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Sniper Elite 5 Not Launching Game Pass

Sniper Elite 5 is one of the best shooter games that takes you to World War II’s intense battlegrounds. Players worldwide enjoy the game on their consoles and devices; if you haven’t, you miss out on a lot. Unfortunately, some wish to play the game, but it fails to launch through the Game Pass.

If you are experiencing this issue, you are not alone. Many players have complained about Sniper Elite 5 not launching Xbox or PC’s Game Pass version. However, you’ll be pleased to hear it is easy to fix the issue, and here is how to do it.

Why Is Sniper Elite 5 Not Working?

There are many reasons behind Sniper Elite 5 Game Pass PC not launching on your device. One of the main reasons is using Easy Anti Cheat Software. These applications require players to launch the software before the game, leading to the not launching issue. This software supports various games, and players have it already installed on their PC. Therefore, it is best to avoid the Anti Cheat Software and launch the game as intended.

If you are not using the Easy Anti Cheat Software and the game still fails to load, various reasons are causing that.

How to Fix Sniper Elite 5 Not Launching

There is no exact reason why you are having trouble launching Sniper Elite 5 on your device. However, specific procedures have worked for players in the past, which you can try. They include:

1.     Checking The System Requirements

Sniper Elite 5 is compatible with most PC devices. However, it is best to check the game’s minimum system requirements and ensure that your device meets them. Here are the minimum system requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz or Intel Core i5-11600K 3.9 GHz
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM Minimum
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 590 8 GB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB
  • Version 11 DirectX
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • 7 GB available storage space

If your device fails to meet the above requirements, the game cannot run, and it may crash or fail to load. Therefore, it is best to take your machine to an experienced computer technician to help update your hardware.

2.     Updating The Microsoft Visual C++ Redistribute

All games feature some C++ distributable game codes, and if your system lacks the required libraries to read the files, the game won’t run. Also, all Windows PCs have these files; however, some might be updated. Therefore, if you have outdated files, Sniper Elite 5 won’t launch, and it is best to go to a computer guru to help you update your Microsoft Visual C++ Redistribute.

3.     Updating your GPU Drivers

Also, if your machine has old GPU drivers, Sniper Elite 5 might fail to launch. These old drivers are insufficient to run today’s high-tech games. The good news is that you can easily update the drivers, and here is how to do it:

  • Open Device Manager, then click on Display Adapters.
  • Locate the active Dedicated Graphics Card option and right-click on it.
  • Choose the Update Driver option, then Search Automatically for Drivers. If there is any available update, the system automatically downloads and installs it.
  • Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Note that if you have other dedicated GPUs, NVIDIA or AMD, you can get the software updates from the manufacturer’s website.

4.     Running The Game as An Administrator

Another quick fix to Sniper Elite 5 not launching is running the game as an administrator. This simple procedure gives the game admin privileges, which allows it to access additional CPU resources. Therefore, to run Sniper Elite 5 as an administrator:

  • Locate the Sniper Elite 5 .exe shortcut on your Desktop and right-click on it.
  • Select Properties and navigate to the Compatibility tab.
  • Click on the Run this Program as an Administrator option to activate the checkbox.
  • Click the Apply option, then OK to save your changes.

5.     Disabling Antivirus and Firewall Program

Antimalware, Antivirus, and Firewalls are known to disrupt the launch of various games. Most of the time, the app flags the game’s file as quarantine and forcefully crashes it before the game launches. Therefore, if you want to avoid such incidents, here is how to disable Firewall and Antivirus programs:

  • Open Control Panel.
  • Type Firewall in the available search box, then choose Windows Firewall.
  • Locate and click on the Turn Windows Firewall on or off. Turn off the setting for the Domain, Private, and Public Network options.
  • Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

6.     Launching the Game In Window Mode

If you are experiencing issues launching Sniper Elite 5 in fullscreen display mode, it may be due to your computer’s hardware specifications. To see if this is the case, we suggest trying to launch the game in Windowed display mode.

To do so, first, open the Steam client and go to Library. Then, right-click on Sniper Elite 5 and select Properties. In the General section, click on Set Launch Options.

Copy and paste the following command-line argument: -windowed -noborder

Be sure to save changes and attempt to run the game again to check if Sniper Elite 5 is now launching properly. This should help in resolving the issue, and you can continue playing the game without any further disruptions.

7.     Close Background Processes

Running heavy applications in the background can have a significant impact on your computer’s performance, including its ability to run games smoothly. Therefore, we recommend closing any unnecessary background processes before launching your game.

To do so, press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager. Then, click on the Processes tab and select the task you want to close. Once selected, click on End Task. It is important to repeat these steps for each task individually.

Once you have closed all unnecessary background processes, we suggest restarting your computer to ensure that the effects take immediate effect. This should help in resolving any performance issues that were previously affecting your gaming experience.

8.    Install Game In New Directory

In case the previous solutions did not resolve the problem, you could attempt reinstalling the Sniper Elite 5 game in a different directory to see if it resolves the issue of the game not launching. The default installation directory for the game is the C drive, which can occasionally cause issues. Installing the game in a different drive could potentially fix the issue.

Sniper Elite 5: Doesn’t Launch from Windows/Xbox Game App

We acknowledge that there is an issue currently under investigation where players are experiencing difficulties launching the game via the Windows/Xbox Game applications. To resolve this issue, we recommend checking that your Windows operating system is up to date, ensuring that you have the latest version of the Windows/Xbox Game app, and verifying that you are signed in to the correct account.

We also suggest forcing an update for your Sniper Elite 5 installation. In addition, we have provided several potential solutions that you may try. These include creating a Desktop Icon and running it as an administrator, logging out of the Xbox app and logging back in, uninstalling the game, checking for updates for both Windows and the Xbox app, and then reinstalling the game.

Verify and Repair Game Files in the Xbox App

If none of the above-mentioned options work, you may attempt to repair the Xbox App by following the steps outlined below.

First, open the options menu in your Xbox App and click “Manage.” From here, click on “FILES” and then “VERIFY AND REPAIR.” You will be prompted to accept a warning box, and your game files may be relocated to a different installation destination.

The Bottom Line

There are many reasons why Sniper Elite 5 is not launching through the Game Pass. Chances are big that you are experiencing this issue because of the Easy Anti Cheat Software installed on your device. If not, it has something to do with your device’s hardware or settings. Above are some easy, quick fixes you should use to launch Sniper Elite 5 on your PC through the Game Pass.  

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