Some users reported that they ran into Risk of Rain black screen. It was a terrible experience. If you also run into this error, you can get rid of this trouble by trying the following MiniTool’s solutions. So, please go on reading and get the detailed tutorials.
Black screen is a big headache. Some games cannot launch due to the error. Risk of Rain is one of them. Risk of Rain black screen can be caused by fullscreen not working or a Windows 10 update that messed up everything. Please try the following fixes one by one.
Fix 1: Edit the Prefs.ini File
When you run into Risk of Rain black screen, Prefs.ini file can be helpful. The file belongs to the game and it is used to alter the game settings without actually having to launch the game.
How to fix Risk of Rain black screen by editing the prefs.ini file? Here is the tutorial.
Step 1: Run Steam and then navigate to the Library tab. Under the Library tab, locate Risk of Rain in the list of games.
Step 2: Right-click the game and choose the Properties option. Switch to the Local Files tab and click the BROWSER LOCAL FILES button.
Step 3: Right-click the Prefs.ini file and open it with Notepad. Then change the settings in this file to match the ones in the following image.
Step 4: Save this changes by using the Ctrl + S key combination and then exit Notepad.
Step 5: Run Risk of Rain again.
The game should launch in a windows whose size will correspond with the resolution you have choose for the game. You can use the Alt + Enter key combination once the game fully loads to switch to fulllscreen. If you run into black screen after doing that, follow the fix below.
Fix 2: Turn on V-Sync Option
Step 1: Open Steam, switch to the Library tab, and right-click the game to choose Play Game.
Step 2: Once the game launches in a window and the Main Menu opens, click the Options button.
Step 3: In the Options screen, click Audio and video. Find the V-Sync option and switch it to On.
Fix 3: Edit AlternateSyncMethod
The third fix to Risk of Rain is editing AlternateSyncMethod. The detailed tutorial is below.
Step 1: Repeat Step 1 and Step 2 in Fix 1. Right-click the Options.ini file and then chose to open it with Notepad.
Step 2: Click the Edit tab at the top menu and then select the Find option. Then you will see the Search box.
Step 3: Type AlternateSyncMethod in the Search box and change the value next to it from 0 to 1. Then save the changes and exit Notepad.
Step 4: Try launching Risk of Rain again and see Risk of Rain black screen persists.
Fix 4: Run Risk of Rain in Compatibility for Windows 8
Running the game in compatibility for Windows 8 can be able to fix Risk of Rain black screen as the error is almost exclusive to Windows 10 users who have installed the Creators update when it was released.
Step 1: Launch Steam and go to the Library tab.
Step 2: Right-click Risk of Rain and choose Properties. Click the Local Files tab and click the BROSWER LOCAL FILES button.
Step 3: On the new window, choose Properties and navigate to the Compatibility tab.
Step 4: In the Compatibility mode section, select Windows 8 from the drop-down menu next to Run this program in compatibility mode for. Then click Apply > OK to confirm the change.
After changing the compatibility mode for Risk of Rain, run the game again to check if the error has been solved. By the way, to run some old games on Windows 10, you can try editing Compatibility mode for them.