating technical issues with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice on PC. Fans struggle with screen tearing, black screen at startup, low FPS, and strange bugs with the USB controller. Sekiro requires a good reaction and any of these annoying problems can spoil the fun of the game. To help, we’ve put together a list of various fixes and tweaks that have helped some players. We hope they can help you too.
The most common issues are related to the Dualshock 4 controller and surprisingly low FPS. While Sekiro is a beautiful game, it’s not as demanding as it might seem at first glance. If you have problems with low FPS and screen tearing, it is not always related to the video card. There are several settings that can fix these issues – either changing the admin settings and forcing V-Sync to work, or accessing the Nvidia control panel to disable the integrated graphics card, which is the default instead of a more powerful discrete GPU, can work here.
How to fix low frame rate
If you’re experiencing a strangely low framerate, it might not be related to the game itself. There are two main issues at the moment: integrated graphics and multiple monitors. If your PC has an integrated graphics card or multiple monitors connected, you can increase FPS with one simple fix.
If the PC/Laptop has built-in and discrete graphics cards, Sekiro can use the built-in one by default. Therefore, here you can change the settings, and the game will run through the main video card in the Nvidia Control Panel.
- Open the Nvidia Control Panel and select Manage 3D Settings.
- Find and select Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice from the drop down list.
- Change video card priority and save settings.
If you have multiple monitors connected, there is currently a bug that causes a severe FPS drop. Here you should disable the secondary monitor while Sekiro is running. You have to pull the wire out of the port as it’s not possible to just disable the secondary monitor in the settings.
How to fix problems with DualShock 4
Often when playing with a DS4 controller (for PS4), the mouse cursor will appear on the screen. To disable this annoying feature, you need to access the controller settings.
- Go to “Controller Settings” or “Edit Steam Controller Configuration”.
- Change motion control input settings to “None”
This will disable the touchpad on the DS4. You may also need to enable Big Picture mode on your DS4 controller if the issue persists.
How to fix screen tearing issues
If you are experiencing screen tearing, there are two ways to fix it: you can turn off the second monitor or play in windowed mode. For now, windowed mode seems to help fix severe screen tearing, but doesn’t increase FPS significantly.
- Switch the game to windowed mode in settings to reduce screen tearing.
This may also be due to the Big Picture mode. Try switching to a normal monitor. Follow the instructions below:
- Close Sekiro and the Big Picture mode.
- Launch Sekiro from Steam/your platform.
You can also try to force the use of V-Sync. Open “Nvidia Control Panel” -> “Manage 3D Settings” and find Sekiro in the dropdown. Install V-Sync from this menu.
How to fix black screen
This fix was first suggested by Reddit user u/Jerky-Legs. If you experience black screen issues when launching the game, try the following fix:
- Find the game in your local/roaming Steam folders.
- Locate the XML file.
- Copy/paste the XML file to the Sekiro folder: Users/username/AppData/Roaming/Sekiro
- Edit the file and paste the following text:
xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-16″?>
FULLSCREEN ScreenMode> 1280 Resolution-WindowScreenWidth> 720 Resolution-WindowScreenHeight> 1920 Resolution-FullScreenWidth> 1080 Resolution-FullScreenHeight> ON Auto-detectBestRenderingSettings> MAX QualitySetting> TextureQuality > ON Antialiasing> HIGH SSAO> MAX DepthOfField> HIGH MotionBlur> MAX ShadowQuality> MAX LightingQuality> < EffectsQuality> MAX EffectsQuality> MAX ReflectionQuality> HIGH WaterSurfaceQuality> MAX ShadeQuality> MEDIUM LodQuality> HourmetricEffectQuality> HIGH Config>
- Save and name the XML file “GraphicsConfig.xml” (without quotes).
Try launching the game – hopefully it will work and the game will open without problems.
You can also try running the game as an administrator.