Death Stranding PC – How to fix crashing

Death Stranding crashing fix – Death Stranding has finally made its way to the PC platform. The game was initially released exclusively for the PS4 back in November 2019. It arrived for Windows in the month of July of 2020. This is the first game from Kojima Productions.

If you don’t know Death Stranding is an action game about a guy called Sam Bridges. Players get to control him and the main aim is to deliver supply cargo to various isolated cities known as KNOTs, as well as isolated researchers and survivalists, while also forming connections between these facilities and a communications system called the Chiral Network. But that is not so easy as game is set in the US where creatures from a dimension between life and death roam the Earth which is the result of the aftermath of Death Stranding.

The launch has been going quite well so far. But not for everyone. Some players are reporting constant crashes on the forums. We can only imagine how frustrating this is as a lot of people, who are fans of the work of Hideo Kojima, were eagerly waiting for this game to arrive on PC. And now they are unable to play it. That is why we decided to come up with this crashing fix guide to help the players for whom the game is crashing.

Death Stranding PC – How to fix crashing

Update your Nvidia Graphics Driver to v451.67

Nvidia recently released their GeForce Game Ready Driver v451.67. This driver brings you day 1 support for Death Stranding and some other games. So make sure you update your driver.

If you are a Nvidia user then you can directly update your driver from the Geforce Experience application. You can also download the driver directly from the link below.

Just fill up the details and your driver should be available for download.

nvidia driver v451.67

Update your AMD Graphics Driver to v20.7.1

Though AMD has not released any driver that specifically supports Death Stranding, it is wise to keep your drivers updated. If you are an AMD user then you can find the latest Adrenaline driver from the link given below.

Clear the temporary junk files on your PC

  • Go to the Start menu on your Desktop.
  • Press the Windows key+R at the same time.
  • Type in %TEMP% and press Enter.
  • Select All (Edit > Select All or Ctrl+A).
  • Click the Delete key.

Close Overclocking apps

Recently a lot of games have been facing constant crashes and freezing due to overclocking utilities like MSI Afterburner or the Zotac Firestorm. Try to run your graphics card at base clock speeds and try to avoid overclocking as of now.

Check Anti-Virus Software on your System

Anti-Virus software hooks very deep into user systems and can affect disk and network operations which can cause crashes in games. Some games also use copy protection technology that can appear as malicious software to an AV scanner, resulting in potential false-positive alerts.

Try disabling your Anti-Virus software temporarily and then run Death Stranding. It may also be necessary to add exceptions for Death Stranding in your AV configuration.

Update your DirectX version

DirectX 11 users are witnessing very high amount of crashes while playing Death Stranding. So ahead and update it.

Here is how to do it:

  • Go to the official Microsoft DirectX download page. Here is the link
  • Choose language
  • Now click on the download button
  • Once the download is completed, open the “dxwebsetup.exe” file
  • Follow the instructions
  • Restart your PC

Here is a Microsoft DirectX compatiblity chart that will help choose the best version for your PC:

DirectX Version Details
DirectX 9 Supported in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP. The oldest version of DirectX.
DirectX 10 Supported in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP.
DirectX 11.0 Supported in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions can be downloaded from the Windows website.
DirectX 11.1 Supported in Windows 10, Windows 8 and 7. Can be installed in Windows 7 (SP1) but requires an update
DirectX 11.2 Supported in Windows 10 and Windows 8 (8.1+) only
DirectX 11.4 & 11.3 Only supported in Windows 10.
DirectX 12 DirectX 12 comes preinstalled with every Windows 10 installation. It cannot be used with an older version of Windows. Updates can only be downloaded through windows update as there is no standalone installer available.

Verify Death Stranding on Steam

You can actually verify the in-game files of Death Stranding to check whether your system is missing any files that might be causing the game to crash or freeze:

  • Go to your Steam Library
  • Right click on Death Stranding
  • Select Properties
  • Click on the Local Files tab
  • Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files

Verify Death Stranding on Epic Games Launcher

If you have Death Stranding on Epic Games Launcher instead of Steam then you can repair the in-game files. Here is how to do it :

  • Open Epic Launcher
  • Go to your Library
  • Take your mouse pointer on Death Stranding
  • Click on the Settings icon beside the Launch icon
  • Click on Verify
  • Restart the launcher after the process is completed

Run Epic Launcher with administrator rights

Launching the Epic Games Launcher with administrator rights might solve your problems. Here is how to do it:

  • Go to the folder where you have installed Epic Games Launcher
  • Right-click on EpicGamesLauncher.exe and select Properties
  • Go to the Compatibility tab
  • Click Change settings for all users
  • Under Privilege Level, check Run this program as administrator
  • Click Apply

Wait for the developers to release a patch

Considering how big the launch of Death Stranding on PC is, the developers are constantly on their toes, addressing the issues coming their way immediately. So be patient and wait for a word from the developers. We are pretty sure that they will be releasing a patch to fix the crashing issues pretty soon.

These are all the fixes we have for people who are experiencing crashes in Death Stranding.

If you are stuttering in the game then click here to check out our article on how to fix stuttering in Death Stranding.

And if you are lagging or facing FPS drops in the game then click here to check out our article on how to fix lag and fps drops in Death Stranding.

Click here to check out the Official Steam Discussions page of Death Stranding.

Click here to submit a ticket to 505 Games Support.


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