Oh Prey. Things have never really gone smoothly for the reboot, and the game’s problems are frankly past the point of ridiculous, but finally some PS4 support is here. Update 1.05 for Prey is now live, which brings specific fixes for PS4-related issues, as well as over 30 additional fixes for Xbox One, PS4 and PC players.
According to a reddit post from Bethesda, the patch fixes the screen-tearing and stuttering issues that PS4 and PS4 Pro players have encountered. The game’s 1.04 update for PS4, which launched in May, added visual enhancements—like higher quality shadows and improved textures—for those playing on PS4 Pro, and may have gone a little bit sideways for some players.
In addition to addressing the performance issues for PS4 players, Prey’s new patch fixes a number of bugs and crashing issues for all platforms. Other tweaks like improved strength of melee aim assist and increased wrench range are featured as well.
Addressing Prey’s bugs and performance issues has been an ongoing process for Bethesda and Arkane with a lot of frustration on all sides, I’m sure. Many players encountered save-related issues and game crashes on PC when Prey first launched, which was addressed several days later with a patch, but the damage had already been done. Many players, including myself, had essentially given up the game as too broken to play on PC, which led to some incredibly low review scores for the game, both by critics and consumers. Bethesda’s “less than 24 hour” review policy also did not help.
And that’s a damn shame, because the base game is actually really an enjoyable experience with a gripping story, like many of Bethesda’s games- but that’s only when it works. Prey definitely could have used a few more months of bug testing and patching before going live, without a doubt. The full list of bug fixes coming with patch 1.05 is frankly ridiculous.
Those fixes include:
- PS4 ONLY] Fixes to address screen-tearing/stuttering
- Player can no longer become blocked from rebooting Power Plant for the “Reboot” mission after killing the Technopath in Life Support.
- Added weapon malfunction text for when weapons jam.
- Fixed crash when mimicking bass guitar in the Yellow Tulip.
- Extra items gained through passive neuromods, such as organs and tumors from Necropsy or spare parts through Dismantle, will now properly stack in the player’s inventory automatically.
- Loading a save from a previous version of the game will no longer remove all quests and inventory, or break the HUD.
- Fix for some AI-related crashes.
- Various combat tweaks/fixes for mimics.
- Opening the TranScribe will no longer disrupt FoV settings.
- The light on top of a turret will no longer become detached when the player jumps and glides while holding it.
- Approaching areas with Coral should no longer cause the client to stutter and eventually freeze.
- Operator corpses from saves made on previous builds will no longer cause performance issues.
- Repair II and III increase efficiency with suit patch kits. Reduced suit damage from enemies on easy and normal difficulty.
- Increased wrench range and strength of melee aim assist. Wrench now always staggers mimics (interrupts attacks). Mimics stand further back to prevent players having to look down too much.
- Stun Gun now tells the player when a target is out of its effective range. Weapons will display a “Weapon Offline” when disabled by EMP.
- Hepatocytic Amp S-m186 chipset now properly only removes the negative effects of the “Drunk” debuff
- Player will now spawn in the correct location when traveling from Shuttle Bay to other locations.
- Fixed rare crash when level transitioning to Life Support.
- Reployers no longer lose collision when recycling them, and then loading a save where they were present.
- Player can no longer bypass ceiling collision by mantling GLOO.
- Danielle now voices the correct response to the player’s actions with the Cook during the endgame sequence.
- The fabricated coral detector chipset and the quest-given chipset now both function correctly to scan the coral when installed
- Fix for rare freeze/crash when in combat with Phantoms.
- The Luther Glass quest will no longer incorrectly complete and fail after the player has already completed the quest in Trauma Center.
- Lights are no longer sometimes incorrectly ‘on’ when the player enters the Cargo Bay for the first time
- Igwe will no longer be found in Cargo Bay when the ‘meet January’ call is triggered.
- Mimic’s wall jump attack animation is cancelled if they are stunned.
- Treasure Hunt now lists an objective and marker to return to Abigail’s workstation once all the maps are investigated.
- The nightmare in the Arboretum is now able to get into the greenhouse and use ranged attacks on the player from the doorway.
- Turrets can now be hacked properly if they’ve been previously controlled by the Technopath.
- If the player manages to fully GLOO the greater mimic while it is in mid-lunge toward the player’s face, the facegrab animation will no longer play and trap the player.
- Hitting a stunned Phantom with the wrench no longer breaks their animations
- Raised phantoms and operators will no longer become hostile to the player when attaching grenades to them.
- Various crash fixes
- Various text fixes.
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