If you’re tired of staring at the loading screen in excellent PS4 exclusive Bloodborne, you’ll be happy to know that a performance patch aimed at improving performance is out now.
Patch 1.03 reduces loading times by between 5-15 seconds, says Sony – but the notes state that the extent of the improvement “may vary by circumstance”.
That’s the headline feature, but the update also fixes a few bugs, such as the problem with online matchmaking which arose from resuming play after using the suspend/resume function, and the glitch which led to easier boss encounters – so if you were one of the few using that glitch to make your life in Yharnam a bit easier, you’re all out of luck.
Here’s the full patch notes:
- Reduced loading times (approx. 5-15 seconds; may vary by circumstance)
- Fixed bug that left certain lifts and elevators inoperable
- Fixed bug that resulted in bosses becoming immobilized
- Fixed bug that left players unable to advance NPC events during multi-play
- When the PS4 is put into Rest Mode during online play, the game will now return to the main title screen upon resuming play. This will resolve matchmaking issues related to Suspend/Resume.
- Other various bug fixes
Some players have noticed other improvements, however. Gamepur has received reports that loading screens now show item descriptions instead of just the Bloodborne logo, and a bug which prevented custom body types from being used in the character creator has been resolved.
An update on the Japanese Playstation website says that there will be further improvements to performance in the future, but doesn’t make a mention of what those might be.
Brian Kale reviewed Bloodborne for Continue Play, awarding it our highest accolade – 10/10. “Bloodborne is a humbling experience, one that can often relentlessly frustrating – but it is also fair. From Software wants you to beat their game, and none of your deaths feel as though the game has cheated you,” Brian wrote in his Bloodborne review. “If this is your first time with a From Software game, enjoy it – because you’ll never get this feeling back again.”