Elden Ring won't run like ass after its latest update

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(Image credit: Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Issues blighting the recently released Elden Ring across PC and PS5 are already being fixed in its latest patch. Initial reviews and comments about the games noted that performance on PC platforms was noticeably poor, and that some PS5 users were experiencing issues with their save game data if they left their console on sleep mode.

Elden Ring is the latest game from FromSoftware, a developer best known for making gruelingly difficult titles like the Dark Souls series and Bloodborne. Last week, FromSoftware made an announcement encouraging all PS5 players experiencing save data issues to shut down the console completely to try and avoid the bug while a full patch was being developed.

PC players also experienced framerate stuttering and other performance issues that have been attributed to the graphics card not being used correctly by the game.

As reported by WCCFTech, the previous 1.02.1 patch should have fixed these bugs, some were still being reported. Patch 1.02.2 claims to have resolved them now though, even referencing a specific issue where the game would shut down completely during a battle with the Fire Giant.

You can read the full patch notes over on the official Elden Ring Twitter account, but we've listed the relevant ones below:

PC patch:

  • Fixed an issue where the graphics card was not being used, resulting in slow performance.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the game to quit under certain conditions during a battle with the Fire Giant.
  • Fixed other bugs.

PS5 patch:

  • Changes to save game progression even when the game is not terminated.

Analysis: put down the pitchforks

A dishevelled character on a horse in Elden Ring

(Image credit: FromSoftware)

FromSoftware has gained a reputation for creating pretty poor quality ports of its games to PC, and an initial wave of bugs isn't anything unusual for a new triple-A release. In fact, it's likely we'll see more issues pop up before everything is smoothed over, and it's worth bearing in mind that these issues are far from unique to the Demon Souls developer.

Big titles will inevitably run into some performance issues following the first few weeks following release as bugs that have slipped through the prior testing phase are discovered, but you shouldn't be too quick to make a judgment. After all, look at how well games like No Man's Sky have managed to turn itself around after a few months of development, and even Besthesda titles like Skyrim and Fallout have essentially rebranded some bugs as 'quirks' unique to the games.

If you're still on the fence, we would suggest you wait a few weeks for some additional patches to be released before you start installing the game onto your system, though most of the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, and as with any bugs, you're not guaranteed to run into them during your own gameplay. 

Jess Weatherbed

Jess is a former TechRadar Computing writer, where she covered all aspects of Mac and PC hardware, including PC gaming and peripherals. She has been interviewed as an industry expert for the BBC, and while her educational background was in prosthetics and model-making, her true love is in tech and she has built numerous desktop computers over the last 10 years for gaming and content creation. Jess is now a journalist at The Verge.