GTA 5's First PC Patch Has Arrived

Bug fixes for crashes, frame rate problems, random eyebrow switches, and more.

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The first patch for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has been released, and it resolves a number of issues players have been reporting this week.

The fixes in this patch are truly wide-ranging--they deal with everything from crashes in the launcher and frame rate issues to much stranger things, like birds not flying properly in Rockstar Editor clips and players' eyebrows and facial features being changed when they're transferred to PC.

Patch 1.01 also addresses the bizarre issue that prevents the game from installing and running properly if you have anything but a letter or number in your Windows username. Rockstar offered a workaround for that earlier this week--basically, make a new user account and name it only using letters A-Z and numbers 0-9. If you did so, Rockstar's support website has been updated with details on how to continue your progress from the new Windows account on your old one.

Other problems that continue to exist aren't things Rockstar can necessarily fix--for instance, to not lose your vehicles from the Xbox 360/PS3 versions of GTA Online, you need to log in to the game from that console before initiating the PC transfer process if you haven't played since December 2013. For more details on that, Windows Media Player problems, and other issues, check out our list of workarounds.

Read on for the full list of 1.01 patch notes.

  • Fixed an issue where the GTA V Launcher would use an abnormally high percentage of CPU and sometimes crash
  • Fixed an issue where frame rate would drop when left-clicking the mouse while driving
  • Added a grid to the Golf mini-game to show the topology of the green while putting
  • Fixed an issue where a character’s eyebrows or other facial features could change erroneously when transferred to PC
  • Fixed an issue where a some players were asked to transfer their GTA Online character while a transfer was already in progress
  • YouTube uploads via the Rockstar Editor will now correctly resume if Internet connection is lost during the upload and later restored
  • Fixed a rare issue where the game could crash while using the Rockstar Editor
  • Projects containing deleted clips will now load properly in the Rockstar Editor and warn the player of the missing clips
  • Fixed an issue where birds were not recorded correctly in Rockstar Editor clips
  • Corrected an issue where certain characters in Windows usernames would cause the Launcher to fail to load or other undesired game behavior. For details, see this page.
  • Fixed an issue where players with one garage would not be able to replace an existing vehicle if the garage was full and the new vehicle was purchased from an in-game website
  • Additional fixes to prepare for iFruit support
  • Crew Tire Smoke can no longer be purchased if you are not in a Crew

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