Death Stranding Crashing Constantly? These Solutions Might Help!


The Death Stranding Director’s Cut is one of the most popular PC games ever. The original game was first launched in 2019 for PlayStation 4. However, later, the game’s developers decided to release an extended director’s cut version of the same on Steam. While it offers amazing gameplay, it might give you some trouble when running on a PC. 

Death Stranding keeps crashing is a prime example of the issue. When you are trying to run the game on your PC, but it won’t launch properly or shows lags, the entire experience is ruined. 

If you have a similar experience with Death Stranding on PC, this post is certainly for you. In this one, we bring 5 fixes to resolve all issues with the game not launching, lagging, or crashing on your PC. 

Sounds good? Well, then, without further ado, let’s jump right into it!

Resolve Death Stranding Crashing Issues on PC [5 Ways]

Before we jump to the problems that may be causing Death Stranding crashes on Windows, please make sure that your PC can run the game properly in the first place. 

Here are the specifications for Death Stranding Director’s Cut –

Minimum Specifications:- 

OS Windows 10
Processor Intel CoreTM i5-3470 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
Memory 8 GB RAM
Graphics GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB or AMD RadeonTM RX 560 4 GB
DirectX Version 12
Storage 80 GB available space
Sound Card DirectX compatible

Recommended Specifications:- 

OS Windows 10
Processor Intel CoreTM i7-3770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Memory 8 GB RAM
Graphics GeForce GTX 1060  GB or AMD RadeonTM RX 590
DirectX Version 12
Storage 80 GB available space
Sound Card DirectX compatible

Check whether your PC meets the minimum requirements to run the game properly. If the issue is with the game’s frame rate, make sure you go for the recommended specifications released by the developer. 

Now that you have ensured your PC is compatible with the game let’s jump to the fixes!

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Fix #1 – Run Your Game Launcher as Administrator

The user’s authority does matter when you are trying to run a graphic and memory-intensive game. Hence, the game might stop working at different intervals when you are not running your launcher as an admin. It might not even launch sometimes.

Since Death Stranding is available on Steam, here’s what you need to do – 

Step 1 – Right click on the launch icon for Steam.
Step 2 – Open the file location to find the Steam application in the File Explorer.

Click on open file location

Step 3 – Open its Properties. 

steam properties
Step 4 – In Properties, go to the Compatibility tab.

In the Compatibility tab Check the box Run Program as an Administrator
Step 5 – Check on “Run Program as an Administrator” and save changes. 

From now on, whenever you run Steam, it will run as administrator, giving proper permissions and resources required for the game to run. Try launching the game now, and you will see that the game is easily running. 

If that didn’t work for you, do not worry; we have other fixes too!

Fix #2 – Allow Your Game Through Restrictions (Firewall)

This fix is for when Death Stranding won’t launch on PC or does not give you proper feedback once you have launched it. Sometimes your security applications cannot detect the developer or the game’s origin, which is why it might end up blocking the process for you.

The best way to handle this situation is to allow the process to run on your Windows firewall and other security programs. Here’s how you do it – 

Step 1 – Go to the start menu of your PC and search for Windows Security.

Search for Windows Security Application
Step 2 – You will find a dedicated Firewall and network protection option in the opened settings. Click on it to open. Firewall and network protection option
Step 3 – Find the option “Allow an app through the firewall” in the opened firewall and network protection. This is how it appears – Choose option Allow an app through the firewall
Step 4 – Click on it and open your application browser to find the applications.  allowed apps and feature options
Step 5 – In the process, click on “Change settings” so that the option to Allow another app ( the one on the bottom right becomes clickable, and you can easily do so. browse for application file of game
Step 6 – Lastly, browse for the application file of the game, and add its path in this box. Click on add, and you are good to go!

Fix #3 – Remove Your PC’s Temporary Files

The temporary files often end up keeping a log of crashed applications. When an application, including your game, in this case, Death Stranding, crashes, the log is created in the temp files. So, when you try to run the game, the possibility of a temp file causing an issue exists.

The best thing to do here is to remove all the temporary files. Here are some steps to help you do so – 

Step 1 – Press Windows + R on your keyboard to bring up the run search.
Step 2 – Use the command %temp% and hit enter. This will take you to the temporary files folder.

type temp command in run search bar
Step 3 – The Temporary files folder looks something like this.  Temporary files folder
Step 4 – Press Ctrl+A and Shift+Del to instantly delete these files.delete multiple files popup
Step 5 – Refresh your PC after you have removed these files. 

Fix #4 – Disable Overclocking (if enabled)

If you have tried to boost your PC performance by overclocking, it might be causing constant crashes in the game. You see, overclocking is no longer a successful measure to take when it comes to enhancing your PC’s performance. 

Disable Overclocking

Using applications like the MSI Afterburner or Intel XTU is of no use. So simply disable all the changes you have made in the application you used for overclocking and uninstall it. After making the changes, restart your PC, and you may find that the game is running successfully. 

Fix #5 – Update Graphics Driver

If the issue you are experiencing is related to frame drops and lagging in Death Stranding on Windows, it is probably struggling with your GPU. The ideal way to handle this situation is to check your graphics card drivers for updates

Drivers often go unnoticed as they are not always available at the forefront. One has to find them in the device manager, which is not so visible.

If you believe that finding the driver in the Device Manager and then updating it manually is a tough nut to crack, do not worry, we also have an alternative for the process! Here’s what you can do. 

Step 1 – Download and install the application on your PC. You can find the download link below.

Step 2 – Run the Scan to find outdated drivers on your PC. Click on Start Scan Now to initiate the scan. start scan using advanced driver updater
Step 3 – Once the scan is complete, click Update All on your PC.

After you click Update all, the tool will fetch and install all the updates. You can relax while the process is running. Once the PC restarts after the entire processing, you can try running the game to notice that the lags are gone!

Death Stranding Crashing FIXED!

With the help of these fixes, you can easily resolve all types of issues that may be causing the Death Stranding Director’s Cut to crash on your PC. It can be really difficult sometimes to find what the issue is. So, it is better that you try all the fixes above per your situation. 

That brings us to the end of this post. If you believe we have missed a fix that helped you fix the error, drop it in the comments section to contribute. Also, if you have used the above fixes to resolve your error, share which helped you!

Looking forward to your feedback. Thanks for reading! Good Luck.

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Dishank Sharma
Dishank Sharma

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