How to fix Trails of Cold Steel 4 Stuttering Issues on PC

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV is a Japanese RPG from Nihon Falcom, and NIS America. The game originally came out on console back in 2018 but is now available on PC as well. NIS has been publishing a good chunk of their catalog on Steam over the past few years, including The Legend of Heroes series. While they still take some time releasing these on PC, it’s still better than being locked away on a console. Now, there are a few technical issues in the game, but nothing too intrusive. If you are running into any Trails of Cold Steel 4 Stuttering issues though, here are a few things you can try to fix those problems.

Overall, though, this entry has been met with praise from the PC community. It currently has a “Very Positive” score according to the user reviews. The previous entry was met with a similar reaction on PC.

Fixing the Trails of Cold Steel 4 Stuttering Issues

Since launch, multiple users have mentioned irregular stutters during gameplay. Despite decent hardware, stuttering was common for almost all users. The developers have taken the feedback and provided a solution for this.

Turns out, this is related to the shader cache of the GPU. To clear it, you can follow the steps below for each GPU. First, though, it’s important that you allow hidden files/folders to be visible.

To do this, follow the steps below.

  • In Windows Search, type “File Explorer Options” and click on the result
Search results in Windows will bring up anything related to the search query
File Explorer Options
  • Here, click on the View tab
  • Check Show hidden files, folders, and drives
You can access various folder options here related to visibility, extensions, and more, which in turn can potentially fix Trails of Cold Steel 4 stuttering issues
Folder Options
  • Click on OK

NVIDIA

  • Head over to the following location
C:\ProgramData\NVIDIA Corporation\NV_Cache
  • Delete everything inside the NV_Cache folder

AMD

  • For AMD users, open the AMD Radeon Software by right-clicking on the desktop
  • Now, click on the Settings icon in the top-right
The Settings icon allows you to access multiple options in the AMD Control Panel
Settings Icon
  • Select the Graphics tab
You can change the global Graphics settings in this section
Graphics Settings
  • Scroll down and click on Advanced
Advanced Settings are usually settings that most users will never have to configure
Advanced Settings
  • Now, scroll down to the bottom again and click Perform Reset, right next to Reset Shader Cache
Resetting shader cache will fix various Trails of Cold Steel 4 Stuttering issues
Reset Shader Cache

INTEL

  • Head over to the following location
C:\ProgramData\Intel\ShaderCache
  • Delete everything inside the NV_Cache folder

Most users have confirmed that clearing their shader cache has fixed the stuttering issues. The game isn’t demanding, so it isn’t exactly a hardware issue.

Update your GPU Drivers to potentially fix Trails of Cold Steel 4 stuttering

Additionally, we recommend updating to the latest drivers of your GPU anyway. This will ensure there are no problems in that regard at least.

We have recently covered stuttering issues for games like Yakuza 6, Nioh 2, and even Atelier Ryza 2. Make sure you check these guides out if you are facing irregular stutters in either.

We hope this guide was helpful, and you aren’t running into Trails of Cold Steel 4 stuttering issues anymore. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
Gaming enthusiast, massive soulsborne fan, and a passionate writer. Always on the lookout for interesting games with unique mechanics and design. He loves to write informative guides for newer and ongoing releases.

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