Just Cause 3 crashes, errors and other performance fixes

BY AMIT BARAN ROY   |   The open world, massive destruction and chaos causing game, Just Cause 3 is available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game released worldwide on December 1st has received much positive reviews except for the severe performance and instability issues. Much of the issues were reported by PC users, and Avalanche Studios has been fast enough to cater to these issues with their weekly patch releases. Following are our some of the assorted fixes and optimizations that could help to improve the gaming experience.

1. Get the latest patch updates:-

  • The patch update 1.021 is the latest one that is available now for PC users. The 99MB patch is intended towards fixing the two most pressing issue.
    - Improved Stability when exiting to desktop:- The update fixes the annoying crash that many users faced while exiting the game to desktop.
    - Improved Memory Management:- This was a serious trouble to many users. Memory leaks has been a recent issue for many of the latest game releases, especially for low RAM users. Avalanche Studios strives to prevent this issue with this recent patch update.
  • Last week’s patch 1.02 also fixed some of the major issues. This was a 132 MB patch that fixes the following:-
    - Long Loading times for the game has been fixed. Earlier players used to face 3 to 4 mins of frustrating load time waits which has been dealt by this patch.
    - For PC users, screen resizing has been fixed.
    - Players can now skip long cutscenes. Read the changelog for more details on these patches.

2. Resolution change causes the game to crash:-

PC users may face sudden crashes while changing the resolution from ingame settings. This can be fixed by manually tweaking the settings.json file.

  • Go to /Dcouments/Square Enix/Just Cause 3/Saves/0 and open settings.json file.
  • Set ‘DisplayFullscreenWidth’ and ‘DisplayFullscreenHeight’ to any desired resolution. This will cause the game to run at the specified resolution without crashing.

3. Stuttering fix:-

  • Disable Motion Blur from ingame Graphics settings.
  • Update AMD and Nvidia drivers to the latest release. This is a much needed step for AMD users specifically.
  • - If you are facing blurriness, try disabling SMAA_T2X as well as Depth of Field settings. Please note that the game does not support dual GPU configurations.

4. Crash after Intro video:-

If updating GPU drivers doesn’t fix this issue, then try setting ‘Screen Space Reflections’ to Off in the in game Graphics options.

5. Just Cause 3 has stopped working:-

To fix this issue, make sure the GPU drivers are up to date, and then try changing the compatibility mode to Windows SP2 or SP3. To do this, right click Just Cause 3 exe file, go to properties, then change the required settings in compatibility tab.

Apart from the given fixes, just be sure that you rig meets the game requirements as below.

Minimum Specifications:

  • OS: Vista SP2, Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K, 3.3 Ghz | AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 3 Ghz
  • GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (2GB) | AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB)

Recommended Specifications:

  • OS: Vista SP2, Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • MEMORY: 8 GB Ram
  • GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (3GB) | AMD R9 290 (4GB)

Heads Up:- Just Cause 3 is currently available at $20 discount at Steam Stores as Winter Holidays offer which ends on January 4th. Be sure to grab the opportunity.

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