After 6 years in the making, Apex Legends, the next big battle royale game, is already released. But being an imperfect game like most others, Apex Legends is not free of game-breaking bugs and glitches in both the PC and console version that could potentially annoy the average gamer.
In fact, early after the Apex Legends launch, many players were already flocking the EA forums, especially the technical issues section, whereby users post complaints involving the freezing and crashing they all had been experiencing. While some are getting a random fit of freezing during a match, others are reporting a case of not getting into the match at all.
For something that has been gradually building a hype prior to its release, we can only imagine how the ecstatic community of gamers are feeling frustrated about the game’s heavily-dismaying issue early in its launch. Yet, sadly, there is no one in the forum who is able to provide a solution to the problems raised.
Although the console gamers are without apparent power in resolving this issue apart from waiting for the developers to patch the game’s existing faults, PC gamers, on the other hand, may have the solution at the palm of their hands—at least, to a certain extent.
Can your computer even run the game?
Not all faults raised by the gamers are at the client’s end. Oftentimes, the problem also lies in whether or not a user’s computer system is built to run Apex Legends, as graphics and processing-intensive as it is.
To run Apex Legends, a computer must at least be able to meet the minimum specifications which might be rather high, considering the scope and nature of the game.
In case you fall in the category of a gamer who still uses now-aging hardware like the ones powered by years’ old AMD CPUs like the Phenom line-up and Intel processors, then you are out of luck as EA itself explicitly stated that Apex Legends do not run in this CPU.
Another pressing concern as to why players are having an issue with the game is overheating. For a game that pushes the computer to go power hungry, running Apex Legends in most PCs require a proper ventilation system that prevents the computer from burning itself from the inside.
With these two major issues addressed, let us proceed to the other plausible reasons why the game is freezing or crashing on you:
- Third-party apps that pretend to fix Apex Legends known issues
If it did not come directly from the devs of the game, the chance is good that the software you had just installed is adding more to the problem that it supposedly fixes, if at all. Your best bet is to have the said third-party app uninstalled and just wait for either EA or Respawn to release an official patch for the problem.
- Make significant changes related to your graphics card
Unless you are computer savvy, then you probably had already updated your computer’s graphics card in preparation for Apex Legends. If not, there is no better time to do it than now.
In the offset chance that the issue remains persistent even with an up-to-date video hardware driver, doing a downgrade may itself seem feasible.
Lastly, consider disabling whichever “sync” you are using with your computer and the display when attempting to play Apex Legends. This means choosing to toggle off G-Sync and Freesync can possibly remedy issues.
- Tweak your CPU
AMD seems to take a hit by not letting its older CPU models run without problems with Apex Legends, specifically the FX-6000 series CPUs. However, there were users who claim to have solved the problem through either of these two means—play the game in “Windowed mode” or disabling two out of the six cores in the CPU.
Although it is not explicitly mentioned which manufacturer or CPU model causes an issue when overclocked, it was said that reducing a CPU overclock or disabling it altogether addresses the aforementioned problems that seem to be rife with Apex Legends.
- Repair broken files
It is not uncommon for people to incur a broken file in their game resulting from corruption. For this reason, Origin has the “repair” option which automatically fixes whatever is not right in a game which, in this case, is Apex Legends.
However, it is not always just the game itself that can develop a corrupted file. Even the platform itself, Origin, is also susceptible to this issue, too. Although Origin may not have the option to repair itself, users can always choose to reinstall Origin, which basically works just the same.
Lastly, if you are using Origin’s overlay during gameplay to monitor the frames you are getting with your rig per second, you may want to disable it. While the overlay itself is not necessarily a system resource hog, not using it altogether frees your system from a process that runs on the side.
Apex Legends still keeps freezing…
When all else fails, you can always refer to EA’s Community Crashing Troubleshooting guide which will give you a low down for other solutions that may not have been tackled in this article. Otherwise, you will just have to wait for the developers themselves to come up with a fix to the problems they had overlooked as is the trend in the industry.
At the end of the day, a game as recently-released as the Apex Legends truly is not a perfect game. While the span of time it took for its creation might seem more than enough to create a “flawless” game, those in the tech industry knows that there is no such thing as a “perfect” system, let alone with a game.
Bugs and glitches are bound to exist and happen. While they can be removed or at least reduced to a minimum, such process takes time and is not something the developers—despite their mastery to their tool and craft—can possibly do overnight.
Despite expectations that the game would somehow be stable enough on its official launch, we cannot possibly rule out that the game may still have problems—which, in fact, it has plenty. As frustrating as it sounds like, if any of the available fixes are not working for you at the moment, then the best next option is to wait for the developers to figure things out and come up with fixes to the lingering issues themselves.