Guerilla Games reports early issues with Horizon: Zero Dawn’s PC version

Guerilla Games reports early issues with Horizon: Zero Dawn's PC version

Guerilla Games reports early issues with Horizon: Zero Dawn’s PC version

Horizon Zero Dawn is due to release on PC tomorrow, bringing the PlayStation 4 classic a whole new audience. Thanks to the raw power of today’s PC hardware, many gamers expect to play Horizon with 60 FPS framerates with ease, especially given the easy-to-run nature of Death Stranding (PC Performance Review here), another Decima Engine game.  

Pre-release players of Horizon Zero Dawn have reported on a large number of issues, and a pre-launch patch has reportedly addressed many of these troubles. AMD has also released their Radeon Software 20.8.1 driver with game-specific optimisations for Horizon Zero Dawn. Even so, Horizon’s PC release will have issues at launch, with Guerilla games revealing the following list of “known issues”. 

Known Issues

– Anisotropic Filtering settings are not working. This is a high priority issue for us to resolve.
– Some systems may experience a brief stutter during general world traversal, UI updates, quest updates, or camera swaps in cutscenes. This is a high priority issue for us to investigate.
– Some animations are designed to only refresh at 30fps even if the game is running at a much higher frame rate. We are exploring how we can improve this with a future update.

PC players will also be forced to go through an “Initial Shader Compilation” step on PC, which is designed to “improve performance during play”. This step will take “10-15 minutes” to complete on most systems, and will likely need to be re-done with gamers change their PC hardware configurations or update their GPU drivers This process will likely be optimised with a future patch. 

Guerilla Games reports early issues with Horizon: Zero Dawn's PC version  

Will Horizon Zero Dawn look better on PC? 

Guerilla Games has confirmed that the PC version of Horizon: Zero Dawn will use the same visual assets as the game’s PlayStation 4 versions and will not include new PC features, like ray tracing. However, the PC version of Horizon: Zero Dawn will support higher resolutions than the game’s PlayStation 4 release and higher graphical settings for effects. 

While Horizon: Zero Dawn’s core assets will remain the same as before, features like reflections, shadow quality, draw distances and texture filtering settings can all be improved on PC. These changes will allow the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn to look better than its PS4 predecessor. The PC version of the game will also be able to run at framerates up to 120 FPS, which is 4x higher than the PS4 version’s 30FPS.   

PC gamers will also be able to play Horizon Zero Dawn with ultra-wide displays, supporting 32:9 and 21:9 aspect ratios. Horizon Zero Dawn’s cutscenes will be locked to a 16:9 aspect ratio, but gameplay can be enjoyed on wider displays. Horizon: Zero Dawn also features an FOV slider, which can be set to a maximum of 100 degrees. 

On PC, Horizon Zero Dawn’s “Original” settings presumably match the game’s PlayStation 4 version visually. Higher presets such as “Favour Quality” and “Ultimate Quality” are available on PC, as well as a lower preset called “Favour Performance”. 

Guerilla Games reports early issues with Horizon: Zero Dawn's PC version  

What are the minimum PC specs I need for Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC?


At minimum, you will need an Intel Core i5-2500k at 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-6300 at 3.5 GHz CPU, 8 GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB) or AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB) graphics card to run Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC at the original settings in 1080p at 30 frames per second.


MINIMUM (1080p 30 FPS at Original Settings):


Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10 64-bits
Processor: Intel Core [email protected] or AMD FX [email protected]
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB) or AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB)
DirectX: Version 12
Storage: 100 GB available space

What are the recommended PC specs for Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC?


We recommend an Intel Core i7-4770K at 3.5GHz or an AMD Ryzen 5 1500X at 3.5GHz CPU, 16 GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB) or AMD Radeon RX 480 (4 GB) graphics card to run Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC at the original settings in 1080p at 60 frames per second.

RECOMMENDED (1080p 60 FPS at Original Settings):

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10 64-bits
Processor: Intel Core [email protected] or Ryzen 5 [email protected]
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB) or AMD Radeon RX 580 (8GB)
DirectX: Version 12
Storage: 100 GB available space

Here's how Horizon: Zero Dawn will run on PC - System Requirements and Framerates Detailed  

Horizon: Zero Dawn is due to release on PC on August 7th on Steam and via the Epic Games Store. 

You can join the discussion on Horizon: Zero Dawn’s known PC issues on the OC3D Forums.