Soon after the release on PC Horizon Zero Dawn Problems were highlighted, players started reporting crashing, freezing and frame rate issues. Guerrilla Games acknowledges the reports in a Steam post as. “We have been monitoring all of our channels and are aware that some players have been experiencing crashes and other technical issues,” the company says. “Please know that we are investigating your reports as our highest priority.”
While some testers faced few problems, others could not get the game to run. Digital Foundry noted that “the game itself is stunning, but the conversion work here has many bugs, issues and problems.”
Some are minor issues, including anisotropic filter settings that barely work. However, others are severe, including animations that refresh at 30 fps when everything is running at 60 fps, and an extremely slow optimization process at boot-up. The big frame rate drop-offs, stuttering and outright crashing. Some gamers report these bugs even with high-end GPUs and PC configurations.
Guerrilla acknowledged many of the reports posted on Steam, Reddit or its website, and urged users to continue reporting. It’s investigating means a fix is not near. But the company promises that “we will update you all as soon as we have more news.”
PlayStation Exclusives Should Remain on PlayStation?
Maybe Sony should keep its PlayStation exclusives on PlayStation instead of converting them to PC.
That’s an incredibly harsh thing to say and some people will yell for saying it, but analysts offer up Horizon Zero Dawn Problems as an argument.
The game runs perfectly fine on PS4 since its release over three years ago. It runs even better on the PS4 Pro.
It runs very badly on PC even on very powerful gaming machines with specs far exceeding the recommended and minimum.
On Steam, the game is getting “Mix” reviews from gamers. Many of the poor reviews tell that the game is absolutely fantastic, but it has many problems. Which will (hopefully sooner rather than later) be resolved with a patch. Many of these reviews note words like “not never, but not now.”
Hence, wait for the resolving the issues with the game before making a purchase.
Luke Plunkett says:
“I’m always fairly forgiving of brand new games when this kind of thing happens. But this is a three-year-old PS4 game that had no kind of pressing release window (like it having to come out on other systems at the same time) to adhere to. It was both a surprise and a disappointment to see it release in this state, especially since the other big PS4 port of the year, Death Stranding, looked so good and ran so smoothly.”
Horizon Zero Dawn Problems A Case Against PS to PC Conversions?
If Horizon Zero Dawn is the argument against Sony converting its exclusives to PC, then Death Stranding is the counter argument. The PC version of Hideo Kojima’s post apocalyptic delivery simulation is widely praised. (Another counter argument is that FromSoftware desperately needs to port Bloodborne to PC. It would be super fantastic with unlocked frame rates).
Ironically, both Death Stranding and Horizon Zero Dawn are built using the Decima Engine. So the complete contrast in how the game performs on PC is confusing, to say the least.
There was really no reason to release Horizon Zero Dawn this summer if it was having so many performance issues. Why not delay it and release the game in perfect condition, running smoothly and impressing gamers?
Some Tips for Horizon Zero Dawn Problems
Poor optimization and the inability to play comfortably in 60 FPS are major problems of Horizon Zero Dawn. Unfortunately, these affect all hardware configurations. You can experience problems with getting a satisfying frame rate even if you have a strong system. The developers promise to release patches that will improve the game’s performance. Until then you can try the following tricks:
- Update your graphics drivers – if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, then download the 451.67 drivers or later, and if you have an AMD card, then use the 20.7.2 drivers or newer ones. The game may run worse, crash or even be unable to launch on older versions of the drivers.
- Give up 4K resolution. It can put a serious stress on your computer. Consider playing at 1440p or 1080p – at least until some patches will be released to improve the game’s performance.
- Don’t disable the FPS limiter, which causes your computer to generate the maximum frame rate by using the maximum capabilities of hardware components. Setting the frame limit can seriously reduce the stress of your system and improve performance.
- Reduce the graphics quality in game settings. In particular, it is worth reducing the quality of clouds and reflection effects. You can also lower the shadows, model quality and textures.
- Turn off the Exclusive Fullscreen option. After disabling it, the game should work a little better.
- Disable all unnecessary applications running in the background. They can unnecessarily put more stress on your system or cause hardware conflicts with the game.