Dead Space Remake Won’t Launch and Crashing – How to fix

Dead Space won’t launch and crashing – Some PC players are facing an issue where the 2023 Remake of Dead Space won’t launch for them via Steam. The game stops responding after they press the “Play” button on Steam. Dead Space Remake is also crashing for some users. Though a few are being able to launch the game, it crashes after a few seconds, and for some Dead Space is straight up crashing at startup, before they even make it to the main menu.

The good thing is, that many people from the community have already recommended some fixes for that. Check them out.

Dead Space Remake Won’t Launch and Crashing – How to fix

Check your System Specs because Dead Space Remake is a demanding title

It is common knowledge that Dead Space has a huge fan base. And it makes sense, considering how old the franchise is. But that doesn’t change the fact the 2023 Remake of Dead Space is extremely demanding. Check out the requirements:


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Processor: Ryzen 5 2600x, Core i5 8600
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD RX 5700, GTX 1070
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 50 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 50GB SATA SSD

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Processor: Ryzen 5 5600X,Core i5 11600K
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon RX 6700 XT, Geforce RTX 2070
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 50 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 50GB SSD PCIe compatible

Download Nvidia’s v528.24 Game Ready Driver for Dead Space Remake

If you are an Nvidia GPU user, then let me tell you that Nvidia has already released a GPU driver optimized for Dead Space Remake. The version is 528.24. You can download and install it via GeForce Experience, or download it directly via the link below:

AMD Driver for Dead Space Remake

Unfortunately, AMD has not released any Adrenalin driver for Dead Space 2023. Once they do, I will post the accurate version and the download link here.

Dead Space requires you to have the Build 1909 or higher of Windows 10 64-bit

Dead Space Remake does not support Windows 7 or 8.1. Windows 10 64-bit is mandatory. And the OS Build should be at least 1909.

If you don’t know how to check your Windows build, then all you have to do is:

  1. Press Windows+R on your keyboard
  2. Type “winver” inside the empty box
  3. Press Enter

Your build details will pop up in a small window. It should look something like this:

I am using Windows 10 Version 21H2 OS Build 19044.2486, and I can confirm that this version runs Dead Space flawlessly. I haven’t had any issues launching the game on any of my 2 PCs.

DirectX 12 is recommended for Dead Space 2023

One of the biggest technical details about Dead Space, which a lot of people seem to have missed, is that the 2023 version of Dead Space runs only on the DirectX 12 API. If you have anything other than DX 12, then you are out of luck here. In order to check the DirectX version on your system:

  1. Press Windows+R keys on your keyboard
  2. Type “dxdiag” inside the box and press Enter
  3. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will pop up
  4. Ensure you are on the System tab; look at the bottom of the System Information list. You should see your DirectX version there.

If it is DirectX 12, then you can move further into this guide. If it is not, then you already have your answer. You can try downloading and installing the latest DirectX version from here. And see if that works out for you. If you are experiencing any “DirectX Error” then this might fix it.

Update your Windows OS right now

If you are using Windows 10, you must update your OS immediately. There is a good chance that you are sitting on a buggy version. And Dead Space might be crashing at startup due to that.

I can guarantee that, even if you have a low-end PC, you won’t face any crashing or launch issues if your OS and drivers are updated. I have tested Dead Space, on two systems, and one of them has a GTX 1650 installed.

Dead Space, launched flawlessly on all of them. So the hardware is, most probably, not the issue for most of you.

  1. Click on the Windows button from your Taskbar
  2. Click on the Settings (Gear) icon
  3. Select Update & Security
  4. Click on Check for updates
  5. Wait for the updates to get installed
  6. Restart your PC

A Dedicated GPU is needed for Dead Space

As I said before, the 2023 version of Dead Space is extremely demanding. So, make sure that you are using the Dedicated GPU inside your system and not the integrated one. If your laptop is running on Hybrid Mode then turn it off. I don’t think I have to explain, how under-powered integrated GPUs are.

This issue is very common with gaming laptop users. If the wrong graphics processor is set on your GPU Control Panel, then considering how unoptimized Dead Space is at the moment, it will crash every time.

Your Anti-virus software might be blocking the Dead Space Remake executable file

Some games also use copy protection technology that can appear as malicious software to an AV scanner, resulting in potential false-positive alerts. which can cause games to crash, or prevent them from launching.

Try disabling your Anti-Virus software temporarily and then try to launch Dead Space. It may also be necessary to add exceptions for the game in your AV configuration.

Run your GPU and CPU and Stock Speeds

Dead Space sometimes crashes and slows down as a result of an overclocking application or utility running in the background. It’s important to make sure nothing of this nature is running at any given time and only Dead Space is running.

Many games suffer from crashes because of applications like MSI Afterburner or Zotac firestorm. It’s best to stay on the safe side and leave your GPU and CPU running at default speeds.

Use the .exe file of Dead Space to start the game

Instead of launching Dead Space from your Steam library, just visit the folder where you have installed Dead Space Remake. And launch the game directly by double-clicking on the executable or .exe file of the game.

You can also try to Start Dead Space ‘as administrator’, by right-clicking on the file and selecting “Run as administrator”. This will most probably fix the “won’t launch” or “won’t start” issue for most of you.

Verify the in-game files of Dead Space via Steam

Verify the game’s files to make sure your computer isn’t missing any critical files that might be causing the game to crash or freeze.

  1. Go to your Steam Library
  2. Right-click on Dead Space
  3. Select Properties
  4. Click on the Local Files tab
  5. Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files

If you think this guide has helped, then let us know in the comment section below. Also, try checking out our other guides on Dead Space Remake. Who knows, you might find something you have been looking for. 🙂

That’s all, folks

Last Updated on January 27, 2023

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