How to fix Starfield crashing on PC

Starfield is an AAA game that will put your computer to the test. With the thousands of planets you'll be visiting and the sheer size of a game, some bugs are bound to happen. I'm playing this Skyrim-in-space game on PC, so I was prepared for Starfield system errors, or at least so I thought until my PC crashed like a spaceship after a dogfight with pirates. If you need help like I did, here's how to fix the Starfield crashing on PC error.

Starfield PC crash error solution

Before you start trying to fix things on your own like I did, I recommend you read the latest Starfield patch notes, as you may discover your problem is already solved. If that's not the case, here's what you can do to fix Starfield crashing on PC.

Check if your graphic drivers are up to date

Whether you have NVIDIA or ATI Radeon, your GPU must be up-to-date to run Starfield. This way, you'll be sure crashes are not connected to your graphics card. Visit official NVIDIA download drivers or AMD Radeon Drivers and Support to update your GPU drivers. Using the clean install option is recommended.

Check minimum system requirements for Starfield

If you're having trouble running Starfield, check if you meet the minimum system requirements for Starfield, and make sure you have an SSD before even considering installing the game.

  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5700, NVIDIA GeForce 1070 Ti
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, Intel Core i7-6800K
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 125 GB available space
  • OS: Windows 10 version 21H1 (10.0.19043)

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Update DirectX

Starfield crashes on PC for many reasons, and DirectX may be one of them, so be proactive and update DirectX as soon as you install the game. Follow these instructions on how to install DirectX:

  1. Go to the DirectX download page.
  2. Download dxsetup.exe.
  3. Run the downloaded installer file.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Verify game files on Steam

It's always a good idea to check your game files if you've installed Starfield via Steam. To verify game files on Steam, follow these steps:

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Click on the Library tab.
  3. Right-click on the game that you want to verify.
  4. Select Properties.
  5. Select the Local Files tab.
  6. Click on Verify integrity of game files.

For more information on Starfield, check out How to Exit Console Command in Starfield on Pro Game Guides.

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Nebojša Prijić is a staff writer at Pro Game Guides. He's an old-school gaming journalist that loves real-time strategies, shooters, and RPGs. He remembers the first Diablo, PC games on a single floppy disk, and playing Mortal Kombat on the keyboard.
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