Horizon Zero Dawn PC Patch helps improve performance

Last updated on Sep 8, 2020

Posted on Sep 8, 2020

Horizon Zero Dawn was recently released on PC, and although the game is a masterpiece, it has been plagued with issues since its launch. To help alleviate these issues, developers Guerrilla Games, have been releasing patches that address these issues.

Their most recent patch, 1.04, focuses on fixing issues that were causing the game to crash and some performance improvements to the game. They state in the patch notes that this improvement "depending on CPU/GPU speeds, this can result in a 1-10% performance improvement."

Along with the performance improvements, Guerrilla Games also improved other parts of the game, such as Mouse Control, Aiming, Cutscenes, HDR Improvements, etc. You can find the full list of patch notes below.

Known Issues

  • Some players are experiencing an out of memory error during the game optimization process.
  • Some players are experiencing graphical settings issues, such as Anisotropic Filtering or HDR not working correctly.
  • Some players are experiencing performance issues on specific GPUs or hardware combinations.
  • Some players are experiencing issues with Aloy's hair when the game is running above 30 FPS.
  • We're aware of and continue to investigate issues that are not yet solved on both the player-compiled lists by u/EvilMonkeySlayer and u/Rampage572 – thank you!

Patch Notes

Crash Fixes:

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when users would create a new game and their save game slots were full
  • Fixed a startup crash related to temp folder
  • Fixed an AI crash that could occur during combat
  • Fixed an AI crash in the EventMessageHandler
  • Fixed a crash related to WorldData sampling (the callstack would end in WorldMapData::SampleAtPixel)
  • Fixed a crash when users would instantly back out when changing sliders in the Settings menu
  • Fixed a crash that would occur when having the "Greetings" option open in photo mode and then exiting
  • Potential fix for memory corruption in AI routines which could lead to crashes
  • Potential fix for a GPU hang caused by a threading issue
  • Fixed a mismatch that would occur on Shader Model 6.0 and 6.1 hardware which could lead to a crash

Performance improvements:

  • General improvement to CPU performance (depending on CPU/GPU speeds, this can result in a 1-10% performance improvement)
  • Improved performance of camera cuts in cinematics and conversations

Other Improvements:

  • HDR – Fixed colour banding issues in HDR mode
  • Mouse Controls – Fixed an issue where mouse sensitivity was incorrect when framerate wasn't constant
  • Aiming – Fixed an issue where Aloy was unable to shoot while being able to do a critical attack near a machine
  • Cutscenes – Fixed an issue where geometry and textures would pop in after camera cuts
  • Adaptive Performance – Fixed an issue where lighting glitches would occur when turning on Adaptive Performance
  • Volumetrics – Fixed an issue which could cause blinking artifacts in volumetric effects, like fog
  • Visibility – Fixed an issue which could sometimes cause geometry to briefly disappear after streaming

Hopefully, Guerrilla Games can continue to fix the issues plaguing the game since its launch on PC. Overall, the game is still great, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has not played the game yet.

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