God of War launched last week on PC, and it’s very good. Our 90% review said that it is “the best version of an amazing game” and that it runs so smoothly you may not need to buy a new GPU. God of War can run like an ace on AMD’s Ryzen 7 5700G integrated graphics with a little tuning and tweaking. The game has also received an “overwhelmingly positive rating” from more than 10,000 Steam users throughout the weekend. It’s not bad at all.
There is no perfect launch. Some users report memory issues even on the most powerful rigs. Sony discovered that most complaints were coming from users with 12th-Gen Intel CPUs and integrated graphics. Although disabling integrated graphics was an effective but not optimal workaround, a hotfix for Steam’s experimental branch is now available that should provide a more user-friendly solution.
You will need to right-click God of War in Steam’s Steam library and choose “Properties” in the pop-up menu. Next, select “Betas” from the left-hand menu and change to “Experimental.” It may not appear in the drop-down menu. Restart Steam and try again.
This branch is experimental. Sony warns that this branch is experimental because we haven’t completed all of our quality assurance testing. This means that there may be instability we don’t yet know about. If you are willing to help, download the new build and let me know how it goes.
Based on the comments in this thread, the fix appears to be working for some players, but others are still struggling–hopefully, Sony will be able to come up with a more comprehensive fix soon. If you’ve tried the experimental branch but want to go back, you can follow the same steps, except choosing “none” instead.