The Resident Evil 4 remake has taken the gaming world by storm, with critics and fans praising the title for all it improves from the original title. But it is not without its problems, like the Fatal D3D Error that has been making players crash and keeps bugging out the game.
Present on the PC version of the game that one can get through Steam, the “Fatal D3D” Error is an issue that makes the game unplayable, and that can lead to other glitches and problems, but most often than not ends up crashing the game completely. We’ve gathered a few tips on what to do if you encounter (or keep getting) this error, which should help alleviate its issues until Capcom releases an official patch.
What is the Fatal D3D Error in Resident Evil 4 Remake
The name of the error code says it all: It’s a “Fatal” error, meaning that it makes the game unplayable, due to issues with Direct3D (a tool used in the game that helps with the rendering of its graphics).
When there is an issue with the game’s visuals, this error can trigger and result in unresponsiveness and eventually the crashing of the game and its closure. There are a couple of reasons why it may be happening, but it mostly has to do with the graphic options of the game. Below you’ll find some tips to try and avoid getting the error.
How to fix Fatal D3D Error in Resident Evil 4
Lower your graphics settings
Overworking your graphics card may be causing some problems with the game, which in turn could lead to this error. Open up the game’s options and navigate to the “Graphics” tab, and try lowering some of the options to ease the VRAM load (which can be seen in the right part of the menu).
The game itself tells you if there’s a chance of having issues: If the “Max Graphics Memory” number is white, it’s in an acceptable range. If it’s yellow, there’s a slight probability of issues, and if its red it is almost bound to fail at some point. Try finding a good point in which your graphics card is coasting easily but you’re still happy with the graphics.
Turn off Ray Tracing and Strand Hair
These two options are turned off by default, and with good reason: while they won’t raise the VRAM number too much, in practice they are extremely resource intensive. Turning them on makes the game look amazing but it can result in you getting the D3D Error constantly, especially in areas where the lighting changes suddenly.
Update your graphics drivers
Make sure your graphics card has the latest drivers available. If you’re using an Nvidia graphics card, you can find the latest drivers on their official website, or by using the Nvidia GeForce Experience app on your computer (if you have it installed). If you’re using an AMD card, you can easily find what you need through their website.
Verify your game’s files, or reinstall it
If you’ve done all of the previous things and you’re still getting the error, you’ll have to check the integrity of your game’s files on Steam or try uninstalling and reinstalling the whole thing again. In your Steam library, simply right-click on Resident Evil 4, select preferences, and navigate to the Local Files category. There you’ll find an option to “Verify integrity of game files”, which when clicked will take a few minutes to scan and try to find any issues. If there are any it can fix them for you, and that’s it.
If after all of this nothing works, uninstall the game and restart the computer. Then try reinstalling Resident Evil 4.