Nier: Automata White Screen, Low FPS, Fullscreen Fix and More

Nier: Automata is finally out for PC. But, from the first impressions, things aren’t looking good for this PC port. As you will see in this post, the number of bugs and glitches in this game is quite large. The things aren’t as bad as this list of problems might lead you to believe, but be assured that this game is far from perfect.

Before going through the common errors and bugs in Nier: Automata, you should make sure that your PC meets the minimum system requirements.System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 /8.1 /10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 2100 or AMD A8-6500
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 VRAM 2GB or AMD Radeon R9 270X VRAM 2GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX® 11 supported
  • Additional Notes: Mouse, keyboard, and gamepad (XInput only). Screen resolution: 1280×720.

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 8.1 /10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4670 or AMD A10-7850K
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 VRAM 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 380X VRAM 4GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX® 11 supported
  • Additional Notes: Mouse, keyboard, and gamepad (XInput only). Screen resolution: 1920×1080. Depending on the monitor and PC graphics card environment and setup used, this title can expand its display resolution to 4K. However, please be aware that 4K resolutions are not officially supported.

Bad Performance / Low FPS

A lot of gamers who have PCs above the minimum system requirements are having sub-optimal performance in Nier: Automata. The FPS remains around 30 to 55 all the time never touching 60. The performance drop is especially significant in the open and grassy places which require more processing power.

Solution: From the Graphics settings, turn OFF Anti-Aliasing. The AA isn’t working correctly for most people. Even as little as 2xAA can dip your framerate by 10-12 FPS.

If you are using a gaming laptop both an integrated and a dedicated GPU, make sure that the game is using the dedicated one.

Set 1080p Resolution

Though official support for 1080p is there, a lot of people are having issues in running Nier: Automata at resolution. For many, this game runs either 1050 or 900p.

The simple fix for this issue is to use the Borderless Gaming app to run games. It’s available on Steam and works very well. It’s a paid app, so you’ll need to shell out some money.

If you are desperate, then the developer has also put the app on Github where you can download it for free. Please try to support the developer, though.

Download Borderless Gaming on Github

Another app called ShiftWindow apparently works for this too. But, I have no experience with it.

White Screen Bug on AMD GPUs

The white screen issue is apparently common on AMD systems. If you have installed the latest Crimson driver v17.3.2, then try rolling back to the previous version. More specifically, roll back to the v16.11.5 of the Crimson driver to make the game working.

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You can download the Crimson v16.11.6 for you PC from AMD’s website.

Crimson Edition 16.11.5

Yeah, this version of the drive is quite old, but if you want to play the game, this is what you have to deal with. Either this or wait for Square Enix to fix the game. I won’t hold my breath for the later, though.

Random Freezing

Random freezing is an issue with the game’s code. There’s currently no fix for it that works fine, but you can do a few things that may work for you.

First, use the Nvidia control panel and set the Anisotropic filtering to OFF. And, set Antialiasing Mode to Application Controlled.

Set DSR to OFF. In the Nvidia control panel, to Manage Manage 3D Settings > Global Settings tab > DSR – Factors. Make sure that all the resolutions in this list are unchecked.

No Autosaving

The first 20 or so minutes of the game don’t save your game’s progress. If you quit before the Prologue, then the game will start from the intro again. You can’t save before the intro.

Reset Game Config

If you have messed up some settings in Nier: Automata, then you can reset the game config. For that, you can delete the game’s SystemData.dat file which contains the configuration settings. If you want to reset the graphics settings, delete the Graphics.ini file.

These files are located in the %USERPROFILE%\Documents\my games\NieR_Automatadirectory. Don’t touch anything else, or you might lose Nier: Automata’s saves.

Can’t Lock on Targets

Locking on targets isn’t available on Hard mode. On lower difficulty levels, you can enable this option. You can change the game’s difficulty any time while playing.

Region Locking

Yeah, Nier: Automata is region locked. You can’t buy this game in some countries like Indonesia and Japan and UAE. Searching for it on the Steam store won’t show up any results. It will be available in Japan soon, but I don’t know about other countries.

PS4 Controller Support

The game doesn’t fully work the PS4 controller out of the box. Use Steam big picture mode to configure your controller with Steam. Then, run Nier: Automata. That will fix the PS4 controller issues.

Stuck on Bunker / Prologue

During the beginning of the game, you’ll arrive at a bunker with a lot of rooms. There are no objective markers on the map, so you can’t know what to do. If you are stuck in the bunker, then here’s what you need to do:

Talk to the commander by going to the hangar. After doing that, go to the Mech and you’ll proceed to the next level. Weirdly, there are no objective markers during all this.

Achievements not Unlocking

If the achievements aren’t unlocking while playing Nier: Automata, then try restarting the Steam client. That’s apparently the solution to this problem.

Denuvo Errors

Any problems with Denuvo can be fixed by verifying the game integrity.

  • Open Steam and go to Library.
  • Right-click on Nier: Automata and go to Properties.
  • Go to Local Files tab and click on Verify integrity of game files button.

Enable Exclusive Fullscreen

If you can’t switch to fullscreen mode via the gamExclusivehics menu, then try this. Go to the graphics options and enable windowed mode. Then set it to fullscreen. Now press AltEnter to disable fullscreen. Once again, press Alt + Enter to go to the fullscreen mode. That’s it.

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If you don’t want to repeatedly do this, try forcing fullscreen via Nvidia Control Panel.

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel.
  • Go to Display > Adjust desktop size and position.
  • In the Scaling tab, select the Full-screen radio-button.
  • Also, select the Perform scaling on to Display.

Now, run the game and it should occupy the entire screen.

Bad (Low) Quality Antialiasing

Some users playing Nier: Automata with Nvidia GPUs have this issue of low-quality Antialiasing. This simply means that even after turning ON antialiasing in the game settings, you will not get rid of jagged edges in the game.

Since Nvidia hasn’t provided a custom profile for this game, you can manually set up antialiasing to fix this issue.

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel.
  • Go to 3D Settings > Program Settings Tab.
  • Click on  button and select the Nierautomata.exe file from the game installation directory.
  • Now, download Nvidia profile inspector and open it.
  • On the main interface of Nvidia profile inspectorclick on the small house icon on the menu bar. Find and open Neirautomata.exe with it.
  • In the Antialiasing section, select 2x Sparse Grid Supersampling. Please note that this will decrease your framerate a little bit depending on how fast your GPU is. You can also experiment with other variations of antialiasing to see which one works for you.

30 FPS Lock

Nier: Automata officially supports a maximum of 60FPS at 1080p. If you want to go over that, there you may face some undocumented problems. But, there is no 30FPS lock in the game but the cutscenes, unfortunately, run at 30FPS. Even the PS4 version of this game runs at ~60FPS, so PC shouldn’t have any problem with it.

Make sure that VSync is OFF in the game settings, and you are using a resolution equal to or lower than 1080p.

Nier: Automata Defaults to Integrated GPU

For some users, Nier: Automata persistently uses the integrated GPU on their devices. That means anyone with a laptop with dual graphics can’t play the game. Since it is quite demanding on the hardware, Intel’s integrated graphics can’t handle Nier: Automata.

Solution: Open Nvidia Control Panel > 3D Settings > Manage 3D Settings > Global Settings. Set High-performance Nvidia processor in the Preferred graphics processor. Click Apply and start playing the game normally.

Not detecting Dedicated Graphics Card

The game currently doesn’t fully support laptops with dual graphics. So, for some people, their GPUs will show up, but won’t work. While for others, the game will just refuse to acknowledge their dedicated graphics card. You can either wait for a patch or go to Square Enix support and tell them about it.

“No Graphics Memory” Error on Startup

If you are using a laptop with both Intel and Nvidia GPUs, then “No graphics memory” error can show up. This happens when the game runs using the Intel’s integrated graphics drivers and not Nvidia GPU on your laptop. Make sure that you are using the dedicated GPU to play the game.

Nier: Automata has stopped working Error

Sometimes while opening the game, you’ll see the typical Windows error box saying that the game has stopped working. To fix this issue, install the Visual C++ Redistributable package for Windows.

Download Visual C++ Redistributable and install on your PC. After completing the installation, run the game.