Fix: Farming Simulator 22 Could Not Init 3D System Error

Giants Software did release Farming Simulator 22 as one of the latest generation agricultural farming simulation video games in November 2021 for Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PlayStation 4, Mac platforms. As the title suggests, this game allows players to harvest crops, tend to animals, manage productions, etc. Though the game is really good for PC, some players are facing the Farming Simulator 22 Could Not Init 3D System Error.

According to the players, whenever they try to launch the Farming Simulator 22 video game on the Windows PC, they’re getting the particular “Could not init 3D system, Shader Model 6.0 is required. Please install the latest video drivers. Download latest GPU driver now?” It seems that even Mac users are also facing the same error message which is really frustrating. This error is happening due to the DirectX-related issue or an outdated graphics driver.

Fix: Farming Simulator 22 Could Not Init 3D System Error

Fix: Farming Simulator 22 Could Not Init 3D System Error on Windows

Here in this troubleshooting guide, we’ll be sharing with you a couple of possible workarounds that should gonna help you out. So, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into it.

1. Use Another DirectX Version

It’s worth mentioning to use another DirectX version on your Windows computer if you’re not sure whether you’re using the latest DirectX version or not. To do this:

  • Go to This PC (File Explorer) > Double-click on your C: Drive.
  • Go to Users > Open your username folder.
  • Next, go to Documents > Open My Games.
  • Double-click on the Farming Simulator folder.
  • Open the game.xml file with Notepad.
  • Now, locate the <renderer>D3D_12<renderer> line inside the XML file.
  • Then replace D3D_12 with D3D_11 and save changes. [the line should look like <renderer>D3D_11<renderer>]
  • Finally, restart the Farming Simulator 22 game to check for the issue.

2. Update Graphics Driver

If in case, your graphics driver haven’t been updated for a while then make sure to update the graphics driver on your Windows PC by following the steps below:

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  • Press Windows + X keys to open the Quick Link Menu.
  • Click on Device Manager from the list > Double-click on Display adapters.
  • Right-click on the dedicated graphics card that you’re using.
  • Next, select Update driver > Choose to Search automatically for drivers.
  • If there is an update available, the system will automatically download & install it.
  • Once done, restart the computer to apply changes immediately.

However, if there is no display driver update available on the PC then make sure to manually download and install the latest graphics driver on the computer according to the manufacturer and model number below:

Fix: Farming Simulator 22 Could Not Init 3D System Error on Mac

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Coming to the Mac users, if the “Could not init 3D system” error appears while trying to launch Farming Simulator 22 that means your MacBook’s graphics card or the macOS version couldn’t load the Metal 3D rendering engine which is required. So, there are a couple of possible workarounds to try fixing it out.

1. Download Farming Simulator 22 via Giants E-Store

It’s a better idea to directly download Farming Simulator 22 via Giants E-Store to check whether the game is running well or not. The Giants store version of the game comes as a native app using Metal.

2. Force Run ARM64 architecture on Steam

If in case, you’ve purchased Farming Simulator 22 via Steam then you can run a special script to force run the correct architecture. To do this:

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  • Go to Applications > Select Utilities.
  • Launch Terminal > Make sure to paste the following script:

cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Farming\ Simulator\ 22/Farming\ Simulator\ 2022.app/Contents/MacOS/
mv FarmingSimulator2022Game FarmingSimulator2022Game_
echo “#\!/bin/sh
arch -arm64 ~/Library/Application\ Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Farming\ Simulator\ 22/Farming\ Simulator\ 2022.app/Contents/MacOS/FarmingSimulator2022Game_” > FarmingSimulator2022Game
chmod +x FarmingSimulator2022Game

  • Hit Enter and make sure to launch Farming Simulator 22 on Steam.

Note: The Steam and Epic Games versions may sometimes cause several glitches or other issues. It seems that the devs forgot to package the app bundle correctly, though Steam already added native support for M1 with Steamworks SDK 1.52 version.

3. For Older Mac Models

We should also mention that the older MacBook models and macOS versions may not support the Metal 3D rendering engine. So, you’ll have to check if your Mac supports the new Metal shader version 6 or not.

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  • Press and hold the Option key > Click on the Apple menu.
  • Select System Information > Click on Graphics/Displays.
  • Check if you can see ‘Supported’ status next to the Metal entry. If so, that means your graphics card is Metal-compatible and it can run Farming Simulator 22 easily.
  • You’re good to go.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was useful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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