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:

Before you try any of these solutions, perform a restart on your device first. A restart will refresh the operating system and fix almost any software-related glitches.

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. Update your graphics driver
  3. Verify the integrity of ARK files
  4. Install the latest ARK patch
  5. Set the launch option
  6. Reinstall ARK: Survival Evolved

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: Update your graphics driver

Game issues, such as the game crashing, freezing, lagging, low FPS, etc. are likely to occur if you’re using a wrong or outdated graphics driver.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:

Manual driver update – You can update your graphics driver manually by going to the manufacturer’s website for your graphics product, and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose only driver that is compatible with your Windows version.

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your graphics driver manually, you can, instead, 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 the Update button next to the graphics driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or 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 which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. 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.
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

4) Relauch your game to see if this fixes your issue. If not, then go ahead with the next fix.

Fix 3: Verify the integrity of ARK files

ARK: Survival Evolved may crash when a certain game file is damaged or missing. To see if that’s the core issue, you can verify the game files from Steam to make sure any corrupt files fixed and missing files installed. Follow the instructions below:

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 4: 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 5: 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 it didn’t, you’ll need to reopen the Launch Options box and clear the launch option. Then, try the fix, below.

Fix 6: Reinstall ARK: Survival Evolved

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

1) Uninstall ARK from Steam.

2) Exit Steam.

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

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

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

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

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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