NBA 2K16 Crash, Lag, Game Won’t Start: How to Fix

The common issues of NBA 2K16 are outdated drivers & the PC that is not meeting minimum specs of the game


The majority of the reviews for NBA 2K16 on Steam are mixed, with some claiming that the game is not properly optimized. When we checked into this after hearing this, we discovered that the game has several problems.

The most common NBA 2K16 issues that players are reporting are crashes, lag, and the game won’t start, due to the poor optimization on Windows PC.

The first step that you need to take is to make sure that you meet the minimum system requirements of the game. If your PC doesn’t fit you need to upgrade it because your issues are probably generated by this.

NBA 2K16 System Requirements


    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or better (SSE3 or later)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10.1 compatible (512 MB) or better
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 50 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0x compatible
    • Additional Notes: Dual-analog gamepad; Additional Notes: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributable 2010.


    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 compatible (2 GB) or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 50 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Dual-analog gamepad

If your PC is fine and passes the requirements you can go ahead, below you can see the game errors detailed and also solutions on how to fix them if you know what error you have you can just skip to the corresponding solution and fix your game.

How to fix NBA 2K16 Issues

After checking you meet at least the minimum specs of the game, another common fix for any crash, launching issue, or performance problems such as Lag, FPS Drops/Low FPS, or Stuttering is to make sure your graphics driver is up to date.
Updating GPU drivers is important for solving crashing, latency, launching, and performance issues in games because these frequently include bug fixes, performance enhancements, and new features specifically designed for the newest games.
You can ensure that your games run smoothly and that you enjoy the best gaming experience by keeping your GPU drivers up to date using different methods:
Manufacturer’s website (Hard)
  1. Identify your GPU brand (Nvidia, AMD, Intel, etc.).
  2. Visit the GPU manufacturer’s website and locate the driver download section.
  3. Download the latest driver for your GPU and OS.
  4. Run the driver installation file and stick to the prompts on the screen.
  5. Restart your PC.
Device Manager (Average)
  1. Open Device Manager (you can find it in the Search bar from the Taskbar).
  2. Locate Display Adapters and expand it to find the GPU driver you want to update.
  3. Right-click on it and select Update Driver.
  4. Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to install it.
  6. Restart your PC.
Driver Updater Tool (Easiest)
Using dedicated software will keep your drivers up and running, in such a way keeping you safe from common game errors and hardware failure giving you the best gaming experience. We recommend using PC HelpSoft, a tool that will save you time.

#1 NBA 2K16 Crash

For some players, the game crashes when they enter MyCareer or when they start the game and they watch the intro clippings, and also the game crashes during matches. If your game crashes at the intro clippings your system is running an unrecognized screen resolution or your resolution is below the minimum that is required.

To bypass this issue you need to open the graphic config file of the game, you will find them in My Documents, here change this line FullScreen = 1 to FullScreen = 0. For the MyCarrer crashes and random crashes in the matches check the solutions below.


  1. Restart your Game and PC. Sometimes this is the shortest solution that can fix a crash.
  2. Turn off your Antivirus program/Windows Firewall as may interfere with your game.
  3. Update your graphics driver (as mentioned above).
  4. Check the Verify integrity of game files. Start Steam > Select Library > Right-click on the game > Click Proprieties > Click on the Local Files tab > Click on Verify integrity of game files.
  5. Close background apps. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly open the Task Manager > Check for apps that are utilizing a lot of CPU/memory > Right-click on the app and select End Task.
  6. Run the game as an administrator. Locate the NBA 2k16.exe file in the folder where it has been installed and right-click on it > Click on Properties > Go to the Compatibility tab & check the Run this program as an administrator box. Press Apply and then OK.
  7. Turn off your Antivirus program/Windows Firewall as may interfere with your game.

If the game is giving you a .dll-related error, you should run the redistributables present in the game’s folder, check the dots below and see how to do that.

  • Go to SteamLibrary/SteamApps/common/NBA 2K16/_CommonRedist/vcredist/2012
    install or repair vcredist_x64 or vcredist_x86, it depends on your processor either if it’s on 64 or 32 bits.
  • Go to SteamLibrary/SteamApps/common/NBA 2K16/_CommonRedist/DirectX/Jun2010/ and here install DXSETUP.exe.

#2 NBA 2K16 Performance Issues: Lag, Stuttering, Low FPS

The game has some performance issues because is poorly optimized on Windows. Some of these issues are Lag, Low FPS, and FPS Drops. For some players, the game started lagging after an update and they can’t play it anymore, especially in the online mode. Also, for some players, the game starts lagging from the main menu so they can’t even start a match.

Solutions: If you encounter lag in the multiplayer mode of the game make sure that your internet is fast enough, you can also try to change your internet connection to direct cable instead of Wi-Fi. If you encounter lag in other modes of the game try to apply the tips below to your game.

  • Make sure that your GPU is updated and that you don’t use any resources on background applications.
  • Turn off special effects& buffer and put the graphics on medium settings. The game is not properly optimized so this should solve your issue.

#3 NBA 2K16 Won’t Start

You keep clicking the Play button in the Steam Dashboard to start NBA 2k16 and nothing happens? Don’t worry a lot of players are in the same position as you, the game simply won’t start. You might also encounter a different launch issue, the game will start and soon after that, it will close with no error or anything. To fix this issue and launch NBA 2K16 read the solution below.

Solution: The first step that you need to do is to Verify the Integrity Cache of your game, to do that go to Steam Library, right-click on NBA 2k16, and select properties, here go to Local Files and you will find the cache option.

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Any NBA 2K16 issue that makes the game unplayable like crashes, not launching, or lagging is annoying. That’s why is important to comply with the minimum specs of the game.

Additionally, out-of-date drivers can result in problems with your GPU’s compatibility with the game, which can cause crashes, freezes, and poor performance.

We hope that our article helped you fix your NBA 2K16 problems and that now you are enjoying the game. If you have any questions or if you encounter other errors, please comment below and we will help you fix your game.

We also saw that console users are having issues with the game if you are one please comment on your issue below, and we will look into that!

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  1. MikeyJon says

    Hey guys, thank you for making this, I can finally play the game!!

    1. Calvin says

      So the date is suck on Nov.15 on my 2k so I can’t 2k battle or see who’s playing on NBA today idk what happened been stuck for 4 days plz help

      1. Alex says

        Having the same problem

    2. Shuron says

      I have NBA 2k16 for PS4 and I have two problems 1 it cuts off during exhibition games 2 ALL THE PLAYERS ARE KIDS their ages are 3, 11, 4, 16 please help if you or someone has the answer

  2. melvin says

    Used this on my game to fix the crashes and it worked in Windows 10, thank you!

  3. jonathan says

    Why is my file keep getting corrupted

    1. Denis says

      When you are downloading or installing the game, please be more specific so I can help you.

      1. Dominique Sykes says

        When I go to mypark, it won’t allow me to step on the got next spot. How can it be fixed ?

  4. Steveshir says

    I had crashes after I updated the game but this patch helped me to fix them. Thank you guys!

  5. James Redd says

    My PS 4 keeps crashing the banner came up saying I need to update but the system says I have the latest update. Now every time I start it it crashes.

  6. James lee says

    Plz help me my nba 2k16 keeps crashing in myplayer menu and idk what to do its on Xbox one

  7. Jake says

    HELP my career wont start but ive gotten so far into the game i dont want to start all over again, it saysyhe storage device is no longer available, load failed. someone help me (xbox 360)

  8. Ennis says

    After patch 3, I keep freezing in MyCareer when it comes to the halftime show, it’s super freaking annoying to not be able to finish the game you want to

    1. Denis says

      I agree with you that this error is very annoying, try our tutorial to fix it!

  9. Aj says

    I play on Xbox 1 and I believe since update 4 (the one a couple of days ago), my game keeps freezing at halftime or after the whole game once the scene comes up for me to do the interview with doris burks on nba 2k16 please I need help lol MY CAREER

  10. Petra says

    Ever sinced I played black top the game crashes. Now the makes me start all over again. Now I have to play the demo mode and half way in it crashes. I really don’t want to start all over again. I seen my saved data on the system and all my storage data is still there for 2k16. Please help

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  12. jesse determan says

    Almost at the all star game in my career and can’t get to it as it keeps freezing

  13. Tyrone Richarson says

    goodmorning everyone when i opened the game there was no sound at all is there any solution to that.

  14. Alexander Garcia says

    It says that my player file is corrupted every time I exit out and try to load the file, why?

    1. Alexander Garcia says

      And I have 2k16 on the Xbox One

  15. Lundin Thomas says

    My game crashes mid season…. Why is this? Has happened three things str8? Downloaded from PS network for ps3? How can I fix this ( MyCareer)

  16. dynamov says

    After installing, the game ran in windowed mode. I changed it to borderless and exited the game. The game now gets stuck on the team logo screen. Please help. I tried reinstalling but it now keeps coming in borderless mode. I had downloaded this game before and then it was running smoothly but now its not working. System Specs:
    Core i5, 8gb RAM, 2gb Radeon 7670M

  17. kris says

    why do I have to start over on everytime I start over turn it off

  18. Julie Reichard says

    Our game keeps saying unreadable disk, it plays and 30 seconds into a game it stops. This game is fairly new, and has NO marks on it. Other games play well, no issues. Is there something I can trouble shoot for this… kids going nuts as this is there only entertainment here in Haiti while I am on medical missions. If not I see people have mentioned a download is that possible with an xbox? FYI this game is for the xbox360

  19. Jerry says

    So this is how they do us? There are complaints EVERYWHERE on the internet, but not one response from 2K. I guess once they get the suckers to buy this crappy game, they’re done with you. Thanks again, 2K, for nothing.

  20. Randi says

    iPad 4 game crashes when trying to load MyCareer. Please help

  21. Mike says

    I’ve been playing nba2k16 for almost 2 months without any lag nad it was awesome until just a while ago it starts to be very lag, even on the main menu. I dont know what triggered this. I have Intel iCore i7-5500u 2.4GHz & Nvidia Geforce 940m, 8gb ram.

  22. Nate says

    Every time is try to play my park, right before the game is about to start I get kicked out back to my home screen…I was just wondering why his is occurring. I play on the Xbox one console.

  23. Aj says

    The game actually comes on up until right when the music starts play and the music continues to play but it never gets past the loading screen

  24. kwstas navro says

    hey denis! so i have a problem in my career in nba2k16, so when i end a game and i press advance the game suddenly crashes during the loading screen is there any solution?

  25. jack says

    my pc suddenly restart in loading screen, anyone knows whats the problem? i play other games like GTA V and FIFA 16 just fine in high resolution

  26. Angel says

    How do I fix my nba2k16 because when I start a game I can’t see the players

  27. Carter says

    When I download Nba 2k16 it will download to half way then stop please help me

  28. Austin Garrett says

    I have 2k16 for PS3. I made a Center on the Kings and a PG for the Nets in mycareer. Both players cannot be played when i reach their 4th season shortly after the allstar break. I would try to load the next game (or key game) and it freezes on the “saving my profile”. Please, Please, for Gods sake give us an update to fix these problems.

  29. Bello Ali says

    My NBA app on my Android closes when I open it please help

  30. Anthony says

    My son created a new profile and now it’s saying that “NBA 2k16 is rated above his content restrictions, ask a parent to sign in, and then try again” please help

    1. Janos Ba says

      hahahahahahah yeaaaah of course you are the dad in this thing here 😀 😀

  31. Joby1_97 says

    I logged out of my account an logged back in and got on 2k an all my stuff is gone ????

  32. Neo says

    Please help me, My Career was corrupted and I cannot play him anymore. So it means i’ll gonna start all over again? Or it has tips or ways to get my corrupted file again?
    -NBA2k16 Codex offline btw tnx so much.

  33. Bobby says

    After a game on my mobile device the game will freeze and stop loading and every time I replay the game this same problem happens afterwards I’ve replayed this game about ten times now and still no results.

  34. KG Lee says

    How to fix the NBA 2k16 errors and need help.

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