F1 2021 – Black Screen issue – How to fix

F1 2021 black screen – F1 2021 is finally out, and it seems to be doing quite well as of now. The number of players playing the game is nothing crazy. But then again, it is common knowledge that the audience base for games like F1 2021 is quite narrow. People, who like them, play them a lot. And people who don’t, tend to skip these releases. But whoever likes racing games, like F1 games, for sure. In fact, F1 2020 was quite successful.

The PC launch of F1 2021 has been smooth so far, except for a few bugs and errors that are popping up occasionally. In this article, we are taking a look at the black screen bug and how to fix it.

How to fix the Black Screen bug in F1 2021

It looks like a lot of people who bought F1 2021 on Steam are facing the Black Screen issue whenever they are trying to play the game. The name of the bug is pretty self-explanatory.

The bug is causing people to experience nothing but a black screen in-game. For some players, the game sounds are present, but there are no visuals. And for some, the screen is completely blank with no activity whatsoever.

People are already showing their frustration over the Codemasters forums. And this is totally understandable, as there are a lot of people who eagerly wait for F1 titles every year. It gives them the feeling of driving real race cars on different circuits.

How to fix the black screen error

A user called Josephus has already posted a fix on the Steam discussions page of F1 2021. Here is what he did to fix the black screen problem:

BLACK SCREEN FIX HERE. SOLVED for me.

I got the black screen. Game runs but cannot render video.

I opened C:\Users\crypt\Documents\My Games\F1 2021\hardwaresettings\hardware_settings_config.xml and changed the screen resolution in line 4 to my native 4k monitor and runs like butter.

Hope this helps someone!

What he is saying is that you need to go to this location: C:\Users\[Your Username]\Documents\My Games\F1 2021\hardwaresettings. Open the file called hardware_settings_config.xml, and change the screen resolution located in the fourth line to the native resolution of your monitor.

I actually went ahead and checked the Codemasters forums, and found out that this fix has been recommended on my posts. And there are many people who have managed to solve their black sreen problem via this method. So go ahead, give it a try.


If the fix mentioned in this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. Also, If you are facing problems that are not mentioned on this article then also you can comment below. We will try to come out with a fix. Good luck!


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on July 16, 2021

1 thought on “F1 2021 – Black Screen issue – How to fix”

  1. Hi, i have something similar, my background animation and in game goes green wile playing, but the fixed stiff the speedo, and map is normal. But this happens in different game times. I validated my game files in steam, un and re installed the game, checked my updates of my hardware but still. Can anybody maybe give me an idea? Thanks . ARMANDT

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