How to Fix Palworld Black Screen on Launch - Xbox/PC/Steam

Sherly updated on Feb 20, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

Players eager to dive into the new survival game Palworld have encountered a problem - Palworld launches with a black screen. Developer Pocketpair has acknowledged the bug and advises players to adopt a workaround while the issue is fully resolved. EaseUS provides a step-by-step guide on how to fix the Palworld black screen on launch or startup.

How to Fix Palworld Black Screen on Launch on Xbox/PC/Steam?

Apply to: Palworld black screen on launch Steam/Palworld black screen on launch PC/Palworld black screen on launch gamepass.

Here are 6 simple things you can do when you see a black screen error after launching Palworld. Follow them to try.

  1. Fix 1. Try Waiting 10 Minutes
  2. Fix 2. Run Palworld as Administrator
  3. Fix 3. Update the Graphics Driver
  4. Fix 4. Disable In-Game Overlays
  5. Fix 5. Check the Integrity of Palworld Game Files
  6. Fix 6. Use EaseUS Partition Master
  7. Fix 7. Remove Xbox Live Device Key
  8. Fix 8. Install the Missing Xbox App Dependencies

Fix 1. Try Waiting 10 Minutes

Pocketpair's community manager, Kei, confirmed the black screen on startup and said to wait 10 minutes at launch, as the game may continue loading in the background before Palworld can display properly. Though inconvenient, waiting it out could save your Palworld progress.

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Fix 2. Run Palworld as Administrator

If you want Palworld to run properly and remove the Palworld black screen error on startup, grant the necessary permissions to the game's executable file. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Right-click the shortcut of Palworld and select "Properties" in the drop-down menu.

Step 2. In the Compatibility tab, check Run this program as administrator.

Step 3. Click Apply and OK to save changes. Then, restart the game to verify that the Palworld black screen on launch is gone.

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Fix 3. Update the Graphics Driver

When you encounter black screen, blue screen, flickering, screen tearing, and other display problems when playing Palworld, it is strongly recommended that you check whether the graphics driver is updated in time. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Press Windows+X to open the Power User menu and select Device Manager from the list of options.

Step 2. Expand the Display Adapters entry, right-click the active graphics card, select Update Drivers, and then click Search automatically for drivers.

update display

Steam user has removed Palworld's black screen on launch by upgrading the graphic driver.

Fix 4. Disable In-Game Overlays

In-game overlays are always running on the backend and take up a lot of system resources. You can disable them to make Palworld load normally on PC Game Pass or Steam.

Step 1. Launch the Steam client > Go to "Library" > Right-click on Palworld > Select "Properties."

Step 2. Under the "General" tab, uncheck "Enable Steam Overlay."

Fix 5. Check the Integrity of Palworld Game Files

A black screen in Palworld can also be caused by corrupted game files. Fortunately, you can verify the integrity of the Palworld game files on Steam.

Step 1. Launch the Steam client and click Library.

Step 2. In the game library, find Palworld and right-click it to select "Properties."

Step 3. Under Local Files, click Verify integrity of game files to begin the verification process.

verify steam

If any errors appear during the process, you can try to uninstall Palwolrd and reinstall it on your PCs.

Fix 6. Use EaseUS Partition Master

Possible reasons for the black screen of Palworld on PC may be outdated drivers, interference from third-party applications, damaged game data packages, insufficient management rights, etc. You can use EaseUS Partition Master Professional to fix these errors with one click. It can fix the computer's black screen, blue screen while playing games, and other related errors and successfully start the game and computer.

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It is very friendly for novice users. Its Boot Repair function allows you to repair the Palworld black screen error directly at startup without requiring so much basic computer knowledge.

Here is how to use it to fix the Palworld black screen error at startup:

Step 1. Start EaseUS Partition Master after connecting the external drive/USB to your computer, go to "Bootable Media," and click "Create bootable media."

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Step 2. Select an available USB Drive or CD/DVD and click "Create." You can also burn the Windows ISO file to the storage media.

create easeus partition master bootable disk

Step 3. Connect the created bootable drive to the new computer and reboot the computer by pressing and holding F2/Del to enter the BIOS. Then, set the WinPE bootable drive as the boot disk and press F10 to exit.

Step 4. Boot the computer again and enter the WinPE interface. Then, open EaseUS Partition Master and click "Boot Repair" under the "Toolkit" option.

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Step 5: Select the system you want to repair and click "Repair."

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Step 6. Wait a moment, and you will receive an alert that the system has been successfully repaired. Click "OK" to complete the boot repair process.

click ok to complete the repair

EaseUS Partition Master can also help with other issues related to black screen or blue screen when playing games. Using this tool, you can quickly join the Palworld.

Fix 7. Remove Xbox Live Device Key

Xbox Live Device Key or encryption and decryption keys may also cause issues with the Xbox. Deleting them may be a solution; thus, they will be remade from scratch, potentially fixing the problem. This is how it goes:

Step 1. Close the Xbox app and click the "Start" button.

Step 2. Search for Credential Manager and press Enter.

Step 3. Click on Windows Credentials. Then, click the key that starts with XblGrts.

Step 4. Click Delete and repeat this for all such entries.

Step 5. Once completed, reopen the Xbox app and see if the Palworld issue persists. Don't panic if it asks you to log in again, as that's what it's supposed to do.

Fix 8. Install the Missing Xbox App Dependencies

Check that all dependencies of the Xbox application are installed on your system. Although they should be installed automatically, sometimes they are bugged and not installed. Therefore, you may need to check them manually.

Step 1. Open the Xbox app and click on your profile. Select Settings.

Step 2. Move to the General tab and click Install for any missing dependencies.

Step 3. Once completed, please restart your computer and try again.

There are some other fixes for you if you are running Palworld on Xbox.

⚒️Fixes for Palworld black screen on launch Xbox/Palworld black screen on launch Xbox Series X:

  • For Palworld black screen or other bugs on Xbox, please restart the console. Press and hold the Xbox button on your console for 10-15 seconds to turn it off, disconnect the power cord, wait a minute, reconnect power, and then turn it back on.
  • Alternatively, you can clear the Xbox cache (local Xbox 360 storage) or install the game on the console's built-in storage.
  • Xbox Live auth manager
  • Xbox Live game save (becomes Manual (trigger start) after you set it to automatic)
  • Xbox live networking service

Why Palworld Gets Black When Launching?

When Palworld starts up with a black screen, you might be tempted to know the reasons behind it so you can avoid these errors. There are various factors that may cause the Palworld black screen issue:

1. Set up the optimization problem

The black screen at Palworld startup is likely due to a setting optimization issue on the developer's part. Some configurations or parameters in the game code may not be optimized correctly for some users' systems, or the compatibility issues with certain hardware configurations or software environments may not be fully resolved.

2. Graphics card driver or software conflict

The black screen issue can also be caused by conflicts with graphics drivers or other software running on the player system.

3. Errors in-game code

Another possibility is that there could be a bug in the game's code that triggers a black screen in some cases. This is probably a more complex problem that requires a detailed analysis of game programming.

5. Network or server problems

Network instability ou,tages, or server issues can lead to Palworld getting stuck on the loading screen or having black screen issues on startup, especially in online games like Palworld.

Understanding these potential causes is critical for developers to effectively diagnose and resolve blackscreen issues. Please refer to the workaround above, which will effectively solve these challenges.

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To Sum Up

Developer Pocketpair has acknowledged the possibility of players encountering a black screen error when launching Palwolrd and suggested a workaround until the issue is fully resolved. You can find the corresponding reasons and learn how to solve the black screen problem of Palword on PC/Steam/Xbox in this article.

Palworld Black Screen on Launch GamePass FAQs

Here are some detailed questions and answers related to Palwolrd issues. Check them to learn more.

1. How do you fix the black screen errors when launching Palworld?

The simplest solution to fix the Palworld black screen on launch error is to add 'ngx-disable-ota' without quotes and hyphens to the Palworld launch options on Steam. This is also a solution for NVIDIA-based pre-RTX series graphics cards without DLSS support.

2. Why is Palworld black screen on the launch game?

There are many reasons that can cause the Palworld black screen, such as an unstable network, lack of administrator rights, outdated display drivers, game code, software conflicts, etc.

3. How do you fix a black screen error on launch in Palworld?

Please follow the following methods to solve the black screen problem:

  • Wait 10 minutes.
  • Launch Palworld as an administrator via the shortcut.
  • Exit Steam and restart as administrator.
  • Verify Palworld game file integrity.

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Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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