Does Phasmophobia Have Lobby Issues?

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Does Phasmophobia Have Lobby Issues
Does Phasmophobia Have Lobby Issues

Phasmophobia is currently in its early access phase, which means there’s bound to be some issues with its matchmaking lobby.

Why Does Phasmophobia’s Lobby Server Have Issues?

Kinetic Games, the developer, and publisher behind Phasmophobia, probably did not know the game would be as popular as it would. This was the same issue games like Fall Guys and Among Us had. Streaming is a massive traffic source that many developers don’t take into account when they’re developing their games. It’s because of the increase in popularity that

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What Issues Does The Phasmophobia Lobby Have?

Right now, there are a couple of issues with Phasmophobia’s lobby server:

  1. The lobby server doesn’t connect at all.
  2. Unable to connect to a lobby specific lobby
  3. Players getting kicked out from a lobby.
  4. Black screen when reconnecting after a game

Is There Any Way To Reconnect To Lobby?

Unfortunately, until Kinetic Games addresses their lobby issues, there are nothing players can do aside from connecting and reconnecting until they’re able to get into a game.

Having issues getting into a friend’s Phasmophobia Game?

  1. Ensure you both have the same game version installed (bottom left of main menu whiteboard)
  2. Ensure you both have the same region selected (US, EU etc.)
  3. Restart your game
  4. Verify integrity of game files (right-click on Phasmophobia in Steam -> Local Files tab -> Verify integrity of game files)

If you’re having issues getting into the Phasmophobia game at all

  1. Plug out your VR headset if you’re not using it in game
  2. Launch Steam as Admininstrator
  3. Lower your graphics settings
  4. Verify integrity of game files (right-click on Phasmophobia in Steam -> Local Files tab -> Verify integrity of game files)
  5. Try using a VPN. Sometimes this works.
  6. Check your PC GPU on https://www.videocardbenchmark.net/. If it scores below 800, your graphics card can’t run this game.
  7. Check your PC CPU on https://www.cpubenchmark.net/. If it scores below 2000, your CPU can’t run the game.

< IMPORTANT: The following two options WILL remove your progress, so contact a moderator afterwards for assistance with restoring it. >

  1. Press Win + R and paste in %userprofile%\AppData\LocalLow\Kinetic Games\Phasmophobia. Remove savedata.txt and relaunch the game.
  2. OR! Delete everything in the LocalLow\Kinetic Games folder, then uninstall Phasmophobia, restart your computer, and reinstall.

If you’re getting a Phasmophobia timeout error?

  1. Restart your game
  2. Verify integrity of game files (right-click on Phasmophobia in Steam -> Local Files tab -> Verify integrity of game files)
  3. Ensure your internet connection is stable
  4. Opt into Beta build (#read-me) and then switch back to the stable build
  5. Try using VPN (this especially applies to players from Brazil). If you’re using one already, try disabling it.
  6. Add the game directory to your antivirus’ exceptions list.

What Is The Best Way To Get Around Lobby Issues?

While there are issues with the lobby server with public games, it seems to be easier to connect when starting private games. That means players will need to find two or three other players to join them in this cooperative horror game.

Private lobbies seem to be more stable than public lobbies in Phasmophobia.

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Bryan Havoc

I cover console video games like Crossfire, Minecraft, Apex Legends, Counter-Strike, Valorant, PUBG, Grand Theft Auto V, Destiny 2, Phasmophobia and everything in between.

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  1. Bryan, you answered my question whether I want to play Phasmophobia. As cool as the game sounds and as many good reviews as I’ve seen, the lobby issues are a deal-breaker.

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