Trying to play Final Fantasy XV but you can’t get into the game due to a gray or black screen when trying to launch it? Don’t fret! The fix is super easy and will only take a few minutes at most, hopefully.
Fixing this bug requires editing the GraphicsConfig.ini file found under “C:/Users/[your username]/Documents/my games/FINAL FANTASY XV/[lots of numbers]/savestorage”. You can use any basic text editor, like Notepad, to open the file and make the required changes.
All you have to do is scroll down to [DisplaySettings] and change the “HardwareFullScreenMode=1” line to “HardwareFullScreenMode=0”. Once you’ve done that all you have to do is save the file and try to launch FFXV again! Chances are, it’ll work without a problem this time!
Here are the steps:
- Go to “C:/Users/[your username]/Documents/my games/FINAL FANTASY XV/[lots of numbers]/savestorage”
- Open “GraphicsConfig.ini”
- Scroll to “[DisplaySettings]”
- Find “HardwareFullScreenMode=1” and change it to “HardwareFullScreenMode=0”
- Launch Final Fantasy XV
That’s it! After that you should be able to get into the game without a problem. I mean, as far as black/gray screen problems go, you might run into something else but who knows!
Another, less preferable option, is simply hitting alt+enter and putting FFXV into windowed mode. Although this isn’t ideal, it’ll work in a pinch or if you’re worried about editing game files.
If nothing else, I hope this helped you fix Final Fantasy XV’s black/gray screen problem! Have another solution or do you feel I overlooked something? Let me know in the comment section!
Full disclaimer: I didn’t discover this fix, instead I found it on Steam’s discussion board for FFXV. I wish I knew who the first person to write about it was as I would definitely like to give them credit! If you know who they are, leave a comment and let me know!