Stardew Valley Stuttering Fix – How to Fix Game Stutters

There are a lot of problems when it comes to finding a fix for stuttering in Stardew Valley. Although there have been several series of patches already, it can be quite hard to root the problem and disable it from the get-go.

Stutters in most games are mostly caused by performance issues. Sometimes, the software isn’t optimized for the device you’re running. Sometimes, your hardware can’t run the game itself. For example, if you’re using a Ryzen 3 2nd gen, you might be able to run Cyberpunk 2077 at medium settings, but you cannot guarantee that it will run smoothly.

So, here’s a guide on fixing the stuttering in Stardew Valley. This will help you find the problem and troubleshoot it yourself without prior knowledge of software troubleshooting. But if you do, of course, it’s better if you do it yourself.

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Can your device run Stardew Valley?

The most important or the most logical question that you need to ask yourself is, can your laptop or PC, or platform run Stardew Valley? I mean, that’s very obvious. Stardew Valley isn’t a heavy AAA game that needs you to invest in the latest AMD or Intel processors and the better GPUs of Nvidia.

But anyway, here are the recommended specs to run Stardew Valley:

  • Operating System: Windows Vista or higher, Mac OSX10.10+
  • Processor: 2 GHz
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB video memory; Shader Model 3.0+, OpenGL 2
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 500 MB available space

Seriously, even laptop models from 2009 can run Stardew Valley, but you might need to check on your specs first. If your device can run Minecraft, then you can run this game.

But if your device can’t run Stardew Valley, that might be a problem.

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Reinstalling and Uninstalling the Game

This is the “Turn off and on again” method for any kind of game. Sometimes, some files ain’t properly installed. You might need to reinstall the game. Just make sure you have a backup copy of your save.

Sometimes, you need to re-download the game and reinstall all the files. If you’re using the Steam version, you’re lucky, you can just backup your saves into the Cloud backup of Steam and voila, your progress will be saved. But if you’re using the pirated version, good luck, mate.

Repair the XNA Framework

This is probably the easiest fix we have so far. Several people already stated that you’ll have to eventually. One Reddit user made a file reconfiguration of the XNA, which we’ll get onto later.

So, you will need to modify the XNA Framework of Microsoft, and to do this, you’ll need to:

  1. Navigate on the lower left of your screen at the desktop.
  2. Click on the Windows icon and search for the “Add or Remove programs“. If you’re running Windows 10, it’ll be a lot easier.
  3. Browse through the items until you get to the “Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable”.
  4. Once you’re there, select “Modify”. This will open a window.
  5. Once you’re in there, there are two options. Select “Repair”.

This will fix the stutter and FPS issues in the game. You will need to launch the game once again. If not, there’s also another fix you’ll need to check.

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External File Fix for Stardew Valley Stuttering

When the above method doesn’t work, you will need to do this simple step.

  1. First, you’ll need to locate your Stardew Valley installation directory. It might be a different per platform.
  2. Look for the folders “_redist” or “_CommonRedist” and create a backup copy of these folders. Store them in a safe location.
  3. Download and use this file made a Reddit user and use that file.
  4. Overwrite the files using the file you just downloaded. (Extract the file into the Stardew Valley’s game directory)
  5. Open the “_redist” folder and then open the XNA folder. Once you’re in there, look for a specific file named “xnafx40_redist.msi”. Run this file and follow the dialogue boxes.

This method should fix your FPS drops. Another known method is to put the game in High Priority in Task Manager.

Well, hopefully, this fixes everything on your end. If you want to see more guides and mods, be sure to check out this guide. We always aim to deliver the best Stardew Valley guide to almost everything you need!

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