It’s been four years since the release of Nier Automata on Steam but it’s finally getting improvements on the platform via a new patch arriving this week.
Nier Automata Finally Receives Improvements on Steam July 15th
It was back in April when a patch was first announced by Platinum for the PC Steam version of NieR Automata, set to improve the version on the platform. Previously the version available through the Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass also received a patch, but the Steam version still awaited some need fixes to performance and frame rate issues. But the light at the end of tunnel is almost here as Steam patch arrives on July 15th, this Thursday.
The #NieR:Automata Steam patch is coming July 15th at 9am PDT / 6pm CEST, implementing the below changes:
Bit rate improvements
UI texture upgrade
Frame rate adjustments
Other minor fixes
— NieR Series (@NieRGame) July 13, 2021
The Steam version currently experiences a number of issues which has been only solved up until this point with third party mods to help the current state. Now an official patch is underway which should smooth out the uneven performance in places.
The patch notes have been released and can be found below. These includes improvements to anit-aliasing, UI textures (4K), cut scenes, borderless video settings and more. It will also get rid of the pesky cursor that just pops up when using a game pad controller which in the past also needed a mod to help. The frame rate will also be stabilised at 60FPS.
- Borderless Video Settings – Borderless video settings have been implemented
- Fidelity FX – A Fidelity FX CAS feature has been added
- HDR – The system will now detect whether HDR has been activated in the Windows display settings, and automatically boot the game in HDR mode if it has
- Anti-aliasing – Adjustments to the anti-aliasing functionality
- UI textures (4K) – Approximately 270 UI textures for icons, backdrops and UI elements etc. now support 4K resolutions
- Cut scenes – The bit rate has been improved and all pre-rendered cut scenes adjusted, so they will now play in 60FPS and display in the correct aspect ratio without stretching the picture
- Global illumination – A new “Global illumination” feature has been implemented. This can be set to three different levels; High, Medium or Low
- Ambient occlusion/ bloom – The rendering targets for ambient occlusion and bloom effects have been changed to dynamic resolution based on the game’s resolution
- It is now possible to switch between recently selected display modes for screenshots, such as between full screen and windowed mode or between borderless and windowed mode, by pushing the Alt + Enter keys together.
- The mouse cursor is no longer displayed when using a game pad controller.
- The frame rate has been stabilised at 60FPS under default settings.
- Other stability related fixes have also been implemented.
NieR Automata also reached a new milestone in June, surpassing six million units in shipments and digital sales. If you have checked out the RPG before, you should definitely give it a go, as there are multiple endings and plenty of content which hopefully now runs a little smoother on Steam.
You can also now play the upgraded version of NieR Replicant Ver.1.22474487139… which launched earlier this year on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC which is the prequel of sorts to NieR Automata, completing the curious tale.
NieR: Automata is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and the Microsoft Store.
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