Many Apex Legends players on PC have been enduring a nasty technical issue with the game since the Genesis Collection Event update, resulting in sometimes as much as 100% CPU usage when playing. Unfortunately, the developers haven’t identified a fix.
There were also lots of balancing changes in the patch notes, as well as bug fixes, but in fixing bugs, some others are always created.
For PC players, a higher-than-normal CPU utilization can result in major in-game problems, such as stutters, FPS drops, or even total crashes.
How to fix 100% CPU usage in Apex Legends
Unfortunately, this bug appears to be widespread, and so tackling it totally will likely be down to the developers. However, there’s a few things you can try that might help.
- Restart Apex Legends
- Run the game as Administrator
- Find Apex Legends file location on your PC
- Right-click Apex Legends EXE to select Properties.
- Go to the Compatibility tab
- Select ‘Run this program as administrator’
- Click Apply
- Press OK
- Using task manager, close background applications
- Clear Origins Cache
- Repair Apex Legends
- Remove and Reinstall Apex Legends
Stuttering in Apex Legends
Players have also been reporting issues with stuttering in Apex Legends, and it’s likely that the CPU usage is related.
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Respawn have responded to the stuttering issues, and say they are working on a fix, but are still in the early stages of diagnosing the problem.
If none of the above fixes work, it may be a case of waiting until the next update for Apex, when hopefully the developers will roll out a fix.