How to fix Psychonauts 2 Launch Issue on Windows 10 (Steam)

Psychonauts 2 is a 3D-platformer adventure game that was recently released by Double Fine Productions, which is also known for developing games like Broken Age and Costume Quest. This is a game where you have intense psychic powers to get you through. You can use them for a variety of things, such as solving puzzles and mysteries or to even help killing an enemy. You can even burn things with your mind; sounds cool, right? But you can’t do all that if you’re experiencing the Psychonauts 2 Launch Issue.

The game may not function correctly due to some technical problems. You can follow our guide here to address your technical issues and get your game up and running in no time. It is really frustrating if you spend a lot of money but you can’t play the game.

Guide to fixing the Psychonauts 2 Launch Issue

DX 11 mode

If you are getting a LowLevelFatalError error message, and you meet the game’s minimum hardware requirements, then try launching the game in DX11 mode.

  • Right click Psychonauts 2 in the steam client and enter the Properties menu.
  • In the general section, enter -DX11 below in the Launch options
Psychonauts 2 Launch Issue

Verify integrity in Steam

You can try verifying Psychonauts 2‘s game integrity in Steam as this may find missing or damaged files that need to be repaired, even if you’ve just installed the game. Sometimes. things can go wrong while downloading a game but it still registers as accurately downloaded.

  • From the Steam Library, right-click on the game and select Properties from the menu.
  • Select the Local files tab and click the Verify integrity of game files… button.
  • This process may take several minutes so please be patient and make sure you do not turn off your device.
screenshot for verifying game cache in steam for Psychonauts 2 Launch Issue


Make sure that you are not running the game on your integrated graphics on your CPU instead of your discrete GPU. Because then you are just leaving all that performance on the table. This sounds very simple and something that everyone would know not to do but you will be surprised how many people accidentally try to play games on their integrated graphics.


  • Open the NVIDIA Control Panel. You can do this by right-clicking on your desktop.
  • Click the small + icon next to 3D Settings.
  • Click on Manage 3D settings.
screenshot for manage 3d settings in nvidia for Psychonauts 2 Launch Issue
  • Go to the Program Settings tab.
  • Find and choose Psychonauts 2 from the list under Select a program to customize.
  • Under the Preferred graphics option, choose High-performance NVIDIA processor.


  • Open Radeon Settings. You can do this by right-clicking on your desktop.
  • Go to the Preferences and select Additional Settings.
  • Go to the Power and head over to Switchable Graphics Application Settings.
  • Select Psychonauts 2.
  • Under the Graphics Settings, select the “High-Performance” profile.


Turn off your anti-virus programs. These programs can occasionally think of your games as a virus and won’t let it open, and that could be what is happening in your case. You don’t even need an anti-virus these days if you’re smart about what not to do on the internet. You can also add the game to your exclusion list of both your firewall and the anti-virus software. We recommend users add all of the following files and folders to the Anti-virus and Firewall exclusion list to prevent this issue.

Game.exe Default Location:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Psychonauts2

Steam.exe Default Location:

 C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam

Steam AppData Default Location:



Some users can get the game running properly by running Steam.exe in administrator mode. This can be done by right-clicking on the .exe file and selecting Run as administrator. In addition to this, try running the game’s .exe file in administrator mode as well.

This can solve lanch problems because it will give the program the right to any permissions it needs which it might not be getting otherwise and couldn’t open without them.

All Done

Hopefully, all these steps have allowed you to launch the game and finally play it to your heart’s desire. Let us know in the comments below if this guide helped you to fix the Psychonauts 2 Launch Issue. You can check out our other guides related to the game here: