6 Ways To Fix Street Fighter 6 Crashing

You can solve the Street Fighter 6 crashing issue by verifying its files, switching to dedicated GPU, opening network ports and whitelisting the game from Antivirus

I’ve been waiting for Street Fighter 6 to drop on PC since it got announced, and it hasn’t disappointed me yet. However, a thing I noticed during the open beta is that the game seemed to crash on the desktop a lot for me. It wasn’t just me, as other players were also facing the same issue on PC. Now that it’s fully released, the issue has reduced in occurrence but is present nonetheless. So, I’ll be helping you fix the Street Fighter crashing issue on PC so you can enjoy beating your friends to a pulp without interruptions. 

Key Takeaways
  • Street Fighter 6 was crashing for several players when its Beta first came out, and it’s doing the same for players after the full release.
  • The Street Fighter crashing issue is occurring due to several reasons, including:
    • Incompatibility With Your PC Hardware
    • Outdated GPU drivers
    • Missing/Corrupted Game Files
    • Antivirus Restricting Game’s Access
    • Game Not Having Proper Permissions To Run

  • Try out the following solutions to fix Street Fighter 6 crashing:
    • Verify Street Fighter 6 Game Files
    • Run SF6 As Administrator And Disable Fullscreen Optimization
    • Manually Switch To A Dedicated GPU
    • Clear DirectX Shader Cache
    • Close Unnecessary Background Applications
    • Whitelist Street Fighter 6 Install Folder in Antivirus

Check The Street Fighter 6 System Requirements First

PC System Requirements for Street Fighter 6
Official System Requirements By Capcom (Image by eXputer)

Now Street Fighter 6 is an optimized game to run on your PC. It doesn’t require a beefy PC and can run on relatively lower-end hardware. However, you still need to verify if your PC hardware is why Street Fighter 6 crashes frequently. So here are the official Street Fighter 6 system requirements from Capcom so you can gauge your PC for yourself. 

Minimum Street Fighter 6 System Requirements

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7500 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • System Memory: 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 1060 (VRAM 6GB) / Radeon RX 580 (VRAM 4GB)
  • Video Memory: 6 GB (AMD 4GB)
  • Pixel Shader Level: 5.1
  • Vertex Shader Level: 5.1
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (64-bit required)
  • Required Storage Space: 60 GB HDD

Recommended Street Fighter 6 System Requirements

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 8700 / AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • System Memory: 16 GB
  • Graphics Card: GeForce RTX 2070 / Radeon RX 5700 XT
  • Video Memory: 8192 MB
  • Pixel Shader Level: 5.1
  • Vertex Shader Level: 5.1
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (64-bit required)
  • Required Storage Space: 60 GB SSD

Did you carefully compare these requirements with your PC specifications? If your PC has similar or better specs than the minimum requirements, the root of the crashing issue is something else. If your PC fails to meet even the minimum system requirements, you’ll need to upgrade your PC to run Street Fighter 6 smoothly. 

TIP: You can also download the official benchmark tool for Street Fighter 6 and run it. This will help you gain a better understanding of whether your PC can handle the game or not.

Verify Street Fighter 6 Game Files

The games can sometimes be deleted or missing due to malware, third-party cleaning software, and antivirus. This is a major problem that can either prevent Street Fighter 6 from starting up or simply cause it to crash. So, instead of re-downloading the whole game, you can simply verify the integrity of game files through Steam. This will let Steam download only the particular files that are missing. Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, you have to open up Steam and find Street Fighter 6 in your game library. 
  2. Once found, right-click on it and go to its properties. 
  3. Inside its properties, head toward the local files tab. Inside this tab, you’ll see an option to Verify The Integrity of Game Files option; go ahead and click on it. 
    Verify Game Files
    Verify the Integrity of game files (Image by eXputer)

After you start the verification process, Steam will scan Street Fighter 6’s install directory to detect files that have gone missing or corrupted. Once the scan completes, Steam will automatically download the files in question and replace them in the install directory.

Run SF6 As Administrator And Disable Fullscreen Optimization

One of the major reasons behind games not starting up or crashing is not having full permissions for accessing PC resources. Without proper permissions, applications get restricted access to your system, resulting in crashing issues. To fix this problem, simply launch Street Fighter 6 with administrative privileges. Here’s how to do it: 

  1. First, you have to locate the local installation directory for Street Fighter 6. The easiest way to do this is by opening up Steam > locating the game in your library > right-clicking on it and selecting Browse Local Files under the manage option.
    Accessing Install Files
    Browse Local Files (Image by eXputer)
  2. Once you have access to the local installation directory, you have to find the main executable file for Street Fighter 6 here. 
  3. After you find the main “.exe” file, right-click on it and select its properties. 
  4. Inside the properties, go to the compatibility tab. 
    Run as Administrator and Disable Fullscreen optimizations
    Compatibility tab (Image by eXputer)
  5. In the compatibility tab, you have to checkmark 2 options. One is 
  6. Here, checkmark the run as administrator and disable the fullscreen optimizations options.
  7. Click OK to save changes.
I’ve also suggested that you should disable fullscreen optimizations as it’s a hybrid borderless fullscreen mode from Windows, which is incompatible with several games and lead to problems like crashing

Now Street Fighter 6 will run with administrator privileges and have no issues accessing your PC resources like the internet or storage files. If the crashing was happening due to missing permissions, it’ll be resolved by now. 

Manually Switch To A Dedicated GPU

If you’re playing Street Fighter 6 on your gaming laptop, it’s important that you use your dedicated Nvidia or AMD GPU. Your gaming laptop generally has two GPUs; an integrated Intel iGPU and a dedicated GPU. Usually, your laptop will automatically switch to the dedicated GPU when you launch a game. However, sometimes it doesn’t, which ends up causing Street Fighter 6 crashing issue that you’re facing. Here’s how you can manually set the game to use a dedicated GPU by default: 

  1. Open up Windows Search and type Graphics Settings. Click on the first link that pops up. 
  2. After accessing graphics settings, you’ll an app list at the bottom. You can either search for Street Fighter 6 in the search bar or locate it manually by scrolling down. Once you find it, click on it, then on the Options button.
  3. After clicking on the Options button, a new menu will open up. Here, you have to select High Performance (Dedicated GPU) option, and also, checkmark doesn’t use optimizations for windowed games.
    Switching to Dedicated GPU
    Use Dedicated GPU (Image by eXputer)
  4. Once you’re done, click on save.

Now whenever you launch Street Fighter 6, the game will always launch using your dedicated GPU. This will surely fix your Street Fighter 6 crashing issue. 

Clear DirectX Shader Cache

DirectX shader cache corruption may be the reason you’re facing Street Fighter 6 crashing issue on your PC. This is a cache system in your Microsoft Windows to store all the precompiled shader files. These help improve performance and stability in applications and games.

As amazing as this process of shader file storage sounds, it can also lead to problems. If you don’t clear DirectX Shader Cache on time, it gets corrupted and causes problems for your games, including crashing issues. Here’s how you can clear the cache for DirectX shader files on your PC:

  1. First, you have to open Windows Settings by hitting the shortcut key Win + I.
  2. In the settings, you need to open up Storage Settings.
    Storage in Windows Settings
     Click on Storage (Image by eXputer)
  3. Once you enter Storage Settings, head over to the Temporary Files section.
    Temporary Files in Settings
     Temporary Files (Image by eXputer)
  4. Here, you need to check checkmark the DirectX Shader Cache option and select the remove option on the top to remove all the old Shader files.
    DirectX Shader Cache
    DirectX Shader Cache Removal (Image by eXputer)

After you’re done clearing all the DirectX Shader Cache, restart your PC once to finalize the removal process. After the restart, launch Street Fighter 6 again and play for a while. This will allow your GPU to rebuild fresh shader cache files from scratch and eliminate any crashing issues that were originating from the corrupted cache. 

Close Unnecessary Background Applications

Windows is a powerful OS that has several processes and applications running in the background. However, some of these applications may either directly interfere with Street Fighter 6 or not leave enough resources for the game to function. This is one of the major reasons why it’s crashing. You’ll need to manually close these applications that are hogging your system resources and creating problems for your game. Here is how you can resolve this issue:

  1. First, you need to open up the Task Manager by hitting the shortcut key CTRL + SHIFT + ESC
    Task Manager To Close Background Applications
    Task Manager (Image by eXputer)
  2. Once Task Manager opens up, you’ll see several applications running in the background. You need to identify the applications that you don’t need while running the game. Once identified, right-click on them and hit End Task to close those applications for good.
  3. Keep repeating this process until all applications that are unnecessary are closed down. 
  4. Next, you need to head towards the services manager in Windows. For this, open up the Run window by using the shortcut WIN + R.
  5. Inside the Run window, type “MSCONFIG” and hit Enter key.
  6. After accessing the Microsoft Configuration window, head over to the Services tab. 
  7. Here you’ll see a list of services on your PC. As a precaution, checkmark the option saying Hide all Microsoft Services” to ensure you don’t accidentally disable any important services that the OS needs. Now go through the list of services and uncheck any service that you don’t need active.
    Disable Services in Windows
    Disable Unnecessary Services (Image by eXputer)
  8. After you disable services, repeat the process until you reach the end of the list. After you’ve successfully disabled all the unnecessary services, click on OK.

This is the best way of eliminating any unnecessary applications and services from your PC that interfere with Street Fighter 6 and cause it to crash. This will also free a lot of resources that your game could use to run better. 

Whitelist Street Fighter 6 Install Folder in Antivirus

One of the most common reasons why you’re facing Street Fighter 6 crashing issues on your system is the Antivirus software. Antivirus software like Windows Defender can treat your game as potentially harmful software and end up deleting its files or restricting its access to your system resources. To fix this problem, you first need to temporarily disable your Antivirus software (in this case Windows Defender). Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, you have to open Windows Search and type Windows Security. Click on the first result that pops up.
  2. This will get you into Windows Defender settings. Here, you need to head over to the Virus and Threat Protection ta on the left. Inside that tab, you need to click on the Manage Settings option.
    Virus and Threat Protection
     Click on Virus and Threat Protection Tab (Image by eXputer)
  3. After accessing the Virus and Threat settings, turn off the Real-Time Protection feature. 
    Real-Time Protection Settings
    Disable Real-Time Protection (Image by eXputer)

Once you turn off the Real-Time Protection feature in Windows Defender, you’ll temporarily disable the antivirus from scanning your system.  Now all you need to do is launch Street Fighter 6 and see if you’re encountering the crash again. If everything is going well, then your antivirus was the main culprit behind this issue.

However, you can’t leave your system vulnerable to threats, now can you? Instead of outright disabling Windows Defender, simply add your Street Fighter 6 install directory to the antivirus exclusion list. Here’s how to do it:

  1. As you’re already in the Windows Defender settings, you need to head down and click on the Add or Remove Exclusions option under the Exclusion settings.
    Add or Remove Exclusions
     Click on Add or Remove Exclusions (Image by eXputer)
  2. Here, you need to click on the +Add an Exclusion button and then select the folder option from the context menu.
  3. Now simply locate your Street Fighter 6 install directory and add it to the exclusion list inside Windows Defender.
    Exclude PUBG Install Folder
    Add PUBG Folder Here

This will let your Windows Defender Antivirus run without causing any issues for your game. Now you can enjoy playing Street Fighter 6 without worrying about random crashing issues.   

Did You Finally Fix The Crashing Issue? 

This was our extensive guide on the Street Fighter 6 crashing issue that’s been plaguing players for a while now. We’ve listed every possible fix for this issue and are confident then you will resolve this issue and get back to winning matches in no time. You can ask us in the comments section below if you still have any queries or concerns. 


Why is Street Fighter 6 crashing?

Street Fighter 6 is crashing for several reasons, including missing game files, interference with third-party software, and incompatibility with your system hardware.

I am getting a black screen when I launch Street Fighter 6. What should I do?

Two main reasons behind the black screen issue in Street Fighter 6 are outdated GPU drivers or Antivirus software messing with your game.

Is Street Fighter 6 an optimized game?

Overall, Street Fighter 6 is a well-optimized game that performs even well on mid-tier PCs without any stability issues.

If you love playing Street Fighter 6 online and having trouble connecting to the servers, check out our Street Fighter 6 Beta Communication Error guide. This was originally meant for the Beta version of the game, but it also works for full release.

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Ayyoun Ali

Ayyoun is a Senior Writer & Editor for Error Fixes and Game Settings guides on eXputer. He’s been passionate about games and technology since he got his hands on his first console, the PS1. He’s got a Software Engineering background and loves to play games for entertainment and understand them from a technical perspective. He has a knack for uncovering solutions for the latest games and older ones and presenting them in easy-to-follow guides for his audience.  Experience: 7+ years || Education: Bachelor's in Software Engineering || Worked For VeryAli Gaming and IGN || Written 200+ Articles || Senior Editor For Game Errors & Settings

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