Payday 3 crashing – how to fix crash issues on PC, Xbox, and PS5

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Payday 3 crashing

Sometimes, you just want to kick back, relax, and go on a video game crime spree. Unfortunately, these fits of lawlessness can be cut short when your game decides to crash. So we’ve come up with this guide on how to fix Payday 3 crashing issues to help you continue your gaming session.

In Payday 3, you can team up with some of your friends to score big with a good old-fashioned heist. You get to do this with a variety of weapons and skills in your arsenal.

So let’s go ahead and jump into the details behind the Payday 3 crashing issues and get you back into the co-op shooting game.

How to fix Payday 3 crashing on PC

If you’re experiencing Payday 3 crashes on PC, the first thing you should try is try to run the game without DX12 (or with, if you've been running it without). That usually solves the issue, but how to do it?

Here is how to do it on Steam:

  • Right-click on Payday 3 from your Library.
  • Select Properties and go to "General".
  • In "Launch options", add the following command "-dx12" (without quotes).
  • If you already have it, of course, remove it and try running it again.

What if you're running the game on the Epic Games store though? Here is how to do it:

  • Right-click on Payday 3 in your library and click Manage.
  • Turn on Launch Options.
  • In the options, add: "-dx12" (without quotes) to turn on DX12.

If that did not work, you can also try these other fixes:

  • Disable third-party software that may be running along with the game. This includes programs like Discord, MSI Afterburner, and even Steam overlay.
  • Lower your graphics settings.
  • Turn on VSync.

When trying out any of these fixes, you may need to give your PC a quick reboot for the changes to take effect. But if you’ve tried everything listed above and the crashing still persists, it's best to try to get in touch with Payday 3 support.

How to fix Payday 3 crashing on Xbox consoles

Of course, game crashes aren’t limited to just PC users. If you’re experiencing Payday 3 crashes on an Xbox console, you may want to check if any other background apps are running and close them.

If closing these additional apps doesn’t fix the crashing issue, you can also try the following:

  • Go into Settings and switch graphics from performance mode to image quality.
  • Change power-saving options to Instant-on mode.
  • Remove any extra devices connected to the console and do a restart.

Just like with the PC version, you may want to reach out to the Payday 3 support page if the game continues to crash. Make sure to perform a restart on your Xbox console after giving each fix a try.

How to fix Payday 3 crashing on PlayStation 5

If you’re having crashing issues on PS5, your best bet at fixing them, would definitely be first clearing the console’s cache. Don’t worry about giving this a try, since all of your saved data will remain intact.

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Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clear the cache on your PS5:

  • Start by turning off the console fully. This means a proper switch-off, rather than using Rest Mode.
  • Wait for twenty seconds or so, and then unplug the console from the main power supply.
  • Leave your PS5 unplugged for a couple of minutes.
  • After this time has elapsed, plug the console back in, and power it up.
  • Try relaunching Payday 3 to see whether the issue is resolved.

Again, if you continue to experience crashes after trying out this fix, don’t hesitate to reach out to the developers through their official support page.

And that’s everything we have on Payday 3 crashing. For more information on the co-op shooter, you may want to check out its system requirements and Steam Deck performance

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