Civilization VI Lags and Runs Slow in Windows 10

Civilization VI is the latest installment in the Civilization franchise that has kept its fans glued to their computer screens since it got rolled out just over a year ago.

It is a meticulously designed piece of programming that has come into existence only after strenuous efforts of a dedicated team of individuals. However, it still falls out on a few fronts. It turns out that Windows Defender doesn’t get along nicely with Civilization VI and as a result the game lags, runs slow and in many cases simply freezes on the loading screen. Here are some methods you can use to fix this mess and enjoy your Civilization 6 experience as you deserve to.


Fix Slow Loading Or Freezing

If Civilization VI is simply freezing or lags a lot, then it’s highly recommended that you download the latest drivers for the Graphics Card. If you’ve already gone through all the standard troubleshooting and are still getting bogged down by the same problems then Windows Defender for Windows 10 might be the actual culprit. To solve this issue, you’ll need to disable Windows Defender or add the game as an exception.

The following steps illustrate how you can create an exception for Civilization VI in Windows Defender.

  1. Open up Start menu and select Settings.
  2. Click Update & security and then choose Windows Defender from the pane on the left.
  3. Now click on Add an exclusion. Navigate to the game folder to select it for exclusion from Windows Defender scan. If you’ve installed Steam in the C drive then your game’s location will be
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.


Civilization VI Lagging or Running Slow

Another reason why you’re facing severe lags or stutters is that your system might be underpowered. To reduce lag and increase game speed, it’s highly recommended that you try turning down shadows, MSAA or just play the game at the recommended settings that the game determines based on your system’s specs.

For AMD users, disabling high memory applications highly recommended. You can easily do so via the Task Manager and disable all memory hogging applications running in the background. You can also change the Tessellation mode to 8x/16x and lower texture quality to increase performance.


Increase scroll speed

The slow scroll speed is also irritating Civilization VI users to no end in Windows 10. Due to this issue, navigating around the terrain during gameplay itself can prove to be quite a bit of a task. Luckily enough, you can increase scroll speed manually by editing the WorldInput.lua file.

  1. Navigate to the file located in \Base\Assets\UI.
  2. Open it and search for the variable local PAN_SPEED. The search query will jump to a result that will be local PAN_SPEED :number = 1.
  3. Simply change 1 to 2 and the problem will be solved then and there.

Raza Ali Kazmi

Raza Ali is content editor and publisher at Sorcim Technologies.