Dark Souls 3 Face-off: PS4 vs Xbox One vs PC Graphics Comparison, Frame Pacing Still An Issue

Our final verdict with patch 1.03 installed across all platforms.

Posted By | On 14th, Apr. 2016 Under Article, Graphics Analysis | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


From Software’s latest and greatest game, Dark Souls 3 is now available on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. The title runs on the engine that powered one of the best PlayStation 4 games of all time, Bloodborne. Dark Souls 3 is the first major Souls title on the PS4 and Xbox One and we were keen to see how it performs and plays on the console versions. If there is one thing that hasn’t changed with the Souls series is that you are going to die…a lot. The series is known to test the patience of the players but once you defeat a boss, the feeling of satisfaction is simply amazing at times.

As usual, let us begin with the PC version by taking a look at the graphical settings. As with previous Souls games in the past, the graphical options are quite limited. It must be noted that From Software does not have a rich pedigree in developing PC games but that doesn’t mean they can be exempted from criticism. We honestly expected more scaleable options given that Dark Souls 3 is a major AAA production and the way PC gaming is on the rise for the last few years. Having said that, the PC options are limited to changing the resolution, texture quality, depth of field, SSAO, Motion Blur, Reflection quality, effect quality and a few other variables. Anti-aliasing does not have a ton of options and is simply restricted to on and off. Given that the game uses the Bloodborne engine it uses hardware based AA to smoothen out the edges and for the most it does an OK job.

Before we jump into analyzing the performance, it must be noted that we are running all versions with patch 1.03 which brings tremendous performance improvements.

The developers recommends an ATI Radeon HD 7850, AMD FX 8150 3.6 GHz or and Nvidia GeForce GTX 750, Intel Core i7 2600 3.4 GHz and 8 gigabytes of memory which isn’t really a hefty requirement if we were to be honest. Regardless, none of these configurations will get you a locked 60 frames per second experience.

To begin with, we tested the game on an AMD FX 8350 and Radeon R9 290 and as far as performance goes, the game starts off quite well. The game was consistently running around the 60fps mark in The Cemetry of Ash and the High Wall of Lothric locations. Playing further with the initial version, when we reached Road of Sacrifices and Farron Keep, we encountered drops. In game version 1.01, the title  was simply unplayable at times during these sections but with patch 1.03 things have improved a lot. We then tested the game on an R9 390 along with Intel Core i7-3770 and the performance was a rock solid 60fps. Overall, we are quite happy with the PC port but the way the developers specifies “recommended” requirements is something that needs to spoken about. None of the recommended requirements will ever get you a locked 60fps experience with everything dialed up at 1080p. One wishes that developers could mention the standard that recommended settings will run the game at.

For those with mid-tier hardware, we recommend switching off anti-aliasing, and lowering the settings of shadows, SSAO and reflections will result in a performance gain of around 10-15 fps.

Switching over to the PS4 and Xbox One versions, Sony’s machine once again clearly takes the lead with a native 1920 X 1080p resolution. The Xbox One build runs at 900p resulting into a slightly softer image quality overall. Both versions employ a 30 frames per second cap and difference in performance can be observed at times.

In the initial version, The Cemetry of Ash and High Wall of Lothric locations, performance issues were observed on the Xbox One. This isn’t to say that the PS4 did not faced any performance drops, it dropped but most of these times it was locked at 30 fps. This wasn’t the case on the Xbox One which clearly dropped a lot of frames during these two sections. However in patch 1.03, performance is much better on both consoles. Both versions now run smoothly at 30 fps with minimal drops at times. Even in taxing places such as Road of Sacrifices and Farron Keep, we are looking at a solid 30 fps experience.

So what is the real villain that kills the experience? The answer is…Frame Pacing.

Given that the game uses the same engine as Bloodborne, we are actually not surprised to see it appear once again. So what exactly is frame pacing? Well, let us explain it to you in layman terms.

Two persons need to cover a certain distance in 100 different steps. The first person takes one step at a time and each of those steps won’t be much different than the previous one. As a result the first person’s motion will be smooth. The second person takes half a step in one second and 1.5 steps in the next second. Both of them will reach 100 steps in the same time but the first person’s steps will look much smoother than the second one. In other words, the timing of each step (in this case frames) will differ resulting into an uneven experience at times. So even if the game runs at a locked 30 fps on consoles, the on screen action will still feel jittery.

Moving ahead how does the console versions match up again the PC build? Well, other than better shadow quality, there isn’t much to choose from the effects side of things. The only big difference is that the PC version offers a locked 60fps experience. It’s quite unlikely that you will go back to the console versions if you have played Dark Souls 3 first on the PC.

So where do we stand regarding Dark Souls 3? From an artistic point of view, the game is one of best looking titles in the series. But from a performance point of view, all three versions perform relatively well. The real issue is the frame pacing problem which we don’t think will be fixed anytime soon. Regardless of the stable frame rate, frame pacing introduces jittering and it can kill the experience for some players. At this point we have given up all hope whether it will be ever fixed given that Bloodborne still has these issues a year after launch.


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  • crizz1066

    WOW yet again the VCR struggles to keep up!!!! Why anyone would buy the ugly VCr these days, I find very hard to understand. If you wana play QB, purchase an old 2nd hand X!!!

    • dave69uk .

      “Why anyone would buy the ugly VCr these days, I find very hard to understand”….. Perhaps it’s because it’s their choice – not yours!
      Just a thought !!

    • crizz1066

      And my choice to ask the question, especially on an article which yet again shows up the X1’s limitations as a gaming machine!

    • dave69uk .

      Fair enough – enjoy your choice and let others have theirs………… Why is that so difficult for some people?

    • crizz1066

      Why don’t you let me have and enjoy my opinion, why is that so difficult for you?

    • dave69uk .

      I am letting you enjoy your opinion – I wasn’t the one getting all feverish because they think their black plastic box is better than someone else’s black plastic box. Is that really difficult for you?

    • crizz1066

      I wasn’t getting feverish!! I was making a simple statement of fact! Why don’t you go back and actually read what I’ve said before jumping to conclusions!

    • dave69uk .

      What fact did you make the statement of?
      Is the Xbox a VCR – Nope, so that isn’t a fact.
      Is it ugly – Nope, (perhaps to you) so subjective but certainly not an assured fact.
      I’ve read what you said and the result is…… after insulting a plastic box with wires in because you think your plastic box with wires in is better, you don’t understand why anyone with free will and the capacity to make a choice that differs from yours would buy the plastic box that offends you so intensely.
      Does that just about cover it?

    • crizz1066

      The fact that this game showed the X1’s limitations. It couldn’t keep up with it’s 2 competitors.
      The box doesn’t offend me, interesting choice of words there. Guess you can’t hear anything negative said about X1, hence you’re over the top word usage.
      You’re right I do, along with vast majority of people think the PS4 is better. Again sales figures show this time and again!

    • dave69uk .

      The article clearly states that both consoles struggled with the game – the only real difference (after the patch) was the usual resolution issue which is not really an issue unless your a resolution zealot.
      The truth of the matter is – if you are so concerned with graphical perfection and FPS, why are you playing on a console and not a PC?
      If the plastic box doesn’t offend you – why insult it so fiercely? You are actually calling it names – I’m sure the plastic box in question really doesn’t care though.
      Using sales figures as a basis for a products ability does not tell the full story. The Iphone sells millions yet there are better smartphones on the market that will never match it’s sales.

    • Ariel

      Completely agree with Dave here. Bashing on someone else’s box is very childish. I’m fortunate to own both consoles. Both have pros and cons but both are equally as enjoyable and neither is perfect.

    • crizz1066

      LOL its a comments sections, they expect comments. Just because you don’t like to hear it, doesn’t make it wrong or childish! If it is so childish, why have you bothered to comment? I ignore idiotic comments.
      You purchased the VCR, put up with the knocking you’re getting, grow a thick skin and stop whining when someone has anything negative to say about it.

    • C Phillips

      He’s not saying you shouldn’t comment, he’s just letting you know that you sound like an idiot.

    • crizz1066

      Who’s more the idiot?? Me or the one trying to tell me I’m an idiot!

      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” – George Carlin

    • C Phillips

      “Who’s more the idiot?? Me or the one trying to tell me I’m an idiot!”

      Definitely still the idiot. Meaning you.

    • crizz1066

      Sorry its you.

      You’re calling me the idiot then continuing to argue with me. It’s why I gave you the little quote to see if you’d take the subtle hint!!!! Guess not, oh well explains why you defend the VCR so much!!

    • C Phillips

      I’m not arguing with you, I’m just informing you of simple fact.

    • crizz1066

      What facts lol

    • dave69uk .

      Is the world flat?
      Does the sun orbit the earth?
      Is the XB1 a VCR?
      A whole world awaits answers to these questions……
      (If you need help with the answers – let me know)

    • crizz1066

      No
      No
      Yes, it’s TV TV TV with X1. Even its supposed exclusive QB is %0% TV show!!!

    • dave69uk .

      Really? – Perhaps you never played ‘The Order’ which was 95% CGI movie (But that’s a Holy Sony game so it’s okay).
      I see that your still living in 2013 as far as your perception of Xbox is concerned. Perhaps we can continue this discussion when your up to speed with more modern times and you have actually used one in real life instead of in your anger fuelled mind.

    • crizz1066

      Played and enjoyed The Order, but that had cinematic cut scenes. The Bits inbetween levels in QB are TV shows with human actors being filmed!!!
      I’ve not used one for a while as I don’t know anyone who’s got one anymore, they’ve all been sold or boxed as majority now have PS4’s.
      Again I’m not the angry one here, you do come across a bit angry. Perhaps if you breathed and mabey stop blindly defending you VCR, go moan at M$ they the ones who short changed you!!!

    • dave69uk .

      I’ve not played QB yet (its sat waiting for when I have the time to play it), so I can’t comment on how the game/real life aspect works – however, perhaps it’s a new idea that future games may incorporate in the future. Mass effect used real life film clips to support the CGI cut scenes to good effect so unless it turns out to be terrible – I will look at it as a positive.
      I have the exact opposite with my friends base – most are on Xbox, of the few that have a Playstation – 3 of them have retained their PS3 while 2 bought a PS4 but now use a PC for their gaming.
      You say your not the angry one here and strangely now try to say I’m the one being angry. All I’m doing is reflecting what you are saying, so the fact you can’t call a product by it’s real name and continue to use a childish insult for it and now attacking a corporation that has done nothing to you personally just further shows that you have some kind of anger issues that you feel you need to share with the world.

    • crizz1066

      LOL so far off the mark, think this’ll be my last post to you. Especially as you seem to believe you can read minds, see into the future. Well something as you seem to know that M$ has done nothing to me personally, even though you know nothing about me! You’re just jumping to conclusions.
      Fine you think it’s childish to give the gimped box a nickname, which vast majority are happy to use!! You just don’t like it….ahhhhhhhh!!1
      M$ is a truly nasty company that has stolen plenty of ideas etc from small companies and then made them go bust. I suggest you go have a look at the corporate history of M$ before you sit there defending the underpowered VCR. Look how they held back the OS business and killed any competition, till we’re in the situation now, with realistically still just one OS.
      Still not to worry, I’m sure it’s what M$ will do with the Xbox name. It’ll be a 2ndery OS in a PC in a few years to play games on.

    • dave69uk .

      I have only heard the VCR ‘nickname’ a few times (in it’s early days) by people who just wanted to hate it regardless of how good it was – Does it bother me that your childish and insulting a plastic box that has no feelings, Nope, It just makes you look a bit sad really.
      I know all about MS – Just as I know about Sony. Nobody’s perfect and the quest for money makes people do stupid immoral things (look up any government) and I won’t defend any of them, I will just buy the product of my choice and use it as I want to (reference – see my first post where I state this because I believe you was shocked that people didn’t all have your view – sorry, but this does happen in life).
      As for Xbox becoming a PC OS – okay dokey, I will get a PC when that happens then. Happy gaming days ahead !!!

    • crizz1066

      If it doesn’t bother you, why do you keep coming back? Obviously it does bother you, or you’d just ignore me.
      Sorry but M$ has been one of the worst bullies in the corporate industry. Don’t ever remember Sony being taking to court by any Government!!
      I wasn’t shocked, of course people think differently, all those fools who purchased day1 for instance. Hows the kinect going, oh thats right they gimped it, to squeeze out every last drop of power as M$ didnt like everyone going over to PS4!!
      Yep you probably will end up on PC, so why not drop the X1 and move now. Nothing on X1 thats not on PC!!
      If M$ were as sure about the VCR as you, do you think they’d be offering almost 4 free games with purchase. No of course they wouldnt!

    • Cabal
    • crizz1066

      LOL those are not a patch on the anti competition rules etc M$ were violating. But yet again, blindly defend M$. Its why they gave you RROD and Don Matrix. They know they can do what they like as you’ll all just bend over grab your ankles and take it, happens so often you probably think of it as love!!!

    • Cabal

      Who’s Don Matrix?

      Oh, you mean Don Mattrick, right? If you’re going to use someone as an argument, at least get the name right, you thick little turd.

      You’ll need to look pretty hard to find me defending MS’s (see how I didn’t use the $? That’s because I’m not a man-child) cock-ups, or Mattrick or the RROD fiasco, because I didn’t. But hey, feel free to use the “M$” (that’s so edgy, btw) blind defence fallacy.

      Speaking of bending over:
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2cd142d65b22b59cde668bf29a1dc8c3a15aeab513a9281899e76b47d0ec38bc.png
      I’m surprised you didn’t cover it in pink hearts, kisses and glitter. What a pube-chinned freakshow!

    • crizz1066

      Love to see how much I’ve irked you!! Shows what I’m saying is true. So sorry you don’t like silly little names…ahhhhhhh.
      I will continue to use M$, used it for years. N a silly name calling fool like you isnt going to change this!

    • Cabal

      “Love to see how much I’ve irked you!! ” – Deluded.

      “Shows what I’m saying is true.” – More delusion. The tears are in full flow now.

      I’ve had my fun with you now; go and make your Speccy sing for your dead dad, you cretin. 😉

    • dave69uk .

      They may not be a patch on MS – but your happy about it?

    • dave69uk .

      It amuses me that you have to keep referring to the Xbox as a VCR(perhaps it shares some of the plastic formula’s) as though your being really smart – when in fact, it’s like some kid in the schoolyard repeating a joke over and over that wasn’t really funny in the first place.

      If it keep you happy – please continue, is it bothering me – nope, just makes you look a bit of an idiot to be honest.

      “all those fools who purchased day1 for instance” – now we are getting to the angry side of you. It’s a little harsh saying people who buy a product because they want one are ‘fools’ isn’t it. My wife bought my XB1 on launch day as a birthday present for me – is she a fool? She knew I had an X360 and treated me – why should you now label her as a fool for doing so?
      The Kinect was destroyed by media hate and people like you who subscribed to the whole ‘don’t give it chance’ bandwagon – a great product, millions of dollars spent and hours of peoples lives designing it wasted – a real shame as it had great potential.
      Why buy a PC when the XB1 is still a very competent console? I know you don’t like to hear this but I actually like it and have no complaints – sorry about that.
      As for MS sales strategy – 4 free games, excellent deal – why is the PS4 not doing this? Could it be because it’s still selling well, that Sony don’t feel the need to offer new customers anything extra?? Not quite the fluffy ‘we are for the gamers’ company then.
      MS are what they are – I won’t defend their mistakes and policies. Sony have their moments (Rootkit) so nobodies perfect. If you don’t want to support them – don’t buy their stuff, but don’t preach to others who want to.

    • crizz1066

      Another long winded comment!!

      People like me killed the kinect, well in that case what I have to say really does matter!!! Guess it why you’re still going! Yet again no blame to M$ for creating something people didn’t want and that didn’t work, well not that well here in UK. Always someone else’s fault isnt it!!

      Sony offer a high quality gaming machine. Which people really want, unlike your VCR which is sitting around in piles and needs ridiculous deals to get people to but it. Sony don’t need to, they just offer a superior product! They showed their customer service one launch, so did M$ with Don Matrix!!!

      Sony may have had their moments, but its not a patch on M$. Turn a blind eye if you like, it’s why M$ thought they’d get away with the RROD and spent so much time and effort fight claims until they finally admitted it was a real problem!

    • dave69uk .

      I love the way you gloss over the insults you spout off constantly – I guess you just don’t like people making their own choices if they differ from yours (we are all fools apparently – even the innocent bystanders buying a product out of kindness).

      You want me to blame MS for……. What?? making the Kinect which I actually quite liked (on the 360, Kinect sports, a few friends over and beers = great fun) – so why would I want to hate the new one? This sounds like someone who has never actually used it (or has given it 2 minutes and determined to hate it from the outset).

      “Always someone else’s fault isnt it!!” – you will have to explain this one, as you have lost me.

      “Sony offer a high quality gaming machine. Which people really want” – well, there is very little difference between both the PS4 and the XB1 so unfortunately if your saying the PS4 is a high quality gaming machine – your actually also acknowledging that the XB1 is also a high quality gaming machine – sorry to point that out but you can’t have it both ways I’m afraid. As for people wanting it – yes, it is popular but also Sony are very clever marketers – remember everyone thinking Destiny & Batman were Sony exclusives down to advertising?
      It’s not MY Xbox – I have no shares, interests or investment in it. take a breath and think happy thoughts for a moment.
      I will repeat my earlier post – sorry to be long winded. I don’t defend any of MS mistakes, I have their product because it was bought for me, yet I can’t fault it because I like it. I had a 360 for years and yes, it did RROD eventually (after about 3 years) yet it was sent off, repaired and returned in 4 days free of charge with no hassle – again, can’t complain about the service.

    • Cabal

      “He may look like an idiot, and talk like an idiot, but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.”

    • crizz1066

      Wow take a breath, who are you trying to convince your purchased the right machine me or you??
      So bored now so gona say good bye.

    • dave69uk .

      I’m not trying to convince anyone. I’m perfectly happy with my birthday present – I’m actually not the one here calling anyone a fool for having free will and a choice.
      Again – sorry if that somehow offends you.

    • crizz1066

      So why do you keep replying? If I truly thought the person I was speaking to was a complete idiot who was talking crap. i’d just ignore them, but you can’t seem to leave me alone. So I’ll say good bye!!

    • dave69uk .

      I will admit I’ve found it amusing to follow your mindset from people being allowed to choose what they want and don’t want to buy through to if anyone disagrees with your choice then they are fools. There must be more to life than getting so worked up about peoples choice of games console??

    • usherjerksoffsonyfanboys

      lol maybe because nobody cares about these tiny frame rate drops every once and a while or even notice them, that the problem with your opinion you think these video define the whole gameplay experience, my friend has ds3 on xbox one and he hasn’t complained once about res or framerate. He doesn’t even notice. He just enjoys the game, because the game is the same, its fun. Xbox One has a lot great qualities over there competition. Free Games, One of the best online Networks, great exclusives, features and ext….gamers don’t even notice, these dumb technical videos….well real gamers.

    • crizz1066

      LOL stop trying to justify your purchase with yourself, by arguing with me!!!!

      So what if your friends can’t notice the difference. That’s no frame of reference, for all I know your mates blind.

      I am plenty of others notice/feel the difference and thats all that matters.

    • dave69uk .

      Like I said earlier – if you crave such high resolution / FPS standards, then why are you playing this game on a PS4 and not a PC?

    • crizz1066

      I do have a PC and the PS4 n Wii, so I have all bases covered and don’t have to worry about the “also ran” X1

      Theres a reason, M$ is offering cross play, releasing exclusives on PC etc. They can see what a lame duck it is too. Just like that Kinect they forced all you fools to buy.

    • dave69uk .

      Lets just rewind a little as you are beginning to rant off topic – if you have a PC, you have no justification to be playing this game on the PS4 as it is quite blatantly an inferior gaming device to a PC. So why are you not ranting about the shortcomings of the PS4 as well?

    • crizz1066

      I’m not ranting, Plenty of justification, I only use my PC for certain games! PS4 for others.

      This is not ranting, it’s is neither angry or long winded!!!

      WOW it’s like trying to explain to a creationist that the world is round, over 6,000 years old.

    • dave69uk .

      I was thinking the same regarding me trying to get my point across to you.

      “WOW yet again the VCR struggles to keep up!!!! Why anyone would buy the ugly VCr these days,”
      So in the above statement, your not ranting – even though it’s saying that the XB1 is a VCR (Which by the way it isn’t – Just like the world isn’t flat) and then exclaiming that “Why anyone would buy one” – I’m surprised you didn’t finish it with an audio exasperated sigh for dramatic effect, yet in your eyes all of this isn’t ranting or angry…….Hmmmm Okay !!
      Why have a PS4 if you have a PC? It makes no sense – Your obviously obsessed with resolution so the weak PS4 would be an affront to your senses compared to the PC.

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  • One With Shadows

    Poor little bone. Lol

  • I have a little gripe with the video…. you can’t say that bloodborne is one of the best ps4 games of all time when the ps4 has only been out for 3 years….
    so far would have been better to say….
    I’m just sayin


 

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