How to Fix Shadows of Doubt Crashing, Stuttering, Low FPS, and Lag Issues

This page will be covering the solutions on how to fix Shadows of Doubt crashing on startup, lag, FPS drop, and performance issues that have been appearing in the game

Shadows of Doubt is the latest game by developer ColePowered Games. Since its release, many players are complaining about the Shadows of Doubt crashing, lagging, and sometimes, black screen. While the developer has been continuously releasing new updates to fix these kinds of concerns, it seems that not every loophole has been fixed. While we are still waiting for a new update to fix these issues, here are the recommended methods to fix the Shadows of Doubt in-game issues.

Known Shadows of Doubt Issues

Here is the list of issues that have been reported by many players while playing Shadows of Doubt:

  • Crashing
  • Black Screen
  • Lag
  • Screen Tearing
  • Stuttering

Recommended Fixes for Shadows of Doubt Issues

There are lots of factors that may cause Shadows of Doubt crashes, black screen, lag, screen tearing, and stuttering. If you’re one of the Shadows of Doubt players having at least one of the mentioned issues, here are the recommended steps that you need to do to fix and address the problem.

Check Shadows of Doubt System Requirements

One of the main reasons for having Shadows of Doubt crashing and black screen issues are not meeting at least the recommended system requirements of the game. If you downloaded Shadows of Doubt without checking the requirements first, you can find the full system requirements below:

Shadows of Doubt Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 or newer
  • Processor: Intel 6th Gen i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 or Radeon 5500XT
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Approximate specs for 1080p, 30+ fps

Shadows of Doubt Recommended Requirements

  • OS: Windows 11 or newer
  • Processor: Intel 9th Gen i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 3500
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 3060 or Radeon RX 5700 XT
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Approximate specs for 1080p, 60+ fps

For those who meet the requirements but still getting the issues mentioned above, below are the fixes that you can try.

Update Your Drivers

Shadows of Doubt is released in a good condition. If you meet the minimum requirements of the game, it’s likely that your outdated graphics driver is the main reason why Shadows of Doubt is crashing. We highly recommend getting the latest update for your PC. You can visit your hardware manufacturer’s official website to get the latest update for your device.

Manually downloading and installing drivers for your PC is time-consuming. For some, updating drivers may be a little bit complicated. For those who want an easier method, we recommend trying IObit’s Driver Booster to automatically download and fetch the latest and needed driver update for your PC. In our case, we used Driver Booster to update and fix the crashing and performance issues in Shadows of Doubt. You can follow the steps below on how to use the software:

  1. Download Driver Booster.
  2. Once downloaded, install and run the software.
  3. Click the Scan button and let Driver Booster scan any outdated drivers on your PC.
  4. If the software found any outdated driver, click the Update Now button located on the upper left of the window.
  5. Wait until the Driver Booster finished the driver download and installation process.

Driver Booster

Note: Your PC may restart several times depending on the drivers that are being updated. Worry not, as this is a normal process for the Windows operating system.

After the driver update completion, try running Shadows of Doubt and see if you still encounter the issues that you have earlier.

Verify Game Integrity

Assuming that you tried the two methods above but still experiencing some Shadows of Doubt issues, you can try verifying the game integrity of Shadows of Doubt. Using this process, Steam will scan all the needed files or fix any corrupted files associated with Shadows of Doubt.

  • Open Steam and go to Library.
  • Select Shadows of Doubt from the game list on the left side.
  • Right-click and select Properties.
  • Click the Local Files tab.
  • Click the Verify integrity of game files… button.

Check out the image below for the steps.


Right after clicking the verify button, all you have to do is wait until Steam completes the file verification for Shadows of Doubt.

Kill Resource-Hogging Applications

Chances are you have lots of applications installed on your PC. Some of these applications have been constantly using the resources that possibly trigger Shadows of Doubt crashing. We highly suggest closing the software that you are not using while playing Shadows of Doubt.

Some of the most popular software that eats lots of resources while in the background are Media Players, web browsers such as Firefox and Chrome,  and more. You can close these applications by closing them using the Task Manager.

Disable Antivirus

Another reason why Shadows of Doubt keeps on crashing on PC is your antivirus. Antivirus companies have been usually updating their software to enhance security. There’s a chance that Shadows of Doubt’s executable file (.exe) is being marked as a virus. Disable or temporarily disable your antivirus or any security programs on your computer. If you download the Shadows of Doubt from the official store, we’re 100% sure that the game files are safe. So, you have to exclude the .exe of Shadows of Doubt and see if the problem has been solved.

Contact the Official Support

If you’re still having some Shadows of Doubt issues after trying all the recommended fixes above, you can always reach the official support team of Shadows of Doubt. You can visit their official website or join the discussion on the Shadows of Doubt discussion community on Steam.

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