Sea of Thieves

Fix Sea of Thieves Stuck on Loading Screen

Sea of Thieves Stuck On Loading Screen

Sea of Thieves stuck on loading screen is a common problem that’s encountered by the players across devices. This error can emerge when your system does not meet the minimum recommended requirements, outdated drivers, corrupted game files, lack of privilege to the game, an issue with the network and others. In this post, we will help you resolve the error in no time. As the cause of the error varies from one user to the other, you will have to try all the fixes until the game becomes playable and you are no more stuck on the loading screen.

So, let’s proceed to the fixes. First things first, check if your system meets the minimum recommended system requirements to play the game.

Update: If you are stuck on the loading screen it’s worth checking that the game servers are not experiencing technical issues, downtime, or are overloaded. If the issue is happening after a recent update, it’s likely the possible cause is a server problem. Check website like Downdetector or the game’s twitter handle to see if other players are also experiencing the same problem.

Fix Sea of Thieves Stuck on Loading Screen

Sea of Thieves stuck on loading screen can be caused due to a range issues. It worth noting that you need to be on Windows 10 in order to play the game. Here are all the solutions you can try to resolve the issue with the game.

Fix 1: Check Minimum System Requirements to Play Sea of Thieves

If you are playing the game on an older OS such as Windows 7 or 8, we recommend that you download Windows 10 as most users who encountered the problem were using an older or outdated OS. The minimum recommended OS for this game is Windows 10. The first thing you should do is check if your system meets the minimum recommendations and consider upgrading the system if it does not meet the requirements.  

OS Windows 10
CPU Intel i3 @2.9GHz / AMD FX-6300 @3.5GHz
GPU Nvidia GeForce 650 / AMD Radeon 7750
DirectX 11
HDD 60GB @5.4K RPM

If your system meets the recommended configurations and still you encounter the problem, try our other fixes.

Fix 2: Update the Windows OS

If you have set the Windows to update automatically, it would download and install the latest updates. But, it’s always a good idea to check for the latest updated. Here are the steps to check for updates and install them.

  1. Press Windows Key + I
  2. From the Windows Settings, select Update & Security
  3. Click on Check for updates
  4. Install the available updates
  5. Now try playing the game, check if Sea of Thieves is still stuck on loading screen.

Fix 3: Update the Display Drivers

Most problem with the game stuttering or not loading is associated with a corrupted and outdated graphics card. If you have GeForce Experience installed on your computer, it would automatically check for an updated driver, otherwise, you can check for the driver manually. Here are the steps to check for the driver and install the latest updates.

  1. In the Windows Search Tab, type Device Manager
  2. Click on Device Manager
  3. Go to Display adapters
  4. Select the NVIDIA or Radeon and right-click
  5. Click on Update driver and select Search automatically for updated driver software
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the latest updated drivers.

Check if you are still experiencing the Sea of Thieves stuck on loading screen.  

Fix 4: Run the Game as an Administrator

Sometimes the limited privileges to the game can restrict its access to certain services which can lead to the game being stuck while loading. Hence, provide administrator privileges to the game. Follow the below steps.

  1. Go to the desktop shortcut of the game
  2. Right-click on the shortcut and select Properties
  3. Go to Compatibility and check Run this program as an administrator
  4. Click on Apply and Ok.

This would permanently give the game administrator privileges. However, you can simply right-click on the game shortcut and select Run as administrator to provide the game admin privilege for this run. Check if the error still appears.

Fix 5: Reset the Game

Several users were able to resolve the error by resetting the game to its default settings. Follow the below steps to reset the game.

  1. Press Windows Key + I and click on Apps
  2. Locate Sea of Thieves from the apps and click on it.
  3. Click on Advanced options
  4. Scroll and find Reset
  5. Click on the Reset button highlighted in grey.
  6. When prompted again select Reset

This would reset the game to its default settings, try playing the game. Check if Sea of Thieves stuck on loading screen still appears.

Fix 6: Use a VPN to Connect to the Game

Several users reported experiencing the problem when accessing the game from a certain location. There might be some restriction or the server might be full. So, it’s worth a try to use a VPN to play the game. A number of users were able to play the game again when they used a VPN. We have listed the top free VPNs that you can use for free. Once you are able to play the game, you can turn off the VPN.

Check our post and download the VPN that suits your needs.

Fix 7: Change the Time and Date

If your computer has an incorrect date and time it can lead to the error. When you connect the game to the server, it matches the date and time of your system via the internet and a conflict can cause the error. If you are using a VPN, this error can emerge as your IP address location will have a different time than the one on your system. TO fix the error, either turn off the VPN or change the date and time to match your server locations’ data and time. Here are the steps to set the time and date on your Windows PC.

  1. Press Windows Key + I and select Time & Language
  2. Toggle-on Set time automatically
  3. From the left panel, select Region
  4. Ensure your Country or region is correctly matched
  5. Restart the computer and try playing the game.
  6. Check if Sea of Thieves stuck on loading screen still appears.

Fix 8: Launch the Game through Microsoft Store Library

Some games that a part of the Microsoft Store do not perform as desired when not opened from the Store Library, so open the game from the Library and check if the error is resolved. To do that, follow the below steps.

  1. Launch Microsoft Store
  2. Download and Install any free app from the store
  3. Go to My Library by clicking on the three dots on the top-right corner
  4. Open Sea of Thieves and click Play

Check if you are able to play the game and the error is resolved.

Fix 9: Clear Microsoft Store Cache and Reinstall the Game

Sometimes corrupted cache files on the computer can also cause the error to occur. So, you can fix the error by clearing the cache, uninstalling the game, and reinstalling it. Here are the steps to follow.

  1. Click on Windows Key + R and type wsreset.exe and hit Enter
  2. Next, press Windows + I and click on Apps
  3. Locate Sea of Thieves from the app list and click on it
  4. Select Uninstall and follow the on-screen instructions
  5. Download the game in the Windows store and install it.

Launch the game and check if Sea of Thieves stuck on loading screen still appears.  

Harsh Clif
He is caught in a loop between writing about games and playing them. It's a vicious cycle. Although he's biased towards PC, you can occasionally find him on the PS5. He does not own an Xbox Consoles but plans on getting one soon.

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