The Last of Us Part 1's PC launch isn't going well, at least according to hundreds of negative Steam review.
The previously PS5-exclusive remake released on PC on Tuesday, and after just a few hours in the wild, it's garnered over 2,000 negative reviews and a "mostly negative" Steam rating. The vast majority of complaints relate to the PC port's technical performance, from its lofty VRAM and CPU demands to its slow-moving shaders. A lot of folks are reporting frequent crashes and generally shoddy optimization on PC, with one particularly scathing review calling it "the single worst PC port I have ever seen."
"The optimisation is even worse than my will to live," wrote one reviewer.
"30 min to cache 16% of shaders.... all the while my 9900k I9 CPU is CRANKING at 100% non stop," wrote another. "nice job guys. multi billion dollar company btw. gross."
"Then again, this is all such a major first world problem, maybe ill refund the money and donate it to charity," the reviewer added, rather responsibly.
"I have a juiced PC and this game runs like buttcheeks," said another unhappy customer. "Don't buy until they fix the numerous performance issues."
And so on.
In case you want a good visual representation of The Last of Us Part 1's PC problems, here's what it looks like when shaders fail to load in a timely fashion:
I thought shaders were compiled but ummm pic.twitter.com/EJ0kF59o8NMarch 28, 2023
Naughty Dog has taken notice to the myriad complaints about The Last of Us Part 1 and says it's "actively investigating" them.
"We will continue to update you, but our team is prioritizing updates and will address issues in upcoming patches," the studio said in a tweet.
Elsewhere, the studio is celebrating the release and promising it won't be the last of Naughty Dog's PC support.