The Last of Us PC Port Gets Its First Update

The first minor update has been pushed for the PC port of The Last of Us Part 1. The award-winning game generated a lot of excitement when a PC port was announced at The Game Awards in December 2022, originally slating it for a March 3, 2023 release. The Last of Us PC port was later pushed back to March 28 of the same year, and while it suffered no further delays, its launch has been plagued by a range of issues.

Naughty Dog has acknowledged concerns plaguing The Last of Us on PC and has committed to resolving them, asking those experiencing issues to submit tickets via its official support page. Many players have voiced their concerns through Steam reviews that have earned the game a “Mostly Negative” aggregate review score. Some of the most common complaints have been about frame rate stuttering and crashes. For some players, the game won’t even launch on systems that meet the minimum requirements.


A small update has been pushed for the PC port of The Last of Us Part 1, upping the game’s version from to According to the release notes, this update is geared toward improving stability and performance. The release notes also explain that the team is actively working on more improvements based on user feedback and that additional crash diagnostics have been added to help gather more information about shader building-related crashes. It appears that the game’s shader building is one of the main culprits behind issues such as stuttering and poor load times. The change log reports that the new patch alters several files, at least one of which is related to the shaders.

While many players are blaming the fact that Iron Galaxy has handled The Last of Us PC port after it delivered the infamously disastrous PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight, it must be noted that the company has been involved with several otherwise successful ports including Metroid Prime Remastered which received an overwhelmingly positive response from both critics and fans. Iron Galaxy also worked on the ports of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Spyro Reignited Trilogy, which were both positively received.

Hopefully, the latest patch provides some relief for players who are reporting that the PC port of The Last of Us has unreasonably long load times, a problem that appears to be at the top of Naughty Dog’s to-do list when referencing the company’s “Known Issues” page for the game. Regardless, those who have purchased The Last of Us on PC can anticipate more patches in the future that will allow them to experience what has been regarded as one of the “must-play” PlayStation exclusives in all its glory.

  • Fixed several performance & hitch related issues impacting some users.
    • Note: Additional improvements and investigations based on user feedback are underway.
  • Added extra crash diagnostic information to assist in investigating shader building related crashes and other common reported stability issues.

The Last of Us Part 1 is available on PS5 and PC.

Source: Gamerant

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