How to Fix Palworld Black Screen Bug

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Palworld black screen bug error
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It’s unfortunate when you load up a game you’re excited to play, only to face unexpected errors or bugs that stop you from enjoying it. Let’s talk about how to fix Palworld’s black screen error so you can catch more Pals and explore the game’s world.

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How to Fix Palworld Black Screen Error

How you fix the black screen error will partially depend on whether you’re on Steam or PC Game Pass. However, there are a few solutions you can try:

  1. Restart the game.
  2. Run the game as an administrator.
  3. Update your graphics drivers.
  4. Wait for a hotfix from Pocketpair.

Since the game is currently in early access, waiting until Palworld’s development team releases a hotfix addressing major bugs will help ensure you never encounter this again. However, in the meantime, running the game as an administrator can help solve the issue. In the worst-case scenario, you may need to update your drivers, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve done this.

How to Run Palworld as Administrator on Steam

Below are the steps to running Palworld as an admin on Steam:

  1. Find Palworld in your PC’s Steam folder by entering its properties and browsing local files.
  2. Right-click Palworld and select Run as Administrator.
  3. Relaunch the game and check for a black screen.

How to Run Palworld as Administrator on PC Game Pass

Below are the steps to running Palworld as an admin on Game Pass:

  1. Find Palworld’s store page in the Xbox app.
  2. Click the three dots and select Manage.
  3. Select Files, Browse, then Content.
  4. Find gamelaunchhelper and Run as Administrator.
  5. Relaunch the game and check for a black screen.

Since this problem is mainly prevalent on PCs, there are few solutions to solving it if it happens on Xbox consoles. However, like before, you may have to wait for a hotfix from the developers if you find this error on Xbox. Alternatively, you can turn the game on and off again, or uninstall and reinstall it.

To learn more about the game, check out whether you can catch humans in Palworld, or click the tag below to explore our growing article list.

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Madison Benson
Madison was a staff writer at Prima Games who has played video games for over twenty years and written about them for over two years. Her love for video games started with turn-based strategy games like Heroes of Might and Magic and has since extended to casual farming sims, MMORPGs, and action-adventure RPGs.