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Apex Legends Directx 12 Error Fix

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale-hero shooter game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in February 2019, for Nintendo Switch in March 2021, and for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in March 2022.

A mobile version of the game designed for touchscreens titled Apex Legends Mobile was released in May 2022 on Android and iOS. The game supports cross-platform play, excluding the aforementioned mobile platforms.

Before the match, players form into two- or three-player squads, and select from pre-designed characters with distinctive abilities, known as “Legends”. The game has two gameplay modes. In “Battle Royale”, up to 20 three-person squads or 30 two-person duos land on an island and search for weapons and supplies before attempting to defeat all other players in combat.

The available play area on the island shrinks over time, forcing players to keep moving or else find themselves outside the play area which can be fatal. The final team alive wins the round. In “Arenas”, players form into three-player squads and fight against another squad in a 3v3 team deathmatch over a series of rounds to determine the winner of the match. Teams win when their team has at least 3 points and is 2 points ahead.

Apex Legends is set in the same science fiction universe as Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall series, with several characters from the Titanfall series appearing either as minor characters or playable Legends. Work on the game began around late 2016, though the project remained a secret right up until its launch.

The game’s release in 2019 came as a surprise, as until that point it had been assumed that Respawn Entertainment was working on a third installment to the Titanfall franchise, the studio’s previous major game. Apex Legends received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its gameplay, progression system, and fusion of elements from various genres.

Some considered it a worthy competitor to other battle royale games. Apex Legends surpassed 25 million players by the end of its first week, and 50 million within its first month. By April 2021, it had approximately 100 million players making it one of the most played video games of all time by player count.


Method 1: Update Your Graphics Card Driver

When games and other other graphical applications crash, it can be signs of issues with your graphics drivers. In the case of DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG, the video card drivers may have become corrupt.

In some cases, you can get this error when the version of the graphics driver you are using is the issue. In that case, a newer or even an older graphics driver may resolve the program. This is how you can update your graphics drivers:

Step 1: Press the Windows key to open the Start Search box

Step 2: Type ‘device manager’ (without quotes) into the search box

Step 3: Click the + next two Display Adapters to see your graphics card

Step 4: Right click on your graphics card (display adapter) and click Update Driver

Step 5: Choose ‘Search automatically for updated driver software and let Windows install the newest driver version’

Step 6: Reboot your PC 

Method 2: Update DirectX

Another really common fix for DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG error is to update DirectX. Sometimes files can become corrupt and reinstalling or updating DirectX can resolve that.

Step 1: Visit Microsoft’s DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer page.

Step 2: Choose your language

Step 3: Click Download

Step 4: Find the downloaded file and double-click it

Step 5: Follow the on-screen instructions

Step 6: Start the game and see if the issue is resolved

Method 3: Roll-Back Your Graphics Drivers

This should solve the issue, but if it doesn’t, then players might have to consider setting their drivers back. Users are experiencing ‘little to no crashing’ when rolling back to earlier versions of drivers.

If the current version of the driver is corrupt, you can roll-back to previous versions the following way:

Step 1: Type Device Manager into the search box

Step 2: Expand your Display adapters and pick the graphics card you are using

Step 3: Rick-click your Display Adapter and click Properties

Step 4: Go to Driver tab

Step 5: Select Roll back driver

Method 4: Reseat your system memory (RAM)

Sometimes, dust can creep in between the pins that cannot your system memopry to the rest of the system. So, if you are getting random errors and have tried everything else, it might be an issue with your RAM.

RAM does sometimes go bad, but usually, this is not the case. But of the time when there is a problem with system memory, all you have to do is tack it out and put it back again.

This process varies widely from computer to computer, and it will be especially different when comparing laptops and desktops. Most all-in-one computers use laptop memory modules.

Consult your user manual to find out how to upgrade the RAM in your system. Reseating the memory is the same process as upgrading your RAM. The only difference is when you are reseating your memory modules, you are putting the same ones back in.

Method 5: Change Nvidia Control Panel Settings

Sometimes this error can happen because of incorrect settings in your Nvidia control panel. To try to resolve this issue, perform the following steps:

Step 1: Right click the desktop and open the Nvidia control panel

Step 2: Click on 3D settings

Step 3: Click Adjust image settings with Preview

Step 4: Check ‘Use advanced 3D image settings’

Step 5: Click Apply

Step 6: Click Manage 3D settings on the left

Step 7: In the Program Settings tab, click Add 

Step 8: Choose the executable of the game you are having troubles with

Method 6: Disable Graphics Card Overclocking

You may be seeing the DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG error if your GPU is working beyond its intended limit. Overclocking is a great tool for extracting more performance out of your hardware, but it can lead to system stability issues at times.

So, if you are overclocking your graphics card and you are getting this error, it’s a good idea to disable your overclocking settings, at least temporarily, to see if that’s what’s causing the issue.

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