Arkane Studios’ latest hit Deathloop was released to a mixed reception on PC due to anti-piracy technology Denuvo, which has been linked to poor performance.
Being a next-gen only game with a PC port, Deathloop’s system requirements are respectable, suggesting the use of an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 for 30fps at 1080p, low settings. However, since the game uses Denuvo, which is a popular but controversial anti-piracy solution, performance seems to tank quite hard even on modest gaming hardware. This is even with the game supporting AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution, which is an upscaling technique that should help in getting more performance out of older graphics cards. On Steam, the game currently sits with 61% of reviews being positive, indicating that most PC gamers are having a good time with the title, although compared to the PS5 version’s reception, that’s quite low as far as positive reception goes.
Early performance analysis of Deathloop (courtesy of ElAnalistaDeBits) shows that the game’s performance on PS5 is quite stable, with only the visual quality mode dropping frames at certain points.
Deathloop on PS5 includes three performance modes:
- Performance mode – Stable 60fps with dynamic 4K resolution, no raytracing, with 1440p being average output.
- Visual mode – Targets 60fps with dynamic 4K resolution, no raytracing, with 1800p being average output.
- Raytracing mode – Targets 30fps with dynamic 4K resolution and raytracing, with 1800p being average output.
Many of the core issues in Deathloop’s PC version seem to boil down to the fact that it doesn’t play well above 60fps on variable refresh rate (VRR) screens. IGN India has verified that the game’s PC version does have a tough time playing with VRR displays, which recent years have become a standard in mid to high-end PC gaming. This, coupled with the fact that Denuvo is well known to affect performance, along with many PC gamers targeting higher graphical settings on a game developed for the newly released PS5, is leading many to have a negative experience with the game.
We hope that developer Arkane Studios is listening to the feedback and working on fixes for the PC version of the game, although this isn’t the first time that one of its games has caught flak for performance issues on the platform. Previously, the PC version of Dishonored 2 also released to a negative reception on PC due to performance issues, which were fixed in due time.
Deathloop India Price and Release Date
Deathloop’s physical copies for PS5 have been delayed and will arrive a week later than expected in India. However, the game is available digitally in two different editions:
- Deathloop Standard Edition (Steam) – Rs. 2,499
- Deathloop Standard Edition (PS5) – Rs. 3,999
- Deathloop Deluxe Edition (PS5) – Rs. 5,699
- Deathloop Deluxe Edition (Steam) – Rs. 3,499
The Digital Deluxe Edition includes the Transtar Trencher weapon, Eat The Rich Tribunal weapon, a .44 Karat Fourpounder weapon, “Party Crasher” Colt skin, “Sharp Shooter” Julianna skin, Two Trinkets and the original game soundtrack selections.
Deathloop is out now on PC (Steam, Bethesda.net) and PS5.
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