Subnautica Errors, Crashes, Audio Crashes and Bugs, Mac OSX Issues And Fixes

Subnautica has launched for PC and console with great critical acclaim, however, PC users have been experiencing some Subnautica errors like crashes while playing the game, audio bugs, green background and more. Here we will discuss all the errors and issues and will also provide a possible fix for them.

Subnautica is an adventure-survival game developed Unknown Worlds Entertainment. The game currently is facing some issues on PC and the studio is working to resolve these issues completely but, until then here are workarounds for the errors, crashes and other issues of PC version of Subnautica.

Subnautica Errors, Crashes And Fixes

Here we will discuss all the Subnautica Errors and issues like game crashing while playing, audio bugs and buzzing sound while playing and more and will also provide you with a possible fix or workaround so that you can play the game.

One of the Subnautica errors players are facing is that the game randomly crashes while playing. There are a few things to fix this issue.

The common reasons for Subnautica crashes are outdated drivers, not meeting the minimum system requirements, memory overflow, or GPU overheating. The first thing to do is check if your system meets the minimum requirements or not.

Minimum System Requiremts
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows Vista SP2 or newer, 64-bit
Processor: Intel Haswell 2 cores / 4 threads @ 2.5Ghz or equivalent
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel HD 4600 or equivalent – This includes most GPUs scoring greater than 950 points in the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 20 GB available space

Also, check if you have the latest drivers for your GPU at least download the game ready driver for Subnautica as it brings optimizations specific to the game.

Furthermore, the devs have noted that the issue could be with the game engine itself and are working ot resolve the issue as fast as they can.

Water Quality Not Changing
Some PC players are facing the issue that the Water Quality in the game remains at medium setting and users are unable to change it. The problem is not with the game but your OS might be the culprit behind it.

Players are required to have their Windows up-to-date with the latest updates to change the Water Quality and if your OS is not updated then you won’t be able to change it.

As for Windows 7 users, they need to download Platform update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

As for MAC OS users, the higher quality might not available for some configurations.

Audio Crashing
Another one of Subnautica errors that players have been experiencing is the audio crashing and other bugs. The problem might be with the wrong frequency set for the game.

To resolve the audio crashing, go to Playback Devices by right-clicking on the sound icon in the bottom left corner of the desktop.

Here you will see a list of devices, right-click on the one that is enabled and in most cases, it will be “Speakers”. Right-click and open properties.

Go to the “Advanced” tab and in the drop down select “24 bit, 44100 Hz (Studio Quality)” and apply it. This should resolve audio issues for you.

Mac OSX Issues
One of the issues MAC OSX users are facing is a green background while playing the game in fullscreen mode. To resolve this issue, by playing the game in Window mode. Just go to Graphics settings and uncheck the Fullscreen option to make the game run in Window mode.

If the issue still persists, then keep on enable/disable this option until the green background is a thing of the past.

Game Hangs In Loading Screen and Long Loading Times
Another issue players have been experiencing is that the game hangs while it loads for a long period of time. The game shows a white tint during loading, all you have to do is wait a bit as this the game is loading in the background and for some, it takes a long time to load.

Do not press any button on any window that pops up for 5 minutes and if the game doesn’t start in 5 minutes verify the cache integrity.

Furthermore, Not many PC users have been experiencing this issue and the solution is quite simple. Make sure no unnecessary background processes are running that are using your HDD. Close these application/processes to speed up the loading time.

Game Not Saving
For some Windows users, Subnautica is not saving or loading. This Subnautica error is caused by the igfxEM.exe process which is actually related to Intel’s integrated graphics.

The issue is most common with Intel HD 5XX series graphics drivers. To resolve the issue you can either kill the igfxEM.exe process from task manager or just roll back to a previous driver or upgrade your drivers to the latest version.

Missing “.dll” Files
This is a common error that occurs mostly in Windows 7 users due to the lack of the updated OS or Visual C++ Redistributable not being up-to-date. All you have to do is update your OS and the issue will be resolved and if the OS is updated and the issue persists then just install the Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Update 3 which will automatically update the file or will put it in your system if it is missing.

If you are facing any other Subnautica errors not listed here or have a better solution to an error, let us know in the comments!

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