9 Quick Fixes For Fortnite Red Error Screen On PS4

Our guide explains how to resolve Fortnite error esp-buimet-003 on PS4.

Are you facing the Fortnite red error screen on PS4 when trying to enter the fight royale? ESP-BUIMET-003 error results from a connection issue with Epic Games’ servers.

Key Takeaways

  • Fortnite red error screen on PS4 means the game cannot connect to Epic Games servers.
  • The error screen may be due to a bad internet connection, DNS server issues, outdated PS4 or game, or Epic Games’ servers being down for maintenance.
  • You can fix this error quickly by manually changing your DNS settings, updating the game, deleting game files and installing them again, and speeding up your internet.

Fortnite Red Screen Error On PS4 Causes And Fixes

Many users have reported facing a red error screen while playing Fortnite on PS4. The Fortnite red screen error code is ESP-BUIMET-003 which reads, “An error occurred while connecting to Epic servers. Please try again later.” This error locks players out of the game, hindering them from playing the fight royale.

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You may face this error due to issues with your network connection, DNS server problems, outdated firmware on PS4, and server outages.

Luckily, you can try a few fixes to eliminate the red error screen of doom on Fortnite.

Restart The Console 

One of the most straightforward solutions for most tech-related problems is a quick restart of the device you are using. Restart the PS4 console and see if that resolves the red error screen on Fortnite.

If the error was caused by a minor bug or an overload server error, turning off your console and powering it on again will make the error go away.

You can also try this trick if you face an esp-dist-001 Fortnite error, Fortnite denial reason code 20, or Fortnite error code 93.

Verify Game Servers Status

Sometimes the issue might lie at the Epic Games’ server end instead of on your PS4 console. Before you jump into the other fixes, head to Epic Games Server Status and ensure the game services are not down for maintenance.  If there is an issue with the server or it is down for maintenance, you’ve got your hands tied until Epic fixes its servers.

You can also check out the official Twitter Fortnite Status page for updates about server outages.

Check Network Connection

More often than not, you may come across errors on Fortnite due to a lousy internet connection. Fortnite needs a minimum of 3 Mbps upload speed, and 5 Mbps download speed.

It will be wise to take an internet speed test to find out your network bandwidth. If it falls below the minimum requirement, contact your Internet Service Provider to upgrade the package so you can continue gaming without interruptions.

If the network bandwidth is within range, we recommend restarting your router to reestablish the connection between Epic Games’ server and your device. It may be possible that the DNS cache may have gotten corrupted, and a simple restart will solve the issue.

Alternatively, you can change the internet connection on your PS4 and try a different one, such as using a mobile hotspot to play Fortnite to find out whether the issue lies with your network. If the error goes away when you change the Wi-Fi connection, you need to contact your ISP to figure out why you cannot play Fortnite on your network.

Update PS4 Console

If your system needs to be updated, you may encounter gaming errors on PS4. For a smoother gaming experience, please make sure that you update your PS4.

  1. Go to “Settings” on your console.
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  2. Scroll down and select “System Software Update.”
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  3. Any latest updates will automatically be shown on the screen and added to Downloads. You can select “View details” to check the update or go to “Next” to begin updating the system.
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  4. Select “Update” to install the latest updates for your console.
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Updating your system software will improve performance and usability, eliminating bugs or game compatibility errors. If you face the ESP-BUIMET-003 Fortnite error on Xbox, update the firmware to resolve the error.

Install Game Updates

Another reason you might be facing the Fortnite red error screen on your PS4 console is that you are trying to fight royale on an old or outdated game version. Ensure you have the latest game patch installed because developers fix bugs and add additional features to Fortnite with each update.

  1. Go to “Home” by pressing the PS button on the controller.
  2. Go to “Start,” which is the PSN library where you can see all your games and applications.
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  3. Scroll down to the “Games” tab to view all your downloaded games.
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  4. Select “Fortnite” and press the “Options” button.
  5. Choose “Check For Update” from the menu.
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  6. The latest version of Fortnite will be added to your Downloads without permission and begin installing automatically.
  7. Select “Go to Downloads” to check the download time.
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  8. You can press “Options” to “Pause” or “Cancel and Delete” the update.

Perform A Power Cycle

If restarting your PS4 console does not fix the problem, we suggest power cycling your device to return the console to a fresh state. This is also called a hard reset of your console.

  1. Press your console’s power button and hold it until the console is powered off and the light stops flashing.
  2. Unplug the console from power.
  3. Unplug all cables from the console, including the controller cable.
  4. Wait for one minute.
  5. Plug the console back into power.
  6. Turn on the console by pressing the power button.

Sign Out Of Your PlayStation Account

A quick fix that you can try to get rid of the ESP-BUIMET-003 error is to log out of your PSN account and log in again.

  1. Hold down the PlayStation button for five seconds.
  2. Choose “Log Out of PS4” from the menu.
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  3. You can also go to the “Power” options from Home to find the log-out option.
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    Power Menu
  4. Once logged out, go to “Settings” from the Home screen.
  5. Select “Account Management.”
  6. Go to “Sign in” and enter your credentials.
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  7. Click “Sign in” to log in to your PSN account.
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Next, you can relaunch Fortnite; hopefully, your error will be resolved. If it happens to persist, please move on to the next fix.

Delete Local Game Files On PS4

You may face the red error screen on Fortnite due to corrupted game files or storage issues. We suggest clearing the local saved game cache and storage on your console to fix the problem.

  1. Press the PlayStation button on the remote.
  2. Select “Settings” from the menu.
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  3. Select “Application Saved Data Management” from the Settings options.
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  4. Go to “Saved Data In System Storage.”
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  5. Choose “Delete,” and a game file list will be displayed.
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  6. Select Fortnite game files and press “Delete” to clear them.
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  7. In some PS4 consoles, you might see “Saved Data” instead of “Application Saved Data Management.”
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  8. Select “Saved Data PS4” to find game files.
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  9. Select the game files you want to delete and press “Delete.” This will clear the game cache.
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Ensure that you have uploaded the game to PS4 cloud before deleting it, or you will lose all your progression. Once you have deleted the Fortnite game files, you will need to re-download the game from “Puthe rchased Games Library” on your PS4 console.

Change DNS Server

Sometimes you may stumble across the Fortnite red error screen due to problems with your ISP-provided Domain Name System server. We suggest trying out a different DNS server, like Google DNS, which has a high uptime while gaming, to avoid errors.

Follow these steps to change DNS on PS4 and check whether the error has been resolved.

  1. Go to “Settings” from the Home screen.
  2. Choose “Network” settings.
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  3. Select “Set Up Internet Connection” to modify DNS settings.
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  4. Choose the “Custom” setting to enter your DNS.
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  5. Select “Automatic” from IP Address Settings.
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  6. In the DHCP Hostname, select “Do Not Specify.”
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  7. Choose “Manual” from DNS settings.
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  8. Enter the Primary and Secondary DNS addresses below to change your DNS to the Google DNS server manually.
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What To Do If The Fixes Don’t Work?

If you have tried all the methods above and cannot resolve the red error screen on Fortnite, you can submit a ticket to Epic Games for help. Mention all the troubleshooting methods you have tried and include screenshots of the error. The Epic Games support team will reach out to you with fixes for the problem.

Final Word

Although Fortnite has reported that they have fixed the server error that caused the red screen error for the game players, there are still some users who are facing this error. The error is primarily due to a DNS server issue, so we suggest switching to Google DNS or OpenDNS to continue playing Fortnite without hitches. In any case, we hope that our guide will help you fix the Fortnite red error screen on PS4. Before leaving, make sure to check out our guide on fixing Elden Ring connection error when summoned.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my Fortnite stuck on connecting screen ps4?

Your Fortnite game might get stuck on connecting screen due to a bad internet connection, server outage issues, outdated firmware, outdated game version, or DNS server issue.

Why is Fortnite not loading on ps4?

Fortnite loading on PS4 issue arises if there is a problem with your network. Conduct an internet speed test to make sure that your internet meets Fortnite bandwidth requirements.

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