God of War Ragnarok: Fix Crashing on PS4 & PS5

Last Updated on November 11, 2022

Are you trying to play Ragnarok, and your game keeps crashing on PS4 or PS5? Worry no more; here’s a guide that will help you out.

God of War is a game that needs no introduction; the sixth installment is already out in New Zealand. Ragnarok has already gathered raving reviews from critics across the globe. The game might end up breaking all older records set by any PlayStation Exclusive.

The God of War Game is an action-adventure hack-and-slash video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). The game is set in the world of Norse mythology and follows Kratos and his son. The 2018 game ended when Kratos discovered that his son was Loki, and we know the gods are not happy with him.

Ragnarok will pick up from where the 2018 game Ended. The gameplay is similar to previous installments, focusing on combo-based combat with light and heavy attacks, blocking, and dodging. It also features puzzles and platforming elements.

Update: Santa Monica Studious has released multiple patches that take care of many bugs and issues. Please update your game and try again.

God of War Ragnarok: Fix Crashing on PS4 & PS5

Many gamers still game on the PS4; we know the machine is almost ten years old. Technical and performance issues will be there; I will discuss how you can fix them in this article.

Restart Your Console

Sometimes simple things work the best. If you are having trouble playing God of War Ragnarok on your console, then a restart should be the first thing you should do.

To restart:

  1. Press the PlayStation button on the console to open the Quick Menu.
  2. Use the D-pad to navigate to and select Restart Console.
  3. Press X to confirm.

A restart can fix crashing on the console by clearing the system cache and forcing the console to reload all of its applications and system files. This can help to resolve any corrupted files or application issues that may be causing the crash.

Update Playstation Software

Playstation Software is regularly updated to improve system performance, add new features, and fix any reported issues. Updating your software is essential to maintain the best possible experience when using your Playstation.

To Update:

  1. Sign in to your PlayStation account.
  2. Select the “Settings” icon on the home screen.
  3. Select “System Software Update.”
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the update.

If for some reason, your update is stuck or won’t progress further, you can restart your console and try again. If that also doesn’t work, you’ll have to use the USB method to update your device.

Check for Overheating

Overheating harms the hardware, and systems are in place that throttle the performance to ensure no damage. If your PS4/PS5 is heating, please figure out why it is happening.

There can be numerous reasons why this could happen:

  • The console is placed in a place where airflow is obstructed.
  • Air vents are blocked.
  • The room temperature is high.

Clean Your Game Disk

This only applies to users that ordered the disc version of the game. First, check if the disc is clean or not, you can clean it using a soft cloth.

After doing this, check whether your game is updated to the latest version. Select “Ragnarok” and press the Options button > Select “Check for Update.”

Check if Hard Drive has enough space

To execute and run flawlessly, almost every application nowadays requires free space. If your device doesn’t have free space, it will face problems running applications. A game console is no different than a computer, and computers require sufficient hard drive space to execute programs.

To check the hard drive space on your PlayStation, you will need to go to the Settings menu. From there, select Storage>Console Storage. You can see how much space is available on your PlayStation’s hard drive from here.

You can free up a lot of space by deleting saved game data and games you don’t play anymore.

Rebuild Playstation Database

A PlayStation database is where all of your gaming information is stored. This includes things like your games, saves, settings, and more. If this Database becomes corrupted, it can cause your PlayStation to crash or freeze. Rebuilding the Database will delete any corrupted data and allow you to start fresh. This can fix many problems with your console, and it only takes a few minutes to do.

If you’re experiencing problems with your PlayStation, rebuilding the Database is a quick and easy way to try to fix them.

To rebuild your Database on Playstation, follow these instructions:

  1. Shut down your Playstation console.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the back of the console.
  3. Wait for 30 seconds.
  4. Reconnect the power cord to the back of the console.
  5. Connect your controller using the USB Cable.
  6. Turn on the console in Safe Mode: Press and Hold Power Button and release it after you hear the second beep.
  7. Navigate to Rebuild Database and select it.
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions.

This will take a while to complete and your console should be restarted upon completion.

Hard Reset Your Console

After trying everything, if your issue still persists, you are left with the last option, hard resetting the console.

Hard reset is used to reset the console and reinstall the system software completely.

To do this:

  • Download the System Update file from here.
  • Format a USB Drive in FAT32 Format.
  • Create a folder inside the USB named “Update.”
  • Now move the file you downloaded earlier inside the “Update” Folder.
  • Unplug the USB from your computer.
  • Plug the USB into your Playstation.
  • Start the PS5 in Safe Mode: Press and Hold Power Button and release it after you hear the second beep.
  • Select Safe Mode from the menu that appears > Reinstall System Software > Update from USB Storage.

This will start the process, and your device will be hard reset in a few minutes.

Of course, you can never be sure about what might be causing the issue. Troubleshooting requires you to test things one by one, figure out the problem, and then fix it. Most of the time, PS4 users have overheating issues that lead to game crashing and performance issues.

PS4 is also dragging down game development; the games are developed for PS4 and PS5 and then ported to PC. The developers must keep PS4 in mind, as many console gamers are currently using it. However, Sony has already announced that the life cycle of PS4 has ended.


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Written by Vikas

Hey, I am Vikas. I've had a longstanding passion for computing and gaming for over a decade now. With a computer science degree under my belt sparking my initial interest in the industry from a young age, you'll often find me immersed for hours in the latest PC titles, especially enjoying multiplayer online games, while also enjoying sharing my insights and reviews. My work has been featured on IGN, Kotaku, MSN and Forbes to name a few. In my spare time, I read books and play with my cats.

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