PC players report various issues with The Last of Us Part 1 PC port, which constantly crashes to desktop and requires a hefty chunk of VRAM to even run.
The Last of Us Part 1 is the latest PC port to suffer from poor hardware utilisation which results in stuttering, low average frame rate and constant crashes to the desktop. It appears that something went terribly wrong with the PC port of the beloved PlayStation exclusive, which currently has Mostly Negative reviews on Steam , with only 33 per cent approval.
Players report that the game crashes every couple of minutes and that appears to be the biggest issue at the moment. Other problems include high CPU usage and VRAM requirement.
Players report that the game becomes unplayable on High or Ultra settings since it needs more than 8 GB of VRAM. At that point, graphics cards like the Nvidia RTX 3070 8 GB struggle to run The Last of Us Part 1.
Here's just one of the reviews on Steam , mentioning The Last of Us Part 1's launch day issues on PC:
"Terrible optimization. The game takes more than 8 gigs of VRAM on medium settings, 100% CPU utilization in the menu. And the temps are really high too. Probably going to refund soon."
Popular tech channel Hardware Unboxed recommend running the game on Medium settings if you have a GPU with only 8 GB of RAM. This way, the performance seems to be at least acceptable but there's still plenty of issues that need to be ironed out by the developers.
The PC port of The Last of Us Part 1 was handled by development studio Iron Galaxy , who don't have the best reputation when it comes to PC porting.
The studio are known for PC ports of Batman Arkham Knight, which had to be removed from Steam due to how poor it run and the most recent Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection , which suffered from mouse control issues and camera stutters in post-launch updates.
Hopefully, though, post-launch patches for The Last of Us Part 1 actually bring fixes and much-needed optimisation rather than additional issues. We recommend you stay away from The Last of Us Part 1 on PC for the time being, at least until the performance is more stable overall.
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