NFS Unbound Crashing On PC [FIXED]

Here is a quick guide that covers all the current legit solutions for NFS Unbound crashing problems on PC.

After a wait of three years, EA has finally released the next game in the Need for Speed series called Unbound. Unfortunately, despite waiting for a couple of years, players are already facing game-breaking errors while trying to run NFS Unbound on their PC. Fortunately, there are a few possible fixes for the NFS Unbound crashing issues, which can ease the early problems for plenty of gamers.

Key Takeaways
  • Players are already encountering game-breaking errors in Need for Speed Unbound when trying to run it on their PC.
  • To solve these issues, there are two possible fixes:
    • Deleting the DX12 file: Players reported that by deleting the DX12 file from their NFS Unbound Documents folder and game engine folder (Origin or EA), the game started working properly.
    • Launching the game through Origin: Some players solved the crashing problem by uninstalling the EA App and launching the game through Origin. Before trying this method, players should link their Steam/EA/Origin accounts.
  • Overall, the most popular solution among players is deleting the DX12 file.

It is never pleasant to download a huge game and instantly run into a bunch of crashes and errors. Since so many players are facing multiple problems, we were able to narrow down some of the best fixes for NFS Unbound crashes by going through multiple forums and Reddit posts on the internet.

So far, numerous players have reported that Need for Speed Unbound crashes for them right when they launch the game. In addition to that, there have been other reports that claim that whenever a player enters the story mode or chooses a car, the game instantaneously shuts down. 

Despite the issues, we are adamant that EA will fix these problems in due time. Games tend to go through a rough patch during their initial days after launch. Although, for the time being, you can alter some game files on your PC, and run NFS Unbound using a different engine to relieve yourself of some of the early performance problems in the game. 

Delete DX12 File

The first method that we managed to find while scrounging through Reddit was an easy step of deleting the DX12 file within your NFS Unbound Documents folder and from the game’s engine folder. Many players pointed out that by deleting the relevant file, their game started working properly. If you’re not aware of how to find the DX12 file on your PC, then we have got you covered.

You need to follow a few steps according to the gaming engine you use for NFS Unbound. You can find the DX12 file in the NFS Unbound’s shader cache/cache folder once locating your game engine folder (Origin or EA). Secondly, you will also head to the Documents folder and then delete the DX12 file from there too.

Before starting the process, make sure the gaming engine and NFS Unbound are not running on your PC. With that said, here are the first bit of steps you need to follow to delete the DX12 file if you’re running the game through the Origin Engine.

  • Start up your PC.
  • Open up your File Explorer and locate the “Origin Games” folder. (Your destination folder is set from within the Origin engine).
  • In the “Origin Games” folder, find and open the “Need For Speed Unbound” folder.
  • Now you will be able to see a bunch of different folders and files. Ignore everything and simply open the “Shadercache“.
  • Now choose the “PcDx12” file and delete it.

After doing the above-mentioned steps, it is essential to delete the DX12 file from the Documents folder as well. Hence, here are the following steps:

  • Open up the “File Explorer” on your PC.
  • Head to the Documents folder by pressing the icon at the left panel of the File Explorer window.
  • Now open the “Need For Speed Unbound” folder and enter the “cache” folder.
  • Yet again, delete the Dx12 file you find here and close the window.

When you have followed these steps, close up all the windows and restart the PC. After it’s back and running, open the relevant gaming engine and run NFS Unbound to check if the game still causes any issues or not. 

Launch The Game Through Origin

EA App PC nfs unbound
EA App on PC [Image Credit: eXputer]
Since the game is capable of running through EA App and Origin both, some players were able to fix the crashing problem by switching their base engine for NFS Unbound. Regardless of the store you bought the game from, NFS Unbound will use either EA App or Origin engine to launch on your PC. Even Steam will redirect you toward these clients when you try playing NFS Unbound.

A few people on Reddit claimed that they were able to solve the NFS Unbound start-up errors by uninstalling the EA App and running the game through Origin. Before you try implementing this method, make sure that you link your Steam/EA/Origin accounts. Other than that, if the Origin client is unable to locate the game, then browse for it through the given option in the engine. After that, try running NFS Unbound to check whether the error has been fixed for you.


So there you have it! Our full take on the ongoing crashing bugs in Need for Speed Unbound. We have included some of the best tried and tested methods after searching for hours on Reddit. The fix which leads you to delete the DX12 files should do the trick for you. The solution is by far the most popular right now. On top of that, we will do our best to update our guide with more solutions for the ongoing and future NFS Unbound errors.

Hopefully, EA will address the issue soon enough and release a patch update that fixes all the ongoing errors in Need for Speed Unbound.

Need for Speed Unbound is finally out to expand one of the biggest series in the Racing genre in gaming. Get ready to take part in “The Grand,” which is one of the biggest street racing challenges in Lakeshore. You will be able to race around for four weeks, where you will try to imprint your mark in the world of street racing and win exciting prizes while evading the police. You can also exploit the current Money Glitch in NFS Unbound. If the Driving effects are bothering you too much, then you can switch them off by reading our guide.

Thank you for reading through our article. For more error fixes and guides about the Need for Speed Unbound, stick around at eXputer!

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Haider Khan

PC gaming geek with three years of content writing experience - covering Video Game Settings, and errors across all devices.

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