Payday 3: How to Fix Crashing Issues

Mehraj Mahdin
By Mehraj Mahdin
5 Min Read
Credit: Deep Silver

Tired of your game constantly crashing? This article will go through all the common reasons your game might not be functioning properly.

Payday 3 is the long-awaited sequel to the hit FPS that puts you in the shoes of the bad guys. After almost a decade, you can join the payday crew on all platforms. Continue your reign of terror in NYC with new heists, loadouts, and characters.

Players, however, reported issues with the game crashing from time to time. These are problematic, as you might want to enjoy your favorite game, but now you have to go into details and try to fix your game. The problem is not necessarily a hardware issue all the time either. With that in mind, we will try to solve your Payday 3 crashing issues as simply as possible

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Common Reasons to Crash

The game is still in its first few patches. Therefore, it is not far-fetched to assume that there might be bugs or kinks in the engine before it is a seamless experience. In case you are facing issues, take a look at the following Payday 3 crashing fixes, and you should be able to get back into the heists in no time.

Toggling DirectX12

You can toggle on or off DX 12, and this can help your application run most of the time. The toggling must be done through the launches, whether you are on Steam or Epic Games

For Steam:

  • Navigate to your Games Library, select Payday 3, and go to properties
  • Go to Launch Options
  • Type “-dx12” to enable Dx12 or remove it if you already have it pasted.

For Epic Games:

  • Right-click on the game from your library and select manage
  • Turn on Launch Options
  • Add “-dx12” to enable or remove to disable the command to force DX12
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Launch Options in Steam

Updating Graphics Drivers:

Your graphics drivers should auto-update every time there is one available. In some cases, the new, outdated driver might cause the game to crash or not run properly. In those situations, you should manually update your drivers.

You can auto-update using the Nvidia GeForce experience or use the AMD Adrenaline Software if you are team Red. You can also manually check for updates like so:

  • Open the Windows Menu and search for Device Manager
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Accessing Device Manager
  • Enter Device Manager and navigate to ‘Display Adapters” tab
  • Expand the tab and right-click on your Graphics Card tab.
  • Select Update Driver
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Disable Overlay Apps

Although rare, sometimes in-game overlay apps can cause issues with the game running properly. It is better to avoid using third-party overlay apps if you are constantly facing issues. To disable Steam in-game overlay:

  • Navigate to your Games Library, select Payday 3, and go to properties
  • Under General, you will find an option for “Enable Steam Overlay”
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Disable Steam Overlay

Windows Update

Another solution may be to update Windows. This is also a rare situation, but Windows may sometimes cause the game files to not run properly. It is better to install any pending updates you may have

  • Search for Windows Update in your window start menu
  • Check for updates and install any updates that may be pending
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Updating windows

All in all, these should be fixing your issues. If all else fails, you can try to reinstall the game. Rest assured that if the game engine itself has any issues that may cause crashes, the developers will be fast to fix any errors. Till then, enjoy the game!

Mehraj is an FPS writer at GameRiv. He is an Esports Enthusiast and studying Finance in his senior year. He is also an active professional CS:GO player, having a particular affinity for FPS and RTS titles