The Callisto Protocol is an excellent AAA horror game with positive reviews from gamers. It is very captivating and tries to add some nuance graphics to the horror realm. The Callisto Protocol can be played on Windows 11/10 via the Epic Games launchers or Steam. However, as per some reports, the game is crashing, lagging, and freezing. In this post, we will talk about this issue and see what we should do when The Callisto Protocol is crashing, lagging, and freezing on your computer.
Why do my games keep freezing and crashing?
A game usually crashes or freezes on a system when the computer is unable to meet the system requirements issued by the developers of the game. However, sometimes, users barely match the system requirement and then try to play at the highest possible settings, this greed will ultimately cause abrupt crashes and the game will crawl, making your CPU untouchable due to excessive heat. This is just the tip of the iceberg, we recommend you check our guide for more reasons why a game would crash on a Windows computer. You will be able to understand the complexity of your computer and why a game crashes on it.
The Callisto Protocol crashing, lagging or freezing on PC
If The Callisto Protocol keeps crashing, lagging, stuttering or freezing on your Windows 11/10 computer, execute the solutions mentioned:
- Tweak the game settings
- Run The Callisto Protocol on the Performance mode
- Update the Graphics driver
- Quit unnecessary tasks and apps
- Verify the integrity of the game files
- Change Control Panel settings
Let’s talk about the troubleshooting guide in detail.
1] Tweak the game settings
In case, The Callisto Protocol or any game is lagging/freezing, what should be done first is to change the game settings and set it to low options. Playing games on high resolution is a good option for players using high-end PC; however, there’s a high possibility of it affecting the game and causing it to lag. Here’s how to do the same:
- Launch The Callisto Protocol and go to the Main Menu> Options
- Select the Graphics option and, turn off V-Sync and Film Grain, disable HDR and Motion Blur.
- Now, set the following options:
Frame Rate Limite: Unlimited
Direct X: 11
Full-Screen Mode: Full Screen
Gamma: Monitor SRGB
Lighting Quality: Standard
Shadow Quality: Medium
Volumetrics Quality: Medium
Particle Quality: Medium
FSR2 Quality Mode: Balanced
- Enable Screen Space Reflection, Physical Refractions, Depth of Field, and Subsurface scattering.
Relaunch the game and see.
2] Run The Callisto Protocol on the Performance mode
The next thing that needs to be taken care of is that the game runs in Performance mode rather than Quality mode. The lagging may happen due to the low fps that Quality mode provides, i.e. 30 and can be boosted up to 60 by switching it up to Performance mode.
Therefore, launch the game, go to Main menu > Options > Graphics, and enable the Performance mode. Relaunch the game and see if it is playable.
3] Update the Graphics driver
An outdated Graphics Driver is one of the culprits as it not only affects your game and causes technical issues but also puts a dent in the overall performance; updating the Graphics driver using the Driver & Optional Updates feature is one of the easiest and most straightforward troubleshooting guides. However, you can also install a free driver update software to always keep your driver up to date. After updating drivers, reboot your system and launch the game and see if that works.
4] Quit unnecessary tasks and apps
The Callisto Protocol lagging and freezing issues can likely be caused by tasks and apps running in the back, taking up resources. In such cases, click Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager; under the Process tab, select the program that may interfere with the game, and then click the End Task button.
If this doesn’t work, boot into Clean Boot and launch your game. If the game launches and runs without any issues, we can clearly say that The Callisto is freezing due to third-party apps. In that case, you need to manually enable processes to find out the culprit; once you know which app is causing the issue, just uninstall it, and your issue will be resolved.
5] Verify the integrity of the game files
If your game is crashing, we can rationally say that your game files are at fault. The files are corrupted or missing which is why it is giving difficulty when loading or lagging and even crashing. Hence, if the scenario is applicable, fix the issue by repairing the corrupted files. Follow the prescribed steps to do the same.
- Launch Steam and go to the Library.
- Right-click on The Callisto Protocol, and select Properties.
- Click on Local Files and select Verify integrity of game files.
- Open the Epic Games launcher, and click on Library.
- Click on the three dots next to the game and select Manage.
- Click on Verify next to Verify Files.
Verifying game files will take some time. When done, relaunch the game and see if the issue persists.
6] Change Control Panel settings
As per some users’ reports, configuring Control Panel settings at higher settings can affect the FPS, causing the game to lag. Therefore, we will tweak some settings and see if it works.
NVIDIA users can right-click on the desktop and select the NVIDIA Control panel. Under 3D settings, click on Manage 33D settings > Program settings > Add. Now select the game and then Add Selected Program option. At last, change the game setting to low latency mode, such as turning on Threaded Optimization, and Low Latency Mode at Ultra.
You can make similar changes in AMD Radeon software. After making the required changes, open the game, and hopefully, this will do the job.
Hope this helps.