Fix Civilization VI Game Crashing at Launch, Lag, Shuttering, or FPS drop

Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy 4X video game developed by Firaxis Games, published by 2K Games, and distributed by Take-Two Interactive. It was released back in 2016 and available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, macOS, iOS, Macintosh, Linux platforms. Although the game has pretty good missions, gameplay, and graphics, there are some of the issues or errors also appear to the PC players while launching or during gameplay. Here we’ve shared the steps to fix Civilization VI Game Crashing at Launch, Lag, Shuttering, or FPS drop.

The game offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire over the map, improve your culture, and compete against the greatest leaders of history to build a modern civilization over time. If you’re a Civilization VI PC gamer and encountering plenty of issues like crashing on startup, Lag, Shuttering, or frame drops then check this guide. As most of the PC games occur issues some times, so it’s better to check for the game update at first. Then check for updates of Windows and graphics driver.

According to some of the affected players, it’s quite hard to continue playing the game and when the game stuck at launch or crashes at launch, it’s really irritating for all. Therefore, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into the steps below.

Fix Civilization VI Game Crashing at Launch, Lag, Shuttering, or FPS drop

Why Does Civilization VI Keep Crashing?

There can be possible reasons behind the Civilization that keeps crashing on your Windows 10 PC. Let’s take a look.

  • Your PC configuration isn’t compatible with the game’s system requirements.
  • Some of the game files are either missing or corrupted.
  • Your PC is running on an outdated Windows OS or graphics driver.
  • An outdated DirectX version.
  • The game or the client version isn’t updated.
  • Any of the overlay apps are running in the background.
  • Windows Firewall or Antivirus program is blocking the game.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 (x64) / Windows 8.1 (x64) / Windows 10 (x64)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.5 GHz or AMD Phenom II 2.6 GHz or greater
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1 GB & AMD 5570 or Nvidia 450 or Intel Integrated Graphics 530
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Device

Recommended System Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 (x64) / Windows 8.1 (x64) / Windows 10 (x64)
  • Processor: Fourth Generation Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz or AMD FX8350 4.0 GHz or greater
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 2GB & AMD 7970 or Nvidia 770 or greater
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Device

Fix Civilization VI Game Crashing at Launch, Lag, Shuttering, or FPS drop

Now, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into the steps below. Keep in mind that both the Nvidia and AMD graphics drivers are well optimized for the Civilization VI game. So, if in case, you haven’t updated your graphics driver yet, do this first.

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1. Update Graphics Drivers

If you’re using the Nvidia graphics card then update the GeForce Experience app on your PC from the Nvidia official site here. But if you’re using the AMD graphics card on your system, then update the latest AMD Drivers from here.

2. Disable Steam Overlay

  • Open Steam on your Windows.
  • Head over to the Settings > Click on the In-Game option.
  • Click on the checkbox to disable “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game“.
  • Once the checkbox mark is removed, click on OK.

3. Adjust Discord Settings to fix Civilization VI Lag

  • Launch Discord > Click on User Settings.
  • Select Voice & Video from the left sidebar.
  • Scroll down a bit and click on the Advanced.
  • Next, disable OpenH264 Video Codec provided by Cisco System, Inc.
  • Then disable Enable Quality of Service High Packet Priority.
  • Now, go to Overlay.
  • You can also turn off the in-game overlay.
  • Next, head over to Appearance.
  • Go to Advanced.
  • Disable Hardware Acceleration.
  • Once done, restart the system.

4. Adjust Nvidia Control Panel Settings

  • Click on Adjust image settings with preview under 3D settings.
  • Select Use the advanced 3D image settings.
  • Next, launch the Nvidia Control Panel.
  • Click on Manage 3D settings > Go to Global Settings.
  • Additionally, you can also adjust some of the other options:
    • Disable Image Sharpening
    • Enable Threaded Optimization
    • Use Maximum Performance for Power Management
    • Turn off Low Latency Mode
    • Set Texture Filtering Quality to Performance mode

5. Change AMD Control Panel Settings

  • Go to Global Graphics.
    • Turn off Radeon Anti-Lag
    • Turn off Radeon Boost
    • Use Application settings for Anti-Aliasing Mode
    • Set Anti-aliasing Method to Multi-sampling
    • Turn off Morphological Filtering
    • Disable Image Sharpening
    • Turn off Anisotropic Filtering
    • Use Performance mode for Texture Filtering Quality
    • You can also enable Surface Format Optimization
    • AMD Optimization for the Tesselation Mode
    • Wait for V-sync – Turn it off
    • Use AMD optimization for the Shader Cache
    • Disable OpenGL Triple Buffering
    • Turn off Maximum Tesselation Level
    • Set Graphics for the GPU Workload
    • Turn off the Radeon Chill
    • Disable Frame Rate Target Control

6. Verify Civilization VI Game Files via Steam Client

The Civilization VI gamers on Steam can follow the below steps:

  • Open the Steam Library by logging into the account.
  • You can find the Civilization VI game here.
  • Right-click on the game and click on Properties
  • Select the Local Files tab
  • Then click on Verify Integrity of Game Files
  • Wait for the process and then restart the game to check whether the issue has been fixed or not.

7. Uninstall Recent Windows 10 Update

A couple of days ago, Microsoft has released a new update for Windows 10 with KB4535996. So, this particular cumulative update for Windows 10 is quite buggy and causing so many errors or problems.

  • Go to Start menu > Click on Settings
  • Next, go to Update and Security
  • Click on View update history
  • Now, if you can see that there is an update having KB4535996 has been already installed. Make sure to uninstall it.
  • Here you will see Uninstall updates option on the top of the page.
  • Click on it and select the mentioned cumulative update version.
  • Right-click on it > Select Uninstall.
  • It may take some time to delete that update and your system may restart automatically.
  • Have some patience and you can also manually reboot your Windows PC (if required).

8. Remove Temporary Files

  • Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the RUN program.
  • Now, type %temp% and press enter
  • You will get a bunch of temporary files on a page.
  • Select all files by pressing Ctrl + A on the keyboard.
    Next, press Shift + Delete on the keyboard to remove all the files.
  • Some times some of the temporary files can’t be deleted. So, leave them as it is and close it.

9. Set Default CPU and Graphics Speed

As most of the users always want to use ultra-high performance from the CPU and GPU from the very first day. So, most of the users either buy an overclocked version or manually increased the overclocking speed. So, if you’ve also overclocked your GPU speed and after doing that you’re experiencing bottleneck or lagging or crashing related issues, just set it to default mode.

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You can also use the MSI Afterburner tool or Zotac firestorm application in order to lower the clocking speed. Once done, you can run the Civilization VI game and check if the problem is fixed or not.

That’s it. We hope this guide was useful to you. You can comment below for any queries.

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