How to Fix Red Dead Redemption 2 ERR_GFX_STATE Crash Issue on PC/Steam

Red Dead Redemption 2 is an award-winning multiplayer video game developed by Rockstar Games. The game gained immense popularity attained millions of regular players. But recently, many players reported that while they try to launch the game, they end up with the ERR_GFX_STATE error and the game crashes. 

The same error can occur due to several reasons such as Vulkan API, corrupted game files, overclocking and several more. If you are also suffering from the ERR_GFX_STATE problem, then you can walk through this article, here we have gathered some sure solutions to tackle the ERR_GFX_STATE issue on your favourite Red Dead Redemption 2. So let’s have a look.

Some Workarounds: 

  • Restart the system, game and console.
  • Make sure your Operating System is up-to-date.
  • Check your internet connection stability.
  • Ensure you installed the latest Game Patch.
  • Disable unwanted services running in the background.

If the above workarounds do not help you, you can go to the definitive solutions to the problem of ERR_GFX_STATE in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Fix 1: Disable Overclocking:

As a first attempt to resolve the ERR_GFX_STATE issue is disabling the overclocking. Some times use of the MSI Afterburner, or other GPU tweaking programs might end up to the same error. Here disabling overclocking is the best option to resolve the issue because Red Dead Redemption 2 does not support overclocked cards.

Fix 2: Delete SGA Files:

The SGA files might be the prime culprit for the ERR_GFX_STATE issue in Red Dead Redemption 2. These SGA Files are compressed files that contain various types of data such as graphics, maps, game scripts and audio files. Sometimes these files cause games to crash and other problems. In this case, the best solution is to delete the SGA files.

To do so, 

  • Firstly. Press Windows + E simultaneously to launch the File Explorer.
  • Then click on Document from the left pane menu, select Rockstar Games, and select Red Redemption 2 and its Settings.
  • Then from the list of files, locate and select files with SGA filename or extension(.sga).
  • Then delete those SGA files and restart the game and check for improvement.

Fix 3: Set Parameters to Run the Game:

Another solution to resolve the ERR_GFX_STATE error in Red Dead Redemption 2 is changing the game’s functionality using the extra comment. The command-line arguments are extra commands that help to launch the game smoothly. The launch arguments are different for each launcher.

In Rockstar launcher:

  • Firstly, launch the Rockstar launcher and select Settings.
  • Then select Red Dead Redemption 2 under the My installed games section.
  • Then in the right pane, scroll down and select Lunch arguments. 
  • In the text box beside Lunch argument, type or copy, then paste -ignorpipelinecache. (dont miss to add hyphen before the command)
  • Once done, relaunch the game and check for improvement.

In Epic launcher:

  • Firstly, launch Epic launcher and go to its Settings.
  • Then scroll down and select Red Dead Redemption 2 and tick the checkbox beside the option Additional Command Line Arguments.
  • Now in the text box, type or copy, then paste -ignorepipelinecache. (dont miss to add hyphen before the command)
  • Once done, relaunch the game and check for improvement.

In Steam launcher:

  • Firstly, launch the Steam launcher and go to LIBRARY.
  • Then from the list, select and right-click on Red Dead Redemption 2 and select its Properties.
  • In the properties windows under the GENERAL tab, click on SET LAUNCH OPTIONS..
  • Inside the Launch options prompt, type or copy, then paste -ignorepipelinecache. (dont miss to add hyphen before the command)
  • Once done, relaunch the game and check for improvement.

Fix 4: Update Drivers:

You might receive an ERR_GFX_STATE error in Red Dead Redemption 2 if the graphics driver installed on your system is corrupted or damaged. Here updating the driver will help you to resolve the same issue.

To do so,

You can update the driver by visiting the manufacturer’s official website (NVIDIA or AMD). Then, search and download the driver that is compatible with your system. Once done, double click on the downloaded setup file and install it on your system.

If the manual procedure is tedious and time consuming, you can update the driver with any third-party driver update tool. There are many such tools available online, and you can choose the one you trust from them.

Fix 5: You Need to Verify the Integrity of Game Files:

At times the corrupted game files can cause to arise error ERR_GFX_STATE in Red Dead Redemption 2. In this scenario, you are able to check the integrity of the game files.

To do so, 

  • Firstly, launch the Steam and go to the LIBRARY category.
  • Then from the list of the games, select the Red Dead Redemption 2, right-click over it and select the Properties option. Verify integrity of game files
  • From the left pane menu, click on the LOCAL FILES option and then select the Verify integrity of game files from the right side of the screen.
  • Once done, launch the game again and check for improvement.

Fix 6: Perform System Clean Boot:

If any of the above solutions do not help you, then you need to clean boot your system. While clean boot your system, your system will run with minimum services and programs. To perform a clean boot, you can follow these steps,

  • Firstly, in the taskbar search box, type ‘system configuration‘ and launch the first search result.
  • Now in the newly opened window, go to the Services tab from the top menu and tick beside the option Hide all Microsoft services and click on Disable all tab and OK. System Configuration
  • Then move to the Startup tab from the top horizontal menu and click on the Open Task Manager link.
  • In the Task Manager, go to the Startup tab, select all startup services from the list, and click on Disable.
  • Once done, restart the system and check the said issue is resolved or not. If yes, then again go to the System Configuration window, select the Services tab and enable all the services one by one until you find the problematic item from the list. Once found, remove it from your system permanently. 
  • Now you can check for improvement.

These are all about the ERR_GFX_STATE issue in Red Dead Redemption 2 and its solutions. However, if you have any queries or doubts after reading this article, then please leave a comment in the below-given comment box.