GTA IV on Unibody MBP: low performance

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  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

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    I installed GTA IV on my unibody MBP an hour ago and the performance is incredibly low.

    Boot Camp, Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit. (check the MBP specs in my sig)


    Anyone else experienced this as well?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Are you using nVidia's latest drivers? Also please don't set everything to High.
     
  3. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I installed the latest nVidia drivers from laptopvideo2go.com

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    Settings:

    Resolution: 1280x800 (my MBP supports 1440x900)
    Textures: Medium
    Rendering: High

    the rest of the bars are set either 1/4 or half full. (shadows etc)

    And I only get an average FPS of 22.
     
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  5. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think I've already tried that, but I'll try again in a few minutes and let you know how that went.
     
  6. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The game will only run silky smooth when everything is set to low.

    However, in high-paced game like GTA IV, I can't notice much difference to be honest (except for the cut scene movies)

    So I guess I'll stick to low settings until a proper patched is released.
     
  7. Marlor macrumors regular

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    I have a high-end gaming PC, and the game runs terribly on that too. No matter what settings you choose, the game will run poorly.

    Basically, Rockstar screwed up with this port. Ensuring you have the latest drivers and the latest patch will improve things marginally. But really, all you can do other than that is turn the settings right down and hope that they eventually release a patch to improve performance.
     
  8. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Are you aware of any such plans in the nearby future?
     
  9. Marlor macrumors regular

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    Nope.

    Rockstar is basically refusing to acknowledge that there is anything wrong, despite the massive uproar in the PC gaming community when the game was released.

    Rockstar's official line is that only one percent of users have called the phone hotline, so 99% must have no problems. They have also advised users to run everything on low settings, because "higher settings are provided for future generations of PCs with higher specifications than are currently widely available"... which is nonsense, because there is nothing particularly spectacular about the higher detail levels when compared to other games, and the performance barely seems to improve on ultra-high-end PCs.

    I'm still hopeful that there will be a proper patch eventually, but it will undoubtedly take a fair bit of work, and will be reliant on Rockstar deciding that it's worth the effort.

    Here's Kotaku's article on the debacle, with links to some related forums:
    http://kotaku.com/5101687/grand-theft-auto-iv-on-pc-is-a-little-broken
     
  10. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Bummer.

    I can't say those were €45 well spent.
     
  11. Marlor macrumors regular

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    Yeah, you're not alone. It's been one of the biggest debacles in PC gaming that I can remember.

    Still, the game is quite playable on most PCs at low detail levels, so it's not like the disc is a coaster. It's just a bit disappointing that Rockstar dropped the ball.

    The people who I really feel sorry for are the ones who decided to upgrade their PCs when they saw the poor performance, only to find that it didn't make any difference at all.
     
  12. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Poor Console Port

    Well at least they can attempt to play Crysis on their upgraded computers now.
     

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