Enshrouded is the latest addition to the ACtion survival crafting RPGs. The game has been released as a Steam Early Access title. Since the game is still in development, there are to be errors and issues that PC users will experience. PC users report experiencing In-game Crashes or Crashes at startup issues. Aside from that, PC users also report the “Graphics system couldn’t be initialized” error. In this Enshrouded guide, I have listed fixes to help you resolve the “Graphics system couldn’t be initialized” error.
Enshrouded Graphics System Couldn’t Initialize Fixes You Can Try
Enshrouded players report that they cannot launch the game as they experience the “Graphics system couldn’t be initialized” error at startup. This particular error pops up on systems that have both integrated and dedicated GPUs and here is how to fix it.
Download The Current Version Of Vulkan RT
One of the known fixes for this problem is downloading the latest version of Vulkan. You can download it from the official Nvidia website. If that doesn’t work for you, find more fixes listed below.
Force The Game To Use Dedicated GPU
To fix Enshrouded’s Graphics System Couldn’t Initialize error, you have to force the game to use only the dedicated AMD or Nvidia GPU. This fix is for PC users whose systems have both iGPU and the dedicated GPU. This will fix the Graphics System Couldn’t Initialize error.
- Open Windows Settings
- Go to System > Display > Graphics
- Click on “Enshrouded” (there will be a list of programs)
- Click on the “Options” button
- Check your Dedicated GPU (as shown in the image) and save
- Launch Enshrouded and the “Graphics System Couldn’t Be Initialized” error is fixed
Update GPU Driver And Disable Integrated GPU
To fix the “Graphics system couldn’t be initialized” error, update the GPU driver and ensure that Enshrouded is using the dedicated GPU. Update the GPU driver to the latest version and ensure that you do a clean installation so that settings from the previous install won’t interfere with the new driver install.
After updating the GPU driver, open the Nvidia Control Panel or Radeon Settings, depending on your GPU, and force the dedicated GPU to be used when playing Enshrouded.
For Nvidia, open Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings > select the game > select “High-performance Nvidia processor” under the preferred graphics option.
Open Radeon Settings > Preferences > Additional Settings > Power > Switchable Graphics Application Settings. Select the game and select the “High-Performance profile” to the game under Graphics Settings. Launch Enshrouded and the “Graphics system couldn’t be initialized” error will be fixed.
Add New Environment Variable
The “Graphics system couldn’t be initialized” error is usually seen on systems or laptops with Nvidia dedicated GPU and AMD integrated GPU. This error can be fixed by adding a new Environment Variable in Advanced System Settings that disables the switching between dedicated and integrated GPUs.
- Type “Advanced System Settings” in Windows Search and open it
- Click “Environment Variables” under the Advanced tab
- Click “New” under System Variables
- Type “DISABLE_LAYER_AMD_SWITCHABLE_GRAPHICS_1” for the Variable Name field
- Type 1 for the Variable Value field and press OK
- Launch Enshrouded and the Graphics System Couldn’t Initialize error is fixed
Roll Back GPU Driver
Your current GPU driver is the reason for Enshrouded’s Graphics System Couldn’t Be Initialized error. Roll back to a previous driver version for your Nvidia or AMD GPU. Ensure you do a clean installation so that settings from the previous driver install won’t interfere with the new one. This will fix the Graphics System Couldn’t Be Initialized error.
That is all for our Enshrouded fixes for the “Graphics system couldn’t be initialized” error. If you are facing errors and issues with other PC games or your PC then also see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes.