Baldur’s Gate 3 Crashing on PC: How to Fix the Issue

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Baldur’s Gate 3 has recently been launched after a long wait, and it’s compatible with a long list of platforms. Regardless if you prefer your gaming on a PC or on one of the main consoles (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, macOS, etc.), errors will occur. It’s just an unwritten law of the gaming world that all games will go through technical errors at some point.

Baldur’s Gate 3 has been constantly crashing when running the game on the PC, even though the computer has everything it needs: the right RAM, GPU, CPU, etc. Therefore, players need to learn how to solve this extremely frustrating problem, and not by throwing the PC out the window.

First of all, we need to understand why the error happens before learning how to tackle it. Corrupted files, incompatible PCs, or unverified game files can all be possible reasons for the game’s PC version crashing. With that out of the way, let’s learn how to solve the problem:

Turn off VSync and Lock FPS to 60

Turning off VSync will make you get rid of the input lag. As a result, the game won’t crash as often anymore. It’s also a good idea to stick the frame rate to 60 FPS, as running the game higher could trigger another error.

Disable XMP/EXPO

For those unaware, EXPO and XMP refer to memory profiles that can be used to overclock RAM. Simply disabling them can fix the problem of Baldur’s Gate 3 crashing, at least for some players.

Update your GPU driver

The graphics card (GPU) is a crucial component for any gamer’s rig, meaning that having the latest driver installed and running is a ‘must’. In other words, feel free to head over to your GPU’s manufacturer’s website and search for the latest driver for your graphics card. Make sure to look for the driver that works on your specific GPU model.

Update Baldur’s Gate 3

Similarly to the GPU driver, your game not having the latest update installed can also cause it to malfunction. Therefore, feel free to head over to the official website of Baldur’s Gate 3 and see if there are any updates up for grabs.

Check the game files

You need to verify the integrity of your game files if you’re using Steam. Therefore, you need to right-click on Baldur’s Gate 3 in your Steam library, head over to “Properties,” then select the “Local Files” tab, and ultimately hit “Verify Integrity of Game Files.”

Close background apps

If you’re trying to play Baldur’s Gate 3 while at the same time you have other apps running in the background, that situation will obviously put your computer’s hardware to extra work. In other words, it’s best to run Baldur’s Gate 3, such as any other game that demands powerful hardware, when there aren’t any otheer apps running in the background.

Disable overlays

If you’re using any overlay apps, such as NVIDIA GeForce Experience or Discord, it’s time to disable them. That’s because overlays can interfere with the games, especially if the latter take a toll on your hardware components.

Ultimately, if your PC doesn’t meet at least the minimum system requirements of the game, any of the methods above will most probably fail. The only solution is to upgrade your PC’s components in order to be able to run the game, and let’s be honest on this one: PC hardware parts nowadays are pretty affordable, in general. You can even purchase them from second-hand hardware stores if your budget isn’t too high.

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