Last Updated on August 8, 2023 by Jake


Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best games developed by Rockstar Games and the devs have constantly updated it with new content and patches. In this age of live service, updating a game is no problem, however, these updates can break games or cause issues to pop up. Apparently, that is the issue with RDR2 as players report the game is crashing frequently with ERR_GFX_STATE error. In this Red Dead Redemption 2 guide, I will list fixes that will help players resolve the ERR_GFX_STATE error.

RDR2 ERR_GFX_STATE Fixes You Can Try

PC players report that while playing Red Dead Online or the single-player Red Dead Redemption 2, the game crashes randomly with an ERR_GFX_STATE error message. There are multiple reasons behind this particular error like enabling resizeable bar, fullscreen optimizations, specific Nvidia driver versions causing the error, and more. The following are the fixes that will help players resolve the ERR_GFX_STATE error.

Disable Fullscreen Optimizations

Fullscreen optimizations is a Windows option that is enabled by default for every program or game installed on your PC. This option can be very useful but can cause errors and issues like ERR_GFX_STATE in games like RDR2. Disable fullscreen optimization for Red Dead Redemption 2 and the error will be fixed. Right-click the game is Steam library > Manage > Browse local files. A new Explorer window will open with RDR2 game files. Right-click the executable > properties > Compatibility tab > check “Disable Fullscreen optimizations” and apply.

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

Change Graphics API

RDR2 offers players the choice to choose between Vulkan and DirectX 12. Vulkan provides an overall better experience with slightly better performance. However, using Vulkan API can cause the ERR_GFX_STATE crash while playing Red Dead Redemption 2. To fix the error, players need to switch to DirectX 12 API in the graphics options.

Disable Resizable Bar Or Smart Access Memory

Nvidia has introduced Resizable Bar which provides better performance when enabled, depending on the game, and AMD has Smart Access Memory as its equivalent. These options can be enabled through BIOS and can provide better performance in video games. However, PC players report that enabling Smart Access Memory or Resizeable Bar cause the ERR_GFX_STATE crash when playing RDR2. This can be fixed by disabling the Smart Access Memory or Resizeable Bar, depending on your GPU.

Update/Reinstall GPU Driver

Updating or reinstalling the GPU driver isn’t as simple as it seems to fix the RDR2 ERR_GFX_STATE crash. Different players report different Nvidia driver versions that have fixed the ERR_GFX_STATE crash. For example, one player reports that installing the Nvidia driver version 523.03 fixed the error, while another reported that installing the driver version 516.94 fixed it. SO installing or downgrading the GPU driver isn’t a sure fix but, can potentially resolve it. Ensure that you do a clean installation so that settings from the previous install don’t interfere with the new one.

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 Red Dead Redemption2 fixes for the ERR_GFX_STATE error crash. If you are facing errors and issues with other PC games or your PC, 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.