A guide for how to possibly fix the freezing and stuttering issues with Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available on PC and – as expected – its launch hasn’t been entirely smooth. There have been various reports about numerous bugs and crashes, and cowboys over on Reddit have justifiably complained about it freezing and stuttering. Below you’ll discover a guide for how to possibly fix this dilemma.
Arthur Morgan’s tale of redemption is Rockstar Games’ magnum opus and it was highly anticipated on PC thanks to bonus content, an exclusive photo mode that has irked some PS4 and Xbox One gamers, as well as because of its godsend ability to play with a mouse.
Yet, while PC loyalists have had to wait a full year to rob banks and cause havoc with good old Dutch, the venture to the wild west has been a Westworld nightmare thanks to constant stutters and freezes.
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC crash on start-up
Despite taking a full year to arrive on the supposed ‘master race,’ Red Dead Redemption 2‘s launch on PC has been ruined by a myriad of issues that have made the game neigh on impossible to literally play.
There have been reports about it crashing on start-up with an ‘exited unexpectedly’ error having become infamous since the game’s 13:00 GMT launch on November 5th.
Fortunately, Rockstar Games have released an update to their launcher that is designed to resolve the issues with it crashing. You can see the full list of intended fixes below:
Fixed an issue that resulted in the Rockstar Games Launcher returning the error “The Rockstar Games Launcher failed to initialize” on startup
Fixed an issue that resulted in the Rockstar Games Launcher preload decryption getting stuck and not completing
Fixed an issue that resulted in the Rockstar Games Launcher returning the error “The Rockstar Games Launcher exited unexpectedly” when launching Red Dead Redemption 2
Fixed an issue that resulted in crashes when starting the Rockstar Games Launcher from the Epic Games Launcher
Fixed an issue that resulted in the Rockstar Games Launcher returning the error “Unable to launch game, please verify your game data” when launching Red Dead Redemption 2 from the Epic Games Launcher
As you can probably tell yourselves, the list of fixes mention nothing about the game freezing and stuttering. A permanent resolution for these issues will most definitely arrive in the near future through a patch for the game, but cowboys from Reddit have shared possible fixes you can implement yourselves.
How to fix Red Dead Redemption 2 PC freezing and stuttering
A number of Red Dead Redemption 2 players on PC have justifiably complained about it freezing and stuttering during gameplay. Some fanciful cowboys have insisted that the freezes are continuous, whereas the stuttering seems to apply only to busy towns.
While Rockstar Games haven’t resolved the issue as of writing, members of the Reddit community have shared possible ways to eliminate the freezes and stuttering manually.
However, before you take the advice of Reddit, Fondtech simply recommend changing from Vulkan to DirectX 12.
Click on Graphics
Look for the setting that says Graphics API
Change it to DirectX 12
Now onto Reddit, a user named Serhangelor claims to have resolved the freezing and stuttering issues by turning off two cores from the task manager.
This is said to remove the issue with it stuttering, but a drawback is that it drops the FPS.
If that’s a sacrifice you’re not willing to make, a user named Juicysmolyay claims to have used Proccess Lasso to limit the Red Dead.exe process. This is said to have prevented freezes and a high number of fellow cowboys have responded saying it works wonders.
Players using i-5 4670k, i5-6600k 1070Ti, i5-7400 and RTX2070Super with 4690k all claim that using Process Lasso has eliminated freezes as well as made the game run much smoother.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now on PC