How To Fix Fallout 76 Stuck On Loading Screen Issue

Fallout 76 is a popular action role playing game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and is available for Windows 10, PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One. It is quite a successful game having sold more than 1.8 million copies in 2018. Although this is a solid game there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Fallout 76 stuck on loading screen issue.

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How To Fix Fallout 76 Stuck On Loading Screen Issue

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer first. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.

There are several factors that can cause this particular problem ranging from a corrupted game file to a framerate issue. Listed below are the recommended troubleshooting steps you need to do to fix this problem.

Verify the game files

The first thing that you will need to do in this case is to make sure that the game files are not corrupted or missing. If you got the game from Steam then proceed with the steps listed below.

  • Start Steam by double-clicking its icon on the Desktop
  • Go to the Library tab in the Steam window by locating the Library tab at the top of the Window and find Fallout 76 in the list of games you own in your library.
  • Right-click on its entry and choose Properties. Go to the Local Files tab and click the Verify Integrity of Game Files
  • Wait for the tool to finish checking the game  and you should probably see that a couple of files may have been downloaded. 
  • Relaunch the game

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Edit the preference file

You should try to uncap the frame rate as this will usually fix the problem.

  • Go to the folder’s location in the File Explorer simply by opening a folder and clicking This PC or My Computer from the left navigation pane or by searching for this entry in the Start menu.
  • Right-click the file called named “Fallout76Prefs.ini” and choose to open it with Notepad.
  • Use the Ctrl + F key combination or click Edit at the top menu and select the Find option from the dropdown menu in order to open the Search box.
  • Type “iPresentInterval” in the box and change the value next to it from 1 to 0. Use the Ctrl + S key combination in order to save the changes or click File >> Save and exit Notepad.
  • Try running the game again.

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Try using VSync

For Nvidia graphics card users

  • Right-click on your desktop and select the NVIDIA Control Panel entry from the context menu which will appear.
  • Under the 3D settings section at the left navigation pane, click on Manage 3D settings at the left navigation side and navigate to the Program Settings
  • Click on Add and make sure you browse your PC for the executable which is used to launch Fallout 76. It’s located in the folder where the game is installed.
  • Under the Specify the settings for this program section, scroll down until you see the Vertical Sync Click the arrow and set it to On. This will force V-Sync for Fallout 76!

For AMD graphics card users

  • Right-click the graphics card icon on your taskbar and choose Radeon Settings from the context menu.
  • Click the Gaming tab in the home screen and choose Fallout 76 from the list of games you have on your computer.
  • Select the Profile Graphics option at the top and click the arrow next to the Wait for Vertical Refresh entry on the list.
  • Choose the Always on option from the dropdown menu. You can also use the Enhanced Sync option if you are using some of the newer Radeon graphics cards.
  • Save the settings for the game and relaunch it

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Reinstall the game

In case the above steps fails to fix the problem then you should consider reinstalling the game. 

  • Click on the Start button then click on the gear icon in order to open the Settings app.
  • Click on Apps section from the Settings window should open the list of all installed programs on your computer.
  • Locate Fallout 76 in the list either in Settings or Control Panel, click on it once and click the Uninstall button located in the Uninstall a program window. Confirm any dialog choices to uninstall the game, and follow the instructions which will appear on screen.
  • Download the game again from Steam.

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