5 Ways to Fix Xbox Game Clips Stuttering

So, you made a sweet Call of Duty play and recorded the clip. Excited to show your friends, you watch the recording, and it’s a stuttering mess.

Even worse, key moments of the recording are unwatchable. It’s aggravating when your Xbox game clips keep stuttering!

How to Fix Xbox Game Clips Stuttering

After spending hours fiddling with settings on my Xbox, I managed to fix the Xbox clip stuttering problem. I will walk you through all the steps I tried and one of them should work for you.

If none of these work for you, but you found another solution, leave your solution in the comment section below, and I’ll add it to the list.

1 – Remove Games from Quick Resume

Quick Resume is a great feature but can often cause glitches and other issues. I recommend removing all of your games from Quick Resume. Don’t forget to save your progress in those games manually.

How to remove games from Quick Resume

  1. Press the Xbox logo button on your controller to open the overlay
  2. Select My Games & apps
  3. Highlight a game on the Quick Resume list
  4. Press the hamburger button on your controller to open more options
  5. Select Remove from Quick Resume

I’ve run into quite a few issues with Quick Resume. Removing the game from Quick Resume and restarting it from scratch can sometimes fix the game clip stuttering problem.

2 – Lower the Xbox Resolution to 1080p

If you’re gaming on a 4K or 1440p monitor, lowering the Xbox resolution to 1080p should fix the clips stuttering problem. It seems like Xbox struggles to record game clips at 4K or 1440p. Thankfully, adjusting the in-game resolution is very easy.

How to change resolution on Xbox:

  1. Open Settings
  2. General
  3. TV & Display Options
  4. Change Resolution to 1080p

While you’re there, it’s also a good idea to change the refresh rate to 60Hz. Open a game and test if game clips are still stuttering.

3 – Select HDMI in Video Fidelity & Overscan

Most of the time, your Xbox will automatically configure the display settings to match the connected display. However, occasionally there can be a miscommunication between the two devices.

One possible fix for the game clip stuttering problem is to manually select HDMI from the Video Fidelity & Overscan options.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Settings
  2. General
  3. TV & Display Options
  4. Video Fidelity & Overscan
  5. Under Overrides, change from Auto-detect to HDMI

When you change these settings, you might have to change your resolution and refresh rate again. The resolution might change to 640 x 480.

To confirm the changes, head back to General settings, select Power Options, and choose Shutdown Now.

4 – Change Game Clip Save Location

If you’re playing a game on the internal drive and saving game clips to an external drive, that might be what’s causing the issue. It could also be the reverse.

For best results, I recommend playing a game on the internal drive and saving the clips to the internal drive as well.

How to change the location of game clip files:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Preferences
  3. Capture & Share
  4. Capture Location, Internal Storage

5 – Disable Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)

If your monitor supports a Variable Refresh Rate (most 120Hz displays do), disabling it can sometimes fix the stuttering problem. You can disable it from your monitor’s software or from within Xbox. I’ll show you how to do it on Xbox.

  1. Open Settings
  2. General
  3. TV & Display Options
  4. Video Mode
  5. Uncheck Variable Refresh Rate

If your display does not support Variable Refresh Rate, the option will be greyed out.

The Bottom Line

To summarize, what I think works best to fix Xbox game clip stuttering is to change the resolution to 1080p and then manually set the Override Mode to HDMI. If your clips continue to stutter, you might need to reset your Xbox to factory settings. A software update may also fix the problem shortly.

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