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Fix: Need For Speed Unbound Graphics Issues On PC

In this guide, we will be taking a look at how you can fix graphics issues in Need For Speed Unbound on PC. If you are having black screen issues, FPS drop, or DirectX errors then there are a few things that we can do to fix this, as I show in this guide.

When you are racing around the streets in NFS Unbound the last thing you want is to encounter graphical issues or just get a black screen that stops you from being able to play the game completely. To help with this I have listed 5 methods below that will help fix all graphics issues in Need For Speed Unbound.

5 Ways to fix NFS Unbound graphics problems & DirectX Errors

Fix 1: Update DirectX

When it comes to updating DirectX in Windows 10 and Windows 11 we need to do this two ways. First through the Windows updates, and the second using a DirectX setup tool which we can download from the Microsoft website.

  • Update Windows by right-clicking on the start menu icon and selecting Settings
  • Now click on Update & Security (on Windows 11 choose Windows Update)
  • Click the Check for Updates button
Windows 10 check for updates button.
DirectX Setup window showing installing components.

Fix 2: Graphics drivers

First, make sure you are using the latest driver for your graphics card. Otherwise, you will have issues with NFS Unbound crashing, as well as give you textures not loading and blurry graphics.

I have listed some links below on how you can update an NVIDIA, AMD, or Intel graphics card if you are unsure how to.

Having the latest driver installed will offer better performance and will have patches that resolve graphics issues in the most recent games like NFS Unbound.

Fix 3: Change the resolution

If you are using a high resolution try lowering it as the game might not like the resolution that you are using, especially if you have a wide-screen monitor. We can easily change the resolution within the Windows settings.

  • Right-click on your Windows desktop and select Display settings
  • Now find Display resolution and change it
Windows 10 display settings resolution set at 1920 x 1080
Windows 10 change the display resolution.
Windows 11 settings change Display resolution dropdown menu list.
Windows 11 change the display resolution.

Fix 4: Delete NFS Unbound cache

Just like most games and programs in Windows, NFS Unbound has two cache folders which we can clear to help fix some of those graphical issues. And don’t worry it’s safe to delete the files within the cache folders, as it just contains temporary files.

  • Open File Explorer and go to the location where you have installed Need For Speed Unbound and open the Shadercache folder

Origin Games\ Need for Speed Unbound\Shadercache

File Explorer showing the Need For Speed Unbound shader cache folder.
  • Now delete all the files within the folder
  • Next, open your Documents folder then open the NFS Unbound folder then the cache folder

Documents\Need For Speed(TM) Unbound\cache

File Explorer showing the Need For Speed Unbound cache folder.
  • Now delete all the files within this folder

Fix 5: Rename the settings file

Every game has to store the in-game settings somewhere and NFS Unbound does this within the documents folder. So we can easily rename this file so the game recreates the settings file and restores the default settings.

So if you have accidentally set a setting in the graphics too high or something and it was causing the game to black screen, this is how to fix that.

  • Open File Explorer and go to Documents\Need For Speed(TM) Unbound\settings
  • Now rename the two ProfileOptions files and add BK to the end like the screenshot below
File Explorer showing the Need For Speed Unbound settings folder.

I hope one of the above methods has helped you fix the graphics problems that you were having with Need For Speed Unbound and you can get back to drifting around the streets.

Check out our YouTube video here on How To Fix Need For Speed Unbound Graphics Issues On PC if you are getting stuck.

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Christian

Christian is a technical writer and IT Technician who loves anything to do with tech new or old, He specializes in fixing issues with computers. In his own time, he enjoys gaming, movies, and exercise.