Destiny 2 PC Performance Review

Graphical Options and Settings

Destiny 2 Beta PC Performance Review

 

 

 

 

Graphical Options and Settings

The PC version of Destiny comes with a lot of detailed graphical options, including several solutions for Anti-Aliasing. The game can easily be adjusted to suit the users, whether they want high levels of graphical fidelity, high framerates or both depending on their hardware configuration. 

Sadly since the game's beta release Bungie has decided to ditch the MSAA option that was included in the beta, though given the huge performance impact of the feature we can see exactly why. Bungie has stated that the MSAA implementation that they were using was having a strange effect on the game's differed renderer, messing with some of the game's other graphical options somewhat. 

Below is a list of all available graphics options on Destiny 2's PC release. The PC version also includes a VRAM usage tool to let users know how much VRAM the game is using. In our testing, our VRAM usage never went above 4GB on our GTX 1080, even at 4K on the Highest graphical preset, easily scaling down to below 2GB for older GPU hardware.  

Thankfully options like Film Grain and Chromatic Aberration can be turned off in the game's graphical options menu, with the game's FOV being easily adjustable between 55 degrees and 105 degrees.

One other thing to note is that the PC version of the game features a default FOV of 85 degrees, which is wider than the FOV of both the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game, which are both around 70 degrees.  

 

PC Graphical Options


- FOV - 55 - 105 (85 Default)
- Graphics Quality - Low, Medium, High, Highest (Or Custom)
- Anti-Aliasing - Off, FXAA, SMAA
- Screen Space Ambient Occlusion - Off, HDAO, 3D
- Texture Anisotropy - Off, 2x, 4x, 8, 16x
- Texture Level - Lowest, Low, Medium, High, Highest
- Shadow Quality - Lowest, Low, Medium, High, Highest
- Depth Of Field - Lowest, Low, High, Highest
- Environmental Detail Distance - Low, Medium, High
- Character Detail Distance - Low, Medium, High
- Foliage Detail Distance - Low, Medium, High
- Foliage Shadows Distance - Medium, High, Highest
- Light Shafts - Medium, High
- Motion Blur - On/Off
- Wind Impulse - On/Off
- Render Resolution (% Scale)
- HDR (On/Off)
- Chromatic Aberration (On/Off)
- Film Grain (On/Off)

 

Destiny 2 - PC option menu - First Look

 

The first thing that PC gamers should do when setting up their system for Destiny 2 is to first see which graphical preset provides them with the performance that they desire on their system, but then to make some customisations to enhance the game's graphics further. 

Texture Anistrophy is an imortant feature when looking at distant flat textures, making it a worthwhile upgrade and anyone using a GPU with 4GB of VRAM or higher should immediately use the game's Highest Texture settings. Moving from High to Highest will only offer a minimal graphical imporvement, so we recomend that users drop down to high if they are having any issues running the game at its highest settings, though moving to highest textures and 16x Anisptrophic filtering will offer a notable bump to the game's graphical quality without a huge performance impact.  

 

Graphics QualityLowMediumHighHighest
Anti-AliasingOffFXAASMAASMAA
Screen Space Ambient OcclusionOff HDAOHDAO3D
Texture AnistrophyOff 2x 4x16x 
Texture LevelLow Medium HighHighest 
Shadow QualityLow Medium HighHighest 
Depth of FieldLow High HighHighest 
Environmental Detail DistanceLow Medium HighHigh 
Character Detail DistanceLow Medium HighHigh 
Foliage Detail DistanceLow Medium HighHigh 
Foliage Shadow DistanceMedium Medium HighHighest 
Light ShaftsMedium Medium MediumHigh 
Motion BlurOff On  OnOn 
Wind ImpulseOff On  OnOn 
Render Resolution100% 100%  100%100% 

 

All of the controls in Destiny 2 can be rebound on PC, allowing PC users to easily configure the game's controls to their liking. Aim Smoothing is turned on within the game by default, so PC users may want to disable this option if they want more precise mouse control. 

 

Destiny 2 - PC option menu - First Look

 

Destiny 2 and Overlays 

Destiny 2 will not support FPS overlays and other similar tools on PC, with Bungie taking measures to prevent code-injection into the game as an anti-cheating measure. This will prevent FPS overlay tools like MSI Afterburner, FRAPS and some streaming tools from functioning properly. 

Bungie has worked to ensure that certain tools are compatible, such as AMD ReLive and Nvidia's Geforce Experience. This design choice will no doubt annoy a lot of gamers, especially those that enjoy looking at performance metrics. 

In the game's Gameplay Options, Destiny 2 players can enable a FPS Display, which will display the game's current framerate at the top right hand corner of the screen. 

 

Destiny 2 Beta PC Performance Review

 

 

 

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Most Recent Comments

27-10-2017, 14:08:16

Dicehunter
Interesting seeing the Fury X on the heels of the 1080 Fe in 1440P and 4K.

Brill job as usual WYP !Quote

27-10-2017, 14:27:29

WYP
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Interesting seeing the Fury X on the heels of the 1080 Fe in 1440P and 4K.

Brill job as usual WYP !
In terms of average framerate yes, but minimums were not great. Makes me very interested to try a Vega, but alas I don't have a Vega over here.

Interesting game, Destiny 2, but the online elements make it a huge PITA to benchmark. Most people seem to have just used the scripted story bits that were in the beta (time saver), or just didn't try due to the lack of overlay support etc.

Working on a new game already, this week is game week.Quote

28-10-2017, 01:48:21

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by WYP View Post
In terms of average framerate yes, but minimums were not great. Makes me very interested to try a Vega, but alas I don't have a Vega over here.

Interesting game, Destiny 2, but the online elements make it a huge PITA to benchmark. Most people seem to have just used the scripted story bits that were in the beta (time saver), or just didn't try due to the lack of overlay support etc.

Working on a new game already, this week is game week.
Oct 27 in general is game day! I saw an article about how this day in particular with so many releases coming out(Wolfenstien, ACO, Mario, etc) is amongst the most populated game launch days ever. Pretty crazy.Quote

28-10-2017, 09:49:53

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Oct 27 in general is game day! I saw an article about how this day in particular with so many releases coming out(Wolfenstien, ACO, Mario, etc) is amongst the most populated game launch days ever. Pretty crazy.
Indeed, and none of them are proving easy to benchmark. Destiny 2 has its online play factoring into things, Assassins Creed Origns... well, we will get to that when the review is finished.

I am not the kind of guy that just runs a benchmark and then is done with a game, most "reviews" have a shocking lack of attention to detail.

Looking forward to getting into Wolfenstein, should be sweet.Quote

29-10-2017, 04:10:37

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Indeed, and none of them are proving easy to benchmark. Destiny 2 has its online play factoring into things, Assassins Creed Origns... well, we will get to that when the review is finished.

I am not the kind of guy that just runs a benchmark and then is done with a game, most "reviews" have a shocking lack of attention to detail.

Looking forward to getting into Wolfenstein, should be sweet.
Same here. I absolutely love AC, but this time I didn't buy it and instead spent my money on Wolfenstein. Super excited.Quote
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