Assassin's Creed Valhalla update fixes screen tearing, improves performance, and more

By Sean Carey,
Ubisoft is rolling out a title update for Assassin's Creed Valhalla later today that fixes several key issues, makes overall performance improvements, and adds introduces a new graphics vs performance option.

Title update 1.0.4 will include a new option for Xbox Series X|S players that lets them choose between performance or visual quality. In the Performance mode, the game will adapt the resolution to maintain that buttery-smooth 60fps sweet spot, while in Quality mode, the resolution and graphics settings will be bumped up to the maximum, but the frame rate will be reduced down to 30fps.

In terms of fixes and improvements, Ubisoft says this update will address the screen tearing some Xbox Series X|S players have been running into and that the overall Valhalla experience has been improved. Work has gone into fixing save games too, which hopefully should stop save files becoming corrupted and players losing their progress. Unfortunately, the patch notes make no mention of the achievement issues some users have been facing.

Here are some of the most important changes from the patch notes:

Graphics/performance mode introduction

  • Added an option to the game that allows players to choose between Performance or Visual Quality.

Feature breakdown:

  • This option is available for Xbox Series X|S & PlayStation 5.
  • Choosing Performance allows the game to adapt the resolution and graphic settings to maintain 60 FPS.
  • Choosing Quality enables the game to run maximum resolution and graphic settings while maintaining 30 FPS.

Performance and stability

  • Improved stability and performance.
  • Improved experience on Xbox Series X|S consoles including screen tearing

Save games

  • Corrected some instances where Load Game would not display save games correctly.
  • Renamed cloud saves to make them more distinguishable from regular saves.
  • Previously the cloud save was only highlighted with a cloud icon. Now they’ll be called, for example, “Manual Save Cloud”
  • Removed cloud saves from the save menu. This will ensure that it cannot be overwritten unintentionally.
  • Added a notification when a cloud save retrieval has failed.
The full list of patch notes — which is pretty extensive and contains a lot of fixes and changes — can be viewed on the Assassin's Creed support website.

Title update 1.0.4 rolls out to all Xbox players at 7 AM ET/ 4 AM PT/ 12 PM GMT, and will be 5.3GB on Xbox Series X|S and 4.9GB on Xbox One consoles.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.