Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available on PC, as you might expect though the launch wasn’t issue-free. Right now, there are some known bugs that cause the game to crash and although we couldn’t possibly know all the fixes, we’ve gathered the most common Red Dead Redemption 2 PC crashes, bugs, and errors that you can fix without waiting for a patch.
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Crashes to Desktop
This is the most common error we’ve seen in Red Dead Redemption 2 PC. What you should be looking for here is your anti-virus program. As many players have reported, if they disable their firewall and try to open the game again. This works like a charm but if you don’t want to let your PC unprotected while you play, you can add the folder where your game is located to the exclusions for your anti-virus, which will work too.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Exited Unexpectedly
Another frequent crash for Red Dead Redemption 2 is the infamous “exited unexpectedly”. Rockstar has a guide on how to fix that since it is caused by your graphic’s card. If you do encounter that crash then go to your game file, right-click on your .exe file and select properties. Go to compatibility and tick ‘Run this Program as an Administrator’ and ‘Disable Fullscreen Optimizations’. This will most likely fix your issue and let you restart the game normally.
It goes without saying that your GPU drivers should be up to date for both Nividia and AMD otherwise, you will encounter this Unexpexted Exit error. Rockstar Games has also officially stated that updating your Graphics Card drivers will be fix the problem.
Sadly, RDR2 didn’t manage to release without its own share of FPS drops. For the time being, the only fix that can be found out there is for NVidia players. To tackle this issue, change your graphic API from Vulkan to DirectX12, according to this Reddit post.
Rockstar Launcher Crashes
This is by far the most nerve-breaking issue that happens to Red Dead Redemption 2 right now. The launcher refuses to start the game, resulting in crashes. Any fan would suspect that a file verification and a reinstall would fix the issue. For some it does, for others doesn’t. You can try and do that but beware that the game will start downloading the entirety of the RDR2 files if you choose to do so.
We know we say this a lot but, if your game is freezing or stuttering then you might have outdated GPU settings. Open your GPU panel and update your drivers. If you have an update pending then it most likely will fix the issue. You can also try disabling cloud saves and Windows Gaming Mode and check if this solves the problem. This isn’t a sure fix but it could solve some minor issues regarding CPU and GPU usage. This issue persists on all types of PC builds, so don’t despair that your system can’t run it yet.
You’re not the only one. There’s a huge Reddit thread with fans raging about issues for Red Dead Redemption 2 PC crashes and freezes, most of which have no defined fixes. We hope Rockstar addresses the various problems present right now so that we can all enjoy the game in the next days. Whatever your issue might be, make sure to contact the Rockstar support for a more personalized take from their end.
How to Update Rockstar Launcher
If you are unable to run the game or it’s crashing without any message, here is a general fix you can try by updating your game launcher. All you need to do is exit any Rockstar Launcher activities from the Task Manager. Exit the Rockstar Launcher completely and try to launch it again. This will start any pending updates the launch may have.
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Stuttering Fix
If you are facing performance issues like stuttering for Red Dead Redemption 2, first thing you should do is change the graphics API. Here is a quick tutorial on how to change the graphics API from Vulkan to Directx 12.
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Freezing Fix
If you are experiencing freezing issues in RDR2 PC, the workaround you are looking for is same as for stuttering issue. Just change your graphics API from Vulkan to Directx 12. It should resolve the issue. Make sure that your GPU drivers are up to date.