Planet Zoo Crashing at Startup, Won’t Launch, or Lags with FPS drops: Fix

Planet Zoo is a 2019’s construction & management simulation video game that has been developed and published by Frontier Developments PLC. It’s available for Microsoft Windows only. In this game, players need to build a wildlife world, construct detailed habitats, managing zoo, and more. Planet Zoo has additional three editions like Delux Edition, Premium Edition, Arctic Bundle apart from the standard pack. Meanwhile, some of the PC players are getting multiple issues with the Planet Zoo like Crashing at Startup, Won’t Launch, or Lags with FPS drops.

If you’re also one of the victims and experiencing the same problem with this game on your Windows then you’re in the right place. Here we’ve shared a couple of the possible workarounds below that you should try for once if simple restarting the game or system or even reinstalling the game didn’t work for you.

We should also mention that several players can also encounter some other issues with the game like sound issues, graphical glitches, downloading or updating issues, black screen problems, the game won’t close, and more. Here we’ve provided the troubleshooting guide to resolve startup crashes, the game not launching problem, lags, fps drops, etc.

Planet Zoo Crashing at Startup, Won't Launch or Lags with FPS drops: Fix

Why Does Planet Zoo Keep Crashing?

There can be several reasons behind the crashing of the Planet Zoo game while launching or during the gameplay on your Windows which are mentioned below. Before jumping into the guide below, make sure to take a quick look at some of the possible reasons that you should consider.

  • Sometimes Windows system or game launcher may also cause glitches or temporary caching issues. Restarting your computer mostly fix this problem.
  • It can be possible that your PC/Laptop configuration isn’t meeting the system requirements of the game. If you have any doubt then check the system requirements below.
  • Chances are that the game files are missing or corrupted.
  • Windows OS or graphics driver version is outdated.
  • The DirectX version is outdated.
  • Maybe the game or the game client is outdated.
  • Some background running apps can cause overload to the CPU/Memory usage.
  • It’s possible that the Antivirus program or Windows Firewall is preventing the game to run properly.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 (SP1+)/8.1/10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel i5-2500 / AMD FX-6350
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 (2GB) / AMD Radeon R9 270X (2GB)
  • Storage: 16 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Minimum specifications may change during development

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel i7-4770k / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB) or AMD Radeon RX 580 (8GB)
  • Storage: 16 GB available space

Planet Zoo Crashing at Startup, Won’t Launch, or Lags with FPS drops: 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 Planet Zoo 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

Planet Zoo gamers on Steam client can follow the below steps:

  • Open the Steam Library by logging into the account
  • You can find the Planet Zoo game there
  • 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 Planet Zoo game to check whether it’s crashing at startup or not.

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

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