Keep getting the black screen when launching Overwatch? You’re not alone! Many players are reporting it. But the good news is that you can fix it. Here are 10 solutions to try.

10 simple fixes to try:

You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Run the game as an administrator
  2. Disable fullscreen optimizations on Windows 10
  3. Reset your in-game settings
  4. End unwanted background programs
  5. Delete the game cache folder
  6. Repair the game
  7. Install the latest Overwatch patch
  8. Update your graphics driver
  9. Check for Windows Updates
  10. Uninstall Razer Synapse

Fix1: Run the game as an administrator

One quick fix to Overwatch black screen issue is running the game as an administrator. This is because Overwatch sometimes can’t access certain game files on your computer under normal user mode, which could result in the black screen issue.

To see if that’s the problem for you, follow the instructions below:

1) Right-click the Overwatch icon on your desktop and select Properties.

2) Click the Compatibility tab and check the box next to Run this program as an administrator. Then, click OK.

3) Right-click the Battle.net icon on your desktop and select Properties.

4) Click the Compatibility tab and check the box next to Run this program as an administrator. Then, click OK.

5) Relaunch Overwatch to test your issue.

You can hopefully run the game without errors now. If the black screen error still happens when you launch the game, then go ahead with the fix below.


Fix 2: Disable fullscreen optimizations on Windows 10

If you’re on Windows 10, disabling fullscreen optimizations might be able to fix Overwatch black screen issue. Here is how to do it:

1) Right-click the Overwatch icon on your desktop and select Properties.

2) Click the Compatibility tab, then check the box next to Disable fullscreen optimizations and click OK.

Relaunch Overwatch to see if this has resolved your issue. If not, read on and try the fix below.


Fix 3: Reset your in-game settings

In some cases, improper in-game settings can also trigger the black screen issue when launching Overwatch. To see if that’s the problem for you, try resetting your in-game settings to default. Here is how to do it:

1) Launch Battele.net.

2) Click BLIZZARD, then Settings.

3) Click the Game Settings tab >Reset in-Game Options.

4) Click Reset.

5) Click Done.

6) Try launching Overwatch again. If your issue persists, check the fix below.


Fix 4: End unwanted background programs

Some programs running on your computer may conflict with Overwatch or the game launcher, resulting in black screen error on launch.

Here is a list of programs that may cause Overwatch to blackscreen if they are not updated. If you have any of these programs, disable or uninstall it before playing.

Airfoil EVGA Precision Mumble Discord
Taksi NZXT CAM Dxtory XFire
MSI Afterburner RadeonPro

Apart from the programs mentioned above, also turn off unnecessary processes while you’re gaming. Here is how to do it:

If you’re on Windows 7…

1) Right-click your taskbar and select Start Task Manager.

2) Click the Processes tab. Then, check your current CPU and memory usage to see what processes are consuming your resources most.

3) Right-click the resource-consuming process and select End Process Tree.

Don’t end any program that you’re not familiar with. It may be critical for the functioning of your computer.

Try relaunching your game to see if this has resolved your issue. If this didn’t help, try fix 5.


If you’re on Windows 8 or 10…

1) Right-click your taskbar and select Task Manager.

2) Check your current CPU and memory usage to see what processes are consuming your resources most.

3) Right-click the resource-consuming process and select End task.

Don’t end any program that you’re not familiar with. It may be critical for the functioning of your computer.

Try launching Overwatch to see if it works properly now. If not, read on and check the next fix.


Fix 5: Delete the game cache folder

Another possible cause of the Overwatch black screen issue is corrupted cache files. In this case, clearing the cache folder can fix the issue. Follow the instructions below to see how to do it:

1) On your keyboard, press the Ctrl, Shift and Esc keys at the same time to open Task Manager.

2) On the Processes tab, right-click the Blizzard-related program (such as Blizzard battle.net App, agent.exe and Blizzard Update Agent), then click End task.

3) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo Key and R st the same time to open the Run dialog.

4) Type %ProgramData% and click OK.

5) Right-click the Blizzard Entertainment folder and select Delete. Then delete the Battle.net folder.

6) Relaunch Overwatch.

Hopefully, Overwatch runs properly now. If the black screen issue still exists, unfortunately, move on to the next fix.


Fix 6: Repair the game

The black screen issue on Overwatch is sometimes caused by damaged or missing game files. If that’s the case for you, you need to verify the integrity of your game files. Here is how to do it:

1) Run Blizzard Battle.net App.

2) Click Overwatch > Options > Scan and Repair.

3) Click Begin Scan.

Wait for the scans to be complete, then relaunch Overwatch to check if this fixed your issue. If not, read on and try the fix below.


Fix 7: Install the latest Overwatch patch

The developers of Overwatch release regular game patches to fix bugs. It’s possible that a recent patch has stopped your game from running properly, and that a new patch is required to fix it.

To check if there is any update, follow the instructions below:

1) Run Blizzard Battle.net App.

2) Click Overwatch > Options > Patch Notes.

If a patch is available, install it, then run your game again to check whether the black screen problem has been resolved. If it hasn’t, or there was no new game patch available, move on to the next fix.


Fix 8: Update your graphics driver

Overwatch black screen issue might occur if you’re using a faulty graphics driver or it’s outdated. So, it’s essential to keep your graphics driver up to date at all times.

There are two ways you can get the latest correct graphics driver:

Option 1 – Manually– You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way, because you need to find exactly the right the driver online, download it and install it step by step.

OR

Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended)– This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.

Option 1 – Download and install the driver manually

The manufacturer of your graphics card keeps updating drivers. To get the latest graphics driver, you need to go to the manufacturer’s website, find the drivers corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.

Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

Option 2 – Automatically update your graphics driver

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the graphics driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All). 

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com

Fix 9: Check for Windows Updates

Windows updates can address bugs related to both hardware and software. So, make sure you’ve installed all the new Windows updates to keep Overwatch running correctly. Here is how to do it:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key. Then, type windows update and select Windows Update settings

2) Click Check for updates, and then wait for Windows to download and install the updates automatically.

3) Restart your computer and your game after the update is complete.

If your problem persists, check the fix 10, below.


Fix 10: Uninstall Razer Synapse

If you’re using Razer Synapse for your devices, chances are that the program is exactly the culprit of the Overwatch black screen issue. Many players have fixed the issue by either uninstalling Razer Synapse or updating it. Here is how to uninstall the program:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type control. Then click Control Panel.

2) Under View by, select Category.

3) Click Uninstall a program.

4) Right-click Razer Synapse, then click Uninstall.

If you’re prompted about permissions, select Continue

5) If you wish to keep the program, click MODIFY. Or, you can just uninstall Razer Synapse by clicking UNINSTALL.

6) Relaunch Overwatch to test your issue.

Hopefully, this article helped in resolving your issue. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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