The Last of Us Part 1 Patch 1.0.4 Tested – Improved Performance and new PC settings

The Last of Us Part 1 Patch 1.0.4 Tested - Improved Performance and new PC settings

The Last of Us Part 1 has now received its first major optimisation patch, but does it fix the game?

Patch is The Last of Us Part 1’s first major optimisation patches, offering gamers “framerate optimisations” that impact CPU and GPU performance, and changes to the game’s texture settings that allow for higher levels of graphical fidelity at low/medium settings without an increase in VRAM (GPU memory) requirements. With this update, The Last of Us Part 1 should run better than ever on PC, though Naughty Dog has confirmed that more updates are planned.

One of the major changes that are delivered by update is a new setting called “Ambient Character Density”, which reduces the number of NPCs (non-playable characters) in areas of the game that do not include combat. This includes the city sections of the game where Joel is travelling though a safe zone, and the start of the game where Joel and his Daughter Sarah are trying to evacuate during the early days of the infection. 

All updates for The Last of Us Part 1 have addressed many of the game’s bugs and instability issues, which when combined with the game’s performance related changes now make The Last of Us Part 1 a low more enjoyable on PC. Had the game released on PC in its current state, it would not have received as negative of a reception, though there is still work to be done before we would call this a good PC port.

In this patch testing update, we will be looking at patch and compare the performance levels of The Last of Us Part 1’s day-1 PC version and its current PC version. Have things dramatically improved? Let’s get started.

The Last of Us Part 1 Patch 1.0.4 Tested - Improved Performance and new PC settings

Review Contents

– Test Scene Benchmarks – Strange Results

– CPU Optimisation – New CPU-related settings

– VRAM Usage (It’s lower)

– Conclusion

Drivers and System Specifications

For today’s testing, we have used Gigabyte’s RTX 4090 Gaming graphics card and Nvidia’s 531.61 WHQL drivers. These are the newest WHQL drivers that were available at the time of our testing.

Before testing, we fully updated our Windows 11 installation and ensured that no unnecessary background applications were running on our test system.

The Last of Us Part 1 Patch Tested - Does the game run better now?

(Gigabyte’s RTX 4090 Gaming Graphics Card)

Full System Specifications

Below are the full specifications of our game testing system, which we built in mid-2020 to meet the needs of future games. Alongside this system, we will be testing various old and new graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia, including Nvidia’s RTX series and AMD’s RX 6000 series.

To help support the website, we have included Amazon affiliate links below should you wish to purchase the same or similar PC parts. You can read more about our games testing system here.

This will likely be the last game that we test using our current system. Expect to hear about our new GPU/Games test rig soon.

OC3D Game/GPU Test Rig (Affiliate Links Below)

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Processor with Prescision Boost Overdrive
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula (X570) Motherboard 
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB Series DDR4 3600MHz (2x8GB) Memory
Corsair RM1000i Power Supply
Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Corsiar Obsidian 500D RGB SE Case
Windows 11 x64
Nvidia RTX 4090 Graphics Card

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