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The Last of Us Part I

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The Last of Us Part I
The Last of Us Part I cover
Naughty Dog
Windows Iron Galaxy Studios[1][2]
PlayStation PC
Naughty Dog Game Engine
Release dates
Windows March 28, 2023
Metacritic 58
OpenCritic 82
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter, Survival
Art styles Realistic
Themes Post-apocalyptic, Zombies
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The Last of Us Part I is a remake of the PlayStation 3 game from 2013. The original game was developed by Naughty Dog and published by PlayStation PC. This is the first game in the Last of Us series to be released on PC and the second game developed by Naughty Dog to be released on PC, following Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection. The PC version features extensive improvements over the PlayStation 5 release, such as increased resolution, native ultra-wide-screen support, hardware-specific upscaling options (for Nvidia and AMD GPUs respectively), and more.[1]

The PlayStation 5 version was released on September 2, 2022, and the PC port was released on March 28, 2023. While the PC port was lauded for its extensive settings, the game launched to an overall negative reception due to several technical issues, such as extended shader compilation times, unexpected crashes, degraded performance and stability while compiling shaders in the background, mouse and camera stuttering, and the game being limited to utilizing relatively low CPU power.[3][4][5]

Several patches have been released post-launch aimed at addressing the issues: in addition to improving overall performance and fixing bugs, the patches have improved stability during the shader compilation process, fixed several crashes, reduced shader compilation time, shortened loading times, and improved the overall user-experience for the Steam Deck.[6][7][5][8]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
PC Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Humble Store
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.

Version differences

The Last of Us Part 1 includes the base game and the Left Behind prequel chapter.[9]
Digital Deluxe Edition: contains everything from The Last of Us Part 1. Everything else that is included are all early unlocks that can also be unlocked through in-game progress: Increased Crafting Speed Skill, Increased Healing Speed Skill, 9mm Reload Speed Increase Upgrade, Rifle Clip Capacity Increase Upgrade, Explosive Arrows Gameplay Modifier, Photo-mode Dither Punk filter, Speedrun Mode and six weapon skins (Black Gold 9mm Pistol, Silver Filigree 9mm Pistol, Rubber Tactical Shotgun, Sculpted Oak Shotgun, Arctic White Bow and Carbon Black Bow).
Pre-purchase grants access to bonus supplements and bonus weapon parts that could also be gained through in-game progress. These bonusses can be toggled off when starting a new game.[10]
Platform Bonus: on Steam, receive Left 4 Dead and Portal in-game t-shirt cosmetics for Ellie and, on Epic, receive Alan Wake t-shirt cosmetic for Ellie after beating the main story.[11][12]


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.


Type Notes
Cosmetic Digital Deluxe upgrade contains early access to various skins for weapons.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\The Last of Us Part I\users\<user-id>\screeninfo.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1888930/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\The Last of Us Part I\users\<user-id>\savedata\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1888930/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Steam Cloud


Display options
Display options

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen's wall culling fix.
21:9 and 32:9 supported.[1] Pillarboxes can be disabled, but game suggests this can cause various visual bugs, like clipping issues.[13]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Slider from -10 to +10 or use Flawless Widescreen.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
1x, 2x, 4x, 8x and 16x options available. No option available to fully disable it.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA or DLAA with no option to disable.[14] See Anti-aliasing (AA) for a workaround. SSAA up to 200% available through the Render Scale slider (with increments of 20%).
High-fidelity upscaling
FSR 3.0, DLSS 3.1
The game launched with FSR 2.2 and DLSS 3.1.[1] On March 19, 2024, the game was updated to version 1.1.3, upgrading it to FSR 3.[15]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On/Off toggle.[1]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Optional framerate cap from 30 to 250 and Unlocked, with increments of 10.[16]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
HDR needs to be enabled in Windows in order to be able to enable HDR in-game, otherwise the message "This display does not support HDR" will show and the option will remain locked.
Ray tracing (RT)
Color blind mode
Protanopia, Deuteranopia and Tritanopia HUD colorblind modes supported with adjustable HUD Background darkness and HUD Color.

Limit VRAM usage for weaker GPUs

Adjust VRAM through the developer debug menu[citation needed]
This solution needs to be applied every time the game is launched and lowering the allocated memory too much will result in textures not loading, use it only as a last resort.
  1. Unlock and open the developer debug menu.
  2. Go to Rendering > Stats... > Texture Streaming... in the developer debug menu.
  3. Lower the Texture Memory Size value at will.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Modify the game's executable to disable TAA[17]
If using the Steam version, Steamless might have to be used first to unpack the executable.
This will also disable the sharpening filter that is bundled with the TAA.
  1. Open the game's executable, <path-to-game>\tlou-i.exe (AVX2) or <path-to-game>\tlou-i-l.exe (non-AVX2), in a HEX editor (e.g. HxD).
  2. Find 84 C0 74 08 41 8A C7 EB 05 HEX code.
  3. Replace it with 84 C0 90 90 32 C0 90 EB 05.
  4. Find 44 0F B6 F8 C5 C8 57 F6 84 C0 HEX code.
  5. Replace it with 45 33 FF 90 C5 C8 57 F6 84 C0.
  6. Save the changes.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Default, Right Hand Only, Left Hand Only, Numpad, Arrow Keys, ESDF, Dvorak and Azerty keybinding presets are available. Additionally 3 custom schemes can be saved.[1]
Mouse acceleration
Raw Mouse Input setting can be enabled to disable mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Look, Aiming and Sniping sensitivity can be separately adjusted for both axes.[18]
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Look and Aiming camera can be separately inverted for both axes.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Default, Right Hand Only and Left Hand Only specific controller presets are available. Controller Orientation can be set to Default, Left, Right and Upside Down. Left Stick and Right Stick option can be set to Default, Flipped While Aiming or Flipped Always. Additionally 3 custom remap schemes can be saved.[1]
Controller sensitivity
Look, Aiming and Sniping sensitivity can be separately adjusted for both axes.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Look and Aiming camera can be separately inverted for both axes.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
DualShock 4, DualSense, DualSense Edge
Gyro functionality of PlayStation controllers are also supported.

For DualSense Edge, they'd have to use the built-in profiles for remapping the back buttons.[19]
PlayStation button prompts
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
Wired and Wireless only.
DualSense haptic feedback support
Wired connection only.
Connection modes Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth)
Generic/other controllers
Xbox Adaptive Controller, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, and Steam Controller are supported by the game with separate control customizations.
Button prompts
An option to override button prompt style, can be found via Options > HUD
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Wired DualSense connection only.[1]
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Controller or Keyboard+Mouse prompts can be locked under [Input Icon Mode] via Options > HUD [1]
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Certain controller features like Motion Sensor are also supported across all Controller Types.[Note 2] [21]
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Steam Controller and Steam Deck button prompts are supported.
Cursor detection


Audio options
Audio options

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate Effects, Dialogue, Music, Cinematics, Accessibility Audio Cues, Screen Reader and Cinematic Descriptions volume sliders are available.
Surround sound
3D Spatial Audio option available. Dolby Atmos supported.[22] Output Device Type and Dynamic Range can be separately adjusted. Mono Audio toggle available.[1]
Separate Size, Background, Names, Name Colours, Direction and Color options available.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
On/Off toggle named Pause on Focus Lost.
Royalty free audio
Language options
Language options


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Voice acting was recorded specifically for this version, as it was not present in the original.
Audio is region locked to Japanese storefronts.
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish
Screen Reader option is not available.
Voice acting was recorded specifically for this version, as it was not present in the original.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Officially supported game

Other Virtual Reality

Enable VR
  1. Install Reshade with full Add-On Support, inclusive the complete Effect Package Depth3D BlueSkyDefender
  2. In the ingame Reshade menu activate SuperDepth3D_VR, follow instructions (Home-Key on keyboard for Menu)
  3. Download Generic_Depth_Mod.Addon64, copy it next to your Game.exe
  4. In the ingame Reshade menu install generic_depth_mod.addon64 (Add-On Tab)
  5. Launch Side by Side 3D on your 3D Compatible TV/Monitor + 3D Glasses or Install Vorpx Desktop Viewer or Depth3D VR Companion App

Issues unresolved

Crashes, poor performance and "Please wait" screens during gameplay

People report a large amount of crashes every few minutes of gameplay and poor performance, especially when playing the game without letting the shader compilation process finish.[23]
The game possibly also suffers from a memory leak, possibly causing crashes and "Please wait" screens over time when the game runs out of system RAM.[24][25][26]
Wait at the game's main menu for shader compilation to finish[23]
The above issues might still happen, but seemingly to a lesser extent.
Nvidia RTX 30 series GPUs: update to Nvidia GPU driver version 531.58 or higher[27]

Very CPU-limited during gameplay

While the game utilizes CPU-multithreading excellently, the game seems to max out most cores on especially mid-range hardware while background-loading data during gameplay. This then causes the game to become very CPU-limited. This is likely caused by the game streaming in and decompressing data at the same time during gameplay in a less CPU-friendly way. After some time when standing still, when the background-loading is done, performance will return to normal.[5] Update improved texture streaming behavior to reduce CPU usage, likely reducing the severity of this issue to some extent.[8]

Issues fixed

Font and button prompt issues

Button prompts and text flickering or displaying an incorrect or broken character.[28]
Right click on the game in Steam, select Properties>Controller, and select Disable Steam Input[29]

Proton: "Out of date driver" message and limited VRAM on AMD hardware

Add WINEDLLOVERRIDES="amd_ags_x64.dll=b" %command% as a command line arguments[30][31]
This may cause color artifacts on the curtains on the main menu, but rendering during gameplay behaves fine.
Doesn't seem to work for all users to fix the VRAM amount displayed at the graphics menu.[32]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12 [33]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video v2021.08.1

Accessing developer debug menu

Unlock the debug menu through modded executable[34]
This mod replaces the main executable of the game with a variant that has a certain internal value changed to unlock the internal developer debug menu that is still available in the executable's code.
  1. Copy tlou-d.exe from the downloaded and extracted The Last of Us Part 1 Extended Debug Menu to <path-to-game>.
  2. Launch the game through (tlou-d.exe).
  3. Press Ctrl+~ (English US keyboard layout) to access the debug menu.
  4. To change any value, hold the left mouse button and press a to decrease and d to increase.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10 (build 1909)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7-4770K
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
System memory (RAM) 16 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 GB (SSD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
AMD Radeon 470
4 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Minimum system requirements are for 720p, Low settings at 30 FPS. Recommended system requirements are for 1080p, High settings at 60 FPS. Performance (1440p, High settings at 60 FPS) and Ultra (4K, Ultra settings at 60 FPS) system requirements are also available.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  2. If Steam Input is enabled while using an PlayStation Controller: You'll receive an pop-up notice informing you that Trackpad, Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers are not supported.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 The Last of Us Part I PC’s features and specs detailed PlayStation.Blog - last accessed on 2023-03-09
  2. Iron Galaxy will be responsible for The Last of Us Part I Remake PC - last accessed on 13 March 2023
    "At the bottom left corner, you can also see the logo for Iron Galaxy (which wasn’t present in the previous PC specs)."
  3. Known Issues - Naughty Dog - last accessed on 2023-03-29
  4. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-03-30
    Encountered several crashes myself for example when adjusting some menu options, even when shader compilation was already done.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Last of Us Part 1 PC vs PS5 - A Disappointing Port With Big Problems To Address - Digital Foundry - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-04-02
  6. The Last of Us Part I v1.0.1.6 Patch Notes - Steam - last accessed on 2023-03-30
  7. The Last of Us Part I v1.0.1.5 Patch Notes - Steam - last accessed on 2023-03-30
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Last of Us Part I v1.0.2.0 Patch Notes - NaughtyDog - last accessed on 2023-04-07
  9. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-03-29
    Own the base The Last of Us Part 1 version and that already includes access to the Left Behind prequel chapter. It is thus not Deluxe Edition-exclusive. The wording on the store pages is just a big confusing as for example "The Last of Us single-player story" is of course also standardly included, but also listed in the same way as Left Behind for the Deluxe Edition.
  10. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-03-28
    There is an "Apply Preorder Bonus" toggle available when starting a new game.
  11. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-03-28
    Steam exclusive L4D and Portal skins are mentioned on the Steam store page.
  12. Alan Wake - 6:00 PM Mar 28, 2023 - Twitter - last accessed on 2023-03-28
  13. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-03-28
    Game mentions this as a warning when looking at the Ultrawide Pillarboxes option.
  14. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-03-28
    Has the softness of TAA and their engine is known for very good TAA usage, for example TLOUP2 also had TAA.
  15. The Last of Us Part I v1.1.3 Patch Notes - Steam - last accessed on 2023-03-19
  16. The Last of Us Part 1 - Official PC Features Trailer #3 - IGN - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-03-24
    ""Unlocked Framerate" mentioned at 0:09 in the video."
  17. The Last of Us: Part I - TAA fix - Reddit - last accessed on 2023-03-31
  18. The Last of Us Part 1 - Official PC Features Trailer #2 - IGN - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-03-25
    "Shown in the video quickly at 0:13."
  19. What controllers are supported when playing The Last of Us Part I on PC? - Naughty Dog - last accessed on June 2023
  20. The Last of Us Part I PC's features and specs detailed PlayStation.Blog - last accessed on 2023-03-13
    "(…), an adaptive mode that allows players to combine keyboard and controller inputs, (…)"
  21. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-03-28
    Game has Steam Input enabled by the developer in case of the Nintendo Switch, Steam Controller, Remote Play and Generic Controller to handle those inputs for the game.
  22. Verified by User:Alex.Schroedsen on 2024-03-03
    Tested with Denon X3700h configured for 5.1.2 Surround.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Known Issues - Naughty Dog - last accessed on 2023-03-29
    "Performance and stability is degraded while shaders are loading in the background"
  24. Known Issues - Naughty Dog - last accessed on 2023-03-29
    "A potential memory leak"
  25. "Please Wait..." - Steam - last accessed on 2023-03-29
  26. How Much Ram Do You Need For The Last Of Us Part 1? - 8GB vs 16GB vs 24GB vs 32GB Ram - ft. RTX 3070 - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-03-29
    ""Please wait" issue happens on the video at 1:30 only on the 16GB RAM setup. HDD/SSD difference doesn't seem to have a play on this, as HDD users with 24GB RAM (or above) setups don't meet the issue"
  27. GeForce Hotfix Driver Version 531.58 - Nvidia Customer Help - last accessed on 2023-04-04
    "[The Last of Us Part 1] Game may randomly crash during gameplay on GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs [4031676]"
  28. Verified by User:Alldressedchip on 2023-03-29
    Encountered issue
  29. Verified by User:Alldressedchip on 2023-03-29
    Verified fix.
  30. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2023-03-29
    Tested as I noticed that my RX 6900XT's VRAM wasn't being detected properly.
  31. The Last of Us Part I - ProtonDB - last accessed on 2023-03-29
  32. The Last of Us Part 1 (1888930) #6653 - ValveSoftware / Proton - GitHub - last accessed on 2023-03-30
    "Just stopped the message at the start, the amount still the same."
  33. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-03-28
    Confirmed API to be D3D12 using RTSS.
  34. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-03-30
    The mod (older version for update) indeed works and reveals the full debug menu, tested it with a installation though. The version of the executable the mod provides is version 1.01 though, so could reveal various issues if using with this newer version as some other files besides the executable were changed in this newer version of the game.