How To Fix the Sonic Frontiers Crash at launch Issue on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Sonic Frontiers

Sonic Frontiers is finally out on PC through Steam and multiple consoles. It’s been over five years since the underwhelming launch of Sonic Forces, and it seems that the reception so far for Frontiers is really positive. It’s so nice to see a return to form for one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time. The PC version runs great for the most part, but as usual, some players are facing technical issues. If you’re running into the Sonic Frontiers crash at launch issue, here are a few things you can try to fix that.

Fixing the Sonic Frontiers Crash at Launch

Some players have reported that they can’t get into the game. Either it crashes at the start, or after a few seconds. This is a common thing with new PC releases, and in most cases, it’s something at the user’s end. Here are a few things we recommend to address this.

Verify Game Files

As always, you first want to ensure that your files are in order. Anything can go wrong during the download or installation process, and for most users, simply scanning game files and redownloading the missing or corrupted ones will do the job. You can do this by following the steps below.

  • Open Steam, and navigate to your library
  • Right-click on Sonic Frontiers in your library
  • Click Properties
Sonic Frontiers in Steam library > Properties
Sonic Frontiers Properties
  • Select the LOCAL FILES tab
  • Click on Verify Integrity of local files…
Local Files > Verify Integrity of game files...
Verify integrity of game files…

Set Graphics Preference to High Performance

For some users, the game seems to crash while they try to adjust the Graphics Settings. This is a bit odd and was also an issue with Sonic Origins. Some users have confirmed that setting the value to Graphics Preference to High in Windows has fixed this though. Here is how you can do that.

  • Right-click on your Desktop and select Display settings
Right-click desktop > Display settings
Display settings
  • Scroll down to the bottom and select Graphics settings
Display > Graphics settings
Graphics settings
  • Now, again, at the bottom, under “Choose and add to set preference”, click on Browse
Browse app
  • Locate the executable for Sonic Frontiers, and add it
  • Now, click on Options under the added entry
  • Here, select High Performance
Graphics preference > High performance > Save
High Performance
  • Click Save, and relaunch the game

Update DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables

Ensure that both DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables are on the latest version.

Manually Update Your GPU Drivers

Make sure that you have the latest drivers for your GPU installed. You can get the latest ones from the links below.

Switch to Dedicated GPU (Laptop Users)

Ensure that your dedicated GPU is being utilized instead of the integrated one.

Switching to the dedicated Nvidia GPU

  • First, open the Nvidia Control Panel
  • Then navigate to 3D Settings and then Manage 3D Settings
  • Open the tab Program Settings and choose Sonic Frontiers from the dropdown menu
  • Next, select the preferred graphics processor for this program from the second dropdown.
  • Your Nvidia GPU should show as a High-performance Nvidia processor
  • Save the changes

Switching to the dedicated AMD GPU

  • First, open Radeon Settings
  • Then navigate to Preferences, followed by Additional Settings
  • Here, select Power and then Switchable Graphics Application Settings
  • Select Sonic Frontiers from the list of applications
  • If Sonic Frontiers isn’t on the list, click the Add Application button and select the executable from the installation directory. This adds the game to the list, and you’ll be able to select it afterward.
  • In Graphics Settings, assign the High-Performance profile to the game.

Add an Exception to Your Anti-Virus

It’s fairly common for different anti-virus software to flag games as potential threats. This can interfere with the game, and Steam, making the game unresponsive. We recommend adding Sonic Frontier’s folder into your anti-virus software’s exclusions or exceptions list.

We have listed some popular ones and their respective FAQ pages.

Run the Game as an Administrator

When Sonic Forces came out, a common fix to address crashing was giving the game admin privileges. You can do this by following the steps below.

  • Open Steam and then your library
  • Here, right-click on Sonic Frontiers
  • Click Manage
  • Then select Browse local files
Manage > Browse Local Files
Browse local files
  • Right-click on the executable and select Properties
  • Click the Compatibility tab
  • Check “Run this program as an administrator
Compatability > Run this program as an administrator
Run this program as an administrator

We hope this guide helped fix the Sonic Frontiers Crash at launch issue. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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