God of War PC Review and Optimisation Guide

Introduction - Is this Sony best PC port to date?

God of War PC Review and Optimisation Guide

God of War has arrived on PC

God of War has finally arrived on PC, further deepening Sony's place within the PC gaming market. Now, PC gamers can enjoy one of PlayStation 4's greatest titles, complete with exclusive graphical enhancements that PS4, PS4 Pro and PS5 players lack.

At launch, God of War's PC version ships with an unlocked framerate, support for ultrawide 21:9 resolutions, support for AMD's Fidelity Super Resolution, Nvidia DLSS and Temporal upscaling on day-1. Beyond that, this game has a large number of graphics settings to tweak, ensuring that PC gamers can achieve high framerates on older systems while also allowing high-end PCs to use graphical features that push the game's visuals to the next level.

In this analysis, we will be looking at God of War's newly launched PC version and how well it runs across a wide range of PC hardware configurations. We will be teaching you how to optimise God of War for your PC hardware, and looking at which settings have the largest performance impact. By the end of this article, you should know how to get the best framerates out of God of War's PC version. 

God of War PC Review and Optimisation Guide

Contents

- Upscaling - DLSS, FSR, and Temporal

- CPU Performance & Optimisation

- Settings Optimisation and Preset Scaling

- 1080p Performance and Optimisation

- 1440p Performance and Optimisation

- 4K Performance and Optimisation

- Conclusion - Is this Sony's best PC port to date?

Game Settings - PS4 Quality and Beyond

On PC, God of War has an excellent graphical options menu, neatly splitting the game's graphical options into "Display" settings and "Graphics" settings. Display settings are used to adjust God of War's resolution, framerate limit, effects like motion blur and film grain, and whether or not God of War will be played using resolution scaling technologies like Nvidia's DLSS, AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution, or God of War's Render Scale upscaling solution.

Within God of War's Advanced Display settings is a tickbox for Nvidia's Reflex feature, which can be used to reduce God of War's input latency on PC, allowing the game to feel more responsive when played on Nvidia hardware. This will allow PC gamers to dodge faster, help make the game's controls feel better during gameplay. If you own a compatible Nvidia GPU, you should turn Nvidia Reflex on. 

God of War's Graphics settings contains three presets, Low, Original, High, and Ultra. Original settings are God of War's PlayStation 4 settings, which will give PC gamers the same level of graphics quality as the game's original PS4 version. Higher presets will give PC gamers higher quality visuals, though it is worth remembering that these higher settings will lower God of War's framerate. You will need a powerful PC to push God of War to 60 FPS at Ultra settings. 

God of War PC Review and Optimisation Guide

God of War PC Review and Optimisation Guide  

Drivers and System Specifications 

When testing God of War's PC version, we used the latest GPU drivers from AMD and Nvidia at the time of the game's launch. We used AMD's Radeon Software 22.1.1 driver and Nvidia's 513.23 WHQL drivers. 

Before testing, we fully updated our Windows 10 installation and ensured that no unnecessary background applications were running on our test system. 

Full System Specifications

Below are the full specifications of our game testing system, which we built in mid-2020 to meet the needs of future games. Alongside this system, we will be testing various old and new graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia, including Nvidia's RTX series and AMD's RX 6000 series.

To help support the website, we have included Amazon affiliate links below should you wish to purchase the same or similar PC parts. You can read more about our games testing system here.


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Most Recent Comments

17-01-2022, 20:22:31

jcchg
I would say Horizon Zero Dawn was better on AMD hardware. It ran at 1440p (native) 40 fps (original settings) or stable 30 fps (high settings) on a RX 480, DX12, open-world and better looking game overall.Quote

17-01-2022, 23:15:08

Warchild
I havent played this yet, but holy moly, I will admit the HDR on this was mind blowing. Had to look away when rowing on the river as the light reflected off the ripples in the water.

And it is so smooth at almost max detail. Why cant all ports be like this!Quote

18-01-2022, 10:31:26

Bagpuss
Quote:
Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
I havent played this yet, but holy moly, I will admit the HDR on this was mind blowing. Had to log away when rowing on the river as the light reflected off the ripples in the water.

And it is so smooth at almost max detail. Why cant all ports be like this!

Shame, and VERY annoying the game doesn't automatically enable HDR when launching, if it detects an HDR monitor.


Its a right PIA to have to enable it manually then turn it off when back in Windows.


I can't leave HDR enabled in Windows all the time because its still looks horrible and is incompatible with some other stuff I use.



If Watchdogs Legion can do this quality of life feature, there's no excuse why this game can't.Quote

18-01-2022, 16:03:39

Warchild
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bagpuss View Post
Shame, and VERY annoying the game doesn't automatically enable HDR when launching, if it detects an HDR monitor.


Its a right PIA to have to enable it manually then turn it off when back in Windows.


I can't leave HDR enabled in Windows all the time because its still looks horrible and is incompatible with some other stuff I use.



If Watchdogs Legion can do this quality of life feature, there's no excuse why this game can't.
I dunno, I found auto HDR in Win 11 actually a decent feature. I have yet to see any washed out colours in games or even apps/windows itself.Quote

18-01-2022, 18:52:01

NeverBackDown
He might be on Windows 10 tbf which as far as I know has HDR issues.Quote
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