I just installed FFXIII on my new laptop. I've never played the PC version until now.

I turned the graphics all the way up using the pre-game window - rendering real-time game-play is no problem. I'm getting well over 30fps. However, the cutscenes seem to be lagging and glitching for some reason.

What could be the cause of the cutscene lag - could it be my laptop, if not, is there anything I can do about this?


  • Intel i7 (2.4 to 3.6GHz)
  • 32GB Ram
  • 2x GTX 860 (SLI)
  • 3x SSD Raid 0
  • Can you choose to run the game in dx9 mode? I recall Batman: Arkham City having the same issue, I'd get 60 fps in game, but pre-rendered cutscenes would stutter. Running the game in dx9 mode fixed it. – Elise Dec 30 '14 at 19:35
  • The FF13 port is also fairly lousy - check the steam forums for details. They may improve it in days / weeks / months to come, but possibly not. – Guy S Jan 3 '15 at 12:28

Either plug in a usb controller or disable all HID-Compliant devices in the device manager.

The issue is that every couple of seconds, the game is testing all HID-compliant devices for a controller. These tests interrupt smooth video playback.

If you disable the HID-compliant devices keyboard and mouse should still function, but extra features on them (media buttons) may not.

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