Both AMD and Nvidia have released their latest graphics card drivers that include performance improvements for the new The Last of Us Part 1 game, which has been plagued by instability issues since launch.
The game is a remake of the original The Last of Us, which was released ten years ago as a Playstation exclusive. PC gamers have had to wait all this time – with the game even coming out after the excellent The Last of Us TV show – but the launch hasn’t gone smoothly.
The problems include visual anomalies such as transparent faces, bodies floating in mid-air, and odd lighting effects, as well as outright game crashes, as can be seen in the video below. Another issue is the extremely long time it takes for The Last of Us shaders to process before you’re able to play the game. Neither issue could be fixed by ensuring your PC matched or exceeded The Last of Us PC requirements list either.
The Last Of Us Part 1 developer, Naughty Dog, has recently issued a patch for the game that attempts to solve some of these issues. Meanwhile, AMD and Nvidia have also had a stab at fixing what they can, with their latest driver release, the details of which are below.
AMD Software Adrenalin 23.4.1
The AMD Software Adrenalin 23.4.1 release is a scheduled monthly update that happens to include these latest TLOU fixes along with three other main bug fixes and the introduction of support for the new first-person shooter/base builder gamer, Meet Your Maker.
As for the other bug fixes, these address blurry video playback when using browser hardware acceleration, an invisible cursor in Citrix Workspace, and a disappearing performance overlay when watching video via Steam. A full list of the AMD Software Adrenalin 23.4.1 features is below.
- Support for: Meet Your Maker
- Game optimizations for The Last of Us Part 1
- Video playback in browsers using hardware acceleration may appear blurry on some AMD Graphics Products, such as the Radeon RX 7900 XT.
- Mouse cursor may appear invisible in Citrix Workspace.
- Performance Metrics Overlay may intermittently disappear when playing full-screen videos from STEAM.
- High idle power has situationally been observed when using select high-resolution and high refresh rate displays on Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs.
- Video stuttering or performance drop may be observed during gameplay plus video playback with some extended display configurations on Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs.
- Some virtual reality games or apps may experience lower-than-expected performance on Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs.
- Brief display corruption may occur when switching between video and game windows on some AMD Graphics Products, such as the Radeon RX 6700 XT.
- Water corruption in Hogwarts Legacy may occur on some AMD Graphics Products, such as the Radeon RX 580.
- Blocky water corruption in Red Dead Redemption 2 may occur using Vulkan API.
Download the AMD Software Adrenalin 23.4.1 here.
Nvidia GeForce Hotfix driver 531.58
The Nvidia GeForce Hotfix driver 531.58 release, is an unscheduled release aimed directly at solving the random crashing players were seeing in the The Last of Us Part 1 when using RTX 3000 series cards. However, it does also include a fix for Assassin’s Creed Origins stability issues and Resident Evil 4 Remake FXAA corruption.
- [The Last of Us Part 1] Game may randomly crash during gameplay on GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs 
- Assassin’s Creed Origins may have stability issues when using 531.18. 
- [Resident Evil 4 Remake] Corruption in the game when FXAA enabled 
Download the Nvidia GeForce Hotfix driver 531.58 here.
It’s good to see GPU vendors being so proactive in helping to sort out Naughty Dogs’ game launch woes. What with Intel’s recent decision to collaborate with TSMC over its Intel Arc graphics cards, is the PC market set for a collaborative renaissance (we suspect not)?