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Skyrim Anniversary Edition Black Screen Fix

For those looking to spend less time on the error screen and more time in Skyrim Anniversary Edition, here's what you can do.
For those looking to spend less time on the error screen and more time in Skyrim Anniversary Edition, here's what you can do. / Image courtesy of Bethesda Game Studios

A Skyrim Anniversary Edition black screen fix is something that many are looking for as within the first week of the remastered open-world action RPG's launch, the title has been plagued severely by the error.

For those looking to spend less time on the error screen and more time in Skyrim Anniversary Edition, here's what you can do to fix the black screen issue.

Skyrim Anniversary Edition Black Screen Fix

Essentially, the black-screen bug was first thought to be one that mainly concerned those who play the game with mods.

As explained by PC Gamer, loading up a save with modes activated after the Anniversary Edition update seems to cause their game to crash and just show a black screen with music playing.

Seemingly, a fix was ultimately found on Reddit, where modder Joseph Russell outlined how the latest version of Skyrim had automatically updated to one built with the newer Visual Studio 2019 compiler rather than Visual Studio 2015, thus requiring them to add a three-second delay to their mod's script.

In addition to this, however, the black screen error seems to have carried over even to those who don't use mods in Skyrim.

On Discord, Bethesda has reportedly told players that they are "aware of the 0kb error some PS4 players are experiencing as well as the 'black screen' issue," and that although it's been taking longer than they'd like, the team has indeed been working on a fix for these issues and hopes to have them resolved hopefully as soon as "early next week."

In the meantime, as found by PC Gamer, there's a third-party rollback mod out now for those on PC that reverts the game to version 1.5.97 — aka from the new Anniversary Edition version to the previous Special Edition version, without redistributing files or requiring any sort of complexity.

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