How to Fix Baldur’s Gate 3 Not Launching on PC

Nazmul Hassan
By Nazmul Hassan
7 Min Read
Credit: Larion Studios

If your Baldur’s Gate 3 is not launching or keeps crashing, don’t worry! After following this step-by-step guide, your game should run smoothly on your PC.

Baldur’s Gate 3 has been released. The latest installment from the Baldur’s Gate franchise in the D&D world has been one of the most anticipated titles for a long time.

The game has a lot to offer. You can enjoy the game as a solo adventurer or play with your friends in the D&D world. And most players have been enjoying every bit of what it has in store.

Unfortunately, despite paying $60 for the game, many players are unable to launch it no matter what. For many, the game sometimes runs, and for others, they haven’t been able to enter the game at all.

If you’re facing the same issue while launching Baldur’s Gate 3 on PC, Here’s why it happens and what you can do to resolve it.

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Why is Baldur’s Gate 3 Not Launching on PC?

The first obvious reason why it may not launch is that your computer does not meet the minimum system requirements. However, even with good PCs, many people are unable to open the game.

Also, Baldur’s Gate 3 requires everyone to have it installed on an SSD. So, if you install your game on an HDD, it may not launch either.

Moreover, Baldur’s Gate 3 may not also launch due to an outdated Windows or Graphics driver. On the other hand, corrupted game files can also prevent Baldur’s Gate from launching.

How to Fix Baldur’s Gate 3 Not Launching

Here, we’ll provide all the possible solutions you can try to resolve the Baldur’s Gate 3 not launching issue. Hopefully, after trying all the steps, your game will run without any problems.

1. Check the Minimum System Requirement

Baldur’s Gate 3 has a modest minimum system requirement considering it’s a modern game with incredible visuals. The recommended system requirement is also not very demanding.

So, you should mostly be able to play the game without any hassle. Still, it is better to know whether your computer meets the minimum system requirements.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Minimum PC specs

  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 480 (4GB+ of VRAM)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 / AMD FX 8350
  • RAM: 8GB
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Storage: 150GB available space
  • DirectX: Version 11

Baldur’s Gate 3 Recommended PC specs

  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super / AMD Radeon RX 5700 xt (8GB+ of VRAM)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K / AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • RAM: 16GB
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Storage: 150GB available space
  • DirectX: Version 11

2. Install the Game into an SSD

Baldur’s Gate 3 requires players to install it on an SSD. Although many players got away without installing the game on an SSD, most players are unable to launch the game or face constant crashes.

So, despite the game’s hefty size, consider installing the game in your SSD to avoid launching issues.

3. Verify and Repair Baldur’s Gate 3 Game Files

Corrupted game files from interrupted downloads can cause Baldur’s Gate 3 to crash frequently. If you’re facing crashes at the startup of Baldur’s Gate 3, you have likely corrupted game files. So, verifying and repairing the game files is always a good idea.

To verify and repair Baldur’s Gate 3 on Steam:

  • Open the Steam client > Library and locate Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Right-click on Baldur’s Gate 3 and select Properties
  • Go to Installed Files and select Verify integrity of game files
  • Steam will verify the game files and download the missing/ corrupted game files

4. Update Graphics Driver

The latest drivers are usually more compatible with modern games. So, the companies constantly release the newest drivers and encourage players to download and install them.

So, if your graphics driver and operating system are outdated, you should update them immediately.

To update graphics driver for NVIDIA GPUs:

  • Go to NVIDIA’s official driver download website
  • Select your GPU series, model, and operating system type, and press the search button
  • NVIDIA will recommend a GeForce Game Ready Driver
  • Download and install the updated graphics driver
  • Launch Baldur’s Gate 3

To update graphics driver for AMD GPUs:

  • Go to NVIDIA’s official driver download website
  • Select your GPU type and model from the lists and press submit
  • Select your operating system and press download
  • Install the updated graphics driver
  • Launch Baldur’s Gate 3

To update graphics driver for Intel GPUs:

  • Go to Intel Arc’s official driver download website
  • Navigate to the latest WHQL Certified Game On Drivers and press download here
  • Press the download button under the available downloads section
  • Install the updated graphics driver
  • Launch Baldur’s Gate 3

5. Update Windows

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Many users said updating Windows to the latest version has resolved the launching error in Baldur’s Gate 3. So, check if you have any updates pending.

To update Windows 10 and 11:

  • Go to Search. Type Windows Update and press enter
  • Click on Check for updates
  • Download and install the update

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There you go! If you follow these steps carefully, your Baldur’s Gate 3 not launching issue should be resolved. Meanwhile, keep your eyes on Baldur’s Gate 3 and Larian Studios’ social media handles to see if there’s any fix or update for the issues.

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By Nazmul Hassan FPS Editor
Nazmul is GameRiv's FPS editor. He is a marketing graduate with an immense passion for gaming. As an ex-professional CS:GO player, he holds a strong interest in other FPS titles like Apex Legends, VALORANT, and CoD. However, he also tries out other games when he is free.