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Destiny 2 – Fix: Problem Reading Game Content

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Some PC players getting “Problem reading game content” error when attempting to launch Destiny 2 on the Steam. This error appears while the Destiny 2 crashes at launch. If you are getting the same error, please make sure you go through all the steps below.

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How to Fix the “Problem Reading Game Content” Error in Destiny 2?

Method #1

  • Firstly, launch the Destiny 2
  • When you get the error, leave it open so don’t click the OK button.
  • Navigate to …\Steam\steamapps\common\Destiny 2
  • Delete the steam_appid.txt file in the Destiny 2 folder.
  • If the steam_appid.txt file is not there, it should be in the x64 folder.
    …\Steam\steamapps\common\Destiny 2\bin\x64

Method #2

  • Go to the folder where the game is installed.
  • Right-click on the destiny2.exe application
    Location: …\Steam\steamapps\common\Destiny 2
  • Tap the Properties
  • Tick the “Run this program as administrator” on the Compatibility tab.
  • Also, tick the “Disable full-screen optimizations
  • Click on the OK
  • Run the Steam as administrator.
  • Go to the Steam library
  • Right-click on the Destiny 2, go to Properties.
  • Go to the LOCAL FILES tab
  • Press the VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES button.
  • Finally, try to play the Destiny 2

Method #3

  • Launch the Steam
  • In the top left corner, Click on the Steam
  • Go to the Settings
  • Click on the Download
  • Click on the “Clear Download Cache” button.
  • Click on the OK
clear download cache

Method #4

Make sure your antivirus software isn’t blocking the Destiny 2 from launching. Add the “Destiny2.exe” application to whitelist on your Antivirus / Windows Security.


Method #5

You can try to changing the monitor’s cable connection. I don’t know why, but Jokuhrax’s problem was solved in this way.

Issue has been fixed. Reading your posts (specifically the one to adjust NVIDIA control panel settings) prompted me to check out a few things and realize that I had been playing the game through a KVM switch that was using a USB to HDMI converter to get to the KVM switch. The game either does not like that converter or the device driver associated with graphics going out of the USB port. Once I switched back to using a DVI cable directly from the computer to the monitor, everything started working again.

Jokuhrax

Method #6

You should change the language on Steam.

  • Go to the Steam library.
  • Right-click on the Destiny 2, go to Properties.
  • Go to the Language tab.
  • Select a different language. For example, if your default language is Polish, change it to English.
  • Click on the Close button.
  • Run the Destiny 2. Big thanks to Jump3r
destiny 2 language

Method #7

  • Exit the Steam.
  • Go to the folder where Destiny 2 is installed. (Steam Library > Right Click on Destiny 2 > Properties > LOCAL FILES > BROWSE LOCAL FILES)
  • Delete everything except the packages folder.
  • After the deletion is complete, run the Steam and go to the Steam library
  • Right-click on the Destiny 2, go to Properties.
  • Go to the LOCAL FILES tab
  • Press the VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES button.
verify

Method #8

I found this, maybe it’ll help. It’s very similar to the seventh method.

i just fixed mine!!!
1) Head to C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Destiny 2 

2) move you destiny 2 exe into a new folder on your desktop (do not delete your destiny 2 exe)

3) delete everthing in your destiny 2 folder but the 3 folders (do not delete Bin, fonts, packages)

4) verify the files on steam while they are verifying immediately take your destiny exe and put i back into your C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Destiny 2 let the game verify.

5) start game

Spidersteve

Method #9

Uninstall and reinstall the Steam. If possible, install it on a different Local Disk.


If the issue still exists do let me know in the comments below.

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D1A7N4
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D1A7N4

I updated to the steam beta client when I had this error and that immediately fixed it, might be worth a try?

Ingrid
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Ingrid

None of this has worked for me. I have tried every single fix various times in the past few months. I have also posted on the help forums and not ONE person has replied. This is beyond ridiculous, I can’t believe the amount of money I have wasted on this broken game with no support.

Preston2020
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Preston2020

i still have issues with mine everytime i go into earth it freezes and i see a black screen with the error of not able to read game files i need help ive tried all of these methods

Jack
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Jack

I still have issues when I try to do a strike or go to a planet to patrol or whatever it crashes bu t when I play crimson days and go to the tower it’s fine what do I do

Lopau.Arg
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Lopau.Arg

nothing of this worked for me, and i just waste my money buying the upgrade edition

zealot
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zealot

6 and 7 seem to have done it

helper
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helper

change language on Steam

Jump3r
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Jump3r

What worked for me is changing language on Steam.
I would get error while starting in polish so i changed language to english and it started without any problems after that i changed language to polish again and it needed to download some more files and now it’s starting in polish without problem.

obscuro
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obscuro

how do you download the missing files

Jump3r
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Jump3r

After changing language back to polish it started downloading automatically

Paladine
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Paladine

I’ve tried everything and none but your metod worked. Just here to thank you guardian.

Lucas
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Lucas

What the f***, thanks mate, i tried everything, and that really was the only solution, I’m amazed hahahaha

ID3SKY
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ID3SKY

my first language is english then i change it to german, work like what you say but when i change it again to english there no auto download and the pop up start to showup again, how can i download it manually or wheres the language file location so i can just delete it and then verify.

Stan
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Stan

For me it worked that way :
I’ve uninstalled the game+Steam (backup your other games if you planning to do that) Then i installed steam in other than the default path ( now for me is C:\\Steam) Since im running this game on a pc with integrated graphics i believed it has to be memory handling issue. Ive changed my default screen resolution from 1920×1080 to 1280×720,did that in destiny settings with everything at low and turned off also on borderless windowed mode. Did put a tick on the properties of destiny2.exe to run as Admin and disable full screen optimization. Then ive installed Razor Cortex app from the official Razor website so it would prevent unnecessary things to run while gaming. Now im 3+ hours in playing without this stupid error popin up (thanks the Gaming Jesus for it)

SebZ
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SebZ

what are your pc specs? i have integrated graphics (intel 630), i5 7400 and 8gb ram and my game still crash

SebZ
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SebZ

Hello, my game gives me error when I am doing patrol, some mission or activity, when I go anywhere (Not counting the pvp, for some reason in the pvp games it does not give me error) It always asks me to verify the integrity of the files , but nothing has solved my mistake and it is quite frustrating to not be able to do anything
My PC has 8GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 630, Intel Core i5-74000 and Windows 10
My PC can take the game, I use cross save
Help! Thank you!

John Lou
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John Lou

after many hours of struggling I can confirm that Method #3 and Method #7 and Method #8 worked for me

TRON
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TRON

delete BURNING_TOWER_README.pdf and Burning_Tower.razerchroma files then restart steam

undoo
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undoo

This is what worked for me after I’ve tried everything above.
Uninstall, installed the game to a different drive. After the instalation finished, went to Steam, clear the downloads cache.
Relogged to Steam, started the game, went to the moon, everything ok.

Hope it helps

Alex Yu
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Alex Yu

I’ve tried all the methods, but my game just won’t stop crashing. Help!

Michael Brennan
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Michael Brennan

what if i don’t have steam_appid.txt in the files already?

Isaiah E Williams
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Isaiah E Williams

Having the same issue followed all steps, nothing seems to work.

Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.

System Model: Z270X-DESIGNARE
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700K CPU @ 4.20GHz (8 CPUs), ~4.2GHz
Memory: 16384MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 12

Card name: Radeon RX 580 Series

Chip type: AMD Radeon Graphics Processor

Happiness
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Happiness

After I did every step the game no longer launches

Evilbob
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Evilbob

Same.

At first, it still launches, but crashes every once in awhile with problem reading game content error (usually shortly after entering a new map while trying to pull up character gear or ride the vehicle).

After doing all the above and restarting the computer, it just crashes straight from launch with the problem reading game content error.

Jokuhrax
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Jokuhrax

None of the methods work for me (including 3 reinstalls). I don’t get the message at the launch of the game. I get it after I load into an area and move around for about 1 min. The game progressively gets slower, freezes and then gives me error after an extended time of being frozen.

Scarlet
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Scarlet

I’m not having the error now, but my Quests, Character, Destination, etc. Interface won’t load now though and when I return to orbit it freezes the game.

xD
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xD

game is good , steam launcher is ****

Mikołaj Baran
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Mikołaj Baran

After much reinstalling, steam_appid.txt finally appeared (uninstall game, clear cache, reinstall). I deleted it, started the game, it started loading and it crashed again du to integrity of files.

Mikołaj Baran
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Mikołaj Baran

I tried all of them, nothing works. It just gradually gets worse – I have to reinstall game, then it works fine for a few hours, after that error keeps popping up. While checking files integrity helps, it eventually gets to the point when I’m unable to launch it at all.

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