How To Stop Cyberpunk 2077 From Crashing On Startup

Proven fixes to stop the crashings!

The recently released and much anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 has loads of Optimization Problems that need to be addressed. Fortunately, in contrast to Consoles, the game is fairly playable on PC, and albeit some would argue about its core gameplay, the future looks splendid to me.

Cyberpunk 2077 startup crash fix
Cyberpunk 2077.

Anyhow, If you are on PC and are unable to launch the game because of constant crashes. There is a potential fix that has seemingly gotten extremely positive reviews from AMD users. The problem strictly relates to Dynamic FidelityFX Cas that has a scaling bug, preventing Cyberpunk 2077 from launching.

To get rid of this bug, there are few steps that I’ll explain in step by step process down below.

Prevent Cyberpunk 2077 From Crashing On Startup

  1. Open Run > Search and enter “%appdata%.”
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    Type and enter %appdata%.
  2. Proceed to CD Projekt Red Folder Under Local Directory.
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    Find CD Projekt Red Directory.
  3. Now open UserSettings.json with any text editor > Press CTRL + F on Keyboard > Type DRS > Set Value of Minimal Resolution to 100.
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    Change MinimalResolution Value.

    When done, save the file, and launch Cyberpunk 2077. In case it didn’t, the alternate is to delete the UserSettings.json.

This should now fix the problem. The takeaways from the entire procedure were the following two things.

  1. Do not set minimum resolution below 85 If you plan on setting Maximum Resolution above 85.
  2. Similarly, If you want to set maximum resolution below 90 or 85, set minimum resolution also below 80, keep a gap.

During our in-depth testings here at appuals, we noticed that this crashing problem wasn’t addressed in Hotfix 1.06. And although nearly all startup crashes correlate with AMD hardware. It’s still worth trying; if you are using Nvidia Graphics Card and noticing similar startup crashes.

Other Methods To Stop Cyberpunk 2077 From Crashing

Suppose the method above did not stop Cyberpunk 2077 from crashing. Here are some alternative procedures you can look forward to.

  1. Verify the Integrity of game files.
  2. Disable Full-Screen Optimization.
  3. AMD users should ensure Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.12.1 Drivers are installed.
  4. Depending on whatever Nvidia graphics card you are using, download GeForce Cyberpunk 2077 Game Ready Drivers.
  5. Try Launching the game with MSI Afterburner and OBS Studio closed.
  6. Check hardware temperatures through Speccy or HwMonitor.
  7. Download Hard Drive Sentinel to check for any bad sectors in your SSD/HDD.
  8. While launching Cyberpunk 2077, monitor CPU and Memory Usage for automated aggressive overclocks.
  9. Open Task Manager and close any irrelevant third party application that could be interfering in the process.
  10. Contact CD Projekt Red for an in-depth fix about the problem you are facing.
  11. Add –launcher-skip -skipStartScreen under Steam Launch Options For Cyberpunk 2077.

FidelityFX Cas In Cyberpunk 2077

Understanding Dynamic FidelityFX Cas and Static FidelityFX Cas’s core purpose is a bit complex, but I’ll break it down. What essentially Dynamic Fidelity FX Cas does is that depending on whatever scaling percentage you set. The rendering resolution is automatically changed; therefore, pixels are rendered from lower resolution, ultimately resulting in High FPS. The FPS part does sound great; however, you must be wondering what about the image quality since rendering is based on a new resolution that is lower? Well, thankfully, the newly rendered pixels are then upscaled to native resolution, and all together, you won’t see a drop in image quality.

The feature is outstanding, especially in games like Cyberpunk 2077, where getting high FPS is close to a  miracle. Cyberpunk 2077 has two types of FidelityFX Cas, Dynamic and Static. We discussed the overall meta of these two settings in the paragraph above. Now, the specific difference between these two only boils down to the fact that Static will always render pixels at one particular resolution. While, Dynamic allows you to set target frames combined with Minimum and Maximum Resolution, therefore, allowing the game to render at any resolution with target fps as a priority.

Moiz Banoori
Reading and Writing Everything identified with the game's industry since 2013. A colossal admirer of Rockstar and CD Projekt Games. I can recall my gaming memories, all the way back to Tetris & Pepsiman. We have come a long way.

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