Resident Evil 4 Remake PC Errors And Fixes: Fatal D3D Error, Unstable Frame Rate, and More

Struggling with Resident Evil 4 Remake on PC? Here's how to solve the most annoying issues and experience better performance.

Posted By | On 27th, Mar. 2023

Resident Evil 4 Remake

Capcom’s Resident Evil 4 Remake has earned extensive accolades from critics and fans since its release. On top of an “Overwhelmingly Positive” user review rating on Steam, the survival horror shooter had a peak concurrent player count of 168,191. While the PC version is generally well-optimized, it does have some issues, some stranger than others, which need to be fixed. There are some workarounds, so let’s look at what to do.

Before that, please be advised that the following methods are to be used at the sole discretion of the system owner. GamingBolt or its staff members take no responsibility for problems or issues that may occur from trying the below. Remember that official support is always the best support.

PC Requirements

Let’s first look at the minimum and recommended requirements for PC. Regardless of your configuration, Windows 10 (64-bit), DirectX 12, a broadband connection and about 55 GB of hard disk space. A solid-state drive isn’t recommended, but you should use one.

Minimum Requirements

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 or Intel Core i5-7500
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 560 (4 GB) or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB)
  • GPU (for ray tracing): AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
  • Additional notes: When set to Prioritize Performance, the game runs at 1080p and 45 FPS, though more graphically intensive scenes could cause frame drops.

Recommended Requirements

  • GPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or Intel Core i7 8700
  • RAM: 16 GB RAM
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 5700 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • GPU (for ray tracing): AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
  • Additional Notes: Runs at 1080p and an estimated 60 FPS. Frame drops could occur during more graphically intense scenes.

With all this in mind, let’s look at some errors and how to fix them.

Fatal D3D Error

Also present in the demo, the Fatal D3D Error occurs due to an issue with Direct 3D. You’ll first want to update your graphics drivers from Nvidia and AMD’s sites (or directly through GeForce Experience and Radeon Software). Next, verify the integrity of game files by right-clicking on the game in your Steam Library and clicking on Properties. Select Local Files and then Verify the integrity of game files.

If that doesn’t fix the issue, you want to lower graphics settings in-game, since many players have reported the error when maxing out the amount of VRAM.

Some ways to do this are disabling all ray tracing options, reducing Texture Quality to Low or Medium, lowering Shadow Quality to Low and turning off Contact Shadows, setting Volumetric Lighting to Low and using Medium quality Mesh Quality. Turning off Screen Space Reflections and utilizing AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution 2 (based on your preference) also helps. Other settings are adjustable based on your preference.

Unstable Frame Rate

Capcom has an official workaround in case the frame rate is still unstable. First, ensure the game is closed and right-click on it in the Steam Library. Select Properties and then the Local Files tab, then select Browse. You can also do this by right-clicking, hovering over Manage and selecting Browse Local Files.

Once in the folder, look for a file called “local_config.ini”. Rename it to “local_config_backup.ini.” Copy “local_config_default.ini” and rename it to “local_config.ini”. Now try playing the game, and the frame rate should be more stable.

“Sorry, Something Went Wrong” Error

One of the stranger errors to occur says, “Sorry, Something Went Wrong.” How it happens is unknown, but there is a fix, as posted by GhosTLY on Steam.

First, make sure you’re logged out of Steam, and it’s closed. Enter its installation folder, say C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam. Right-click and copy “steam.exe” and make another Steam folder outside the original. Ensure it has a number or letter to avoid conflicts with the original. Paste “steam.exe” inside of it.

Run the new “steam.exe” to create a second Steam installation folder. Go back to where you’ve installed Resident Evil 4 Remake (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common), right-click and select cut, and then paste it inside. Make sure there’s a “common” folder to paste it in.

In the new Steam folder, run Steam and “install” the game. Change the installation path to the new Steam folder, and it will auto-detect all files. Once this is done, the game should now be playable.

Resident Evil 4 Remake is available for PS4, PS5, PC and Xbox Series X/S. Check out our review for more details, and stay tuned for updates from Capcom on other issues.

Note: Given the wide range of PC hardware available, some of the fixes mentioned here may or may not work for you. However, it’s worth giving them a shot since these have worked for some players.


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