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Black Flickering during gameplay


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My game is flickering black for a brief period of time (less than a second) randomly, and its more frequent in Online mode. It also happens when the weather or time is changing, the change is not smooth but it just flickers and changes time. In offline mode the time change doesnt flicker but there are issues like disappearing vegetation, black flicker over rocks during/after shootouts etc. Does anyone have a fix for these issues ? 

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I think it might help if you add the system that you're playing on but it sounds to me like that's a graphics loading problem.


Is it just a flicker?

Or is the game actually pausing for a brief second?


You also mentioned something about time changing. I'm not sure I understand that part.

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My system specs are :


CPU : Intel Core i5 8400


GPU : ZOTAC Geforce RTX 2070 Super AMP (Factory OC)


RAM : 2x Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000 MHz 8 GB


PSU : Cooler Master MWE Bronze v2 650W


It just flickers. Game doesnt stutter/freeze/pause at that moment. Such issues didnt happen with me in other games like NFS Payback, NFS Heat, CoD MW, CoD BO Cold War etc . I have also made a video of the issue (In this video you can see how my screen flickered when suddenly the light changed from bright sunny day to dark interior) : 


Also, these kind of black flickering occurs randomly (this video is from someone else) 




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This is due to the MSI Afterburner (or similar) overlay. One of  the patches made this start to happen for a few users including me, have you tried running the game without any overlays? That is Discord, Steam, MSI AB, etc...

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Thanks for the tip. I will try that out and post back the results. 

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Tried it after exiting Steam, Origin, MSI Afterburner, RTSS and still had the black screen flicker when I suddenly entered running inside a General Store in Saint Denis. It doesnt happen everytime though.

Programs that were running at that time : Lightshot, Corsair iCUE, Logitech G-HUB. 

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I'm having the exact same issue. I tried lowering settings, deleting. sga cache files, adding - ignorepipelinecache, changing the API do DX12 (made it worse) and launching the game with MSI Afterburner off which made my GPU drop a hell lot of frames, heat up and at the end did absolutely nothing. Basically, none of it made any difference. 


What did, indeed, "fix" it was increasing the in-game resolution up to 4K. At 4K the flickering is completely gone. If I lower it to 1440p or 1080p the flickering comes back from the ashes to torment the hell out of me. 


I've contacted Rockstar Support and they asked me to disable Afterburner, which I did and update my graphics driver, which I did but, as expected, didn't make any difference. Then I told them it didn't work and they asked me to update my drivers AGAIN. I mean, seriously??


It's easier to blame the users instead of fixing their goddamn game! After that episode I gave up and now I just try to "deal" with it and pretend the flickering isn't there, which is kind of impossible considering how noticeable and immersion breaking it is. 




- MSI Nvidia GTX 1060 6Gb

- AMD Ryzen 5 3600

- Corsair 16Gb DDR4 3600Mhz

- MSI B450 A-Pro MAX

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Did you run it on native 4k or used in game resolution scale to upscale it to 4k ? And yeah, when I switch to DX12, it makes it worse for me too.

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