Death Stranding is an action game developed by Kojima Productions which was released in November 2019 for Playstation 4 and made available for Windows through Steam and Epic Games Store in July 2020. After it was made available for PC, some Death Stranding fans have reported the game constantly crashing when playing. If you happen to encounter the same problem with the game, continue reading as we will give the best possible solutions in this article.
What are the causes for Death Stranding crashing issues?
There are numerous reasons why a game crashes. It could be a game bug that develops in time, server issue, or the PC itself causing the game to crash. Here are some of the usual culprits that can cause the game to malfunction.
There are instances when bugs develop in a game which can cause the game to crash and normally tend to be gone on its own. Also, developers send patches and updates to fix bugs that are identified.
PC does not support the game.
Before downloading the Death Stranding, it is important to check that the computer meets the minimum requirement of the game so that you will not encounter any issues when playing.
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Outdated graphics card.
An outdated graphics card can cause problems in a game too. It is necessary to keep all drivers and software up to date in your computer to prevent issues like crashing from happening.
Corrupted game files.
Game files can be corrupted for many reasons. Corrupted or missing files can cause issues on a program and may be the reason why the game crashes. You must scan and repair damaged or missing files to fix the game.
Interference of a third-party application.
There are third-party softwares that can interfere with the communication of any application to their respective servers.
Firewall or Antivirus restrictions.
The firewall set or an installed antivirus program in the computer can be the main reason why the Death Stranding game crashes. So you need to change the settings for these to allow and exclude the game to function.
Game server issue.
It can also be caused by a downtime with the game server. This seems rare but even well-established games like Death Stranding can have an outage with their server too. In case you encounter any issues with the game, it is recommended to always check their official website to check if there are any reported outages.
How to fix Death Stranding crashing issues?
Finding the best solution to this type of problem is definitely not simple. Especially if you can’t identify why Death Stranding crashes in the first place. However, we have collated most of the solutions that were effective to some players for you to try to fix Death Stranding.
As what we have always mentioned in our articles, a simple reset on your device or computer can fix any minor issues. This process is highly recommended as this will refresh the system and clear the state of your software.
Check your PC settings.
You need to ensure that your computer meets the minimum requirements provided below to avoid any issues while playing Death Stranding on your PC.
- OS: Windows 10
- Memory: 8GB RAM
- Processor: Intel Core i5-3470 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
- GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB or AMD Radeon RX 560 4 GB
- DirectX: Version 12
- Storage: 80 GB available space
Scan and repair corrupted game files.
Both Steam and Epic Game Launcher have the option to fix damaged or missing files for games. Below are the easy steps provided for these two settings and follow the one applicable on your PC to fix the problem.
For Steam Users:
- Open the Steam application.
- Select Library.
- Right-click the Death Stranding game.
- Select Properties.
- Select the Local Files tab.
- Select Verify integrity of game files.
The app will start to scan and compare files found on the Steam servers. The missing or corrupted files identified will be automatically replaced. You can start launching the game once completed to check if Death Stranding still crashes.
For Epic Games Launcher Users:
- Access the Epic Games Launcher.
- Select Library.
- Click the three dots found beside the Death Stranding’s title.
- Select Verify.
After these are done, try to launch the Death Stranding to check if the problem is resolved.
Update the graphics driver.
You need to update the graphics card drivers of your computer and ensure to select the updated driver that is compatible with your Windows version to prevent further issues of Death Stranding.
Close unnecessary third-party applications.
Terminate or close third-party applications that are not being used and may have caused interference of the Death Stranding.
Disable Steam Overlay.
Steam Overlay may be the reason for the game to crash, thus, you can disable this interface by following these steps:
- Access the Steam application.
- Select Library.
- Right-click the Death Stranding.
- Select Properties.
- Uncheck Enable the Steam OVerlay while in-game.
Try to launch Death Stranding and check if the problem still exists.
Reinstall the game.
If you have done all of the solutions above and Death Stranding is still crashing, the last resort is to uninstall and reinstall the game to fix the problem. Although this action seems to be tedious as you will need to redownload the huge files all over again, this will eliminate the crashing issue. Then you can go back and enjoy playing Death Stranding once again.
We hope that any of the solutions in this guide help in fixing your issue but if nothing has worked at all, make sure that you update the game to see if that will fix whatever issue you’re having. If the game is already updated at this point, consider contacting the developer or report the bug in their official website. There may not be an immediate fix for your issue but creating a report ticket should might get the attention of the developer at a later time.
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