How To Fix FIFA 21 Black Screen Issue | NEW & Updated in 2023

Black screen issue is one of the common problems for FIFA 21 ever since its release until the present. Although the majority of players find the game working reliably, there are also a significant number of people who are still struggling to search for solutions to this problem even at this time. 

In this troubleshooting article, we’ll show you fixes that you can try to fix the FIFA 21 black screen problem.

Reasons for Black Screen issue on FIFA 21

If FIFA 21 is not working and only showing a black screen, it can be caused by one of the causes below.

Random FIFA21 glitch.

No game is perfect and although FIFA 21 is a well-built game, it can still develop bugs and glitches from time to time. For some people, black screen issue may only occur once or a few times after an update to the system software, or to the game client. 

If you’ve noticed the issue after sporadically and there’s no clear pattern it may be triggered randomly by something in the system.

Hardware limitation.

FIFA 21 requires a decent hardware to run properly. If your PC is old and not originally built for gaming, it may not be equipped to handle games such as FIFA 21 or similar.

You must make sure that your PC meets the minimum system requirements of your FIFA title. 

Graphics drivers are outdated.

Another possible reason why FIFA21 may be showing a black screen can be outdated GPU drivers. A driver is like a mini-operating system for a particular hardware component. Without a driver, your Windows OS will not be able to use a hardware component like your graphics card to play your FIFA game.

If the GPU driver is old or out-of-date, the game may not work as expected and problems like crashing, slow performance, or black screen issue may happen.

Interference from third party app.

Sometimes, a third party app may cause a conflict with other applications such as games. If you’re running another program while FIFA 21 is being played, you can check if the other program is the reason for the problem by closing it through the Task Manager.

Issues with display settings.

At other times, black screen issue may be the direct result of an incorrect display setting with your in your video card.


Some gamers have fixed black screen issues on their games by reverting their overclocked CPU or GPU to their normal clock speeds. While overclocking is generally harmless, it may lead to problems if not done properly, or when there are complications from other components.

FIFA 21 black screen

How to fix FIFA 21 black screen issue?

The instances of black screen case in FIFA series is a known problem over the years so there’s a readily available set of solutions that you can try. Let’s take a look at each of them below.

Fix #1: Restart FIFA 21.

The first thing that you must do if you encounter an issue in any FIFA game is to restart. This can be an effective solution to issues caused by random or minor bugs. 

If the game has become unresponsive, or if you can no longer normally close the game, try closing FIFA 21 via Task Manager (CTRL+ALT+DEL).

Fix #2: Check your PC hardware specifications.

It’s important that you verify whether or not your machine can run FIFA 21. Refer to the link provided above to know if your PC meets the minimum requirements for this game.

If you were able to install the game but it won’t launch at all afterwards, it’s possible that your PC is not equipped to run it. 

If necessary, upgrade your hardware components like the CPU, GPU, RAM, or storage device.

Fix #3: Install updates.

Keeping the software environment of your PC is top shape is important, especially if you prefer to play new games. The three software components that you must update are:

  • apps/games
  • drivers (especially for your video card)
  • Windows OS

Fix #4: Repair game files.

In case the cause of the problem is corrupted game files, you can try to repair them. The exact steps to repair your game data depends on your game launcher or client. 

If you play FIFA 21 via Steam, refer to this link.

If you have FIFA via Origin, you can go to My Game Library > FIFA 21 > Repair.

Fix #5: Check for interference from third party apps.

As mentioned above, some third party apps may cause problems or conflicts with some games or programs. To check, try terminating any application that runs in the background while you’re playing. For example, some players have pointed out the they had some issues with certain overlay apps like MSI Afterburner. If you’re using it, or any overlay app for that matter, that to close it to see if that will make a difference.

Fix #6: Stop overclocking.

If you’re overclocking your processor or video card, consider reverting them to their normal clock speed. If the issue goes away after that, you may have an issue with either your system software or hardware.

Fix #7: Turn off Display or GPU scaling.

Some players managed to fix their FIFA black screen issue by simply turning off display scaling on their NVIDIA GPU. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. On the left pane, select Adjust desktop size and position.
  3. On the right pane, under Apply the following settings, select No scaling.
  4. Click on Apply.

On the GPU level, you can also disable scaling, just like what you did with your display scaling. Here’s how:

  1. Open NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. On the left pane, select Adjust desktop size and position.
  3. On the right pane, under Apply the following settings, select No scaling.
  4. Under Perform scaling on, select GPU.
  5. Click on Apply.


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