'ARK' Update 1.86 Optimizes Memory on PS4 & Xbox One - Patch Notes

ARK: Survival Evolved update 1.86 is going live on PS4 and Xbox One, and it's a girthy download. The huge patch adds several bug fixes and memory optimizations that make the base game and its expansions run much smoother. Read the full patch notes below courtesy of a forum post from Studio Wildcard.

ARK: Survival Evolved Update 1.86 Patch Notes

Texture Streaming

  • Apply pool size changes immediately to save memory


  • Fix Tek saddles


  • Fix ability to toggle third person


  • Structures now block dive damage
  • Fixed issue with dive damage not being reduced by armor
  • Ice breath should no longer go through Managarmr when aiming backwards and aiming for the opposite side


  • Fix for exploit involving chairs
  • Fix for exploit involving ladders
  • Fix for exploit involving Tapejara
  • Fix for exploit involving Karkinos


  • Can no longer place C4 on platform saddles

Tek Bridge

  • Fixed issue with placement where bridge incorrectly identified other structures as enemy


  • Fix for players getting disconnected when accessing a terminal with too much in their tribute inventory (achievement rewards)


  • Fix turret damage calculation so that damage is consistent at low frame-rate


  • Can now double tap X'(on Xbox) or Square (on PS4) to turn on crosshair while equipped


  • Adding whistle land flyers command into the keybindings options so that it can be bound

Server Stability

  • Fix for rare crash

Horde Mode

  • Fix for some corrupt dinos stuck in attack in place after the crate is completed/destroyed


  • Fix scout being destroyed by your own turret on spawn


  • Breath FX on low stamina only


  • Enable hit pause on low fps swings
  • Fix for meks consuming Element Dust


  • Improved placement of health bar for Ice and Forest titans
  • Saddle physics improvements


  • Fix formatting of Names with embedded URLs


  • Improved tribe log report


  • Fix for Ascension skipping cinematics for saved games
  • Fixed spawning below world in Crater Forest
  • Fix for dome transition issue on reload
  • Plugged numerous holes
  • Updated Forbidden Zone spawners
  • Structure prevention volume updated to allow building in the City Trench eastern sewer pipe/building
  • Prevent flyers in Desert Cave
  • Floating foliage deleted
  • Fixed multiple places where players could get stuck
  • Fixed erroneous Wasteland debuffs
  • Updated placement of kill barrier in a few places
  • Fixed erroneous undermesh teleport spots
  • Removed unnecessary meshes under Crater Forest

Scorched Earth

  • Fixed multiple map holes

The Island

  • Fixed a map hole

Mesh Memory Optimizations

  • Aberration Club
  • Alien Loot Chest
  • Ammonite
  • Ant
  • Ant Wings
  • Argentavis
  • Arkaeology Soil Pile
  • Arthropluera
  • Smoke Grenade
  • Baryonyx
  • Basilisk
  • Beaver
  • Bigfoot
  • Bear Trap
  • Bow
  • Brachiosaurus Costume
  • Cloth Shirt
  • C4
  • C4 Detonator
  • Wooden Cage
  • Carnotaur Saddle
  • Cave Wolf
  • Cave Wolf Saddle
  • Chainsaw
  • Chemistry Bench
  • Chitin Boots
  • Chitin Gloves
  • Chitin Pants
  • Chitin Shirt
  • Nameless
  • Cluster Grenade
  • Coelacanth
  • Compy
  • Campfire
  • Corrupt Gloves
  • Corrupt Pants
  • Corrupt Shirt
  • Crossbow
  • Desert Titan
  • Dimetrodon
  • Direbear
  • Direbear Saddle
  • Direwolf
  • Doedicurus Saddle
  • Dolphin Saddle
  • Dragonfly
  • Dropped Torch
  • Dung Beetle
  • Eel
  • Extinction - Ascension Props
  • Extinction - Crater Forest Element Column
  • Extinction - Crater Forest Butte
  • Extinction - Crater Terrain
  • Extinction - Desert Butte
  • Extinction - Element Vein Ribbon
  • Extinction - Forbidden Zone Tendrils
  • Extinction - Iceland Glaciers
  • Extinction - Iceland Mountain Peaks
  • Extinction - Sinkhole
  • Extinction - Snow Cave Rock
  • Extinction - Sulfur Pools
  • Extinction - Wasteland Rocks
  • Fish Basket
  • Flamethrower
  • Flare Gun
  • Forest Titan Saddle
  • Raft
  • Fur Gloves
  • Fur Pants
  • Gacha Saddle
  • Giganotosaurus
  • Glowstick
  • GPS
  • Hesperornis
  • Homodeus Shirt Skin
  • Ichthyornis
  • King Titan Trophy Head
  • Lamprey
  • Glowtail
  • Leather Boots
  • Leather Gloves
  • Leather Pants
  • Leather Shirt
  • Liopleurodon Saddle
  • Glowbug
  • Longneck Rifle
  • Fabricated Shotgun
  • Fabricated Sniper Rifle
  • Mammoth Saddle
  • Managarmr Saddle
  • Megalodon Saddle
  • Metal Hatchet
  • Metal Roof
  • Metal Spear
  • Mole Rat Saddle
  • Harpoon
  • Orbital Supply Drop
  • Oviraptor
  • Snow Owl Saddle
  • Pachy
  • Paintbrush
  • Paracer
  • Parachute Harness
  • Parasaur Saddle
  • Pelagornis
  • Phiomia Saddle
  • Piranha
  • Simple Pistol
  • Plant Z
  • Plesiosaur
  • Procoptodon
  • Quetzal
  • Charge Lantern
  • Ragnarok - Wooden Roof
  • Raptor
  • Raptor Saddle
  • Rex
  • Longneck Rifle
  • Rock Drake
  • Rock Drake Saddle
  • Rocket Launcher
  • Bronto
  • Bronto Saddle
  • Shotgun
  • Scout Goggles
  • Ovis
  • Skull Torch
  • Slingshot
  • Sloped Thatch Roof
  • Sloped Thatch Wall
  • Sloped Wooden Wall
  • Spear
  • Plant Species X
  • Spraygun
  • Stegosaurus
  • Stone Pickaxe
  • Styracosaurus Costume
  • Large Taxidermy Platform
  • Small Taxidermy Platform
  • Tek Shield Generator
  • The Center - Ocean Trench Biolum Vine
  • The Island - Alien Tech Column
  • The Island - Element Column
  • The Island - Ice Caves
  • The Island - Icicle Wall
  • The Island - Redwood Fallen
  • The Island - Tek Runes
  • The Island - Underwater Canyon
  • The Island - Coral Reef
  • The Island - Rock Formation
  • The Island - Biolum Vine
  • Therizinosaur Saddle
  • Beelzebufo
  • Beelzebufo Saddle
  • Torch
  • Trike
  • Trilobyte
  • Tripwire Flare
  • Troodon
  • Turret
  • Carbonemys Saddle
  • Tusoteuthis
  • Default Survivor Clothing
  • Wooden Pillar
  • Wooden Roof
  • Wyvern
  • Zipline Harness

For those who follow all of ARK's various versions, today's console update bears a striking resemblance to PC patch v289.100 that released in the middle of January. Like that one, this patch heavily prioritizes performance improvements over adding new features. The resulting file size may be murder on your data cap, but the fixes contained in those gigabytes should provide a better experience for vanilla and Season Pass survivors alike. Patches like these may not be the sexiest to write about, but they're the bedrock of a more stable and expandable experience in the months ahead.

In terms of the fixes themselves, any safeguards against exploits are widely appreciated. The C4 changes, for example, mean griefers can't descend upon your raft and throw C4 on it to make it explode. Removing the ability to mesh through chairs is also a solid way to ensure play remains fair. ARK update 1.86 may not have the fancy bells and whistles some fans want, but there's a lot here to keep the hardcore player base engaged.

ARK: Survival Evolved is available on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch. This patch is only applicable to PS4 and Xbox One.

Does ARK play better after installing this update? What features do the PS4 and Xbox builds need next? Tell us in the comments section!

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