How to fix Diablo 4 crashing on startup or mid game

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The fourth chapter in the long-running demonic series by Blizzard is finally upon us. But what if you've been having problems with Diablo 4 crashing on startup or mid game? Let's look at how to fix it.

Overall, the launch of the game has been preceded by a small early access window, with people facing a variety of Diablo 4 errors such as the server error and the login issue.

But now that the game is live, problems with Diablo 4 crashing on startup or mid game are definitely worse. So let's see how to fix it.

How to fix Diablo 4 crashing on startup or mid game

Naturally, it might be difficult to understand what is happening when a game crashes at startup with no errors. So let's go in order with a few possible fixes so we can see what's going on.

Check the requirements

Perhaps you bought the game and it launched fine a couple of times then it did not work anymore. Definitely, make sure that your computer is not having problems running Diablo IV even at the lowest settings.

These are Diablo 4 minimum requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon R9 280
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or FX-8100
  • Hard drive: 45 GB free
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit

Diablo 4 recommended requirements

  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon RX 470
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K or Ryzen 3 1300X
  • File Size: 45 GB
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit

Disable antivirus software

If you are running any kind of antivirus, definitely make sure that Diablo 4 is considered a non-threatening application. But also, you might want to try disabling it altogether, even for just a short time, to see if it's indeed that program causing issues.

Lower the graphics settings

Tweak the in-game graphics settings so that Diablo 4 runs smoothly. Start by setting everything to low and then increase the settings until you run into stuttering, lag or crashing issues. Just experiment with them to find the right balance for your device.

In addition, if you overclock your computer - stop. While in theory, overclocking is designed to wring every last drop of performance from your PC, in many cases it actually has the opposite effect, and crashing is a common side-effect.

Close other applications

If your computer barely meets the specs for the game, then having lots of other memory-hogging programs running in the background will increase the risk of Diablo 4 crashing. So, close everything else down via Task Manager to reduce the risk of this happening.

Verify the integrity of game files

Corrupted or damaged game files can also cause a game to crash. So run them through the integrity checker to verify they are valid. Here is how to do it.

  • Run your Blizzard Battle.net client.
  • Click Diablo 4 in the left pane. Then, click Options and select Scan and Repair from the drop-down menu.
  • Press Begin Scan.

Update your graphics drivers

A common cause of game crashes is outdated graphics drivers. So make sure yours are fully updated. If you use AMD, you can check for updates here. If you are on NVIDIA, go here. And for Intel, click here. Also, make sure your OS is up-to-date as well.

Other Diablo 4 problems and issues

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Here are some other common issues you may find while playing Diablo 4, plus some possible fixes.

  • Stuttering: Try lowering your graphics settings, along with making sure there are no other apps running in the background (especially, for example, browsers with YouTube open etc.)
  • Lag or high latency: Check for any latest updates in regards to problems with the servers, but it is also a good idea to reset your router or your overall network connection settings.
  • Low FPS: Should you be experiencing low framerates in Diablo 4 or sudden drops, try to check for any downloads or processes you may have in the background.

These are all possible fixes for the various issues with Diablo 4.

If you should encounter any issues with the game, don't worry. Instead of spending hours speaking with someone from customer support, consult this guide and you'll be back slaying demons in no time.

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