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Grand Theft Auto 5's first PC patch corrects login bug

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The first patch for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC is out, less than a week after this version's launch, correcting a slew of issues including one that prevented the game's installation if certain characters were present in one's username.

Patch 1.01 fixes a problem arising from Windows usernames that featured characters other than alphanumeric (the letters A to Z, or numerals 0 through 9). When the issue arose at GTA 5's launch on Tuesday, Rockstar Games supplied a workaround that involved creating a new administrator user account on the Windows system affected. For those who did this, Rockstar now has instructions on how to continue progress on this patched game from either account.

The rest of the fixes include sundry changes such as missing eyebrows (or other facial features) when GTA Online characters were transferred to PC, adding a grid to help putters when playing golf at Los Santos' country club, and correcting bird flight in video clips recorded by the Rockstar Editor.

Here's the full list of fixes in patch 1.01:

  • Fixed an issue where the GTA 5 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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