Seriously, why is it that most multiplatform AAA games nowadays release poorly?
They don’t even need to be multiplatform, as the most recent example, the PC port of The Last of Us Part I, came out in a scandalously poor condition. It was joined by Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. On the game’s Steam page, only 35% of the 2268 reviews are positive, putting Respawn’s game in the Mostly Negative category on Valve’s digital platform. Why? Because the game is barely playable on PC.
The video from German GameStar ran the game on an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor with a GeForce RTX 4090 GPU, 32 GB RAM at 1440p, and with this configuration, it can’t maintain 60 FPS, while the VRAM usage is close to 20 GB. (TWENTY gigabytes!!!) Using CapFrameX, they found out that the GPU is barely half-utilized despite the latest Nvidia driver! For the console version, the PlayStation 5 version shows a frame rate that often degrades on Performance mode.
Unfortunately, the site is not alone. PCMRace wrote this about the new Respawn game: “The optimization, unfortunately, is just plain a mess on PC. With a Ryzen 9 5950X, 32GB of RAM, and an RTX 3080 Ti, the game barely runs at 30-40 FPS. Similar to other titles like Hogwarts Legacy, the problem is that 12GB of VRAM isn’t enough for 4K gaming, causing gameplay in certain areas to drop to 20 FPS or below. I mean, unplayable. In a specific part, I had to lower the resolution to 1440p or lower the details to Low-Medium because there was no way the game would go above 15 FPS due to lack of VRAM.”
PC Gamer ran it on an RTX 2080 Super. The new Star Wars game didn’t go above 35 FPS in the open-world parts of Koboh, which doesn’t have Nvidia DLSS support either, as Respawn has a deal with AMD (hence having FSR 2, but the image is blurry with it, especially on the characters’ faces). And Electronic Arts has already promised on Twitter that bug fixes will be coming for weeks. Dead Space Remake was stuttering, and Wild Hearts struggled technologically.
Digital Foundry editor Alex Battaglia called Denuvo “Fisher-Price DRM” after running on TWO different PCs was too much for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. It’s pathetic…