id Software’s long-awaited new Doom shooter is out today, May 13. If you’re wondering which console offers the better experience, Digital Foundry has now posted its initial thoughts on the game’s campaign.
In the video below, the site compares the frame rate and resolution for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. The verdict is that both editions offer a solid experience in terms of frame rate and resolution, though Sony’s console has the edge. “It’s pretty simple to say that it looks and runs smoother on Sony’s console. But the Xbox One version is no slouch, either,” the site said.
Factoring in resolution and frame rate, the PS4 edition’s overall level of performance is higher, Digital Foundry said. Though its frame rate dips below the 60 FPS target in some sequences, it generally does a better job sticking to that than the Xbox One edition. Digital Foundry explained, however, that even when the Xbox One and PS4 editions fall below 60fps, the experience remains solid, due in part to Doom’s other under-the-hood features.
In terms of visuals, Doom runs at 1080p on PS4 and Xbox One using a dynamic resolution. The Xbox One version can fall “well below” 1080p in some sequences, however, according to the report.
Across PS4 and Xbox One, Doom offers “very fluid animation” and “beautiful lighting and effects work,” Digital Foundry explained.
Players can also expect loading screens that run for 35-45 seconds between missions, but when you die, the game boots back up faster, somewhere in the range of 15-20 seconds.
The video also shows off some of the game’s visual settings that can be adjusted. You can disable chromatic abberation and change things like field of view and motion blur, among other items.
Note that this is an analysis for the single-player campaign only, not multiplayer. Last summer, producer Marty Stratton said, “The mantra of our technology team is that we want to be the best-looking game out there at 60 FPS and 1080p.”
Doom was released today on all three platforms, but reviews won’t be available just yet, as id Software and Bethesda decided to wait to provide media with access to the game. You can, however, watch GameSpot’s Danny O’Dwyer play a portion of the game in the video above, or specifically check out the first 40 minutes of the campaign here.
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