Hitman Graphics Analysis: PS4 vs Xbox One Comparison Shows Visual Parity, PC Performance Analyzed

Hitman runs quite well on consoles but the PC version definitely needs a patch or two.

Posted By | On 12th, Mar. 2016 Under Article, Graphics Analysis | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


IO Interactive’s Hitman has gone through a lot of controversy in the last few months. The game went through a confused state of development cycle with Square Enix and IO Interactive finally opting for an episodic structure release model. We recently played the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions of the game and right off the bat we can see performance improvements on console compared to the build we played during last month’s beta.

Let us talk about the console versions first. In our beta analysis we concluded that the game runs at an unlocked frame rate. This resulted into an uneven experience on the PlayStation 4 where the game would struggle during complex scenarios such as the places which were crowded. Moreover, Square Enix never showed the Xbox One versions leading up to the game’s release. To be honest, we were unsure how the Xbox One version will shape up but surprisingly, after playing through both versions, IO Interactive have done a great job in maintaining parity between the two console versions. We mentioned in our beta analysis that the developers need to lock the frame rate cap to 30 and guess what? IO Interactive have gone ahead and added that option. You can now choose between a locked fps option or an unlocked fps option. The menu readings also make it clear that although the game will run unlocked to 60 fps, you may face performance issues during certain sections of the game. Regardless, we went ahead and selected the locked 30fps option. The result is a surprisingly smooth 30 frames per second experience, even in the game’s most crowded areas. We highly recommend everyone to play the console versions at this setting.

As we reported earlier both versions render at a native resolution of 1080p. So essentially we are looking at parity between the two consoles in terms of image quality. In terms of core assets, texture resolution, shadow quality, ambient occlusion and post-processing anti-aliasing both versions are absolutely like to like. The somewhat limited physical based rendering pipeline supported by the impressive lighting system also help the console versions to shine. In all, there is very little to choose between the two console versions.

So how does the PC version stacks up again the console versions? The first difference you will observe is the higher shadow quality and superior ambient occlusion solution. The quality on the consoles isn’t bad, the PC version is simply able to offer more in this regard. The PC version uses a better AA solution in SMAA which results into more crisper image quality and a better anisotropic filtering compared to the console versions. This is not something you will notice right off the bat unless you compare the console and PC versions side by side. The geometry details are also better on the PC version, although this difference is rather subtle.

What about the performance? Before we jump into the performance parameters, let us first take a look at the graphical settings. The game does not have a whole lot of settings but it still has a fair share of parameters that you can tweak around. You can adjust the Texture Filtering, Texture Quality, Shadow Resolution, Shadow Maps, Level of Detail and more. Unfortunately, just like the beta there are no presets so you would need to decide what works for you instead of the game’s system deciding what is high, medium and low. Furthermore, the super sampling is one of the biggest factors behind the game’s performance. Super Sampling renders the game at a higher resolution and scales the image as per your display size. If you want to notch it up all the way to its maximum value, make sure you have a high end gaming hardware otherwise you are bound to face performance issues.

The level in Paris is massive in scale, so instead of of testing the training missions we went ahead and bench marked the Paris mission because that is where the meat of the game lies. The developers suggest a Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz or AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz and Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 or AMD GPU Radeon R9 290.

We tested the PC version on two  different sets of hardware. The first set is an AMD FX 8350 and Radeon R92 GPU along with 8GB memory. The game literally struggled to run at a locked 60 frames per second with everything notched up to their highest settings.  Moving on to our next set of test hardware which consists of 16GB of memory, Intel Core i7 5960x and GeForce GTX 980 Ti, we managed to achieve an almost consistent 60 fps but the game’s frame rate dropped in crowded sequences. If you have a hardware that is close to the recommended specs we suggest switching off Super Sampling and Level of Detail and Shadow Quality to their medium settings. This will help the game achieve a fairly decent frame rate in case of crowded sequences.

We also came across some minor AI issues although some of the stuff on display is rather impressive. Take this scene for example. The way the AI reacts is quite amazing but at times it can also lead to some hilarious animations. Furthermore, some of the quirky animations from the beta return in the final build as well.

In the end Hitman is a fairly well optimized game for consoles and there is absolutely nothing to choose between the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Both versions render the massive amount of NPCs without much issues. However, it’s the  PC port that is dodgy and it definitely needs a patch or two to get it up to speed.


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  • Truth™

    PC Gaming always wins, baby

    • shane

      Um, ya think genius, BTW how much did ya spend on your rig?

    • John Garrick

      I can afford it. Dual 980 ti and 4k gaming. Stick that in your underpowered little console.

    • shane

      Yeah, I can afforded to have on too. You & I both know how much it takes every year or so paying hundreds of dollars to keep it relevant. I have had rigs and got tired of always obsessing about getting more ram,sound cards,NVIDIA graphics card’s,etc. So have fun trying to keep your rig relevant because I know you did the same thing I just described.

    • LOL @ John Garrick: “I can afford it bruh!” Makes it so easy to hate master racers. Just cos you CAN afford it doesn’t mean you should, or that it’s a good thing.

    • shane

      Like I said BRUH have fun spending all you money to keep your rig relevant.

    • John Garrick

      All my money?

    • shane

      YES, every pay check goes to your money hungry over powered monstrosity of a RIG, ALL OF YOUR MONEY! Really though I’m just giving you a hard time.

    • John Garrick

      lol, hard time pmsl

      If I want a hard time I’ll climb the shark’s fin.

    • shane

      That’s really disturbing.

    • John Garrick

      Ah, diddums!!!!

    • John Garrick

      FYI – I don’t work, the cost of that rig is nothing. Come and speak to us on Bitcointalk.

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      i am happy with a CPU pushing 6 years old, single 980ti and keeping running costs in check lol. Don’t owe anything to anyone and if i use a credit card i pay it off the same day so no interest. Only way to live :). Just had to buy new suspension for the car which cost a grand but was great to just pay the card off within an hr.
      Put sports suspension on my car, was so rough it hurt my back so had to go back to oem 🙁

    • John Garrick

      lol

    • cosmicrays

      Brother I’ve upgraded my pc almost three years ago and Im just know thinking of an upgrade. The only reason is because my fx cpu is starting to just not cut it anymore. The only reason why you worried to upgrade every year is because it was just you worried. Thats all, nothing more nor less.

    • shane

      Worried, No. Just love new tech.

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      Still using an I7 from 2010 , still going strong enough . I use a 980ti with it though and settle for 1440p.
      I am thinking of getting the 6 core skylake coming out this year though . Should be a decent upgrade.

    • John Garrick

      Every year lol

      My current rig will be good for at least 3 years.

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      lol that is overkill considering max framerate for 4k at the moment is 60. Rather game in 1440p @ 144 fps.
      There is talk of the 100+ hz 4k displays but i guess that means new interfaces too so current cards wouldn’t work with them.

    • John Garrick

      Don’t worry about it luv

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      What on earth are you smoking turkey?

    • John Garrick

      Ah, diddums!!!!!

    • Truth™

      My rig was better than the PS4 back in 2011. It’s even better now and it cost less than a $400 PS4 with Six years of Paid online taxes 🙂

    • Scooby Doo

      Technically speaking, workstation PC gaming always wins over home PC gaming. The PC’s the developers use to make the games can play them way better than any home PC can ever hope to dream…just so happens I have a PC like that, but it costs more than 20x more than the highest end PC that the mainstream can afford…

    • Robert

      Technically developers doesn’t use Workstation PCs to create video games, only animation studios like disney uses it for fast rendering.

      It all depends on the game engine

    • Scooby Doo

      Any games with high end graphics like Witcher 3 and FFXV, do use workstation computers. A top of the line consumer level gaming PC can’t handle those games in all their glory. Consumer PC ultra settings are lower than that.

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      Not exactly true , you can buy either SLI or top end consumer cards like 980ti and Witcher 3 is spectacular. These can still be bought in retail stores so technically they are still a consumer level card.

    • Scooby Doo

      Remember the vids they showed of TW3 before launch? Before they dumbed it down? Visually it was superior compared to now. Well a workstation PC can run the game in such a state; consumer PCs cannot. Take SLI or the 980ti, multiply their power by 50, then you get workstation capability.

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      That is exaggerating as what they showed was using an inhouse engine they didn’t end up using but it was only dual titan or something it wasn’t anything too dramatic lol.
      People just missed the whole fact it had a lousy lighting model and tons of screen tearing with a very low framerate all they looked at was how detailed it was.

    • Scooby Doo

      Source?

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      No thanks i have my pie without.

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      This is from CDPR themselves

      http://whatifgaming.com/developer-insider-the-witcher-3-was-downgraded-from-2013-list-of-all-features-taken-out-why

      In particular this part.

      ”We just did not have the manpower, budget or the console power to produce the vision we intended before the consoles were released to create a more visually stunning game of higher fidelity like 2013 assets. The PCs themselves had more than enough power to achieve this vision, almost certainly. But working on the game across 3 platforms did not make it feasible to keep features included that could potentially break the game as we kept building around it. All the 2013 trailers were actually in-game footage (not prerendered or vertical slices) but essentially just not an entirely finished world running on a high-end PC at the time.”

      So they admitted themselves that basically it was just because it was being developed for consoles as well that it was downgraded from original vision as PC’s could have handled it.

    • Scooby Doo

      How about Luminous Studio? I know that no home PC will run that in all its glory.

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      Not going to doubt that but it’ s not a game

    • Scooby Doo

      But the game runs off it and the PC they use to create the engine for it, and run the game at their studio..well those computers can do it but home PC can’t. That’s all I was saying. Home PC gaming elitests do not have the most powerful PCs in the world, and other computers do exist that surpass what any consumer PC will ever be capable of. That’s my whole point. But I suppose youre gonna say that you could just go and build a PC that’s better than what any video game developer could possibly have…so arguing is useless. Correct?

    • Scooby Doo

      Oh BTW, that was not directly from CDPR, that was a quote on some other website. Just saying.

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      Sorry the quotes were lol

    • shane

      Are you talking about Ray Tracing?

  • Elkethus Degrace Lauzon

    do you run the game on a potato? because me it work on 125 fps with ultra graphic no problem…

  • Chris Hunter

    this is a confusing article. I am running an 8350/390x with max settings with 1.5 super sampling and averaging 70 fps.

    • Mary Aten


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  • Elkethus Degrace Lauzon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20xKz3yoxJI probably console fanboy website

  • Nettrick Nowan

    “there is absolutely nothing to choose between the PS4 and Xbox One versions”–Interesting how other sources do not agree on that point. It just adds to the confusion.

    • shane

      Let me guess, you seen a article saying the PS4 version is better because you PS4 owners think their PS4 is a super computer, right?

    • #4DaLolz™

      No, because it is better.
      Digitalfoundry analysis shows PS4 having a constant 10fps advantage.

    • Truth™

      Still looks like turd on PS4, Shill Bradley. Your garbage console is so constantly trash you need to compare it to another low powered brick while the PC version completely kicks its teeth in. And at the end of the day, the PS4 will still be low powered trash and anyone with sense will play the superior PC version.

      Where’s the 60FPS? Oh wait. PS4 can only hold it for three seconds in the video when nothing is happening. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 🙂

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ef057cbaf5df7e29a885cb3b91f90ee5cbb09202968dbf9a061f0eaac07193e0.gif

    • This Guy

      You know it’s funny how digital foundry analysis always gives an edge to the PS4 while other sites using the same methods show otherwise.

    • shane

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • Mr Xrat

      If only that was slightly true, Xgimp. 🙂

    • shane

      How many times you going to use the “Xgimp” thing?

    • Truth™

      Here comes Ruggarell again with that buyers remorse. Pathetic and hilarious every time 🙂

    • This Guy

      Wow troll much. If you mind to look back on their analysis’ in the past compared to others, a disturbing trend will be shown, but you don’t want to because ignorance is bliss right? I mean what makes this analysis less credible than DF?

    • #4DaLolz™

      Show us the “other sites” then.
      Who is it, misterxmedia?

    • shane

      I have a better idea, go crawl back in that disgusting polluted hole you came from better known as your ***.

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      They said here the PS4 runs faster unlocked however it is not a consistent speed so it will make the game less smooth. That is why they suggested 30 fps for both consoles as a lock feature.
      They weren’t trying to suggest PS4 wasn’t capable of more just that it is not smooth if you choose to run it unlocked. I have PC , PS4 and XboxOne but i’ll wait for it to be patched on PC as 60 fps is infinitely better anyway.

    • Truth™
    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®
    • shane

      I just checked my account, its shows your following me. I think that’s a little weird because you usually follow someone if you if they agree with you. So why are you following me?

    • #4DaLolz™
    • Truth™

      Both console versions running below or just above 30FPS. Your underpowered paid online, DRM brick still sucks just as much as the xboner. And it spies on you too.

      Pathetic like your life as usual, Philip Bradley. End it all, tbh fam 🙂

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/da5c15b1485d34eb1cb390df9b39374a4e9dbbc235411708d7557b147150ff27.jpg

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9a3879844f02fef1ca73efee1128262053f48d8a7d69cbb8c5e3bd0095ff1fc1.jpg

    • shane

      Who are you calling pathetic?

    • Truth™

      Phil “The shill” Bradley. But I can call a console peasant like you equally pathetic as well 🙂

    • shane

      I just picked up on who you are. You are from the UK and look like a retarded version of prince Charles red headed son making a weird gurgling sound while sipping on your tea with you yellow buck teeth sticking out every direction. Am I right?

    • John Garrick

      Shane needs some help.

    • shane

      I do, really you are right. I need alot of help.

    • Truth™
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    • DaHitman

      It has got more power, that’s not an opinion but fact

    • shane

      It’s GPU is better. They both use the same CPU but MS over clocked theirs nearly 10% also the over clocked their GPU by 10%. Also XB1 does have special purpose chips 15 to be exact, 8 for its custom sound,multiple move engines an swizzle.I’m not saying it makes it more powerful than the PS4 or high end PC’s and Rigs but it does help bridge the gap of the PS4’s GPU. It’s really up to the developers to make use of what the console’s have inside and development tools.

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      Yeah i think the 15 chips are for use for GCN.

    • shane

      Funny, the move engines are for the RAM & GPU-CPU.

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      Don’t really care, just what i read lol. I would only buy these sorts of games on PC and not console anyway.

    • shane

      Okay, so why ask then..are you just trying to be a d#ck?

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      I didn’t ask though , i just said i think they were for GCN as i read an article about it not long ago. Are you sure you don’t have me confused with someone else?
      What i meant by i don’t really care is i have 2 x XBoxOne’s a PS4 and PC so i’d always opt for PC if it was available.
      Though to be honest the last console game i bought was Rise of the Tombraider last year and i ended up getting it on PC anyway.
      I’ll probably get Uncharted 4 and maybe the new Final Fantasy but that’s about it for this year.

    • DaHitman
    • shane

      What’s your point on this? I never said XB1 has more power than PS4.

    • DaHitman

      Why are you still going on then

    • shane

      Was talking to someone else, not you. Why are you so worried about the power difference ‘s between the 2 consoles, is the PS4 all you got in your pathetic life?

    • DaHitman

      I’m not, I have both and know which one is more powerful, only an idiot can’t work it out by the specs

    • shane

      Your a moron! If me and you have the same computer and you go purchase a better GPU doubled the spec’s of my GPU mean you are going to get a 50% better graphic’s. You do know it doesn’t work that way. Never in the history of video game consoles has there been to video game consoles 2 consoles being so similar as the XB1 & PS4, do you know that?

    • shane

      Actually NO it’s not a fact. That is your opinion.

    • DEVILTAZ35 .

      It is compared to a ps2 🙂 however processor wise not even as good as the PS3 Cell which is a worry.

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  • Gamez Rule

    PC/PS4/XBone

  • DEVILTAZ35 .

    Isn’t that a smiley , or is it a smiley cookie 🙂

  • DEVILTAZ35 .

    No worries 🙂 , pretty easy to get confused in here


 

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