Dishonored 2 PC Performance Preview
Published: 11th November 2016 | Source: OC3D | Price: |
Dishonored 2 is a very demanding game on PC, requiring a GTX 1080 in order to achieve a steady 60+FPS at Ultra settings when playing at 1080p, which is exceptionally demanding for a modern PC game.
Right now Bethesda is recommending that PC gamers play at High or lower graphical settings, even when using modern high-end hardware, with the company recommending that PC players use a GTX 1070 or a GTX 1080 for 1440p gameplay and not offering any recommendations for users of 4K monitors.
In a game where players can move from stealth to combat in the blink of an eye, steady 60FPS gameplay is important, making the need for high-end GPU hardware all the more important for Dishonored 2, especially when you want to play the game at higher resolutions and graphical settings.
While Dishonored 2 is not the most graphically impressive game of recent months, it is certainly much better looking than the original, with much sharper textures, more detailed shadows and a lot of extra detail in character models. Even so, Dishonored 2 is what many players will call overly demanding for the levels of graphical fidelity that are on display, leaving resolution freaks and framerate junkies very disappointed in this release, especially if they want to play the game at higher graphical settings.
This performance data was taken today from the day-1 consumer build of Dishonored 2 on the newest drivers available at the time, so it is possible that this game's performance will improve over time, though it is far from unplayable on PC with modern hardware.
Dishonored 2 is a game that is designed to play at sub-1080p resolutions on today's consoles at 30FPS, which combined with the game's additional graphical settings on PC makes for a hugely demanding title.
Some may say that for this reason that Dishonored 2 is badly optimised, but at the same time we must remember that the PC gaming market does require ultra-demanding titles like this in order to push the industry forward. Where would GPUs be today without demanding applications like Crysis to push the hardware industry forward?
To say the least Dishonored 2 is a demanding PC release, requiring some beefy systems to play at a resolution Ultra settings or 1080p+ resolutions. Hopefully, Bethesda will be able to fix some of the game's issues with a post-launch patch, but for now PC gamers should expect to play this game at lower settings or resolutions than they would usually expect.
We will be conducting more detailed testing on Dishonored 2 in the coming days, with a wider range of GPUs and graphical settings. Please come back to OC3D later this weekend for a more detail performance report on Dishonored 2.