Fix: Destiny 2 stuck on loading screen on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Consoles

Destiny 2 is a free-to-play online-only multiplayer FPS video game, developed by Bungie Inc. that has been launched back in 2017. It’s available for the PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows platforms. It has already been received a lot of response since its release and by far one of the best in class online first-person shooter video games. However, some reports are coming out that the Destiny 2 gets stuck on the loading screen on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Consoles.

It’s quite possible that your gaming device has some issues related to the hardware or there may be a game-related issue triggering the stuck on the loading screen. Although developers are trying to provide multiple patch updates to fix several bugs or issues, it seems that the Destiny 2 players are experiencing no launching issue whatsoever no matter which device they’re using. If you’re also facing the same then you can follow this guide.

Fix: Destiny 2 stuck on loading screen on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Consoles

Not only the loading screen issue but the Destiny 2 game is also facing issues with the startup crashing, black screen, graphical glitches, lags, stutters, etc. Apart from PCs, other gaming consoles like PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 or Xbox consoles can also encounter game launching and other possible issues due to several possible reasons. Now, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into it.

1. Run the game as an administrator

It’s highly recommended to run the game executable file on your Windows PC as an administrator to run the program properly. To do this:

  • Right-click on the Destiny 2 exe shortcut file on your PC.
  • Now, select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.
  • Click on the Run this program as an administrator checkbox to checkmark it.
  • Click on Apply and select OK to save changes.

2. Update GPU Driver

We’ll suggest you check for the graphics driver update and install it on the PC. Updating the graphics driver on the PC might gonna fix visual glitches or jitters in the gameplay. To do that:

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  • Right-click on the Start Menu to open up the Quick Access Menu.
  • Click on Device Manager from the list.
  • Now, double-click on the Display adapters category to expand the list.
  • Then right-click on the dedicated graphics card name.
  • Select Update driver > Choose Search automatically for drivers.
  • If there is an update available, it’ll automatically download and install the latest version.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot your computer to change effects.

You should download and install the latest version of the graphics driver on the PC according to your specific graphics card model. Nvidia graphics card users can visit the Nvidia official site and AMD graphics card users can visit the AMD website.

3. Power Cycle on your Wi-Fi Router

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You should perform a power cycle on your Wi-Fi router to refresh the internet connection whatsoever. Sometimes issues with the network connectivity may cause multiple issues with the game launching or connecting to the game server. It’s better to turn off the router and unplug the power cable from it. Then wait for around 30 seconds and plug back the power cable in. Now, turn on the router then connect to the internet to check for the issue.

4. Delete Destiny 2 Cache Folder

It looks like deleting the game cache folder on the PC may help you to run the game properly if there is an issue with the temporary cache data. To do that:

  • Press the Windows + R keys on the keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  • Now, type %appdata% and click on OK to open up the AppData folder on the local drive.
  • Look for the Bungie folder and double-click on it to open it.
  • Search for the ‘DestinyPC’ folder and delete it. It contains all the Destiny 2 temporary cache files.
  • Finally, reboot the PC, and run the game again to check if the Destiny 2 is still getting stuck on the loading screen or not.

5. Disable Security Programs

Make sure to turn off security programs on the PC if you’re experiencing the game launching or loading data issues. Sometimes aggressive antivirus programs may block ongoing connections with the game files or servers. To do so:

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  • Click on the Start Menu > Type firewall.
  • Select Windows Defender Firewall from the search result.
  • Now, click on Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off from the left pane.
  • A new page will open > Select the Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended) option for both the Private & Public Network Settings.
  • Once selected, click on OK to save changes.

Make sure to disable the antivirus program on the PC temporarily by following the steps below:

  • Press Windows + I keys to open the Windows Settings menu.
  • Click on Update & Security > Click on Windows Security from the left pane.
  • Now, click on the Open Windows Security button.
  • Go to Virus & threat protection > Click on Manage settings.
  • Next, you’ll need to simply turn off the Real-time protection toggle.
  • If prompted, click on Yes to proceed further.

6. Run Compatibility Troubleshooter

If none of the methods worked for you then try running the compatibility troubleshooter on the PC with the Destiny 2 game. To do so:

  • First of all, exit the Destiny 2 game > Launch the Battle State Games launcher.
  • Go to the launcher Settings menu > Make sure to select ‘When I launch the Game: Keep the Launcher window open’.
  • Now, launch the Destiny 2 game > If you get stuck on the loading screen once again, just press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys to open Task Manager.
  • Go to the Details tab > Locate the EscapeFromTarkov.exe application task from the list.
  • Right-click on the particular task and click on Properties.
  • Next, leave the Properties window opened, and go back to the Task Manager.
  • Right-click on the EscapeFromTarkov.exe application file > Click on End Task.
  • Click on the End Process button > Then go back to the Properties window.
  • Go to the Compatibility tab > Click on the ‘Run compatibility troubleshooter’ button.
  • Click on ‘Try recommended settings’ and test the program.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the troubleshooting process.
  • You’re done. This method should fix the issue completely.

7. Check your Internet Connection

Make sure to check out the internet connection whether it’s working fine or not. Sometimes issues with the network may trigger several connectivity problems like game server connection or launching the game. It’s always better to switch the Wi-Fi to wired or vice versa if you’re facing any kind of issues. Otherwise, try running other online games or services to check for the issue. You can also contact your ISP for further assistance.

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8. Clear Destiny 2 Game Data

It seems that deleting the installed game saved data on the console can also fix several issues with the game launching or gameplay. You should try performing this method to check for the issue.

For Xbox:

  • First, quit the Destiny 2 game > Select My games & apps.
  • Select See all > Make sure to highlight the Destiny 2 game.
  • Select Manage game and add-ons > Go down to Saved data.
  • Choose the Delete all button > Wait for it to complete.
  • Finally, relaunch the Destiny 2 game to check for the issue.

For PlayStation:

  • Go to Settings > Select Application Saved Data Management.
  • Choose either System Storage or Online Storage or USB Storage > Select Delete.
  • Select the Destiny 2 game > Checkmark the files that you want to delete or just Select All.
  • Finally, select Delete > Select OK to confirm the task.
  • Once done, reboot your console to check for the issue again.

9. Rebuild Database (PS4/PS5)

Rebuilding the database on your PlayStation console can quickly resolve the potential issues or errors. To do so:

  • Switch off your console completely. Unplug the power cable from the console and wait for around 2-3 minutes.
  • Now, plug in the power cable, and turn it on to clear the Cached Data automatically from the system.

Check whether this issue has been fixed with the Vanguard game or not. If not, follow the next steps below.

  • Now, press and hold the Power button on the PlayStation console until you hear 2 beeps. [The second beep will sound after seven seconds]
  • The console will boot in the Safe Mode > Connect the controller to the USB with the console and press the PS Button on the controller.
  • Next, you’ll get an option called ‘Rebuild Database’.
  • Select ‘Rebuild Database’ and confirm the task.
  • It may take some time depending on the hard drive data size. Have some patience.
  • Once done, just reboot the system normally.

10. Hard Reset your Console

In most cases, performing the hard reset of your console can fix system glitches or cache data issues from the game itself. To do so:

For Xbox:

  • Go to Guide by pressing the Xbox button on your controller.
  • Then go to Profile & System > Select Settings.
  • Choose System > Select Console Info.
  • Select Reset > If prompted, confirm the task to proceed.
  • Wait for the console to reset completely.
  • Once done, make sure to sign in to your Xbox account.
  • Finally, install the Destiny 2 game properly, and then check for the crashing issue.

For PlayStation:

  • Switch off your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 console first.
  • Once the console is turned off, press and hold the Power button on the console until you hear two beep sounds within a couple of seconds.
  • Here you’ll see two reset options to choose from.
  • Select the necessary option to reset your PlayStation console.
  • Wait for the process to complete and then make sure to sign in to the PlayStation account.
  • Finally, install the Destiny 2 game, and try running it.

11. Don’t Put in Rest Mode (PS4/PS5)

Make sure not to keep your PlayStation console in the rest mode because it may cause some issues with the game crashing or not launching. To do so:

  • Go to the PS5 Settings menu > Open the Power Saving tab.
  • Select Set Time Until PS5 Enter Rest Mode.
  • Set to Don’t Put in Rest Mode > Restart the console to apply changes.

12. Update Firmware

We’ll recommend you check for system updates on the PlayStation or Xbox console or even on PC to ensure there is no problem happening due to the system. To do so:

For PlayStation:

  • Go to the Settings menu on the PlayStation console.
  • Select System Software Update > Make sure to check for available updates and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update process.
  • Once done, reboot the system to apply changes.

For Xbox:

  • Press the Home button on the Xbox console to open the Dashboard menu.
  • Select Settings from the bottom of the menu > Choose to All Settings.
  • Choose to System > Select Updates.
  • Select Update Console > Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the update process.
  • Once done, make sure to restart the console to apply changes.

For Windows:

  • Press Windows + I keys to open up the Windows Settings menu.
  • Next, click on Update & Security > Select Check for updates under the Windows Update section.
  • If there is a feature update available, select Download and install.
  • Wait for some time until the update gets completed.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes immediately.

13. Update Destiny 2

If in case, you haven’t updated your Destiny 2 game for a while then make sure to follow the steps below to check for updates and install the latest version. To do this:

For PC:

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library > Click on Destiny 2 from the left pane.
  • It’ll automatically search for the available update. If there is an update available, make sure to click on Update.
  • It may take some time to install the update > Once done, make sure to close the Steam client.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes, and then try launching the game again.

For PlayStation:

  • Turn on your PS4/PS5 console > Go to the Home screen.
  • Now, navigate to the main menu on top.
  • Head over to the ‘Games’ tab.
  • Scroll down to Destiny 2 and highlight it.
  • Press the ‘Options’ button on your controller.
  • Finally, choose ‘Check for Update’ from the drop-down menu.

For Xbox:

  • Make sure to turn on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S gaming console.
  • Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the menu.
  • Now, scroll down to the right > Select ‘Settings’.
  • Scroll down until you see ‘Updates & downloads’.
  • From the next page, select ‘Keep my console up to date’ and ‘Keep my games & games up to date’ to enable the checkbox.

This will do the job automatically whenever new updates are available.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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