NieR: Automata BECOME AS GODS Edition Port Report - The Best PC Version?

Introduction - No need for Mods?

NieR: Automata BECOME AS GODS Edition Port Report - The Best PC Version?

NieR: Automata BECOME AS GODS Edition Port Report - The Best PC Version?

NieR: Automata's PC version is an infamously poor port, so much so that the majority of the game's players have to resort to user-made mods to enjoy the game. 

This week, Microsoft launched NieR Automata: BECOME AS GODS Edition onto PC through the Microsoft Store and via Xbox Game Pass for PC, a new version of the game that QLOC ported. This new version of NieR Automata is a port based on the game's Xbox One version and offers gamers a series of changes that make the game playable on PC without the aid of a Wiki and a series of mods. 

Within NieR Automata: BECOME AS GODS Edition, PC gamers can now play the game in a Fullscreen Borderless Windowed mode, HDR Support, 4K upscaled UI textures and support for AMD's FidelityFX Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) technology. 

This is a New Port, Not a Remaster

For Xbox Game Pass for PC, Square Enix commissioned a new port of NieR Automata for PC, addressing most of the playability concerns that plague the game's original PC release. Even now, many of these issues remain unfixed, despite the release of Microsoft's new PC version of the game. 

As of now, NieR Automata's BECOME AS GODS Edition is exclusive to Microsoft's PC platforms, and Square Enix have not committed to releasing this new version of Steam or offering free upgrades to NieR Automata's PC playerbase. 

Sadly, this PC port is just a new port. Fundamentally, NieR: Automata is the same game as before, albeit with the additions available with the Xbox One's BECOME AS GODS Edition version of the game. Many bugs and problems within NieR Automata remain the same as before, such as the game's low-resolution 900p 30FPS cutscenes and graphical bugs when both Ambient Occlusion and MSAA are used.

Even with this new version of NieR Automata, the PC version of the game remains capped at 59 FPS. In our case, the game was capped at 59 FPS, but other users have reported a 60 FPS cap, suggesting that the cap is system/monitor dependent.  

NieR: Automata BECOME AS GODS Edition Port Report - The Best PC Version?   
Testing NieR Automata in 2021

NieR Automata released on PC in 2017, and the game remains an incredibly demanding PC release. 60 FPS is fairly easy to achieve on modern GPUs when features like MSAA are disabled, but maxed out settings within NieR Automata will make high framerates challenging on even the most powerful of today's gaming PCs. 

In this article, we have tested Nier Automata's PC version across various graphics cards to see what settings and GPUs are required to run the game at 60 FPS on PC. 

Contents

New Features, non-functional Ambient Occlusion, and Bugs
1080p Performance - Harder to run than you'd think
1440p Performance - Still killing PCs in 2021
4K Performance - Why developers have abandoned MSAA
Conclusion

NieR: Automata BECOME AS GODS Edition Port Report - The Best PC Version?   

Testing Methodology - Our New Test System

With NieR Automata, we will be using our new Games and Graphics Card test system, which is powered by AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X processor and PCIe 4.0 storage. 

More information about this system is available here, where we have detailed why we have moved to Ryzen for our GPU and games testing. 

CPU & Motherboard - AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Formula

There is a lot to consider when building a new games testing system. Will this system stand up to the test of time. Does this system contain the features that new games will require, and are we choosing the right CPU platform for the job? 

With the next-generation of consoles coming with Zen 2 processors and support for PCIe 4.0 storage, it was logical to choose a Ryzen-based test platform. Intel's current offerings do not offer PCIe 4.0 support, and we cannot build a new test system knowing that it will be outdated as soon as games start to utilise faster storage mediums. 

With ASUS' ROG X570 Crosshair VII Formula, we know that we have a motherboard that has capable VRMs to withstand the punishments that a hardware test system must face. With X570, we also know that we can upgrade to Zen 3/Ryzen 4000 should we ever need to.   

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Memory - Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB Series DDR4 @ 3600MHz


Having chosen a Ryzen processor for our new test systems, we needed capable memory modules which offered clock speed that would allow us to get the most out of our Ryzen processor.

3600MHz memory is the "sweet-spot" for Ryzen 3000 series processors, offering high levels of memory bandwidth while settings AMD's Infinity Fabric speeds to optimal levels. With this speed in mind, we decided to opt for Corsair's Dominator Platinum RGB series of DDR4 modules, as it offers us a great aesthetic, has modules that offer our optimal memory speeds and has relatively tight timings given its clock speeds. 
 

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SSD Storage - Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD


As we mentioned previously, future games are going to require fast NVMe storage. Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will make fast SSD storage a baseline feature of new gaming systems.

PCIe 4.0 devices are an obvious choice for those who want SSDs with the most potential throughput, making Corsair's MP600 SSD a great option for us. With 2TB of storage available to it, it offers us more than enough storage for even the largest of PC games. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone will need a lot more 50GB upgrades before we would even dream of filling this SSD. 

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Case - Corsair Obsidian 500D RGB SE

When it comes to PC cases we require two things, a large case (to accommodate large GPUs) that's easy to access and looks good on camera. When new graphics cards start to flood in, we need a case that can look good on video. Beyond that, when testing new graphics cards, we need an enclosure with a side panel that's easy to take on and off, speeding up our testing procedures. 

With these requirements in mind, Corsair's Obsidian 500D RGB SE was a perfect fit. It is large enough to accommodate any graphics card without interfering with a front-mounted AIO liquid cooler, and it has a hinged side panel to make component switching fast and straightforward. For our use case, this chassis is perfect. 

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Power Supply - Corsair RM1000i

Your power supply is the most important part of any test system. There's a reason why rule number 1 for PC building is no never cheap out on your power supply. 

Over the years, we have used many test systems which have been powered by Corsair's RMi series of power supplies, and the reasons behind that are simple. They are 80+ Gold rated, making them very power efficient, and we have never had an RMi power supply fail on us. If you read our PSU reviews, you will know that these units are solid performers. 

Corsair Link is also a useful component of Corsair RMi series power supplies, as they allow us to see how much power the unit is using at any given time digitally. 

We have also paired this unit with Corsair's premium braided cables, which gives our test system a more premium look. 

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Cooling - Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT

While we are keeping our Ryzen 9 3950X at stock clock speeds, we do want to do what we can to keep it cool under load. We also want to do what we can to keep our system as quiet as possible. With this in mind, we have decided to use Corsair's latest 360mm H150i series All-in-One Liquid Cooler.

With the iCUE H150i, we can control the units fans, pump and RGB lighting with the same software as our other system components and keep AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X cool with relative ease. When testing graphics cards, keeping other fan noise to a minimum is a must, as this allows us to properly judge the noise levels of specific graphics cards or other system components.    

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Full System Specifications


OC3D Game/GPU Test Rig

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Processor with Prescision Boost Overdrive
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula (X570) Motherboard 
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB Series DDR4 3600MHz (2x8GB) Memory
Corsair RM1000i Power Supply
Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Corsiar Obsidian 500D RGB SE Case
Windows 10 x64 "May 2020" Update

 

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29-03-2021, 09:29:35

ET3D
On page 2 the Steam version is referred to twice as the "Stream" version.Quote

29-03-2021, 10:23:49

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On page 2 the Steam version is referred to twice as the "Stream" version.
The typo has been fixed. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.Quote
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