Fix: Horizon Forbidden West Crashing on PS5 and PS4

Another PS4 and PS5 exclusive video game have been released called ‘Horizon Forbidden West’ as an action RPG that has been developed by Guerrilla Games & published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It’s a sequel to 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn and it features an open world in a post-apocalyptic western USA. However, just like other titles, it seems that Horizon Forbidden West is also Crashing on PS5 and PS4 consoles while startup or gameplay.

Now, if you’re also one of the victims to encounter such an issue on your PlayStation console then you’re not alone here. Fortunately, there are a couple of possible workarounds mentioned below that should gonna resolve this problem in most scenarios. Multiple reports are coming out that the initial version of the game has plenty of bugs and errors while running backward compatibility mode which has been fixed up to some extent via recent patch updates.

Fix: Horizon Forbidden West Crashing on PS5 and PS4

Fix: Horizon Forbidden West Crashing on PS5 and PS4

Sometimes the startup crashing issue or the game not launching issue might appear due to multiple possible reasons. Such as outdated game version, outdated system version, any kind of system glitch or cache data issues, etc. If you’re also feeling the same then you can follow this guide to easily fix the issue. Now, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into it.

1. Check System Updates

It’s recommended to check for system updates on the PlayStation console before getting into any other workarounds. Sometimes an outdated system build can cause several issues.

  • Go to the Settings menu on the PlayStation console.
  • Select System Software Update > Make sure to check for available updates and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update process.
  • Once done, reboot the system to apply changes.

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2. Delete Saved Game Data (PS4/PS5)

Well, corrupted or missing game data can also cause multiple issues with the crashing on the PlayStation console. We’ll recommend you delete the saved game data on the PS4/PS5 console to check for the issue.

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  • Go to the Settings menu > Select Storage.
  • Choose to Saved Data > Select Horizon Forbidden West.
  • Press the Options button on the controller > Select the saved game data files (one or multiple).
  • Hit Delete and confirm the task to complete it.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot the console to apply changes.

All the game files which are locally saved will be deleted from your PlayStation console. But don’t worry. Since you’re online, all saved game data will be there. This should fix the Horizon Forbidden West Crashing issue on PS4 or PS5 Consoles.

3. Rebuild Database (PS4/PS5)

Rebuilding the database on your PlayStation console can quickly resolve the potential issues or errors. To do so:

  • Switch off your console completely. Unplug the power cable from the console and wait for around 2-3 minutes.
  • Now, plug in the power cable, and turn it on to clear the Cached Data automatically from the system.

Check whether this issue has been fixed with the Horizon Forbidden West game or not. If not, follow the next steps below.

  • Now, press and hold the Power button on the PlayStation console until you hear 2 beeps. [The second beep will sound after seven seconds]
  • The console will boot in the Safe Mode > Connect the controller to the USB with the console and press the PS Button on the controller.
  • Next, you’ll get an option called ‘Rebuild Database’.
  • Select Rebuild Database and confirm the task.
  • It may take some time depending on the hard drive data size. Have some patience.
  • Once done, just reboot the system normally.

4. Reinstall Horizon Forbidden West

If in case, the crashing problem persists with the Horizon Forbidden West game then make sure to uninstall and reinstall the game on the console. It should gonna fix the issue. To do so:

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  • Go to Settings > Select Storage.
  • Select Horizon Forbidden West game from the list and then Hit Delete.
  • Once the game is deleted, download and install it again from the respective store.

5. Reset the Console

If none of the workarounds come in handy for you, try performing the factory reset to your console to check for the issue.

  • Go to the Settings menu on the PlayStation console.
  • Select the ‘Initialization’ tab > Select ‘Initialize PS4’ or ‘Initialize PS5’.
  • From the next page, choose ‘Full’.
  • Now, your PlayStation 4/5 will automatically start wiping itself to restore the factory defaults. This process may take a couple of hours depending on the installed data on the storage.
  • Let the process be completed. Once done, make sure to reboot the system.

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

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