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Fix: Rocket League Crashing on PC

Rocket League is a high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular video game that has been developed and published by Psyonix. The game was initially released for PC and PS4 back in 2015. Then it was released for Xbox and Nintendo platforms later on. The best part is that it’s free-to-play on Epic Games Store or Launcher for PC. But it’s quite unfortunate that some players are experiencing issues with the Rocket League Crashing on PC.

Now, if you’re also one of the victims then make sure to follow this troubleshooting guide to resolve such an issue. Most PC titles do come with multiple bugs or other issues apart from lags, crashes, stutters, etc. So, we can consider the crashing issue during the game startup on the Windows PC is one of the most common problems these days. However, there are a couple of possible workarounds available that should gonna help you out of it.

Fix: Rocket League Crashing on PC

Why Does Rocket League Keep Crashing?

In most scenarios, the chances are high that somehow your Rocket League game is conflicting with your Windows system or any of its applications. Whereas it may also be possible that your game files are either corrupted or missing for some unexpected reasons that are triggering some issues. Meanwhile, an outdated game version, outdated Windows OS build, unnecessary startup programs, overclocked GPU, etc can cause some issues with the game launch.

Sometimes background running overlay apps, third-party unnecessary background running tasks, an incompatible PC configuration, default or third-party antivirus software issue, outdated graphics drivers, outdated DirectX version, outdated Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables, fullscreen borderless display mode, etc can cause startup crashing or lagging the PC game whatsoever.

Fix: Rocket League Crashing on PC

Luckily, there are a couple of possible workarounds mentioned below that should gonna help you out. So, without further ado, let’s jump into it.

1. Check System Requirements

Make sure to check the system requirements of the Rocket League game on your PC and then cross-check whether your PC hardware is compatible enough with the game or not. Keep in mind that if your PC isn’t meeting the system requirements of the game, you’ll need to upgrade the respective hardware on your PC to be able to play the Rocket League game.

Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 (64 bit) or Newer (64 bit) Windows OS
  • Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual-core
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 760, AMD Radeon R7 270X, or better
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 20GB available space
  • DirectX: DX11

Recommended Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 (64 bit) or Newer (64 bit) Windows OS
  • Processor: 3.0+ GHz Quad-core
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, AMD Radeon RX 470, or better
  • Storage: 20GB available space
  • DirectX: DX11

2. Update .NET Framework

If Rocket League does not start on your PC then you may need to update the Microsoft .NET Framework manually. This software allows different programming languages to more easily communicate with your PC. To run Rocket League, you’ll require version 4.6.2 or newer.

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  • Visit the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 site on your PC.
  • Now, download the .NET Framework Runtime [Don’t click on the Developer Pack].
  • Run the downloaded program on the PC.
    • On Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, click on the Run button at the bottom of the page.
    • On Google Chrome, click the up arrow next to the download at the bottom of the page then select Open.
  • Restart your computer when the update is finished.
  • Finally, launch Rocket League on the Epic Games Launcher to check for the issue.

3. Delete Cache from the Rocket League Folder

If you’re receiving a Runtime or NTDLL error that means there is a corrupted Rocket League save file on your PC. It eventually can trigger force closes, game crashes, or installed mods that can affect the saved game data. To resolve such an issue, you should delete the cache folder by following the steps below:

  • Open File Explorer on your PC > Click on Documents in the left pane.
  • Double click on the My Games folder > Double click on Rocket League.
  • Double click on TAGame > Right-click on Cache > Select Delete.
  • Launch Rocket League and check if the problem has been fixed or not.

If Rocket League still not starting, try creating a new save data.

4. Verify and Repair Game Files

Verifying the integrity of the Rocket League game files and repairing them will fix several issues. Your saved data will not be affected at all.

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For Steam:

  • Open the Steam client on your PC.
  • Find Rocket League in the Library > Right-click on Rocket League.
  • Click on Properties > Select the Local Files tab.
  • Click on the Verify Integrity of Game Files button.
  • Now, wait for the validation process to complete.
  • Finally, reboot the PC to apply changes.

For Epic Games Launcher:

  • Open the Epic Games Launcher on the computer.
  • Find Rocket League in your Epic Games Launcher Library.
  • Now, click on the three dots icon on the right side of the Rocket League tile.
  • Select Verify > Wait for the validation process to complete.
  • Launch Rocket League and wait for a couple of minutes to verify & repair the game files.
  • You’re done.

5. Run Rocket League with default Video Settings

You can run Rocket League with default video settings if your PC is having issues with the game launching or performance. Follow the steps below to do so:

  • Open Rocket League on the PC > Go to Settings.
  • Click on Video > Click on Default.
  • Click on Apply and reboot the game to check for the issue.

6. Run the game as an administrator

Make sure to run the game exe file as an administrator to avoid user account control regarding privilege issues. You should also run the Steam client as an administrator on your PC. To do this:

  • Right-click on the Rocket League exe shortcut file on your PC.
  • Now, select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.

  • Make sure to click on the Run this program as an administrator checkbox to checkmark it.
  • Click on Apply and select OK to save changes.

Make sure to do the same steps for the Steam client too. It should help you to fix the Rocket League issue on your PC.

7. Update GPU Drivers

Somehow it may also be possible that your graphics driver hasn’t been updated for a while. If that’s the case, then make sure to update the graphics drivers on your PC to remove potential glitches whatsoever. To do so:

  • Press Windows + X keys to open the Quick Link Menu.
  • Now, 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.

8. Perform a Clean Boot

Some of the apps and their services may start automatically while booting the system right away. In that case, those apps or services will definitely gonna use a lot of internet connection as well as system resources. If you’re also feeling the same, make sure to perform a clean boot on your computer to check for the issue. To do that:

  • Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Now, type msconfig and hit Enter to open System Configuration.
  • Go to the Services tab > Enable the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox.

  • Click on Disable all > Click on Apply and then OK to save changes.
  • Now, go to the Startup tab > Click on Open Task Manager.
  • The Task Manager interface will open. Here go to the Startup tab.
  • Then click on the particular task which has a higher startup impact.
  • Once selected, click on Disable to turn them off from the startup process.
  • Do the same steps for each program that has a higher startup impact.
  • Once done, make sure to restart your computer to apply changes.

9. Close Unnecessary Background Tasks

Whenever there is a couple of unnecessary background running tasks that appear and seem to be third-party sources, make sure to close them one by one to reduce consumption of CPU/Memory usage. To do this:

  • Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager.
  • Click on the Processes tab > Select the task that you want to close.

  • Once selected, click on End Task. Make sure to do the steps for each task individually.
  • Once done, just restart your computer to change effects immediately.

10. Disable Antivirus and Firewall Program

It’s worth recommending to disable the antivirus program as well as the firewall protection on your computer to check for the issue. Sometimes the aggressive antivirus or security protection software can prevent game files to run properly or find them as viruses which basically trouble you to launch them or play them smoothly. To do that:

  • Click on the Start menu > Type Control Panel and open it.
  • Now, type firewall in the search box > Click on Windows Firewall.
  • From the left pane, click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off.
  • Make sure to select Turn off Windows Firewall for the Private, Domain, and Public Network Settings.
  • Finally, reboot the PC to apply changes, and try checking the issue.

Now, you’ll have to disable the antivirus protection from your computer. To do so:

  • Head over to the Windows Settings > Privacy and Security.
  • Now, go to Windows Security > Virus & threat protection.
  • Click on Manage settings >Then turn off the Real-time Protection option.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot your PC to apply changes.

Even if you’re using any other third-party antivirus software on your PC then make sure to turn it off as well.

11. Try Disabling Overlay Apps

It seems that a couple of popular apps do have their own overlay program that can eventually run in the background and cause issues with the gaming performance or even launching issues. You should turn them off to fix the issue by following the steps below:

Disable Discord Overlay:

  • Launch the Discord app > Click on the gear icon at the bottom.
  • Click on Overlay under App Settings > Turn on the Enable in-game overlay.
  • Click on the Games tab > Select Rocket League.
  • Finally, turn off the Enable in-game overlay toggle.
  • Make sure to reboot your PC to apply changes.

Disable Xbox Game Bar:

  • Press Windows + I keys to open Windows Settings.
  • Click on Gaming > Go to Game Bar > Turn off Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar option.

If in case, you’re unable to find out the Game Bar option then just search for it from the Windows Settings menu.

Disable Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay:

  • Launch the Nvidia GeForce Experience app > Head over to Settings.
  • Click on the General tab > Disable the In-Game Overlay option.
  • Finally, restart the PC to apply changes, and launch the game again.

Also do keep in mind that you should disable some other overlay apps like MSI Afterburner, Rivatuner, RGB software, or any other third-party overlay apps that run in the background always.

12. Update Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable

  • Go to this link and download the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable file on your PC.
  • Install it properly and reboot the system to apply changes.

13. Update DirectX

  • Head over to this Microsoft link to download the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer on your PC.
  • Next, install or update the DirectX version manually.
  • Once done, restart your computer to apply changes.

If you’re already using the latest version of DirectX on your computer then it should run the game properly. At the time of writing this article, the DirectX 12 version is the latest one. Now, the Rocket League game crashing should have been fixed.

14. Disable CPU or GPU Overclocking

It’s also worth mentioning not to enable CPU/GPU overclocking on your PC if your game is crashing or stuttering a lot. We can understand that overclocking CPU/GPU can make a huge impact in improving gameplay but sometimes it may also cause issues with the bottleneck or compatibility too. Just set the frequency to default for optimal performance.

15. Check for Windows Updates

The chances are high that your Windows OS build becomes outdated enough or corrupted. If you’re also feeling the same then make sure to follow the steps below to check for Windows updates. If the update is available then just install it. The latest software updates always offer bug fixes and improvements. To do this:

  • Press Windows + I keys to open up the Windows Settings menu.
  • Next, click on Update & Security > Select Check for updates under the Windows Update section.

  • If there is a feature update available, select Download and install.
  • Wait for some time until the update gets completed.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes immediately.

16. Update Rocket League

If in case, you haven’t updated your Rocket League game for a while then make sure to follow the steps below to check for updates and install the latest patch (if available).

For Steam:

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library > Click on Rocket League from the left pane.
  • It’ll automatically search for the available update. If there is an update available, make sure to click on Update.
  • It may take some time to install the update > Once done, make sure to close the Steam client.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes, and then try launching the game again.

For Epic Games Launcher:

  • Open the “Epic Games Launcher” > Click on “Settings” from the left navigation pane.
  • Scroll down to the “Manage Games” section > Make sure there is a checkmark next to “Allow Auto-Updates”.
  • Expand the menu for each game that you want to enable automatic updates including Rocket League.
  • Ensure that the “Auto-update” box is check marked.
  • The next time whenever you launch Epic Games Launcher, it’ll automatically check for the game updates and install them. (if any)

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

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