When Rocksteady announced that the PC version of Batman: Arkham City would lag a month behind the console launch, they were quick to mention that the wait was for extra polish to be slathered on the title. So imagine how upset PC gamers were when they found Arkham City to be virtually unplayable due to severe performance issues. Luckily, after a bit of research, the Rocksteady team has linked the issues to DirectX 11, and it seems that disabling it fixes the glitches.
If you’re running Arkham City through Steam, simply right click the title in your games library and go down to Configure PC Options. Click Settings, and you’ll see an option to change your DirectX settings. In Games for Windows LIVE, go to the Launcher, click Settings, and then click on DirectX options.
While a patch will be coming soon to permanently fix the issues, there is no exact ETA. It’s disappointing that such a widespread problem managed to slip through to launch, especially considering DX11 compatible graphics cards aren’t exactly uncommon these days.