ARK: Survival Evolved constantly crashes on startup or during gameplay? You’re certainly not alone! Many players are reporting it. But the good news is that you can fix it. Here is a list of solutions that have proved useful to players on PC, Xbox One and PS4.


Select your gaming platform first:

How to fix ARK crashing on PC?

You may not have to try them all. Just work down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Meet the minimum system requirements
  2. Restart your computer
  3. Disable your antivirus temporarily
  4. Update your graphics driver
  5. Run your game as an administrator
  6. Verify the integrity of your game files
  7. Install the latest ARK patch
  8. Set the launch option
  9. Change your PC power settings
  10. Reinstall ARK: Survival Evolved
  11. Reinstall Steam

Fix 1: Meet the minimum system requirements

Here are the Minimum Requirements to play ARK:
OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
Storage: 60 GB available space

The minimum system requirements need to be met to run ARK: Survival Evolved correctly; otherwise, you’ll need to play the game on another computer. Here is how to check your hardware information:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run dialog.

2) Type dxdiag and click OK.

3) Check the information of your operating system, processor and memory.

4) Click the Display tab, and then check your graphics card’s information.

Make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements, check the fix, below.

Fix 2: Restart your computer

Some programs running on your computer may conflict with ARK or Steam, causing your game to crash constantly. In this case, try restarting your computer to close unwanted programs, then relaunch ARK to test your issue.

If your game still crashes after the reboot, read on and try fix 3, below.

Fix 3: Disable your antivirus temporarily

ARK crashing is sometimes caused by interference from antivirus software. To see if that’s the problem for you, temporarily disable your antivirus program and check if the problem persists. (Consult your antivirus documentation for instructions on disabling it.)

If your game works properly after you disable the antivirus software, contact the vendor of your antivirus software and ask them for advice, or install a different antivirus solution.

Be extra careful about what sites you visit, what emails you open and what files you download when your antivirus is disabled.

Fix 4: Update your graphics driver

Game issues, such as the game crashing, freezing, lagging, low FPS, etc. may occur if you’re using a wrong or outdated graphics driver. To keep ARK running smoothly, it’s essential that you have the latest graphics driver at all times.

There are two ways you can get the latest correct driver for your graphics card:

Option 1 – Manually– You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your driver this way, because you need to find exactly the right the driver online, download it and install it step by step.

OR

Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended)– This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.

Option 1 – Download and install the driver manually

The manufacturer of your graphics product keeps the updating driver. To get the latest graphics driver, you need to go to the manufacturer website, find the driver corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.

Once you’ve downloaded the correct driver for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

Option 2 – Automatically update your graphics driver

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the graphics driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your driver automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All). 

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Fix 5: Run your game as an administrator

Steam sometimes may not be able to access certain game files on your computer under normal user mode, which could be the culprit of the ARK crash issue. To see if that’s the problem for you, follow the instructions below:

1) If you’re running Steam now, right-click the Steam icon on the taskbar and select Exit.

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2) Right-click the Steam icon and select Run as administrator.

3) Click Yes.

4) Relaunch ARK: Survival Evolved from Steam.

If your game crashes again, then go ahead with the next fix.

Fix 6: Verify the integrity of your game files

ARK: Survival Evolved may crash when a certain game file is damaged or missing. So you should verify the game files to make sure any corrupt files fixed and missing files installed. Here is how to do it:

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click ARK: Survival Evolved and select Properties.

4) Click the LOCAL FILES tab, and then click VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES.

Steam will fix faulty game files automatically if it detects any. Wait for the process to be complete, then relaunch ARK to test your issue. If your issue still exists, try the fix, below.

Fix 7: Install the latest ARK patch

The developers of ARK release regular game patches to fix bugs. It’s possible that a recent patch has stopped your game from running smoothly, and that a new patch is required to fix it. 

To check if there is any update, go to the ARK: Survival Evolved website and search for the latest patchIf a patch is available, install it, then run your game again to check whether your problem has been resolved. If it hasn’t, or there was no new game patch available, go ahead with fix 8, below.

Fix 8: Set the launch option 

The ARK crashing issue could be caused by incompatible game settings. To see if that’s the problem for you, try launching it with a different launch option. Follow the instructions below:

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click ARK: Survival Evolved and select Properties.

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4) Click SET LAUNCH OPTIONS.

5) Remove any launch options currently shown. 

6) Type -USEALLAVAILABLECORES -sm4 -d3d10, then click OK.

7) Relaunch your game to see if this worked for you.

If this didn’t work for you, you need to reopen the Launch Options box and clear the launch option. Then, try the fix, below.

Fix 9: Change your PC power settings

Windows sets all computers to the Balanced power plan by default, so your computer may sometimes slow down to save energy, causing ARK to crash. Try changing your power plan to High Performance to see if it fixes your problem. Here is how:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type control. Then, click Control panel.

2) Under View by, click Large icons.

3) Select Power Options.

4) Select High Performance.

What’re the differences?
Balanced
: Balanced automatically adjust your CPU’s speed according to your computer’s need.
High Performance: High Performance mode keeps your PC running at high speeds most of the time. Your computer will generate more heat under this mode.

5) Restart your computer, and then relaunch ARK.

Check if this has resolved your issue. If not, try the fix, below.

Fix 10: Reinstall ARK: Survival Evolved

If none of the fixes above helped, you’ll need to reinstall ARK. Follow the instructions below:

1) If you’re running Steam now, right-click the Steam icon on the taskbar, and then select Exit.

2) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and E at the same time.

3) Paste C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common on the address bar.

4) Highlight the ARK folder, and then press the Del key on your keyboard to delete the folder.

5) Relaunch Steam to download and reinstall ARK. Then, try launching the game again.

If ARK crashing issue still happens, check the fix, below.

Fix 11: Reinstall Steam

Corrupt or missing Steam files may also cause ARK to crash. In this case, reinstalling Steam is very likely the solution to your problem. Here is how:

1) Right-click the Steam icon and select Open file location.

2) Right-click the steamapps folder and select Copy. Then, place the copy in another location to back up it.

3) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type control. Then, click Control Panel.

4) Under View by, select Category.

5) Select Uninstall a program.

6) Right-click Steam, and then click Uninstall.

7) Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall Steam and wait for the process to be complete.

8) Download and install Steam.

9) Right-click the Steam icon and select Open file location.

10) Move the backup steamapps folder you create before to your current directory location.

Hopefully, you are able to run ARK without crashing now! If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.


How to fix ARK crashing on Xbox One?

You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Restart your console
  2. Update your console
  3. Reset your console
  4. Reinstall your game

Fix 1: Restart your console

In many cases, a simple restart can help address the ARK crashing issue. Follow the instructions below:

1) Press and hold the power button on the front of the console for 10 seconds to turn off your Xbox One.

2) Wait for 1 minute, then turn your console back on.

3) Restart your Xbox One and your game to test your issue.

If ARK still crashes after the reboot, don’t fret. Try the fix, below.

Fix 2: Update your console

ARK: Survival Evolved might crash because your Xbox One system is out of date. To prevent game issues form happening or to fix them, it’s important to keep your Xbox One system up to date. Here is how to do it:

1) On the home screen, press the Xbox button to open the guide.

2) Select Settings.

3) Select System.

4) Select Update console.

After the update, restart ARK to see if it works correctly now. If your problem still exists, then go ahead with the next fix.

Fix 3: Reset your console

Improper console settings can also cause ARK to crash on your Xbox One. If you have changed any game settings recently, resetting your Xbox One to its default factory settings is very likely the solution to your problem.

Follow the instructions below:

1) On the home screen, press the Xbox button to open the guide.

2) Select Settings.

3) Select System.

4) Select Console info.

5) Select Reset console.

6) Select Reset and keep my games & apps

Restart your game to see if this worked for you If it didn’t, check the fix below.

Fix 4: Reinstall your game

You’re likely to encounter ARK crashing error when a certain game file is corrupted or damaged. To fix it, try reinstalling your game on Xbox One. Here is how to do it:

1) On the home screen, press the Xbox button to open the guide.

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2) Select My games & apps.

3) Press the A button on your controller.

4) Highlight your game, then press the ☰ button on your controller.

5) Select Uninstall.

6) After your game is uninstalled, insert the game disc into the drive to download and install ARK: Survival Evolved.

Hopefully, you can enjoy the game now! If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below.


How to fix ARK crashing on PlayStation 4

You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Restart your PS4
  2. Update your PS4 system software
  3. Reinstall yoru game
  4. Restore your PS4 settings to default

Fix 1: Restart your PS4

One quick fix to common game issues on PS4 is restarting your device. If ARK crashes constantly on your PS4, try rebooting your device, then relaunch your game. Here is how to do it:

1) On the front panel of your PS4, press the power button to turn it off.

2) After your PS4 is turned off completely, unplug the power cord from the back of the console.

3) Wait for 3 minutes, and then plug the power cord back into your PS4.

4) Press and hold the power button again to restart your PS4.

Restart your game to check if this fixed your problem. If your game still crashes, don’t worry! There are still 2 more fixes to try.

Fix 2: Update your PS4 system software

Outdated system software could also cause ARK: Survival Evolved to crash. In this case, updating your PlayStation 4 system software is very likely the solution to the issue. Here is how to it:

1) On the home screen of your PS4 system, press the up button on your controller to go to the function area.

2) Select Settings.

3) Select System Software Update, and then follow the on-screen instructions to update the system software for your PS4.

4) Restart your game to see if this resolved your issues.

If your problem persists, move on to the fix below.

Fix 3: Reinstall your game

You’re likely to encounter ARK crashing error when a certain game file is corrupted or damaged. To fix it, try reinstalling your game. Here is how to do it:

1) On the home screen, select ARK: Survival Evolved.

2) Press the Options button on your controller.

3) Select Delete using your controller.

4) Download and install ARK again to test your issue.

If your game still crashes, try the fix below.

Fix 4: Restore your PS4 settings to default

In some cases, the ARK: Survival Evolved crashing issue is triggered by improper PS4 settings. Try restoring your PS4 to its default factory settings to see if that’s the problem for you. Follow the instructions below:

1) On the front panel of your PS4, press the power button to turn it off.

2) After your PS4 is turned off completely, press and hold the power button.

3) After you hear two beeps from your PS4, release the button.

4) Connect your controller to your PS4 with a USB cable.

5) Press the PS button on your controller.

6) Select Restore to Default Settings.

7) Select Yes and wait for the process to be complete.

8) Restart your game to see if this has resolved your issue.

Hopefully, you can play ARK without crashing now! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll see what more we can do.

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