Quite a few players have reported NFS Unbound black screen issue where only background music is heard but nothing is displayed. The Black screen issue can also cause no audio on launch issue on PC.
Although EA devs have not released a game patch to fix this issue. Still, there are some troubleshooting tips that can help you mitigate the black screen, and screen flickering issue.
In this article, we have made sure to include those fixes that have fixed the problem so far.
How to Fix the Need For Speed Unbound Black Screen on PC
Assuming your PC meets the system requirements apply the below-mentioned tips in your case.
Tip – When the blacl screen issue occurs try to reboot GPU. Press the Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B combination on your keyboard. The screen will briefly turn black and you will hear a beep. Now check your game performance.
Updated Graphics Driver
Most of the time NFS Unbound black screen issue on a PC occurs if you have an outdated graphics driver installed on your PC. Make sure you have updated your graphics driver, to its latest version.
Although, NVIDIA and AMD release game-specific updates that you can download and install on your PC it takes time.
Also updating the graphics card drivers is a time-consuming task, and if you are a newbie you can end up installing the wrong drivers.
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Lower In-Game Graphics Settings
Playing on the high graphics settings can cause the NFS Unbound Black screen issue. Go into Game > Options > Click on Video. Set the settings to medium or low then play the game. Lower shadows and texture.
Disable Full-Screen optimization
Full-screen optimization causes NFS Unbound FPS drop and stuttering issues. To fix this issue go to the NFS Unbound folder > .exe file of the game > Right-click > Properties > Compatibility Tab > Disable Full-Screen Optimizations > Save Settings.
Launch NFS Unbound Directly from the Install Folder
If the NFS Unbound shows a black screen without any error message then try to run the game from its installed folders. Access the game folder and double-click on the .exe file.
Sometimes running a game this way forces the game to run and shows an error message. You can then fix that particular error message.
Press AlT+TAB Key Combo to Switch Screen
Press the ALT+TAB key combo to switch between the opened programs on the PC. It will change the display mode from full-screen to windowed mode and then full-screen mode, which can able to fix the NFS Unbound black screen issue.
Verify the Integrity of the Game File
To make sure game files are not corrupt you can scan the files.
Steam users need to open Steam and go to the Library > NFS Unbound > Properties > Local files > Verify Integrity of Game Files.
EA users can repair the game files by running the EA application > Go to My collection > Select NFS Unbound > Manage > Repair
Closed Unnecessary Background Processes
You can prevent the black screen launch issue simply by closing all unnecessary programs. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager > Processes tab > Select Task > End Task
Set High Priority in Task Manager
Set the high priority in task Manager by opening the Task Manager > Processes tab > Click on Game task for Need for Speed Unbound > Set High Priority > Close task manager.
Disable Steam Overlay
Following these steps to disable overlay. Steam client > My Game Library> Game Properties > Uncheck the box Enable Origin In-Game for NFS Unbound >Save.
Delete the PcDx12 file
Navigate to C:\Users\%UserName%\Documents\Need For Speed(TM) Unbound\cache, then delete the PcDx12 file. After that, go to C:\Program Files\EA Games\Need for Speed Unbound\shadercache, and delete the PcDx12 file.
If you are a Steam user, you can find this folder on this part …\Steamlibrary\steamapps\common\excalibur\shadercache”
Set High Performance in Power Options
Switch the windows system to High-Performance mode for mitigating the NFS Unbound Black screen issue.
You can apply it by opening the Control panel > Go to hardware and sound > Click on Power options > Click on High Performance > Close the Window > Turn off the computer > Now turn it back ON.
Reinstalling the NFS Unbound
If none of the solutions worked for you and all the fixes are going in vain then you need to reinstall the game.
Enable V-Sync in Nvidia Control Panel
This fix work for those players who have Nvidia GPU. Turn on the Vertical Sync feature from Nvidia Control Panel.