Last Updated on October 12, 2023 by David


Mortal Kombat 1 is a soft reboot of the franchise and has been received well by critics and players. Not only that, the game scales very well across different consoles and PCs, which means NetherRealm Studios did a good job optimizing it. However, even an optimized game can experience errors and issues on PC and Mortal Kombat 1 is no exception. PC players are experiencing the Out Of Video Memory error and now PC players report that the game is crashing. In this Mortal Kombat 1 guide, I will list fixes that will help PC players fix crashes.

Mortal Kombat 1 Crash Fixes That’ll Help

According to PC players, Mortal Kombat 1 is crashing randomly while playing or at startup. Some do get error messages while others don’t even get an error message as the game crashes to the desktop. There are multiple reasons why Mortal Kombat 1 is crashing like overclocking, in-game overlays, damaged or corrupt DirectX cache, unclocked FPS, and more. The following are the fixes that will help Mortal Kombat 1 PC users to fix crashes.

Disable Overclock, Enable Debug Mode

Overclocking is useful to get more performance out of your PC hardware. It can boost performance in-game but can potentially make gaming an unstable experience with crashes. If you have overclocked your CPU or GPU, it is the reason why Mortal Kombat 1 is crashing. Even the Out Of Video Memory error at startup occurs due to PC users overclocking their GPU. Revert the CPU and GPU back to their default clocks and Mortal Kombat 1 won’t crash again

Furthermore, in a lot of cases, the GPU is factory overclocked, which also causes Mortal Komabt 1 to crash at startup or in-game. Enable Debug More through the Nvidia Control Panel to force the GPU to use reference GPU clocks recommended by Nvidia. This reduces the GPU load and Mortal Kombat 1 stops crashing. Open Nvidia Control Panel > Help > Debug Mode.

Limit Max FPS

Playing Mortal Kombat 1 at a higher FPS is a game-changing experience due to lower input latency and increased smoothness of animations. However, playing at an unclocked FPS can have a negative effect of the game crashing as it puts a lot of load on your CPU and GPU, depending on your hardware. If you are playing Mortal Kombat 1 at an unlocked FPS, this is the reason why it is crashing while playing. Limit the game’s max FPS to reduce the GPU and CPU load and the game will stop crashing.

I suggest you limit the Max Frame Rate through the Nvidia Control Panel instead of the in-game FPS limiter, as in-game FPS limiters are often flawed and cause bad frame time stutters.

  • Open the Nvidia Control Panel
  • Go to Manage 3D Settings and then Program Settings
  • Select Mortal Kombat 1 from the drop-down list
  • Scroll down and enable Max Frame Rate
  • Set the value for your Max FPS and apply the changes
  • Play Mortal Kombat 1 and it won’t crash

Note: Unless you are using a Freesync or G.sync display, your Max Frame Limit should be 1/2, 1/3rd, or 1/4th of your monitor’s refresh rate. Otherwise, the game will feel jittery.

Open the Nvidia Control Panel
Go to program settings
Select the game from the list
Enable Max Frame Rate
Hit apply after making changes

Delete DirectX Shader Cache

DirectX shaders are cached on PCs to improve performance, however, the cache can go corrupt or damaged which leads to games crashing at startup or in-game. Your DirectX cache is one of the reasons why Mortal Kombat 1 is crashing. Delete the cache and the game will stop crashing, and don’t worry about the performance as a new one will be made.

  • Open disk cleanup
  • Select C drive and press OK
  • Select DirectX Shader Cache
  • Press OK and Windows will delete the DirectX Shader cache
  • Play Mortal Kombat 1, it’ll automatically create a new shader cache, and it won’t crash

Disable In-game Overlays

Almost every gaming-related software on PC has an in-game overlay, which allows PC users to access features in-game. These in-game overlays are useful but often interfere with the game which causes them to crash. If you have enabled or using an in-game overlay, it is the reason why Mortal Kombat 1 is crashing. Disable in-game overlays like Steam overlay, Discord overlay, or GeForce Experience overlay, and the game will stop crashing.

To disable Steam in-game overlay, open Steam > settings > In-game > uncheck “Enable the Steam overlay while in-game.”

uncheck “Enable Steam overlay while in-game”
Open settings

If you installed GeForce Experience with your Nvidia Driver, then the GeForce Experience overlay is enabled by default. Open GeForce experience > click on the Gear icon next to your username > General > turn off the “IN-GAME Overlay” options.

Click on the Gear icon next to your username
disable in-game overlay

Disable Third-Party Software

PC users often use third-party tools and software like MSI Afterburner, RGB software, and peripheral software/driver, while playing games to monitor performance or enhance their in-game experience. Third-party tools are useful but can cause Mortal Kombat 1 to crash as they interfere with the game. Disable any third-party tool or software you are using while playing Mortal Kombat 1 and it’ll stop crashing.

Run SFC Scan

System files can be corrupted or damaged over time due to various reasons and it could be the reason why Mortal Komant 1 is crashing at startup or in-game. Windows has a built-in tool that can find and replace corrupt or damaged Windows files. Run the SFC scan through Command Prompt and it’ll replace any damaged or corrupt system files, fixing the Mortal Kombat 1 crash.

  • Open CMD (Command Prompt) and run it as an administrator
  • Type SFC /scannow and press enter
  • Let the scan complete and it’ll download and replace corrupt or missing system files
  • Play Mortal Kombat 1 without it crashing
Run CMD as an administrator.
type the SFC Scan command and press enter.

Repair Visual C++ Redistributables

Visual C++ Redistributable is necessary to run programs or video games on Windows PCs. Without it, most of the game won’t even boot. However, Redistributable files can be damaged or corrupt which is another reason for the Mortal Kombat 1 crashing issue. Repair Visual C++ Redistributables and the game will stop crashing.

  • Open your Steam library, type ‘Steamworks’ in the search bar
  • Right-click Steamworks Common Redistributables > Manage > Browse local files
  • A new Explorer window will open
  • Go to _CommonRedist\vcredist
  • You’ll find folders each containing the VC_redis setup
  • Run the setups one by one, both x86 and x64 versions
  • If it’s already installed, it’ll ask you to repair it, otherwise, it’ll just ask you to install it
  • Restart your PC
  • Play Mortal Kombat 1 and it won’t crash

Disable Fullscreen Optimizations

Fullscreen optimizations are enabled b default for every program or application on Windows and it can cause games to crash. Disable fullscreen optimizations and Mortal Kombat 1 will stop crashing at startup.

Right-click Mortal Kombat 1 in Steam library > Manage > Browse Lcoal files
A new window will open with the game files
Right-click the executable
Select properties > Compatibility tab
Check “Disable fullscreen optimizations” and apply the changes
Play Mortal Kombat 1 and it’ll launch without crashing

Select “Browse Local Files”
Right-click cod executable and select properties.
check ‘Disable Fullscreen optimizations’

That is all for our Mortal Kombat 1 fixes for in-game crashes and crashing at startup issues. 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.

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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.