Despite its stellar reputation, NBA 2K23 continues to encounter technical challenges for some PC players, primarily manifesting as unexpected crashes. This article presents a comprehensive set of 7 documented solutions to effectively address these disruptions and ensure a smooth gameplay experience. You might not need to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

Before you start: check system requirements

In order for your game to run properly, your PC needs to meet certain system requirements. So before diving into any complicated troubleshooting techniques, make sure that your PC configuration is compatible.

Here’re the minimum and recommended requirements for the NBA 2K23 game:


If one of the specs fails to meet the requirement, you might want to consider upgrading your PC. If your PC meets all of them, then read on and check out the fixes below.

Fix 1: Verify the integrity of game files

Some important game files can be missing or corrupted sometimes, which may cause the 2K23 crashing issue. The good news is, Steam can verify the correctness over installed game files and fix them if necessary. Simply follow the instructions given below:

  1. Navigate to the Library section of your Steam client.
  2. Right-click NBA 2K23 and Select Properties.
  3. Click LOCAL FILES and select the Verify integrity of game files… option. Then wait for the checking to complete.
  4. Launch NBA 2K23 and check if it crashes again.

If the issue disappears, congrats! If not, just move on to the next fix.

Fix 2: Update your graphics driver

One of the most common causes of game crashes is a corrupted or outdated graphics driver. So you should definitely try updating your PC’s graphics driver to the latest version available.

To update your driver manually, you can visit the manufacturer’s website (NVIDIA/AMD) to select, download and install the correct one.

But if you don’t have the time or patience for it, or you’re not confident playing around with drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy. It can automatically recognize your system and find the correct graphics driver. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect all the 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 Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version– you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

If you don’t want to pay for it, you can just download the drivers with the free version. You will have to download one at a time, and install them manually.

After updating your drivers, restart your computer and check if the problem is solved. If nothing changes, keep reading.

Fix 3: Disable Steam overlay

Some players have reported that the 2K23 crashing issue occurs when they turn on the Steam overlay feature. You can try to disable it and see if that resolves the problem on your end. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Steam menu and select Settings.
  2.  Select In-Game, and uncheck these three boxes of The Steam Overlay section. Click OK.

In fact, some third-party apps (Discord and NVIDIA GeForce Experience for example) also have their overlay program that may cause 2K23 launching issues. Similarly, you can try to disable the overlay feature in their settings.

But if it doesn’t help at all, move on to the next method.

Fix 4: Keep Windows up to date

Keeping your OS up to date is a simple yet important method to keep bugs away, since the latest updates generally offer effective bug fixes and improvements. Here’s how to update Windows to the most recent version:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I key at the same time to open the Windows Settings menu.
  2. Select Update & Security.
  3. Click Check for updates.
  4. Update your OS as required, and wait for some time until the update gets completed.
  5. Reboot your computer to apply changes.
To make sure you’ve installed all the updates available, repeat these steps until you see “You’re up to date” when you click Check for updates.

If Updating your Windows is not helping, check out the next fix.

Fix 5: Repair corrupt system files

Apart from the game files, missing or corrupted system files can also lead to different kinds of PC errors like frequent game crashes. To check if this is your case, you should run a quick and thorough scan with Fortect.

Fortect is a professional system repair tool that can repair common PC errors, protect you from file loss, malware, hardware failure and optimize your computer performance.

Here’s how to use Fortect to repair your system files:

  1. Download and install Fortect.
  2. Launch Fortect and run a free scan. It will fully analyze your PC and provide you with a detailed scan report that includes all issues detected.
  3. Click Start Repair to automatically fix all the issues (You’ll need to pay for the full version. It comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee so you can refund anytime if Fortect doesn’t fix your problem).
If you run into any problems while using Fortect, don’t hesitate to contact the support team at

Now you should be able to get everything fine with your system files repaired. But if not, continue to the next solution.

Fix 6: Close unnecessary background programs

Too many programs running in the background will drain your system, and more importantly, chances are some of them will interfere with your game, triggering the crashing issue. Therefore, we suggest that you disable those unnecessary apps when playing NBA 2K23. To do it, follow the steps below:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager.
  2. Click the task that you want to close, then click End task at the bottom right corner. Remember to do the step for each task individually.
  3. Check to see if the game runs normally.
Do not end the programs you are not familiar with, as they could be essential to ensuring some basic functions of your computer.

If the problem persists, there’s one more fix you can try.

Fix 7: Delete and reinstall the game

If none of the solutions above has helped fix the problem, the last thing you can do is to delete NBA 2K23 from your drive and reinstall it. This step can fix various game issues, especially those caused by corrupt installation data. Normally, a fresh start can help you resolve most of the crashes.

Should any of these solutions resolve your NBA 2K23 crashing concerns, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below. Additionally, any constructive feedback or alternative approaches are welcome contributions to this community.

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