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Discord causing massive FPS drops in some games, no official word as of yet

Published: 21:32, 19 March 2018
White logo for voice chat application Discord on blue background

Several reports have come up blaming voice and text chat service Discord for some huge FPS drops in games, although at the moment, it doesn't seem to be affecting all the games, but rather just a select few.

More than just a few users have reported Discord related FPS drops, most notably in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch and even Life is Strange, which isn't really a graphics hog to be honest.

Discord has had a similar problem with certain games less than a year ago, when most of the FPS issues were resolved by turning on hardware acceleration. This time however, the issue doesn't seem as simple as ticking a box.

Discord Settings screen showing a multitude of settings for Discord applications Discord Settings

In fact, reddit user GabrielHTx says to have tried every trick in the book: reinstalling Discord, using a single display, using web based Discord service and even switching video cards, to no avail. We must commend his dedication - maybe Discord should hire him?

So far, most users seem to be getting along with, even if they don't like it. After all, dropping from 110 to 90 FPS isn't that big a deal, especially when you've got the hardware to negate Discord's shortcomings.

Users with not as powerful machines may want to rethink sticking with Discord, or at least check their numbers. Indeed, while 10 per cent out of 110 FPS is barely noticeable, the same percentage out of 30-60 FPS is enough to make a huge difference.

So, if you find yourself on the more meagre side of the computing power spectrum, you may want to consider switching to other voice communication applications, at least until the issue is resolved. Or, you can also stop talking, but we all know that's not what modern gaming's about.


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