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Fallout New Vegas: Crashing and Freezing Xbox 360 and PS3 Consoles?

After receiving one or two dodgy reviews, the issues surrounding Fallout: New Vegas seem to be piling up, as the game has been suffering from frequent crashes and game freezes during play.

We’re getting reports that the freezing problems in Fallout: New Vegas are pretty severe and that in some cases, it is preventing gamers from working their way through the campaign.

Bethesda are known for the odd problems, i.e Oblivion, but we thought they would have made sure such problems didn’t arise with the release of New Vegas. As far as we know, the crashes are happening on both platforms of the game – with each crash requiring a hard reboot of the system, which is never good.

We haven’t heard anything from Bethesda on this, but I’m pretty sure we will if the ‘teething’ problems continue. For now, give us some feedback on this.

Is your game fine, or have you suffered from any severe crashes during play?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Fallout Noobro
Fallout Noobro

I've had several freeze-ups when EXITING the game, necessitating a manual reboot (in addition to all the other issues being reported). Insult to injury. I'll think twice about purchasing an Obsidian game again in the future.

Fallout Messiah
Fallout Messiah

I had the same freeze issue the first day. Then I Installed the game to the hard drive and it has given me NO problems since. XBOX

cannabliss98
cannabliss98

Mine has crashed 3 times and i’m a lvl 4 so far…..i don’t care if it crashes once in awhile its a great game. I just save everytime i kill something/someone. It would be AWESOME if they could fix it. but i just expect it to crash the game is HUGE

Magee
Magee

I am having same issues. Freezes every time I discover Novak. Tried 4 times.

Facebash
Facebash

Though not helpful to the console crowd i can say that if you have gom player installed you have to uninstall it to play fallout new vegas.. such as it was with fallout 3. that fixed my problems immediately . Gamebryo is a dated engine and has a few known incompatabilities . and the biggest for pc crowd was Gom player

Keirris
Keirris

I'm Running 360, When it First Crashed I Installed it to the System to save the Load time and Refreshing rate but much to my Amazement Its crashed more times than I care to Mention Est.10+
Ive Been waiting for this game for a Year and a Half only to Boot it up and it crash after the Cut Scene at the Start Basically went " Hey your Awa-a-a-a-"Silence and Crash.

librabrat
librabrat

Freezing after 30 minutes of play on the FIRST DAY! Waited long enuff for the thing. So how long before the patches? We are at the mercy of Bethesda (AGAIN?)

matt
matt

played it for 2 straight days…. no problems at ALLL… then made a new character…. and now it freezes every 2 min of gameplay usually when im initiateing the V.A.T.S. system….. GAYYYYY

Nubandit
Nubandit

My console has NEVER froze before playing New Vegas and now I can’t play more than 10 minutes without it freezing and having to do a complete reboot! WTF, I want my $60 back!

animosity
animosity

On the PC i get about 20 minutes of gameplay in, then the game crashes.

not at any specific spot, it always seems random.

first time it happened i hadnt saved, so i played through again, not thinking it was a common error. it happened again, had to replay the beginning AGAIN, so this time i started saving.

well the THIRD crash deleted my saves, so a 4th time i tried again, and as expected the game crashed and i have to start from the beginning.

Scott
Scott

The gameplay worked fin for the first day, but now when I try to play it on my xbox it crashes whenever it tries to load my save file. Can't play it any more.

Niclas
Niclas

Frezing , frezing never changes =S

fallout 1 fan
fallout 1 fan

I've 3 instances of freezing after only perhaps 4 hours of gameplay in 2 days. With fallout 3, the same error occurred, but in less fruquency and you could usually get it to unfreeze if you pushed the ps3 button on the controller(sometimes it takes a few minutes, but it unfreezes). That trick does not seem to work on New Vegas, sadly. Side not on the gamestop classic pack code: if you had problems with it working right after you tried the game, try again. The codes did not become active till about 1600-1700 eastern time.

scott
scott

Fallout 3 did the same thing. And New Vegas is doing it again….ridiculous.

bruce evans
bruce evans

I didn't even get to the game; my PSP froze on the system update. According to Sony my hard drive is now corrupted, can't even play games at all. Sony told me to take it up with Bethesda. Not only was Bethesda unwilling to help, the rep. I spoke with hung up on me. I didn't raise me voice or use profanities, just wanted to know if they ever heard of customer goodwill. BEWARE of playing this game on PSP. I am now going to have to pay for repair or replacement of mine.

Jrambo
Jrambo

After about 13 hours of straight play I started getting relly long load screens and some occasional twitchy jumpy game play but no full on crashes.

DFP
DFP

Mine also freezes about 45 minutes in. Same as the DLC for Fallout 3 last time.

mitch
mitch

I understand that games as big and intricate as Fallout New Vegas are going to have a few problems. But I've already had 4 crashes and I've only had the game for a day. You think they would have noticed this in the testing? Or are we the testers? I should have waited and bought this game used when the patches had all been released. Very disappointed.

mick
mick

Bethesda, if you can't make a game, the maybe you should think about a refund. I can say one thing for the original DOOM, the graphics weren't that good but the game worked. Better than I can say for FALLOUT.

Jett
Jett

New Vegas just froze on me last night, right after I gave the root and flower to sunny smiles, and I hadn't saved either 🙁 I wish they'd resolve this, I dealt with enough frustration from all the freezing Fallout 3 had on my PS3.

jordon
jordon

Mine has never frozen yet, have played for about 2 hours on xbox and the worst thing i've got was the models for the arms and weapons going off screen a few times. other than that no problems

Lee
Lee

I've had one freeze so far very early in the game with a few hours of play. Well we know a few things. Bethesda has to know these problems exist (they must have a test lab and have the complaints from Fallout 3!). But clearly they are ok with sending out broken software anyway. And, if the Fallout 3 experience is any judge, Bethesda will do NOTHING to correct the problem. I had a some freezes with Fallout 3. Then I downloaded the DLC and was unable to finish the DLCs or even play the base game because of CONSTANT… Read more »

Jordan
Jordan

OMG!!! I have gotten stuck 4 times now. I just want to kill these damn geckos and go on with my life. But now Im stuck hard rebooting my system every 10 to 20 minutes thanks to constant freezing!!! I want to play!!!!!!!

Gregero
Gregero

My copy froze about 2 hours into the game, forcing me to hard reboot.
I haven't experienced another freeze, but am saving often.

It's very disappointing when a company is known for problems and fails to address them. I can definitely say that I am very disappointed with Obsidian and their rush job. I do hope they muster up some courage to admit mistakes and issue a patch within a couple weeks. I know I don't have it bad (…yet) but I really wish others could enjoy their hard earned money with this game.

Will
Will

About to enter primm and freeze every time. I have retried over 5 times. Completely unplayable.

Kyle
Kyle

does anyone know if this issue only affects systems that have the game files INSTALLED onto the hdd? im not home right now and would like to know if perhaps it would run better if it was running of the disc?

Spulk
Spulk

Game has been crashing on me also on my XBOX 360. I am dissapoint.

Pluh
Pluh

Played for 3 hours last night, no freezes so far (ps3 fat version)

Kyle
Kyle

this game is ridiculous.

kdd
kdd

I started playing the night I got it and played for 7 hours straight without problems, then i enter a casino and shoot up the place and bang! the sh!t freezes and its been the same ever since… this sucks 🙁

BloodAsylum
BloodAsylum

Man Obsidian BLOWS.

Snacks
Snacks

WTF!? My Xbox just resetted on it's own while playing this POS! This is getting out of control!

wraith1323
wraith1323

My Gamestop code worked fine, but the game froze twice in the first two hours of play. Would have been more, but I was being careful to let the game catch up with itself. I had similar problems with Fallout 3. Very disappointing. If I didn't love these games so much, I wouldn't bother.

Kay
Kay

Mine froze on the first mission and everyone I restarted my system it froze n the same spot and its impossible to go around it. So right now I’m stuck in tht doctors house…

Matt
Matt

Same exact problem. 30 mins into the game right after a save point I try and talk to someone and they aren’t there. Like the yellow marker on my compass is but no one is on the screen. I enter VATS and it freezes…3 times in a row too. Absolutely rediculous. Did they not run into these problems when they tested the game?!?

Tim
Tim

Fallout new Vegas actually made my hard drive stop working!

Julien Michael Daigle

Crashed 3 times within the first hour of play on ps3.

Freeze
Freeze

This fucking game keeps freezing everytime I go through a town

Mike
Mike

Mine just froze on me after about 1 hour of gameplay. I lost all sorts of good loot because I was wastelanding. I suppose I will have to start saving every few mintues just like in the past games.

Shirotachi
Shirotachi

The PC version is just as bad i have a top end machine with a top end video card and i can't even play the game. After the initial movie it crashes and the game exits. I have tried 4 times now and not a single time have i been able to play. Total disappointed

Toad
Toad

i cant even play New vegas on the 360 it keeps freezing every 5 min cant get anything done should got it for PC

Andres Quinones
Andres Quinones

Lol Damn!!! i've played it for 18 hours straight and until i hit the mission "The House Always WIns II" it keeps freezing, i cant continue the mission and i cant go back. Im stuck till the patch comes out 🙁 will keep trying though. Did you guys save it to your Hard Drive????

Brittany
Brittany

Wow. I would have never thought so many people would be having this problem. This game just launched yesterday and I can't believe all the issues it's having. I was probably an hour or 2 into the game and it already froze on me (PS3). The same issue happened to me on FO3 EVERY 5 minutes, but at the moment it's not as severe. Seriously, what the fuck Bethesda? It's starting to get really hard to be a fan of your work if these problems still persist. Patch ASAP or I may just have to bring the game back. I… Read more »

Bailey
Bailey

Ummm…its crashed 3 times on me already without getting past picking my character all the way through…I never buy these games on 1st day..I guess I should have stuck to that…Wow..

Daniel
Daniel

Game freeze any time I try and enter the strip. VERY ANNOYING. Cant continue campaign……

Starky
Starky

Horrible problems. Can't play for more than an hour without the game freezing. When traveling in the wasteland, I'm experiencing huge frame rate issues as well. This is getting to be unplayable which is disappointing considering I was such a huge fan of Fallout 3. Tried reinstalling it several times, multiple discs, and no luck.

Thudson
Thudson

Mine froze under an hour in. Maddening!

mark
mark

PS3… 2 freezes in 1hr of play… both around prim while it didn't appear anything stressfull was happening. After the first time I cooled my PS3 to make sure it wasn't on my end. Within 15minutes of restarting, it has frozen again. THERE ISN'T EVEN ANYTHING HAPPENING, i'm just walking around WTF!!!!!!!

Chris
Chris

This BS bethesda! Mine is randomly freezing twice in the first hour. We as gamers cannot stand for this! And no my DLC for preordering the game isn’t working niether. I am SO writing a letter to my Congress. Take that bethesda Bitches!

Lc
Lc

Freeeeeeezes my ps3…takes five min just too boot the game for some reason then it freezes a soon as I go into the saloon right In the beginning of the game….better have a fix soon or I’ll never buy from this company again…over been trying to get past this for three hours and it freezes every time..severely disappointed

Andrew
Andrew

Game stop codes do not work untill the next day i got my game at midnight launch and it did not work untill i tryed it at 2:30 pm the next day most likely due to the time difference

Andrew
Andrew

mine crashed every 15 minutes im almost about too return the game because of this issue id use the money on this game for Black ops or Medal of honor

SimonBelmont
SimonBelmont

This is bullshit. I played for about 2 hours with no issues, then boom, I can't play for 3 minutes without a crash. For everyone saying "stop whining, you should expect this, save often"…fuck you…saving often doesn't help when you have to get up and turn off your Xbox every 2-3 minutes. I've already emailed Bethesda, hopefully all of you have too, so they realize how widespread this issue is…hopefully they give a shit and will get a patch out ASAP, or I don't think I'll be the only one who will be a little hesitant the next time I… Read more »

Mark
Mark

Froze for the third time in Primm, and now it freezes within 30 seconds of me loading my save in primm, regardless of what actions I take from the save point. Game is completely unplayable now. Taking it back tomorrow. Releasing a product so broken is absolutely unacceptable for any company. This is ridiculous.

UGH
UGH

FREEZING at GEKKO quest! ps3

F.U. Chelios
F.U. Chelios

Buggier than a sewer full of radroaches…

Jeff
Jeff

Froze about three times in a 20 minute period. I was about an hour into the game when the problems arose. I've also noticed some other interesting bugs (like some items disappearing from the inventory when repairing them), but nothing so devastating as the game crashing. I thought from the beginning that the game might have been rushed to release, and now I know for sure.

Dan
Dan

FYI…I have the classic pack.

Dan
Dan

The codes are now working for those that preordered for the PS3

Kyle McQueen
Kyle McQueen

Same Fallout title…More freezing, way to go Bethesda!!!! >[

Kyle McQueen
Kyle McQueen

F'in pissing me off i had Fallout 3 and had the same problem (PS3), and i though to my seft " o there is not going to be any more freezing or anything. they should have fixed it", f'in bastards at Bethesda/Obsidian can kiss my ass

MK718
MK718

PS3 here, just had my first crash after the 1.5 hour mark. Luckily I learn from FO3 GOTY, and I'm getting back into saving regularly. I really can't believe that this bulls**t is going to be happening again. Too money for this BS.

mikey
mikey

playing on the ps3 version and mine has frozen twice within 45 minutes of playing. if this isnt fixed by friday im returning it to amazon

Revan
Revan

ive done a hard reboot on my ps3 twice now.. i waited for this game for a while and this is what i get..

chris
chris

i have crashed at hour 7. i had to do a hardboot to solve this. im pretty bummed out i spent almost $90. i dont want this to have been a bad buy.

Dan
Dan

Mine didn't freeze until about 3 hours in. Now it freezes every two minutes after loading. Fucking bullshit. 65 bucks for a game that's unplayable? Give me my damn money back.

sadface
sadface

on the xbox360 whenever I try to view the achievements for the game there is a white icon for the face of the achievements list and then when I try to view the achievements the game freezes and requires a hard reboot. Does anybody else have this problem or a similar one

cyris
cyris

this is bull. ive been waiting for this game and then this crap happens, i want a refund

blictorshade
blictorshade

Frozen up on me twice in the 4 hours i played it. Running it on PC.

ACW
ACW

1 hour in – frozen solid. Had to reboot PS3.

Also did not get Gamestop extras despite entering code.

WTF?! Bethesda, come on – playtest your damn games will ya? It’s a fantastic looking game and I love the new additions – but this kind of stuff is pretty unforgivable. I’m gonna keep trying and hope things become more stable – but if it persists, it will be a return.

pat
pat

about 12 crashes in the 6.5 hours i have played 🙁

Brandon
Brandon

This game is unplayable for me at the moment. The framerate is horrid, the game crashes, and it honestly just looks shitty. Anyone thinking of buying this game should take my advice. Wait until this game is fixed before you waste your money.

Fallout Reveiws
Fallout Reveiws

i just have to say, this has been a major issue even in FO3 GOTY and FO3, i thought to myself as i was picking it up, THIS IS GONNA BE GREAT and then… BOOM it crashed on me cant even do a quest without it freezing.. BETHSADA PLZ MAKE A PATCH!!!!!

FUcker
FUcker

this sucks my chode

Peppino
Peppino

5 minutes into the game and it froze on me. Bethesda should “playtest” a beta before releasing it out to the public. Bummer!!!

NeoDanger
NeoDanger

I think i got it. I Received an Email from Bethesda saying that I should reinstall the game data (deleting it doesn't affect the saves). I think my Fallout 3 and DLC and GOTY are crossing information some how. I deleted all my Fallout 3 Game Data and New Vegas and reinstalled NV and I have not had any problems. The F3 data must be causing problems. Probably some of the same file names for drivers.

TriangleOffense
TriangleOffense

The game is a joke Ive had over 30 freezes in 9 hours of attempted gameplay. And yes I now have video of it happening. http://www.youtube.com/user/MrTriangleOffense?fea

The newest freeze is being uploaded as I type

hola
hola

Author:

Please double check your sources on the developer before making blanket statements. It's not Bethesda that made this game.

jim
jim

Repeated crashing on when in primm, not even playable

Brandon
Brandon

I can't even get through the introductory quest where you kill the geckos!!!!!!!!!!! Bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!

Jason
Jason

I have the same problem as Eric. It has happened to me twice now. The first time is when I went to the school and second time is after making the healing powder and going to the saloon. What the heck is going on?

Eric
Eric

Tip for a particular freezing contingency. I had an issue right on the outset of the game where I couldn't reenter the initial town without the game freezing. I was able to circumvent the issue by fast traveling back into town. I know that may seem obvious to most of you, but it may help a few folks.

Richard
Richard

After 1 hour it crashed, and of course did not save it. BIG DISSAPOINTMENT BETHESDA:((((

NeoDanger
NeoDanger

Same with the GS DLC Code. Playing HC and having problems with freezing. Cannot repair the Powder Ganger Armor without a Freeze and it froze when I tried to save. I need a Patch from Bethesda!!!

@BigGaymeJames

Makes no sense how much this crap is freezing up. They only do this because they know we will buy it.

Moks
Moks

Had it on for 5 minutes and its already frozen, at the face creation stage. (ps3)

John
John

No problems on PC version so far, played about 3 hours.

baileydt
baileydt

I am SO PISSED! It has frozen up on me MULTIPLE times and my gamestop code WILL NOT WORK! 🙁

Tex
Tex

About 45 minutes in I crashed. The fun part? I’m on hardcore and trying not to save very often which of course means… I hadn’t. Fail.

clark3783
clark3783

I didn't have it freeze (only played for 20 mins last night, though.) but I did notice some screen jumping and it did not look too promising. Just from the looks of this game . . . I think I'm going to prefer fallout 3 over it and Oblivion over both.

Cyb
Cyb

PC Version much more stable, although has a few quirks.

Jamie
Jamie

The game sucks…it keeps freezing and anyone who plays it is just a loser.

GeneralMusings
GeneralMusings

Par for the course with any of Bethesda's games. I haven't played one yet ( going back through Morrwind) that didn't need to have major patches before it was playable.

Eric
Eric

Within an hour the game started freezing as I tried to reenter the first town after the tutorial quest. Freezes every time regardless of approach or saved game file utilized.

I H8 MICRO-SoFT
I H8 MICRO-SoFT

FUCK MICROSOFT

SkullCowboy
SkullCowboy

Both platforms? Forgetting something, are we?

Anon
Anon

Freezing all the time when I try and buy items from vendors… really sux… not even playable for me =(

Terry
Terry

Yes, Freezing a lot, also I preordered the game and entered the code and did not get the "GameStop" extras..

Cap'n Kirk
Cap'n Kirk

I had massive problems with Fallout 3 GOTY edition on PS3 . . . crashes so bad that most of the DLC was utterly unplayable. I will be really sad if the playability is that bad in New Vegas. Especially since I get my copy in the mail today.

Collin
Collin

Mine crashed about 45 minutes in, and of course I hadn't saved yet =

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