GTA IV PC patch released

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By Chris | 13th Dec 2008 at 04:12 GMT in GTA IV | 23 Comments
The patch promised by Rockstar for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV has now been released. Start up GTA IV and connect to LIVE to initiate the download. The patch is 32.6MB and will take a few minutes to install. It should fix the following issues:
  • A fix to the crash after legal screen that some German customers were reporting.
  • Numerous improvements to the video editor: Smarter naming of videos, improved rendering quality, better fx during replays.
  • Fix to bowling while using certain sensitive mice.
  • Fix for ATI 1900 shadows.
  • Overall savings to memory.
  • Graphic improvements to particle systems and mirrors.
  • Multiplayer character settings are preserved.
  • Support for DirectInput controllers.
Let us know if it's helped improve things for you in our forums.

Thanks to gamerzworld for the heads up.

NOTE: If for any reason you would like manually install the patch rather than update from LIVE, you can download the patch here.
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Slyde 13th December, 2008 @ 04:16 - Permalink
About time...updating now. See how it is
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bobster 13th December, 2008 @ 06:41 - Permalink

The patch promised by Rockstar for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV has now been released. Start up GTA IV and connect to LIVE to initiate the download. The patch is 32.6MB and will take a few minutes to install. It should fix the following issues:

  • A fix to the crash after legal screen that some German customers were reporting.
  • Numerous improvements to the video editor: Smarter naming of videos, improved rendering quality, better fx during replays.
  • Fix to bowling while using certain sensitive mice.
  • Fix for ATI 1900 shadows.
  • Overall savings to memory.
  • Graphic improvements to particle systems and mirrors.
  • Multiplayer character settings are preserved.
  • Support for DirectInput controllers.
Let us know if it's helped improve things for you in our forums.

Thanks to gamerzworld for the heads up.



Did it bollocks fix anything it only made my game worse i have no ammo signs no ingame sound wot so eva etc etc.. its even worse, i saw the same thing at steam forums
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rappo 13th December, 2008 @ 08:53 - Permalink
well at first it made my game crash because of the mods i had on it :P then when i reinstalled, not much changed from before.. maybe like 3fps increase, but that's about it. nothing negative nothing positive on my end.
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Slyde 13th December, 2008 @ 10:27 - Permalink
Probably just me but I'm not seeing any difference. Maybe but still too minor.
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Joelzaar 13th December, 2008 @ 10:54 - Permalink
Iv just recently bought the game but havent installed it. When i install it i wont have to get the patch will i? iv got real bad net and cant get the patch if its more than 35MB's in size.
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EvoLuTioN 13th December, 2008 @ 11:08 - Permalink
You'll still have to download the patch, they just released it today so I don't think they will include it in the game.
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mixerman3d 13th December, 2008 @ 11:25 - Permalink
specs:
nvidia 9800 gtx
amd athlon 64 6400+ 3.4 ghz dual core
4gigs corsair dominator 1066 mhz
windows vista x64

this setup will dominate most games without question except GTA IV

before the patch i got 15-25 fps usually around 20, playable but not ideal, what i would give to have the FPS i get when i'm in the tunnel over to the last island (45-60), it's so silky smooth i go out of my way to take the tunnel rather then the bridge.

now i've just gotten the patch and guess what, i'm still getting the same fps but now i gave a couple bugs to work around to get it to look like it did before.

here are my graphics settings:
1920*1200 (doesn't make much of a difference if it's lower)
textures mid (setting to high causes textures to load very slowly as i drive around)
view distance about 30 (before patch this made little difference visually, now unless you have it pretty fine tuned it seems cause problems with LOD)
shodow slider makes no difference visually or on my FPS so i leave it at 1

i will also mention that i'm using a PlayStation to USB adapter as my game pad. works perfect for any other game but this one. i dont know why R* decided to leave out custom mapping for gamepads but i think it is simply lame and lazy.
the game also likes to shoot my view to looking straight up unless i unplug my controller when i start the game and plug it back in after the game is loaded so i can use a 3rd party program called "xpadder" to map joystick controls to
keyboard and mouse input.

also, i run the game with the current command line input just to make sure it's using my computers full potential:
-norestrictions -nomemrestrict -novblank –availablevidmem 1 -percentvidmem 100 -dx9

looks like we get to wait for yet another patch
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Joelzaar 13th December, 2008 @ 11:25 - Permalink
I mean "have to get" as in do i have to get it even though i will probably do it later on.
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mixerman3d 13th December, 2008 @ 11:31 - Permalink

I mean "have to get" as in do i have to get it even though i will probably do it later on.


you should be able to skip it as long as you make an offline live account in game.
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Joelzaar 13th December, 2008 @ 11:35 - Permalink
How do i make an offline account? wouldnt it need to confirm it or something?
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mixerman3d 13th December, 2008 @ 12:17 - Permalink

How do i make an offline account? wouldnt it need to confirm it or something?


when you go to make your live account just click offline account, it will also make saves local rather then on the live servers. the activation and confirmation is different
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Spider-Vice 13th December, 2008 @ 13:45 - Permalink
Did you ever played TrackMania? It's like that.
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Mehhh 13th December, 2008 @ 15:12 - Permalink
I was up late last night and when I signed in it told me to update to the patch, I dled but I thought, leme check a board first, sure enough gamers at GTAF were also having problems, glitches, something about a spacenavigator or something ....

Its sounding abit more to me like possibly some additional "securom" or something since ppl w/ mods are having problems which sux.. I've been enjoying tinkering w/ mods, I did one las night where the cops were apparently showing up as peds ?? And when I rammed a cop car, there was a female ped in it, so I'm still tinkering w/ stuff like that..

When did they allow this offline account saving ? I remember reading in their texts something like "..single player progess is always tracked.." or something to that extent so I never knew any other way...hmm
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mixerman3d 14th December, 2008 @ 01:19 - Permalink
after the patch the fraps overlay no longer shows

they did not add extra anti theft protection. i play a cracked version on my retail game cause i don't like securom practices. i was able to use the same crack before and after.
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Joelzaar 14th December, 2008 @ 02:16 - Permalink
Is there anyway to avoid downloading the patch?. Its sucks that fraps wont work on it, i was really looking forward to using some pic's for new sig's.
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Ultraussie 14th December, 2008 @ 02:23 - Permalink
They need to realease a Low graphics GTAIV for PS2 and PC, because not everyone has a PS3 or a fast PC. My PC was very very fast for its time 3 years ago, Toshiba Satelite, 1 GB ram, Windows XP SP2 (Upgraded to SP3 via update), lots of expensive programs, graphics drivers here and there.......
Now its just "Too old" and "Too slow" for modern next gen pile of fancy s**t.
Curse you Rockstar, Curse you Playstation, Curse you people who update everything before we pay for the existing tech!!!!! F**K!!!
Lol anyway..
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Joelzaar 14th December, 2008 @ 02:38 - Permalink
I actually have more than whats required but i only have 1.0GB RAM but its because it pretty full of stuff. How can i boost up my RAM? i know it can go to 2GB.
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Spider-Vice 14th December, 2008 @ 15:35 - Permalink
What OS are you using? If Vista, you can plug in a pen drive and use WindowsBooster. (or w/e)
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claude-5 14th December, 2008 @ 18:35 - Permalink
ive noticed a very slight framerate increase, every little helps :)
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Joelzaar 18th December, 2008 @ 11:59 - Permalink
Will this patch fix the missing textures bug? iv got it real bad. The interior of my apartment is ok but when i go out side... ITS BLUE SKY HELL! all i see is street poles and cars and people and a few buildings but that it, no roads. Anyone know how to fix this?
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ganglartoronto 25th December, 2008 @ 18:45 - Permalink
This is gettin really annoying. The patch for Live(pc) wont even finish. It downloads and sits at the end with nothing happening. tried this multiple times and still nothing. Any ideas?
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Chris 25th December, 2008 @ 18:51 - Permalink
Download the manual install version from our database, linked in the first post.
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Joelzaar 26th December, 2008 @ 01:34 - Permalink
The patch fixed all my missing texture problems. But my fps is nothing to party over, 5-8 fps outside and 7-12 inside :( . Hope the next patch if they make one will help. I DO have the new drivers but they didnt make much of a difference.

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