Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit – Fix Low FPS on Modern PCs (Simplest Method Possible)

No downloads, no messing around, just 1 simple thing and you’re done.

Fix Low FPS on Modern PCs

Note: Credit goes to k y n e t i c


Thanks to more modern Steam funtionality, it’s now possible to fix the game without any hassle.

Unlike past guides, which have you install third party software or download stuff from elsewhere, you can now just use a simple line in Steam’s own settings.

All you need to do

  • In your library, select Need For Speed Hot Pursuit
  • Left click and select “Properties”
  • On that very first “General” tab, there is a field called “Lauch Options”
  • Type in (or copy/paste from here): -a 0xFE

You’re done!

It should look like this:

So, What’s Going On?

Well, it’s simple, the game isn’t properly optimized for multithreaded CPU’s, which is weird because this was not a new thing when the game came out.

This line simply tells the game to use multiple cores if needed (I find that it will still saturate my first core before using the next, but that’s perfectly fine).

There’s a bit more to it, but most people won’t care and should see the issue resolved, as easy as possible.


If this doesn’t work for you, it’s probably because you have fewer than 8 threads on your CPU

If you have at least 4, which at the time of writing (end of 2022) should be a very rare occurrence, then just use “-a 0xE” instead.

If you are in an even more dire situation, I feel sorry for you, but hit me up in the comments and we should be able to come up with an appropriate command for you, but at this point your processor might not be your only problem. Nevertheless, I’ll be glad to try and help out, as I said, hit me in the comments, I’m active almost daily around here and we can try to figure something out.

Helena Stamatina
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I love two things in life, games and sports. Although sports were my earliest interest, it was video games that got me completely addicted (in a good way). My first game was Crash Bandicoot (PS1) from the legendary studio Naughty Dog back in 1996. I turned my passion for gaming into a job back in 2019 when I transformed my geek blog (Re-actor) into the gaming website it is today.

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