I recently read a rather disheartening article on Polygon comparing the framerate differences between Dark Souls 2 on Xbox One vs PS4. Instead of progressive or informative journalism, it basically reads like a disgusting schmear campaign created for the sole purpose of igniting console war talk in the comment section. Talk about some serious click-bait.
The article claims that both versions of the game target 1080p/60fps gameplay and even goes on mention that both consoles hit this mark with the exception of a few areas in the game. Here is the damning testimony as to why you should never buy the Xbox One version of Dark Souls 2 –
“of Fallen Giants area is a good example, where a barrage of enemies causes a read-out of between 40-50fps on Xbox One, while PS4 operates within the 50-60fps range. Even while uncontested beneath the giant, arching trees of Things Betwixt, a regular margin of 10fps exists between the two — PS4 operating at a near perfect 60fps, while Xbox stutters along at 50fps.”
I know what you guys are thinking right now…
“WAIT!? YOU’RE TELLING ME THE XBOX ONE HAS TEN LESS FRAMES PER SECOND IN A FEW SPECIFIC LOCATIONS OF THE GAME!? I’M SELLING MY XBOX AND BUYING A PS4 RIGHT NOW! THAT IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE! WHY EVEN BOTHER WITH AN XBOX VERSION OF THE GAME IF IT’S GOING TO RUN LIKE PICKLED DOG SHIT!?”
The simple truth is, this difference doesn’t really matter at all. So many of us were perfectly happy playing Dark Souls 2 on Xbox 360/PS3 and those versions could barely reach the 30fps mark with a significantly lower resolution. So a little over a year later, why are we obsessing about 60fps for the same game? The textures still look generally awful in many locations and even the PS4 stutters in certain areas. We should really be criticizing the developer for not properly optimizing the remaster for each console. Everyone is so eager to jump aboard the “Next-Gen Remaster” hype train because it’s an easy way to duplicate sales and the turn around time is next to nothing. Personally, I’m getting a little tired of seeing my entire Xbox 360 library make its way to Xbox One.
Every time I start to think the console wars have subsided, I see some ridiculous post like this and I lose a little more faith in humanity. Let’s just enjoy the game for what it is and not obsess over 10 fucking frames per second.
Miles Dompier is the chief editor and founder of What’s Your Tag?. He is a Seattle native who recently moved to the sweltering heat of Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a composer/voice actor. When he’s not up writing until his eyes bleed, he likes to play a Prince level of instruments and listen to terrible death metal. Follow his shenanigans on Twitter and be sure to join our gaming community; TEAM XBRO.