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How To Fix Enshrouded Graphics System Couldn’t Be Initialized Error

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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
Open Windows Settings > System > Display > Graphics.
Click on the game from the list and select Options.
Check your dedicated GPU and save changes.

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.

Download the driver and launch the setup.
Agree to terms of and conditions.
Select custom and click next.
Check ‘Perform a clean installation’ and click next to 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.

Nvidia

For Nvidia, open Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings > select the game > select “High-performance Nvidia processor” under the preferred graphics option.

AMD

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
Open Advanced system settings.
Click Environment Variables.
Add a new variable and save it.

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.

Download the driver and launch the setup.
Agree to terms of and conditions.
Select custom and click next.
Check ‘Perform a clean installation’ and click next to install.

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.

David
David
David is a highly skilled technical writer with 5+ years of experience in providing fixes for video games and tech bugs. He is an expert in troubleshooting and has helped countless gamers overcome frustrating technical issues. In addition to providing bug fixes, David also specializes in writing technical reviews for video games. His expertise in the industry allows him to provide insightful commentary on gameplay mechanics, graphics, and other technical aspects that are crucial to a game's success.

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