Resident Evil Village has received overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam by far but it has also come to our attention that a lot of players are reporting that the game keeps crashing on them. If you enjoy the story of this game but is experiencing the annoying crashes, here’s a guide that will help you fix the problem.
Reasons why Resident Evil Village crashes
There can be several factors to blame if Resident Evil Village keeps crashing on your. Let’s take a look at each of them below.
Game client is outdated.
New games tend to have more bugs so one of the important things that you need to do is to run the game only after installing the latest update. Unlike games with online multiplayer mode, this one does not so if you set Steam to offline mode, you won’t get any notification of a new update for the game client. In this case, you want to ensure that you check for updates manually before launching Resident Evil Village.
PC does not meet Resident Evil Village specs.
Resident Evil Village requires a decent set of hardware in order to run. If your computer is old, or if it’s not designed to be a gaming rig primarily, it may be struggling to load the game, resulting to a crash.
Outdated GPU driver.
Unlike console players, those who play games on PC needs to make sure that their machine is running the latest device driver. This is an important consideration as an outdated driver can result in performance issues, crashes, black screen, or lag.
Updating your drivers is very easy though, especially if you’re using the special software for your particular GPU like NVIDIA GeForce, which can automatically scan the internet for the latest drivers. All you have to do is to install the drivers if they become available.
Corrupted game files.
The Resident Evil Village crashing issue that you’re experiencing can also be attributed to damaged game data. Game files can become corrupted due to a number of reasons but one of the common ones is when a user interrupts the PC while the game is trying to save.
You want to ensure that you let the system work on its own when it’s saving your game progress, or when it’s installing a game update or a system update.
PC out of resources due to other apps.
Other applications may interfere with other programs and cause problems. If you’re running another application while playing Resident Evil Village, try closing the said program to see if that will stop the crashing issue.
High Dynamic Range-related issues.
Some Resident Evil Village players have reported to have solved crashing issues by disabling HDR or High Dynamic Range on their PC. If you have HDR feature turned on, you can try to disable it to see if it’s the one causing the crash.
How to fix Resident Evil Village crashing on Steam?
There’s no easy way to fix crashes on Resident Evil Village. However, you can try the solutions below to see if your particular problem is fixable on your end.
Fix #1: Check for the latest updates.
Keeping the game updated is critical. Make sure that you set Steam online first so it automatically scans for any updates for your games automatically.
If Steam is already online, make sure that you double check if there’s any update for Resident Evil Village before you launch it again.
While you’re at it, make sure to also check if your Windows OS needs updating. Together with updating other software components, keeping the OS up-to-date is very important in getting rid of bugs. Microsoft has a regular release of Windows updates so all you have to do is to install them.
Fix #2: Verify if PC can handle the game.
One of the common reasons for Resident Evil Village crashing issues can be hardware limitation. Make sure that your PC can actually support the game by checking the minimum system requirements.
If necessary, try aiming upgrading your hardware to meet the recommended requirements. If your machine can’t handle the recommended specs, consider using a lower set of display settings of the game instead.
Fix #3: Ensure GPU drivers are up-to-date.
Resident Evil Village, also known as Resident Evil 8 or RE8, may also be crashing due to old or incompatible device drivers, particularly for your graphics. Be sure to check manually for any new drivers by either using the Windows Device Manager, or a special graphics software like NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon.
Check out the links below on how to update your GPU:
If you’re playing on a laptop that does not have a discrete graphics card, you should ensure that you also update your Intel CPU.
Fix #4: Close other apps.
If RE8 still crashes, another possible fix that you can try is to terminate other apps that may be interfering with it. There’s no official list of applications that may cause this problem and some of the known applications that may lead to issues are legit ones like the Steam overlay feature, or popular ones like MSI Afterburner.
If you’re running third party apps, you can use the Task Manager to terminate them. The point is to ensure that only Resident Evil 8 is running. If that fixes the crashes, you can assume that one of the programs you closed is the reason for the problem. From there, it’s simply just a matter of elimination to identify the problematic app.
Fix #5: Repair game files.
Crashing issues on RE8 may also be caused by broken game files. To keep these local files in good shape, try repairing them using a Steam tool to verify their integrity.
Fix #6: Turn off Steam overlay.
If you are running any app that has an active overlay feature running right now, start with it by closing it. For example, if you’re using the Steam overlay, follow these steps to disable it:
- Close the game (if it’s running).
- Open Steam client.
- Click Library.
- Right-click on Resident Evil Village and select Properties.
- In the General tab, make sure that Enable Steam Overlay while in-game box is unchecked.
- Launch the game again and check for the problem.
Fix #7: Delete and reinstall Steam.
If none of the troubleshooting steps and solutions fixed the crashing problem, you can consider uninstalling and reinstalling the game.
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