As Valorant’s popularity grows, the number of players reporting crashes are also on the rise. Valorant is the latest tactical FPS (First Person Shooter) released by Riot Games earlier this year. It has without a doubt, gained the interest of competitive gamers all over the globe. However, the game has been riddled with bugs, and Valorant keeps crashing abruptly. In this guide, we’ll show you how to prevent these crashes from occurring so you can get back to fragging enemies.
How to Fix Valorant Keeps Crashing?
Mid-game crashes in Valorant may be one of the most frustrating and annoying things that can happen to a gamer. If you were in a ranked match you’ll lose all the experience points for that game, and your teammates will most likely report you for quitting. On top of this Valorant punishes you for “leaving” matches by giving you a timer penalty before the next match.
While this prevents the majority of players from leaving matches regularly, for the few who experience frequent crashes this becomes rather infuriating. Hence, we’re here to help you and show you the quickest and easiest ways to fix Valorant crashes. Just make to try out all of the methods below and you’ll finally be able to play the game without any disturbances.
Method 1: Update Your Graphics Card Drivers
As Valorant is a relatively new game, you’ll need to make sure you have the latest drivers installed for your GPU. There are generally two ways to go about downloading the latest drivers. One way is to update drivers through Windows Device Manager. The second option is to download the drivers manually from the manufacturer’s website. If you’re going to download it manually, just visit the driver download page for your manufacturer, download the latest drivers, and run the application. Here are the driver download pages for the most common GPUs: Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Gigabyte. To update through Device Manager, follow the steps below.
- Search for Device Manager in your start menu and open it.
- Next, expand the “Display Adapters” arrow, and select your graphics driver. (If you have two display drivers installed, usually NVIDIA and Intel, select NVIDIA graphics)
- Right-click your display driver and click “Update Driver”.
- Select “Search automatically for drivers”. If you have any pending updates, Windows will automatically download and install the necessary drivers.
- Lastly, check your installed driver version and make sure it matches the latest release on the manufacturer’s website. Right-click your graphics card in Device Manager, select properties, then select the Driver tab. Here you’ll see the driver version and driver details.
After you’ve downloaded the latest drivers, launch Valorant’s custom-match mode to test it out. If the updated driver didn’t stop the crashes, try to download the latest drivers manually from the manufacturer’s website. If you prefer, you can also download software that will automatically update your graphics cards. To name a few: NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience, AMD’s Radeon Software, and Intel’s Driver & Support Assistant.
Method 2: Ensure You Meet The Minimum Requirements
Valorant is well optimized to run on most modern-day computers, however, those with older generations of CPU’s and GPU’s will have some difficulty going over 45 FPS. Another thing to note is that, if your ancient PC is forced to run more intensive games than its meant to, its CPU and GPU will automatically throttle to prevent overheating. In other words, your game will crash. Below we’ve listed the minimum and recommended specification required for running Valorant.
- Video Card: Intel HD 3000
- CPU: Intel i3-370M
- RAM: 4 GB
- OS – Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Recommended Requirments: GTX 1050Ti
- Video Card: GTX 1050Ti
- CPU: Core i5-4460
- RAM: 4 GB
- OS – Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Users with graphics cards Intel HD 520 or lower also experienced significant stuttering and frequent crashes. If your computer doesn’t meet even the minimum requirements, you should probably start thinking about an upgrade.
Method 3: Update Your DirectX
DirectX is a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that basically allow games and applications such as Valorant to interact with your computer’s hardware. If your DirectX is outdated, Valorant will have difficulty trying to interact with your keyboard and mouse. When this occurs, several ranges of errors can happen, from crashes and black screens to hardware failing to register. Before you try to update DirectX, you can check if you have the latest version by following the steps below.
- In your start menu search for “dxdiag”.
- DirectX Diagnostic Tool will open and you’ll find your version listed next to “DirectX Version:”
Valorant requires you to have DirectX 11/12. If your DirectX is outdated, you’ll simply have to update it through Windows Update. To do this search for “Check for updates” in your start menu and open Windows Update. Select the “Check for updates” button and Windows will automatically download and install any pending DirectX updates. Moreover, keeping your Windows updated is important as it will bring out major performance improvements and prevent games like Valorant from crashing.
We truly understand how frustrating it is to have a Valorant crash mid-game. We hope this guide helped fix your issues with Valorant, and you’re able to get online and back in action.
If Valorant keeps crashing still, we recommend you uninstall Valorant completely and install it again. It’s quite possible that some of the installation files may have been corrupted or have gone missing. If you have any questions or concerns please leave them in the comments below. We’ll gladly assist you!