Fix “D3D_Feature_Level 11_1” God of War Error

Getting to play the God of War video game on PCs is great news for gamers who had waited several years for that to happen. However, this good news comes with some bad parts. People who play God of War through their gaming computers often experience the D3D_Feature_Level 11_1 error.

The error message is sometimes displayed as “Version not supported.” When you get this error, your computer cannot process the game due to one reason or the other. However, before delving into these reasons and other likely causes of the error, we must mention the importance of minimum requirements.

There are some minimum requirements your computer must meet before it can be used to play God of War. These requirements include:

  • A 64-bit processor and Windows 10 operating system;
  • A processor of at least intel i5-2500k (4 core 3.3 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 3 1200 (4 core 3.1 GHz);
  • A memory of 8 GB RAM and storage minimum of 70 GB;
  • DirectX feature level 11_1; and
  • Graphics card NVIDIA GTX 960 (4 GB) or AMD R9 290K (4 GB).

Check if your computer meets these requirements because you cannot play the game if it doesn’t.

Why Does God of War Show the D3D_Feature_Level 11_1 Error?

After downloading and installing God of War on your PC, you may still experience some issues. One of such is the D3D_Feature_Level 11_1 error. If your computer displays this error on a blank screen, you should not worry much. Unfortunately, it is a fairly common error amongst gamers who play the game on PCs.

The reasons you are seeing the D3D_Feature_Level 11_1 or DirectX error are two.

First, there is the possibility that your computer no longer meets one or more of the requirements for playing the game. A likely issue is if your storage is no longer adequate.

This second reason the God of War game is showing the D3D_Feature_Level 11_1 error is an outdated graphics card. This is also the most common reason and should be the first thing you check when you get the DirectX error. You need to understand that your computer graphics card must always be up-to-date with the latest versions of the game series.

Your graphics card must be NVIDIA GTX 960 (4 GB) or AMD 290K (4 GB) and support DirectX feature level 11_1. If it does not fulfill this requirement, you will find yourself having to deal with the “version not supported” error often.

You may decide to push ahead with the outdated version if you cannot update your driver for one reason or the other. The consequence is that the game’s FPS rate will be limited to 10-15 fps. You will also experience a lot of lagging issues in-game.

How to Fix the “D3D_Feature_Level 11_1” Error in God of War?

Fortunately, you can fix the D3D_Feature_Level 11_1 error in God of War. To do this, follow the process explained below carefully and ensure you do not miss any steps. Here we go:

1. Download “dxvk-1.9.4.tar.gz”

To fix this error, we will have to download and install DXVK. It is a Vulkan-based translation layer that adds support for Direct3D 9, 10, and 11, and feature_level 11_1.

Get started by going to the DXVK download page, then click on the dxvk-1.9.4.tar.gz file to download it to your computer. As of this writing, the latest version is 1.9.4, but if there is a newer version, then download that instead.

Fix "D3D_Feature_Level 11_1" God of War Error

2. Extract and open the downloaded file

Open the folder where the file has been downloaded. Right-click on it and select Extract here. If this option doesn’t appear for you, then you have to install WinRAR.

Fix God of War "D3D_Feature_Level 11_1" Error

Once extracted, a folder will appear named dxvk-[version]. Since the current version is 1.9.4, the folder will be named dxvk-1.9.4. Double-click on the folder to open it.

3. Copy the DLL files

In the DXVK folder, you’ll find two subfolders named x32 and x64.

Fix "D3D_Feature_Level 11_1" God of War Error

If you Windows is 64-bit, then double-click on the x64 folder. However, if it is 32-bit, then double-click the x32 folder.

Now copy all of the DLL files that are in the folder. To do so, press CTRL+A to select all the files, then right-click and select Copy.

4. Open the God of War game folder

Open the folder where the God of War game files are installed.

If you don’t know where the installation folder is, then right-click on the God of War game icon, then select Open file location. In Windows 11, click on “Show more options” > “Open file location”. This will open the installation folder for God of War.

Open file location for an application

5. Paste the copied DXVK files

Once you’re in the God of War folder, press the CTRL + V keys to paste the DLL files into the folder.

Now run the God of War program to check if the D3D_Feature_Level 11_1 error is fixed. It should work as it has for many gamers who have faced similar issues in the past.

Conclusion

God of War has grown in popularity among gamers and recently surpassed 2 million copies of the game sold.

The D3D_Feature_Level 11_1 error in God of War is usually due to an outdated graphics card. To solve the problem, you have to update your graphics card with the DirectX feature level 11_1. As a reverse hack, you can install an older version of DXVK if you are experiencing problems with the latest versions.

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Ali Mahdi

Ali Mahdi is the founder of CyberTips and a seasoned software developer. His expertise lies in programming, cryptocurrency trading, and social media marketing. In addition to CyberTips, Ali has written for other prominent blogs in the past for 5+ years, including iDrop News, Redmond Pie, iPhone Hacks, and iDownloadBlog.