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Palworld black screen: how to fix the bug?

 Are you experiencing a frustrating black screen on Palworld when you launch the game? Discover our tips to quickly resolve this bug on PC and Xbox.

Palworld black screen: how to fix the bug?

Do you have a black screen when you launch the game Palworld on PC? This technical problem, although common in online games, can spoil the gaming experience. Luckily, there are solutions to this, whether you're playing on PC via Steam or Xbox.

The black screen bug in Palworld is most likely due to an issue with the developers' optimizing settings. Solutions from some players suggest changing the game launcher properties on PC. We give you all the tips that we found on Reddit and Discord.

How to fix black screen bug on Palworld?

Palworld, available on PC and Xbox, offers a captivating open world populated by Pokémon-style “pals,” as well as countless opportunities for survival and creation. If a black screen is stopping you from enjoying the game, here's how to fix this problem for good.

On Steam

A user named Tanner on Palworld's Discord server suggests navigating to the Palworld installation folder and locating the launcher. Afterwards :

  • Right-click on the Palworld launcher icon and select Properties.
  • In the Compatibility tab, check the boxes next to Disable full-screen optimizations and Run as administrator.
  • Save and close.
  • Launch Palworld to see if the problem persists.

On Xbox Game Pass for PC

If you downloaded the game via the Xbox app (Game Pass) on PC, the process is similar:

  • Click the three dots on the Palworld game page in the Xbox app, then select Manage.
  • Select the Files tab, then click Browse.
  • Choose Palworld, then Content.
  • Palworld's launcher is called gamelaunchhelper (this name may change with future updates). Right-click on it and follow the steps mentioned for the Steam version.

Other tips

If these solutions do not resolve the issue, try the following:

  • Since Palworld is still in Early Access, keep an eye out for patches or updates and install them as soon as possible.
  • Make sure your system graphics drivers and software (OS) are up to date.
  • Close background apps that might interrupt the game.
  • Try to verify file integrity or repair corrupted files. On Steam, right-click Palworld in your library, navigate to the Installed Files tab, then select the Check File Integrity option. In the Xbox app, click the three dots on the Palworld game page, select Manage, then under General, click Check and Repair.

So far, there don't seem to be any reports of players experiencing the black screen error for Palworld on Xbox consoles. If you encounter a problem, I recommend reinstalling the game or waiting for a fix from the developer. The solutions mentioned above are not applicable to consoles.