Need for Speed Heat Crashing at Startup, Won’t Launch or FPS drops: How to Fix

Need for Speed Heat is one of the racing video games that’s developed by Ghost Games and published by Electronic Arts in 2019. The game is available for PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, and Xbox One platforms. However, the NFSH PC gamers are literally encountering plenty of issues like startup crashing, launching issues, fps drops, black screen issues, other errors, graphical glitches, and more. Now, if you’re also one of them and facing issues with the Need for Speed Heat Crashing at Startup, Won’t Launch or FPS drops, then check the troubleshooting guide below.

The game offers best in class graphics, missions, gameplay experience to both the PC and console players. Though it’s well optimized and offers stable gameplay, some of the PC users are quite unlucky. As most of the PC games offer great gaming with a lot of bugs or errors, the Need for Speed Heat is no exception here. Here we’ve provided a couple of fixes below that you should perform on your PC in order to solve these issues completely.

Before heading over to the guide, make sure to check the game’s system requirements below that your PC configuration is compatible with it. Additionally, ensure that there is no pending software update available for your Windows OS and graphics drivers. Meanwhile, you can also check that the Steam client and NFSH game is running on its latest version.

Need for Speed Heat Crashing at Startup, Won't Launch or FPS drops: How to Fix

Why Does Need for Speed Heat Keep Crashing?

There can be a couple of reasons behind crashing the Need for Speed Heat game on your Windows. Here as follows:

  1. Game’s system requirements aren’t compatible with PC configuration.
  2. The game version or client version is outdated.
  3. Windows OS version is outdated.
  4. Pending graphics driver update.
  5. Windows Firewall or Antivirus program can block the game.
  6. DirectX version is may be outdated.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: FX-6350 or Equivalent; Core i5-3570 or Equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD: Radeon 7970/Radeon R9 280x or Equivalent; NVIDIA: GeForce GTX 760 or Equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 50 GB available space

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Ryzen 3 1300X or Equivalent; Core i7-4790 or Equivalent
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD: Radeon RX 480 or Equivalent; NVIDIA: GeForce GTX 1060 or Equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB available space

Need for Speed Heat Crashing at Startup, Won’t Launch or FPS drops: How to Fix

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 Need for Speed Heat 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

  • 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 Game Files via Steam Client

The Need for Speed Heat gamers on Steam can follow the below steps:

  • Open the Steam Library by logging into the account
  • You can find the Need for Speed Heat game
  • 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 Need for Speed Heat 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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