NBA 2K23 is out on all platforms, but many players are facing issues where the game keeps crashing on startup. This can happen due to a lot of different reasons that can often be very annoying to narrow down. 

If NBA 2K23 keeps crashing for you on startup, you can try different fixes, like verifying and repairing corrupted game files and making sure that your drivers are updated.

Let’s take a detailed look at all the possible solutions and make it easier for you to fix your game and start playing ASAP.

NBA 2K23 Crashing on Startup Fix

NBA 2K23 behaves wonky if you have FPS monitoring apps like Msi Afterburner and Fraps running in the background, so make sure those are turned off and then try launching the game again. If it still doesn’t work, you can try all the fixes we have listed below.

To start things off, make sure that your processor supports AVX and SSE 4.2 instructions After doing that, we will move on to other fixes.

Verify Integrity of Game Files

Verifying the integrity of your game’s files should be the very first thing you do with any game that’s causing you issues. Sometimes certain placeholder files get corrupted and prevent the application from launching. To do that:

  • Head over to Steam
  • Right-Click on NBA 2K23
  • Click Properties
  • Go to the Local Files tab.
  • Click “Verify Integrity of game files…”

The whole process should take only a couple of minutes and steam will automatically detect if any game files need to be repaired or re-downloaded.

Disable Steam Overlay

If your game files are fine and NBA 2K23 is still crashing on startup, you can try disabling the Steam Overlay. To do that:

  • Open up Steam settings from the top left corner of the client.
  • Navigate to the In-Game tab
  • Untick the “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game” option.
  • Click OK to close the window.

Update Graphics Drivers

If your graphics card is running on very outdated drivers, then that can also cause issues with new releases and prevent you from booting the game. It’s good practice to download and install the most recent drivers. You can do that by either going to Nvidia or AMD’s website

From what we’ve seen, a clean install from DDU is also extremely helpful as your installation might be corrupt.

Check Background Programs

Double check on how much memory your system is utilizing in an idle state and whether any unwanted apps are running in the background. To do that:

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc
  • Your Task Manager window will open up.
  • Navigate to the Performance Tab and ensure that your memory and CPU utilization is normal.
  • You can also check the Details tab to see which programs and applications are currently running and how many resources are they using.

Do a Fresh Install

If NBA 2K23 is still crashing at startup for you, then the last fix you can try is to completely uninstall the game and do a fresh install. Doing so will ensure that there is nothing wrong with the game on your end. 

In such cases, the developers end up releasing hotfixes, but they still take a few days to roll out. So, be patient!

Wrapping Up

We hope this guide helps you solve the startup crashing issues with NBA 2K23 and allows you to boot into the game successfully and START DUNKIN!

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