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Ghost of Tsushima crashes on PC? Error at startup? Driver problem? Artifacts? - Problem solving


Ghost of Tsushima crashes on PC? Error at startup? Driver problem? Artifacts? - Problem solving

Ghost of Tsushima , a great open-world adventure game, has finally been released on PC, but with this, users have started to experience various launch errors, freezes, artifacts, and crashes during the gameplay. This material contains all the effective solutions to problems. Apart from this, we also shared how to improve the optimization of Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut on PC and increase FPS.

System requirements

Before purchasing Ghost of Tsushima on PC, it is important to familiarize yourself with its system requirements. This will ensure that your computer can run the application and provide optimal performance. This will also help you avoid optimization issues, long loading times, or crashes. Additionally, knowing the requirements allows you to prepare your system ahead of time by updating drivers or replacing outdated components to ensure you get the best gaming experience.

Minimum Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 10/11 (64 bit);
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-7100 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200;
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM;
  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT;
  • Disk space: 75 GB;
  • Additionally: it is recommended to install the game on an SSD drive.

Recommended Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 10/11 (64 bit);
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8600 or AMD Ryzen 5 3600;
  • RAM: 16 GB RAM;
  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT;
  • Disk space: 75 GB;
  • Additionally: it is recommended to install the game on an SSD drive.

General troubleshooting tips

Before you start solving individual problems, be sure to follow these simple steps. They will help get rid of most problems, freezes, launch problems and other errors that may occur during the gameplay of Ghost of Tsushima.

Update your video card drivers

This is a basic tip that all techies offer to solve optimization problems in games. However, it is unlikely to help with Ghost of Tsushima: the vast majority of users reported that the final drivers from NVIDIA and AMD do not fix startup or crash errors. But let's take things in order.

First, try installing the latest version of the GPU driver:

If you continue to experience problems after downloading and installing, completely remove the drivers and all additional components from your Windows system (NVIDIA GeForce Experience or AMD Software: Adrenaline Edition). For each of these software there are special utilities for clean driver removal - you can download them from the links:

Once the driver is completely removed from the system, go to the GPU manufacturer's website and download an older version of the driver. You can find them using these links:

  • Old NVIDIA drivers
  • For AMD users, you can return to the old version of the driver by installing from the C:/AMD/ folder.

Update your Windows system

Often, updating the system helps fix errors and glitches in various applications and modern games. This applies to both mandatory updates, which you can ignore for weeks, and optional ones. The latter are often especially significant; we ourselves have encountered failures many times in their absence.

  • Open Settings and go to Windows Update (Update and Security);
  • Click on the “Check for updates” button ;
  • Wait until the scan is completed and install all updates, including optional ones ;
  • Restart your PC.

Temporarily disable your antivirus

Built-in Windows Defender and third-party applications to protect your system from viruses and threats often recognize new files as malicious and quarantine them or block and delete them. Undoubtedly, this can lead to problems when launching games and other programs. To exclude this possibility, it is recommended to temporarily disable system protection and try to launch the application. If the problem goes away, simply add Ghost of Tsushima to your antivirus exclusion list.

Update DirectX and Visual C++

These redistributable components are automatically downloaded with new operating system updates, but there are times when they install incorrectly or with errors, which can also cause problems. To exclude this, go to the official Microsoft website, download and install the latest versions:

Error during startup. Error creating a new game - how to fix it?

One of the main problems with Ghost of Tsushima on PC is the error when starting or creating a new game. A large number of users report it, but there are few solutions at the moment:

  • Close the game;
  • Open Windows Defender;
  • Click "Virus and Threat Protection";
  • In the virus and threat protection settings, click “Manage settings”;
  • Scroll down to “Controlled Folder Access”;
  • Click "Manage controlled folder access";
  • Click "Allow an application through Controlled Folder Access";
  • Click "Add an allowed application";
  • Select either “View all apps” or “Recently blocked apps” (we recommend choosing “Recently blocked”).
  • Find and select Ghost of Tsushima;
  • Confirm your choice.
If this doesn't help, try moving on to the solution in the next section.

Ghost of Tsushima crashes on PC - what to do?

This error occurs mainly among owners of AMD video cards, and there are several reasons for this. According to the majority of users who encountered the problem, it's all about the Radeon Anti-Lag feature, which is enabled by default. The problem may also be caused by image scaling technology. Below we describe in detail each step to solve this problem.

Disable Radeon Anti-Lag:

  • Open the AMD Software: Adrenaline Edition application. To do this, you can right-click on the desktop and select the appropriate icon.
  • Go to the “Games” - “Graphics” tab.
  • Disable Radeon Anti-Lag feature .
Launch the Ghost of Tsushima launcher:

  • In the “Frame Generation” item, install AMD FSR 3 Frame Generation .
  • On the “Graphics” tab, set all graphic settings to “Medium” (this is necessary to start the game, later you can change them at your discretion).
If the game still crashes on startup, use the second step above, only this time disable frame generation completely, then try to launch Ghost of Tsushima. In one of two cases, the application will launch without crashing, and you will be able to start a new game in the main menu.

Ghost of Tsushima slows down, freezes when exiting

Please see the Steam FAQ for information regarding game crashes that may occur on computers with 13th and 14th generation Intel processors. This may be due to hardware configuration settings. One of the developers or their representative offers several useful solutions.

Users on Steam were also able to find some solutions to fix the crashes. If you have similar problems, try:

  • Disable frame generation;
  • Do not use FSR 3;
  • Lower texture quality and general graphics settings;
  • Disable Steam overlay;
  • Update, reinstall or clean installation drivers (different gamers report different solutions);
  • Run the game as administrator, compatible with Windows 8.

There is a problem with the driver in Ghost of Tsushima on PC. The game crashes during dialogues and cutscenes

After startup, some users receive an error with the following message: “There is a problem with the display driver. This could be caused by outdated drivers, using game settings that exceed your GPU's capabilities, GPU overheating, or a bug in the game. Try updating your graphics drivers or reducing their performance. "

Key points related to the problem:

  • Appears during or when starting dialogues/cutscenes;
  • Occurs randomly and is not related to session time;
  • May be related to memory allocation;
  • May be associated with sudden spikes in FPS.

Updating the video card driver to the latest version does not solve the problem. To do this, it is recommended to select and install an earlier version of the driver. You can find such drivers on the NVIDIA website. Uninstall the GPU software from your Windows system first.

Apart from that, try the following steps:

  • Disable frame generation in the game launcher (DLSS or FSR);
  • Disable RTSS overlay (along with MSI Afterburner) and close all third-party and background applications if possible;
  • Avoid overclocking the GPU, CPU, and RAM;
  • Disable vertical sync (V-Sync).

Artifacts appear in Ghost of Tsushima

Users have reported that artifacts appear most often during rainy weather in the game. They appear as blocks of color and a compressed pixel image of colorful shapes around raindrops.

Disable frame generation and dynamic resolution scaling (use FSR preset modes such as Quality instead). This completely solved the problems for many users, including artifacts when it rained.

How to change the language in Ghost of Tsushima on PC

If Ghost of Tsushima launched in a language other than yours and you don't know how to change it, follow these steps:

  • Click on the third item from the bottom in the menu;
  • Select the third square from the left;
  • An additional menu will open. Select the second section from the list and change the language to the required one, then press Space;
  • Repeat the steps only with the third section from the list to change the interface language.

How to increase frame rate (FPS) in Ghost of Tsushima - game optimization

Ghost of Tsushima runs great on powerful systems, but owners of weaker PCs may experience frame rate drops, microfreezes, and other problems during gameplay. This section contains general tips for optimizing the game.

Close third-party applications and background processes

Closing third-party and background applications can improve FPS in Ghost of Tsushima by freeing up RAM, CPU time, and graphics resources that can be used by the application. This also reduces disk load, reducing lag and game slowdown.

How to end processes in Task Manager:

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager;
  • Go to the "Processes" tab;
  • Find unnecessary applications, right-click and select End Task.

How to disable startup applications:

  • Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc);
  • Go to the “Startup” tab;
  • Disable unnecessary programs.

How to disable third party services:

  • Enter “System Configuration” in the Windows search and open the application;
  • Go to the “Services” tab;
  • Check the box “Do not display Microsoft services”;
  • Below the list, click on the “Disable All” button.

Disable game overlays

Overlays are designed to perform various functions, as well as provide information and enhance the gameplay experience without the need to minimize the game. They often include chat functions, system performance displays, and even browser access. However, they also consume system resources, which reduces the overall performance of the game.

How to disable Steam overlay:

  • Open Steam;
  • Go to the "Settings" menu;
  • Select the “In Game” tab;
  • Uncheck "Enable Steam Overlay".

How to disable Discord overlay:

  • Open Discord;
  • Go to "User Settings";
  • In the left panel, select "Overlay";
  • Turn off the Enable Overlay switch.

How to disable NVIDIA GeForce Experience overlay:

  • Launch GeForce Experience;
  • Go to “Settings” (gear icon);
  • Disable the switch from the “In-game overlay” item.

How to disable AMD Radeon overlay:

  • Open AMD Software: Adrenaline Edition;
  • Go to "Settings";
  • Select "Overlay";
  • Disable the "Show overlay in game" option.

Run the game as administrator

Probably, this basic advice will help a considerable number of gamers to avoid problems and glitches in the game. Running the game as an administrator allows you to give the application access to files and folders, as well as unhindered data saving.

How to run Ghost of Tsushima as administrator:

  • Go to the root directory with the game (in Steam you can select “Browse local files”, and in Epic Games Launcher select “Manage” - “Check files”);
  • Right-click on the GhostOfTsushima.exe executable file and select “Properties”;
  • Go to the “Compatibility” tab, then check the “Run as administrator” option ;
  • It is also recommended to select the "Disable full screen optimization" option ;
  • Save your changes.

Disable vertical sync (V-Sync)

Vertical Sync (V-Sync) is designed to eliminate image tearing in video games, which can occur when the monitor's refresh rate does not match the GPU's frame rate. But at the same time, it consumes a lot of GPU and CPU resources. In some cases, especially under high CPU load, V-Sync can increase frame processing time, resulting in severely reduced frame rates. To avoid this, it is recommended to disable vertical sync in the game settings.


This advice is suitable for those users who do not experience crashes and freezes when enabling frame generation functions. If, with DLSS and FSR functions active, the game crashes at startup or during gameplay, be sure to disable it.

Graphics settings for weak PCs

You can configure graphic settings both when you launch Ghost of Tsushima and in the game itself. When starting, we recommend setting automatic values ​​selected by the system, or using the “Medium” or “Low” presets.

  • Motion Blur Strength: 0
  • Field of view: 5
  • Texture quality: Average
  • Texture Filtering: Anisotropic 4x
  • Shadow quality: Average
  • Level of detail: High
  • Terrain detail: Medium
  • Volumetric fog: High
  • Depth of Field: Medium
  • Screen Space Reflections: Low
  • Screen Shadows: Low
  • Ambient Occlusion: SSAO "Performance"
  • Glow: On
  • Vignette: Off
  • Water caustics: On.