How to Fix God Of War PC Crashing, Performance, and Lag Issues (Low FPS)

Players all over the world are extremely excited to play God of War on PC. The game is extremely fun and addicting – at least on the consoles. However, there seem to be a few bugs and issues that plague the game. That is why this guide will show you how to fix God of War crashing, performance, and lag issues on PC.

With that said, we’ve taken these issues to our own accord and therefore have compiled a few issues and their fixes that might just help you out. Without further ado, let’s dive right in and take a look at the God of War crashing, performance, and lag issues.

God Of War PC: Fix Crashing, Stuttering and Performance Issues

There are a few fixes that you can try in order to fix this issue. Hopefully, you will find a solution in this guide that will allow you to play the game again. God of War is an extremely polished game but some players seem to be facing issues. Worry not because following this guide will surely solve them.

Check System Requirements

If your PC doesn’t meet the game’s minimum system requirements, you will have a difficult time trying to run it. The minimum system requirements for God of War:

OSWindows 10 64-bit
ProcessorIntel i5-2500k (4 core 3.3 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 3 1200 (4 core 3.1 GHz)
Memory8 GB RAM
GraphicsNvidia GTX 960 or AMD R9 290X
DirectXVersion 11 or 12
Storage70GB HDD or SSD storage

If your PC meets these requirements and you are still facing the issue, it’s time to try out the next solution.

Update Graphics Drivers

Always make sure that your graphics drivers are updated. Both NVIDIA and AMD have released drivers that are optimized for the latest games such as Far Cry 6 and God of War. If you are facing the DirectX error, installing the newer drivers will fix certainly that.

You can also try to adjust your NVIDIA Control Panel settings to find the optimal setting for your PC. This often gives your FPS a massive boost and can help you out a lot in certain situations.

For NVIDIA, you should download the latest drivers from their official website.

If you have an AMD GPU, we suggest downloading the Radeon Auto Detect Software to get the latest drivers.

Run The Game as an Administrator

In some cases, some assets of game files require you to run and play games with Administrator permissions. So in this step, we will show you how you can run God of War as an Administrator on Windows:

  1. Right click God of War in your Steam Library.
  2. Go to Properties then the Local Files tab.
  3. Click Browse Local Files.
  4. Locate the game executable (the application).
  5. Right click it and go to Properties.
  6. Click the Compatibility tab.
  7. Check the Run this program as an administrator box.
  8. Click Apply.

Verify Integrity of Game Files on Steam

The very first step to check on Steam is to make sure your game files have been downloaded properly and there is nothing missing. Also, if you are missing textures or other content in-game or experiencing crashing while playing a game, you can have Steam verify that the game’s files are installed correctly on your computer.

  1. Launch Steam
  2. From the ‘Library‘ section, right-click on the game and select ‘Properties‘ from the menu.
  3. Select the ‘Local Files‘ tab and click the ‘Verify Integrity of Game Files‘ button.
  4. Steam will verify the game’s files – this process may take several minutes. This will always download a number of files even if you’ve just verified.
  5. Once the process is completed, close the windows then launch the game.

Try launching the game once again and check if everything is working properly. If not, head below to the next solution.

Close Background Applications

How to Fix God Of War PC Crashing, Performance, and Lag Issues

Sometimes, there might be background apps that are taking up all your RAM. This will likely cause your game to crash since it cannot allocate all of the memory it needs. To close the background apps, you must:

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open up the Task Manager.
  • Now, click on the Processes tab > Click to select tasks that are unnecessarily running in the background and consuming enough system resources.
  • Click on End Task to close it one by one.
  • Once done, restart your system.

Update God of War

If in case, you haven’t updated your game, then make sure to follow the steps below to check for updates and install the latest patch (if available). To do this:

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library > Click on God of War from the left panel
  • It’ll automatically search for the available update. If there is an update available, make sure to click on Update
  • It may take some time to install the update
    • Once done, make sure to close the Steam client
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes, and then try launching the game again

Run the Game in DirectX 11 Mode

Some players reported that running the game in the DirectX 11 mode fixed this issue for them. This is a temporary fix but if it solves the issue then it’s worth it. To do this, you must:

  1. Go to your Steam Library
  2. Right-click God of War and select Properties…
  3. Under the General tab, add -dx11 to the LAUNCH OPTIONS. This will force the game to run in DirectX 11 mode
  4. Close the window

Try Disabling Overlay Apps

How to Fix God Of War PC Crashing, Performance, and Lag Issues

Sometimes, the apps that overlay your game can cause it to crash. If you have any of these apps, here is how you can disable them:

Disable Discord Overlay:

  • Launch the Discord app > Click on the gear icon at the bottom.
  • Click on Overlay under App Settings > Turn on the Enable in-game overlay.
  • Click on the Games tab > Select God of War.
  • Finally, turn off the Enable in-game overlay toggle.
  • Make sure to reboot your PC to apply changes.

Disable Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay:

  • Launch the Nvidia GeForce Experience app > Head over to Settings.
  • Click on the General tab > Disable the In-Game Overlay option.
  • Finally, restart the PC to apply changes, and launch the game again.

Disable Xbox Game Bar:

  • Press Windows + I keys to open Windows Settings.
  • Click on Gaming > Go to Game Bar > Turn off Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar option.

We are hopeful that the developers will fix this problem soon. Since some players are facing this problem, it might already be on their to-do list. We might see a patch soon that addresses the issue and allows you to play the game. Let us know in the comments below if you managed to fix the issue or not.

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Umer Cheema
By day, Umer loves writing about games and talking about them; by night, he is an avid gamer that loves playing League of Legends and RTS games. Being a massive fan of Metal Gear Solid, you'll find Umer always praising the legendary Hideo Kojima.

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