Ark: Survival Evolved Crashing: 7 Ways to Fix on Steam Deck

Ark Survival Evolved, the popular open-world survival game, has provided countless hours of thrilling adventures for players around the world. However, it’s unfortunate that some players have encountered crashing issues when playing this game on Steam Deck, the highly anticipated handheld gaming device. These crashes can be highly frustrating and disrupt the overall gaming experience. Thankfully, there are several solutions that can help players overcome these issues and fully enjoy the immersive world of Ark Survival Evolved on their Steam Deck. In this article, we will explore some basic checks and troubleshooting steps that players can follow to resolve the crashing problem. So, grab your virtual gear and let’s dive into these solutions to get back into the action-packed world of Ark Survival Evolved on the Steam Deck.

Solution 1: Basic Checks

Before trying anything else, it’s wise to check off some things.

  1. You should check if Ark Survival Evolved is compatible with Steam Deck.
  2. Are there any mods or something extra you have installed on your device? It’s important to have official/well-maintained files running on your Steam Deck to keep it clean.
  3. If the game itself is running fine, check their official channels or forums.
  4. Your internet connection is fine.
  5. Your Steam Deck is not overheating.
  6. Most of the errors are avoided just by this simple technique due to software glitches. The next thing you need to do is force reboot your console to overcome ARK Survival of the Fittest not loading.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the power button for 3 seconds and if it doesn’t respond then it’s your software issue
  2. To fix this Press and hold the Power button for at least 12 seconds
    reboot steam deck for Ark Survival Evolved black screen
  3. This will give a force restart to your console

Solution 2: Disconnect and reinsert the Micro SD Card

If ARK Survival of the Fittest is on your SD card then first you should try to reinsert the SD Card, else disconnect the micro SD card from your Deck, and try to run another game.

If you don’t face Ark Survival Evolved crashing while playing in internal storage then the issue is probably in your SD card.

So, it’s best for you to check the current SD Card in another device and replace the micro SD card with a new one.

Alternatively, install the primary game on your internal memory.

Solution 3: Re-Initialize DNS

I know this might sound extra but I had to include it as some users have fixed their issue by changing the DNS settings as the crashing could be due to the network. Yes, this helps if your FPS drops randomly too.

This has also helped users solve lagging issues on ARK Survival of the Fittest

Re-initializing DNS is simple:

  1. Hold the Steam Deck power button to bring up the power menu.
  2. Then select Switch to Desktop to switch over to the Linux desktop.
    switch to desktop mode on steam deck to initialize dns on Ark Survival Evolved
  3. Make sure the desktop version of Steam is running.
  4. Now click on the Wi-Fi icon located at the bottom right and then click Configure Network Connection
    Update Your DNS Server on Steam Deck In Easy Steps
  5. Click on your current connection and then select IPv4
  6. Change the Method from Automatic to Manual
    Update Your DNS Server on Steam Deck In Easy Steps
  7. In the DNS Servers, we are going to enter the DNS separated by commas to match the Google DNS.
    • 8.8.8.8
    • 8.8.4.4 
  8. To add, remove or modify the DNS manually you need to click on the Edit icon as shown in the picture below
    Update Your DNS Server on Steam Deck In Easy Steps
  9. And manage them from the window that appears
    Update Your DNS Server on Steam Deck In Easy Steps
  10. You can do the same steps with IPv6 if you want to change its DNS settings

Solution 4: Update the Steam deck

One of the most common reasons for not opening is an outdated SteamOS version causing compatibility issues.

To check if you are using the latest OS of Steam on Steam Deck, you need to:

  1. Tap on the Steam Button to open the sidebar
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Find System (second option)
    Update steam deck to get rid of not opening
  4. yellow icon will appear that will tell you if an update is available and what’s new
  5. Click on Apply and Restart the Steam deck to complete the update.
  6. Repeat the process to see if there’s any other update pending until it says it is up to date

If you are unable to update your Steam deck, consider checking our Steam Deck Not Updating guide to help you.

Solution 5: Change Proton Version

Steam Deck uses Proton as a compatibility layer that enables the console to run PC games.

There are multiple collections of high-performance graphic APIs and Wine working together to make it work.

There’s a different proton version available for each game and sometimes one proton version works for one game and the other works for the other game.

How to Change the Proton Version in Steam Deck?

To change the proton version, you need to select your game

  1. Then go to Settings of the game
  2. Now go to Properties
    steam deck properties
  3. In the left sidebar, choose the second option: Compatibility
  4. In the new menu opened check the box presented
  5. You’ll find Proton Experimental
    steam deck compatibility proton version with Ark Survival Evolved to fix shutdown
  6. Tap on it to find all the versions you can select from.

Solution 6: Reset Steam Deck

To reset Steam Deck from the console itself is one of the easiest ways:

  1. Press the Steam Button to open Settings
  2. In System Menu, scroll to the bottom of the page to the Factory Reset button
    factory reset steam deck to fix not loading on ARK Survival of the Fittest
  3. This will take the Steam Deck back to its original state without anything in its memory.
confirm factory reset steam deck

This will help you clear any cache/storage/software-related issues that may be causing your game to crash on Steam Deck.

If this is also not helping then it’s either a game or sadly a hardware issue you are facing, as faulty Steam Decks are common but repairs/returns are not a big hassle if you are in a supported country.

Solution 7: Contact Steam Deck Support

If you cannot get rid of Ark Survival Evolved crashing on Steam Deck after resetting or force rebooting, you should contact Steam Deck support and ask them to perform the necessary repairs on the console. Check in the game discussion forums or comment here if you are still facing an issue, and I’d be happen to help you.

steam deck support

Final thoughts

In conclusion, while experiencing game crashes on the Steam Deck while playing Ark Survival Evolved can be discouraging, there are various steps players can take to troubleshoot and resolve these issues. By following the basic checks outlined in this article, such as verifying hardware compatibility, ensuring software and drivers are up to date, and optimizing system settings, players can significantly improve the stability and performance of the game on their Steam Deck. It is also crucial to stay informed about game and device updates, as developers often release patches and fixes that address performance issues. With these solutions at hand, players can once again embark on thrilling adventures in the vast and dangerous world of Ark Survival Evolved on their Steam Deck, without the frustration of continuous crashes hampering their gameplay experience. So, get ready to tame dinosaurs, conquer challenges, and uncover the mysteries that await. Happy gaming!

Sophia
Sophia

Hi! I'm Sophia from France. 🇫🇷 I got my first PlayStation as a gift and saved up big time for my fav, the PS2! 🎮 Now, I write super cool guides and articles about it on thecpuguide.com. Let's game on! 🌟

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