Forza Horizon 4 has finally arrived on Steam after it was initially launched in 2018 for Windows and Xbox One. At this time, many Steam users are reporting that their Forza Horizon 4 game is crashing during launch, especially when trying to play with friends.
In this troubleshooting guide, we’ll show the steps and fixes on how to fix the crashing issue for this game.
Why does Steam Forza Horizon 4 crash?
If your Forza Horizon 4 is crashing, one of the following must be the cause:
Random game glitch.
A lot of Steam players are reporting crash issues for Forza Horizon 4 and many of these cases are not due to a major issue with the game. Sometimes, the unique software environment of a computer can cause applications to crash randomly even though the apps themselves are working fine.
If there seems to be no clear pattern why the game crashes, it may be due to a randomly triggered bug.
Forza Horizon 4 Steam version requires decent hardware in order to work properly. If your PC is old, it’s possible that your hardware can no longer support the game at this time.
Keeping your Windows PC drivers updated, particularly the GPU drivers, is an important step in making sure that games work as designed. If your graphics card drivers are not regularly updated, the graphics processor may not work properly when you run a new game causing poor performance, crashing, and other sorts of issues.
Broken game files.
Another possible reason for a crash issue on Forza Horizon 4 can be damaged or corrupted game data. This can happen if you interrupt the game while it’s trying to “save” its progress, or when you turn off your computer during an update installation.
Corrupted Steam client.
The state of your Steam application can affect how other games like Forza Horizon 4 works. If certain Steam games crash, one of the basic things that you must do is to ensure that Steam app is working properly by updating it.
Outdated Windows software.
Another important component that you want to keep updated all the time is your Windows Operating System. Just like your GPU drivers, the OS of your computer may run into issues if it’s not updated regularly when you play new games.
Microsoft regularly releases updates for Windows so all you have to do is to ensure that your system is set to automatically download these updates every week.
Third party interference.
Other applications may work against some games and cause them to crash, disconnect from game servers, or won’t launch the game at all.
At other times, first party programs such as the built-in Windows security program such as Windows Defender may need to be tweaked in order for it not to interfere with games.
How to fix Forza Horizon 4 crashing on Steam?
Below are the solutions and troubleshooting steps that you can try if Forza Horizon 4 is crashing on Steam and you have no idea how to deal with it:
Fix #1: Check for updates.
First, you want to ensure that the software environment of your computer is updated. There are four major components that you must keep updated all the time. These are games, the Steam client, drivers, and the Windows software.
Keep your games up-to-date.
One of the simplest ways to ensure that Forza Horizon 4 game is working normally is by updating it. The same is true for the rest of your games, whether they’re on Steam or not.
Update Steam app.
Although Steam client will automatically scan for the latest updates on its own, you can manually check it yourself by clicking on Help>About Steam at the top. Keeping Steam up-to-date can prevent game bugs from developing, and, sometimes, even fix known glitches with certain titles.
Drivers are important.
Another important step that you can do, especially if are dealing with Forza Horizon 4 crash issues, is to ensure that your graphics card drivers are running the latest version. Depending on your graphics card, you should be able to download a special software that can monitor for the latest drivers for you. For example, if you have an NVIDIA GPU, you can use the NVIDIA GeForce Experience app to check for updates.
Check for Windows updates.
Last but not the least is keeping tab of your computer’s Windows Operating System. As mentioned above, Microsoft releases regular Windows updates in a weekly basis so be sure that your Windows Update Settings are configured correctly to remind you to install these updates as they become available.
Fix #2: Check if your computer can handle the game.
When it comes to playing games on a computer, one of the things that a gamer must watch out for is the game system requirements. If your PC is not built to handle the game in higher graphics settings, you can tweak some settings to lower down the demand for resources, or even upgrade certain hardware components if needed. For example, if your PC is still running an older generation Intel i3 CPU, you may consider upgrading to a much faster Intel core i7 to vastly improve game performance. Or, you may want to invest on a more powerful graphics card instead.
Make sure that you check the Forza Horizon 4 requirements from this link. If your PC meets the minimum system requirements but it continues to crash though, continue with rest of the other solutions below.
Fix #3: Restart the Steam client.
Sometimes crashing on certain titles need just a simple trick: restarting the Steam client. If you’re getting random crashes and you haven’t tried this one yet, be sure to do so now.
Fix #4: Repair game files.
To check for possible corrupted or damaged game files, you can use the built-in Steam file repair tool. This is useful if you find that Steam won’t launch the game, or if a title is crashing.
Fix #5: Check for third party interference.
Some PC players may encounter crashing issues due to other running software applications, background software or background apps. If you are using other programs when playing the game, try to see if any of them is the reason for the crashes using the method of elimination. Simply close any apps one by one until you find the culprit.
Some third party overlay apps such as Discord or MSI Afterburner have been reported to interfere with some games. Try not to use them when Forza Horizon 4 is running to see if that will a difference.
Fix #6: Re-install Forza Horizon 4.
If none of the steps above has not helped at all, the final but drastic solution to try is to delete and reinstall the game.
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