When Grand Theft Auto V first launched on PC, fans that had waited patiently for months were greeted with a visually stunning game that ran surprisingly well on a wide range of hardware. Unfortunately, the game's good performance hasn't continued after the latest patch.
According to a range of gamers on Reddit and the Steam Community (as first reported by PC Gamer), the latest patch for Grand Theft Auto V, version 1.28, has seriously degraded the performance of the game. Many users are reporting frame rate reductions and micro-stuttering after applying the patch; issues which Rockstar Games are currently looking in to.
It's not currently known what is causing the performance issues in GTA V, although some users have speculated that Rockstar's increased anti-cheating and anti-modding measures have had an impact on performance. This doesn't seem to fully explain the issues, though, as people playing the game without mods are still reporting serious issues with performance.
The issues gamers are currently facing with GTA V are especially disappointing considering the long delay between the game's launch on consoles and PC. It seemed that Rockstar had fixed most performance problems by delaying the game until April this year, but unfortunately quality control on subsequent patches hasn't been up to scratch.
To resolve the performance issues, some users have downgraded their version of GTA V by reinstalling the game and only applying patches up to version 1.27. However this is tricky to achieve for users who own the game through Steam, and downgrading the game prevents users from accessing GTA V's online features.
Hopefully Rockstar Games can resolve the issues with Grand Theft Auto V through a new patch as quickly as possible.