How to fix The Good Life black screen issue on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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The Good Life

The Good Life is an adventure game from White Owls Inc, and PLAYISM. The title is the latest release from the revered Japanese developer SWERY. At its core, it’s an investigation game, where photography is one of the key gameplay elements. It was delayed a few times over the past few years, but now it’s finally out on PC and other consoles. If you’re on the PC version though and are running into The Good Life black screen issue, here is how you can fix that.

The reception for the title is exactly what you’d expect from a SWERY title. The reviews aren’t exactly glowing, but no one can deny the charm, and thought he brings to his games. While mechanically basic, if you liked previous SWERY games, you’ll like this one too.

Fixing The Good Life black screen issue

A few users have been running into a black screen issue while playing the title. This shows up when you start a new game. This basically stops you from playing the game, and can be very annoying, thankfully we know what is causing the problem. To fix this, try the methods below.

Install VP9 Codec

Installing this codec will most likely fix your problem. Some Windows versions don’t have this by default, and thus you’ll have to install it to properly play some titles, and The Good Life is one of those.

You can get this officially from the Microsoft Store, at the following link. Once installed, run the game again, and it should start working normally beyond the New Game point as well.

Now, the disappointing aspect of this codec is that you need to be on Windows 10 to play the game, as it doesn’t work on Windows 7, or 8. Hopefully, the developers can deploy a fix that gets rid of the issue entirely, and more users using previous Windows versions can play as well.

For now, this fix will only work for Windows 10 users.

Manually update your GPU Drivers

If the methods above didn’t work for you, you can always try updating your GPU drivers.

You can get the latest ones from the links below.

Update DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables

Ensure that both DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables are on the latest version.

We hope this guide helped fix your The Good Life black screen issue. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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