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Fix: Warhammer 40000 Darktide Crashing PC/Xbox

If Warhammer 40,000 Darktide keeps crashing and not loading on PC or Xbox, then you have come to the correct guide. I have listed different methods that you can use to troubleshoot and fix Warhammer 40,000 Darktide crashing and not loading problems, so you can do each method until one fixes the issue that you are having with the game.

Warhammer 40,000 Darktide is another Warhammer game and is brutal at times, just like the previous games. As we have to shoot and hack our way through numerous amounts of different enemies, and I love it! But seeing as you are currently reading this guide then this means that you are having issues with the Warhammer game not working. So below are the methods to fix the game on your computer or Xbox.

How to fix Warhammer 40,000 Darktide crashing on PC

I have listed below the different methods to help you troubleshoot and fix what’s causing Warhammer Darktide to keep crashing on startup and mid-game, or if it just keeps freezing on a Windows 10 and Windows 11 PC or laptop.

Fix 1: System requirements

When a game keeps crashing on a PC the first thing you want to check is that your system meets the minimum requirements to play the game. If it does not then that would explain why Warhammer 40K Darktide is crashing or not loading.

Warhammer 40 000 Darktide PC minimum requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10 / Windows 11 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel i5-6600 (3.30GHz) / AMD Ryzen 2400G (3.6 GHz)
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 570
  • DirectX Version: DX12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage space: 50GB

Fix 2: Update GPU driver

Make sure you have the latest driver installed for your graphics card. So if you have an NVIDIA, AMD, or Intel GPU you can grab the latest driver from their website.

If you are unsure of how to do this I have listed some guides below that will help:

Fix 3: Change the user

There could be a problem with the current Windows user that you are signed into. So try switching to a different profile.

If you don’t have one then create one, but ensure it is an administrator account.

Fix 4: In-game settings

What graphics settings are set within the game? If you have turned them up to the max or they have automatically been set too high, then your computer could be struggling to run the game causing Warhammer 40,000 Darktide to crash, or it could even cause a bluescreen!

Change your graphics settings to the lowest setting then jump into the game and see how it runs. Then slowly increase the graphics until you have the same problem, then use the settings before the game crashed.

Fix 5: Run as admin

Try running the game with administrator privileges. This can be easily done as long as you are signed in as an administrator. And this will just give the game extra privileges and can help fix many crashing issues when trying to play games on Windows 10/11 computers.

  • Right-click on the Warhammer 40,000 Darktides shortcut file
  • Select Run as administrator.
Windows context menu when right clicking executable showing Run as administrator.

Fix 6: Verify game files

If one of Warhammer 40,000 Darktides game files has become damaged or missing then you are going to run into hundreds of different problems. Lucky for us, we can check if this is what’s causing the game to not work using Steam.

  • First, open the Steam client and find Warhammer 40,000 Darktide in the list in your Game Library
  • Right-click on it and then go to Properties
  • Now select Local files and then click on the Verify integrity of game files button
Verify integrity of game files in Steam.

How to fix Warhammer 40,000 Darktide crashing on Xbox Series X|S

Below are the different methods to help you troubleshoot what is causing the game to keep crashing or getting stuck on the loading screen on your Xbox Series X or Series S.

Fix 1: Update Xbox Series X|S

When was the last time you manually checked to see if an update is available for your Xbox Series X|S? Probably never or it’s been a while! But there could be an update available that helps fix Warhammer 40,000 Darktide crashing on your Xbox.

  • Go to your Xbox Dashboard
  • Press the Xbox button on your controller and open Settings
  • Now go to System then Updates and install any updates that are avaliable
Xbox Series X update status in system updates menu

Fix 2: Check Warhammer 40K Darktide is up to date

Make sure there isn’t an update available for the game as Fatshark might be aware of the problem that you are having and released a patch to fix it.

  • Select My games and apps from the home screen and then select Manage
  • Select Updates if there is an update available for Warhammer 40K install it
Xbox Series X check for game updates in Manage settings

Fix 3: Clear console cache

There could be a problem with the cache files for your Xbox Series X|S. Luckily, we can clear these files. I know it sounds scary but don’t worry it’s easy enough to do. And this won’t remove any important data from your console, only temporary cache files.

  • Turn off your Xbox Series X|S and make sure it’s definitely off
  • Unplug the power cable and wait 60 seconds
  • After 60 seconds plug the power cable back in and now turn on your Xbox Series X|S
  • You can now test the game as the cache would have been cleared

Fix 4: Switch Xbox profile

Try swapping to a different Xbox profile as there could be an issue with yours that’s causing Warhammer 40,000 Darktide to crash or not load at all. When you do switch profiles, ensure you have signed out of your other profile first.

I hope the above guide has helped and got the epic Warhammer game working on your PC or Xbox Series X|S, and you can now get back to enjoying this brilliant game.

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Laura

Laura is a technical writer and blogger who loves all the latest tech, playing video games and fixing issues with PCs. Her guides mainly focus on games, software, Windows and consoles.