The “Network Error” related to Gearbox Software’s SHiFT system in Borderlands 3 can be due to various reasons, ranging from server issues to individual network problems. Here are some steps to troubleshoot and possibly fix this issue:
- Check Server Status: First, check if the SHiFT servers are down. You can do this by visiting the official Gearbox or Borderlands Twitter accounts, or by checking community forums and websites that track server status.
- Restart the Game and System: Sometimes, simply restarting the game or your gaming system (PC, Xbox, PlayStation) can resolve temporary connectivity issues.
- Check Internet Connection: Ensure your internet connection is stable. You might want to try a wired connection if you’re currently using Wi-Fi, as it’s generally more stable.
- Update the Game: Ensure that Borderlands 3 is updated to the latest version. Game updates often include fixes for network and connectivity issues.
- Update System Software: If you’re playing on a console, make sure the system software is up to date.
- Disable Firewall or Antivirus Temporarily: Sometimes, firewalls or antivirus programs can block the game’s access to the internet. Try disabling these (temporarily) to see if that resolves the issue. Remember to turn them back on after testing.
- Flush DNS Cache: On a PC, you can flush the DNS cache, which can sometimes resolve network issues. Open the Command Prompt and type
ipconfig /flushdns, then press Enter.
- Change DNS Settings: Sometimes, changing your DNS settings to a public DNS, like Google DNS or OpenDNS, can improve network performance.
- Verify Game Files: If you’re on PC, use the platform’s (like Steam or Epic Games) feature to verify the integrity of the game files.
- Check for IP or Account Bans: Ensure that your IP address or SHiFT account hasn’t been banned or restricted for any reason.
- Reinstall the Game: If all else fails, consider reinstalling the game. This can fix any corrupt files that might be causing the issue.
- Contact Support: If the problem persists, contact Gearbox Support or the support team for the platform you’re playing on. They may be able to provide more specific assistance or information about ongoing issues.