In the realm of Apex Legends, crashing issues have become a pervasive concern, casting a shadow over the gaming experience. The game is currently grappling with various imperfections, with one of the most prominent issues being random crashes that disrupt the flow of gameplay.
These crashes can be attributed to a range of factors, including missing game files, outdated drivers, network connectivity issues, and problems related to graphical settings. However, after hours of research, I’ve managed to find fixes that have helped me and other players as well.
Verify Game File Integrity on Steam
In case of any power outage or corrupted files, Steam has an excellent feature to restore any lost files. It is incredibly useful because, in some cases, there are crashes where the game may fail to start up properly. If it happens to you, the best-case scenario is to check for “Verify File Integrity” on the Steam launcher.
Tweaking Launch Options
There is also a method that has helped me solve my problem and other players also happen to have solved their issue by this method. The fix involves adding a command line argument, to the launch options of Apex Legends. This command assigns the game to utilize a specific number of CPU threads (in this case, 4) for processing tasks.
- Open the Steam client on your computer > Navigate to your game library > Find Apex Legends.
- Right-click on the game title to reveal a dropdown menu.
- From the dropdown menu > select “Properties.”
- Within the Properties window > look for the “General” tab > Locate > click on the “Set Launch Options” button.
- A text field will appear. Input “-numworkerthreads 4” without quotes. Make sure there’s a space before the command.
- Click “OK” or “Save” to confirm the changes.
Start the game through Steam to check if the crashing issue has been resolved. However, it’s important to note that this solution might be temporary and intended as a workaround until an official fix is released by Respawn. Once the developers provide an official solution, it’s advisable to remove this command line from the launch options to avoid potential conflicts or issues with subsequent game updates.
Limit the Total VRAM Usage
In Apex Legends, avoid maxing out your GPU’s video memory to 8GB as it can strain the system and lead to crashes. Opt for 4GB or 6GB VRAM settings for better stability, preventing texture streaming errors and prolonging your GPU’s lifespan.
Even high-end cards typically offer 8GB total VRAM, like the AMD RX 580, so it’s wise to use half of that capacity to prevent issues. Adjust VRAM in the Display Settings menu of the game to manage this without complications.
Check your Network Connectivity
Apex Legends crashing issue seems to link with network issues, particularly concerning certain connections, like VPNs. Some players resolved the problem by playing the game without a VPN, while others found success by using a VPN. It appears that stabilizing the game might involve adjusting different network setups. However, the effectiveness of these solutions varies based on individual network configurations. So I recommend first trying the game with a VPN connection and if that doesn’t work, try playing without it.
Apex Legends faces frequent crashes due to issues like missing game files, outdated drivers, and network problems. Fixes involve updating the game, managing drivers through tools like Driver Booster 7 or GeForce Experience, closing interfering background apps, and limiting VRAM to 4GB or 6 GB.
Tweaking launch options by assigning CPU threads and adjusting network setups, like using or avoiding a VPN, have shown varied effectiveness. The development team has gotten light on the issue and is actively trying to solve it.
Update on crashing: Respawn has confirmed they are looking into the increase in #ApexLegends crashes following the Fight Night update 🙏
— Apex Legends News (@alphaINTEL) January 7, 2021
The crashes are widespread (Steam, EA, AMD, and Microsoft) across platforms and countries and need an official fix. I hope these methods prove helpful, but given the uniqueness of each player’s setup, a combination of solutions may be needed. In persistent challenges, reaching out to official customer support is recommended.
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