A report surfaced this weekend, suggesting that the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn lacked the PS4 snow deformation effects. These snow deformation effects were introduced in the Frozen Wilds DLC, and are only featured in that area. Thus, we’ve decided to head over to that area, begin the DLC mission and see whether this report was accurate.
Unfortunately, we can confirm that the PC version does not feature the snow deformation effects that are present in the PS4 version. We don’t know why Virtuous and Guerrilla Games decided to leave those effects out from the PC version. And, to be honest, it’s a shame as those snow effects were really cool.
Moreover, it appears that the game has another issue that is related to its framerate. From the looks of it, Aloy’s hair does not behave/move correctly when the game is running at higher than 30fps.
Below you can find a video that shows this hair bug, as well as the lack of the snow deformation effects.
So yeah, it appears that the game has more issues than we initially thought. Another report surfaced this weekend, suggesting that the PC version was a debug build. However, and as we’ve already reported, that was inaccurate.
Guerrilla Games and Virtuos are currently looking into fixing some crash issues, the 30fps animations and the inability to enable Anisotropic Filtering in game. Sadly, we don’t know whether the teams will address these two new issues in the game’s first patch.
Stay tuned for more!
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved – and still does – the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the “The Evolution of PC graphics cards.”