Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin PS4 vs. PC DX11 High vs. PS3 Screenshot Comparison

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Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is a re-release of Dark Souls 2 on the PS4 and Xbox One. It is also being released for the PC with an upgraded build of the game running on DirectX 11 compared to DirectX 9 for the old build. So how well does the PS4 version compares to the PC build, and how well it compares to the PS3 build? This comparison aims to highlight this difference.

First we have compared the PS4 version of the game against the PC version of the game, running on the highest quality settings and utilizing the DirectX 11 build. You can check it out in the slider comparison below, or scroll below to check out direct-feed screenshots in their full quality.

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The PS4 version holds really well against the PC version here, minus the slightly decreased LOD. Anisotropic Filtering also closely matches the highest quality on the PC verison of the game, which is a rarity for most of these late re-releases. There was a report earlier that stated that Sony were working on resolving the recent AF issues on the PS4, so maybe Dark Souls 2 could be the result of it.

In term of the difference between DirectX 9 and DirectX 11, there isn’t really much to be seen here. The color grading is definitely visible in these screens, but other than that, there isn’t a vast difference in the graphics. The game is much better optimized on DirectX 11 and it is quite easy to run the game at 1080p and solid 60 fps on any medium-spec PC. Unfortunately, the PS4 version lacks a stable frame rate compared to the PC version, which is highly disappointing to say the least.

Next up is the PS4 version compared to the PS3 version of the game. The aim of this comparison is to highlight the difference that users might face when upgrading from the PS3 to the PS4 version of the game. In addition to this, the game also runs at native 1080p and 60 fps on the PS4.

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is out now on the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PS4. It was developed by Namco Bandai and published by From Software.

Let us know what you think about these screens in the comments below.

  • Joshua Pirog

    Typical gear nuke article that claims superiority for PC because of extensive butt hurt toward not having any exclusives that consoles have.

    • Popesmith

      What exclusives are those again? The one on PS4 or the two on X1?

      • Joshua Pirog

        Lol. You guys and your defending video games like you made them yourselves. Sheesh. I meant consoles in general, not just this current gen. But PS4 has Killzone Shadowfall, Infamous Second Son, The Order 1886, MLB 14/15 (don’t forget Madden can only be played on a console since 2008), Knack, Bloodborne, Drive Club, and plenty of indie titles. So it’s more than “the one on PS4”. Seriously, if you like spending thousands on hardware updates to play prettier ports, that’s great. I don’t care. Do it. I’m just a once pc-exclusive gamer that got tired of dealing with the headaches and lack of decent exclusives. I’m not gonna sit here and argue with you over and over about video games, lol.

        • Popesmith

          Clearly you are. I have a PS4, X1, and a Wii U. I love The Show and Bloodborne, but you gotta be kidding with the others. Why would anybody be jealous of those?

  • Failz

    PC always wins these battles, and the sad part is the PC version is always cheaper to buy AND you don’t need to pay for subs to access the games MP if it had one.

    It will only get better with DX12.

    • Jecht_Sin

      AND you spent half of the time signing petitions to get the games ported. Often without even a chance, like in the Demon’s Souls and Bloodborne case.

      • Mike Gene Skinner

        I’ve never signed a petition in my life.

        I also find it funny that the majority of petitions that go up are around 20k people, When there are over 900 thousand active members a day on steam alone.

      • Failz

        Lol I havnt sign any petitions because there are no games I want to cross over. Your insecurity and jealousy show alot when you start making things up. Try harder and you might get a cookie.

        In the mean time, enjoy your slow downs on DS2

      • Joshua Pirog

        Half the time spent on petitions, another good portion on finding the perfect driver and waiting for a patch to fix the game, another good portion on tweaking it, staring at the fps counter, going on forums to brag and about 2% of actually playing the game. That’s PC gaming in an nutshell.

    • Joshua Pirog

      Show me worthwhile PC exclusives and I’ll stay ontop of my PC hardware upgrades again. All I see are ports that looks smoother and slightly shinier, but usually come out broken and need 3 driver changes and 7 patches to be stable. I can appreciate the power of PC, but it’s wasted on ports and simulators. What happened to the days of Far Cry, Doom, Half-Life, Crysis, etc. The blockbuster pc exclusives are gone. I don’t need an expensive port box.

      • Failz

        Let’s see,

        Star Citizen 2015
        Pillars of Enternity 2015
        Star Craft 2 Xpac 2015
        Every Blizzard game
        Every Valve game
        Every 3rd party game in a superior format
        Backwards compatible
        No online Fees
        Cheaper games
        Bigger community
        Game Mods
        Stream
        Every gaming Genre available eg RTS/SIMs/MMOs etc

        I can keep going but ill leave it there.

        • Joshua Pirog

          Star Citizen wont be a full release until 2016 at earliest. “Every Blizzard game, every Valve game” So Diablo 3 isn’t on console? Or Left for dead? Or Half Life 2, or Portal? You named 2 actual exclusives that are niche software, not blockbuster. Everything else you mentioned has nothing to do with exclusive software. The games are not always cheaper, especially ports that come out at the same time as console. Bigger community is debatable on what game you’re talking about. Streaming is useless right now, but there is streaming on the ps4 for ps3 titles too so….game mods, that I will give you. Mods extend the life of MANY PC games and I loved them when I was a PC-only gamer. I just don’t see enough to justify that sort of ignorance anymore. I want to enjoy games, not brag about my hardware that yes, is much more powerful, but is reduced to playing a broken version of call of duty 48.

          • Failz

            Let’s dig deeper shall we.

            -World of Warcraft (Blizzard)
            -EvE Online
            -League of Legends
            -OverWatch (Blizzard)
            -Dota 2 (Valve)
            -Alien Swarm (Valve)
            -Best Horror games
            -Star Citizen Beta is available
            -No watered down graphics (Crysis)

          • Joshua Pirog

            No watered down graphics? Um…The Order 1886 and Infamous Second Son blow anything PC has away. I’m not gonna go back and fourth with you. If you enjoy PC that’s great. I hate MOBA’s, and none of what you listed pushes PC hardware. None of those games justify a GTX 980 or what I currently own, an Amd 290x. That was more my point. But to each his own. I have a decent PC, I never touch anything on it – just not into it as much anymore. MY PS4 and Xbox One on the other hand, get used a few times a week. 🙂 Lets agree to disagree and just enjoy that we’re all gamers!

          • Failz

            Infamous runs below 60 with empty streets, The Order runs at 30 with Bars and is linear. Crysis 3 looks as good as Killzone and thats a last gen game and isnt based on Corrodor shooting. Sorry every console game is watered down regardless how good they try to look. They would run even better and look even better again on a PC. Just like Ryse.

          • Joshua Pirog

            And again, you fail at naming decent exclusives and jump back to prettier ports. We’ve been over this, we know ports look nicer on PC. Is it worth the $600 dollar video card to run around with a guy that has a smoother head? It’s a video game for God’s sake. Chill out. Step outside, see real life, enjoy it. These are just games, a hobby, not the end all be all of ones existence. At least I’d hope not.

          • Failz

            I failed to list decent exclusives? Lol yeah and Infamous and The Order are decent exclusives… in popularity and critic reviews they fall way short. Sorry to break it to you. Also anygame made with a console in mind is watered down regardless if its exclusive. The Order will run at 60frames and in 4k with way more AA etc if its on PC (thank god it’s not)

          • Y- nZ

            Oh, go F yourself fanboy, I have PS4 and PC, I play on both platform and indeed PC has more games and function. Tech comparison also PC will always win no matter what you said because CONSOLE IS MADE WITH PC

          • Joshua Pirog

            Wah wah waaaaaah

        • Y- nZ

          Don’t forget you could also works with your PC. Being productive and fun = Profit

  • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

    I saw a blade of grass in the PC version that wasn’t there in the PS4 version so PC is defenitly better. All hail PC!

    • Failz

      *Unfortunately, the PS4 version lacks a stable frame rate compared to the PC version, which is highly disappointing to say the least.*

      Try harder Fanboy.

      • Jecht_Sin

        You calling anyone a fanboy… Oh, the irony!!

        What happen, Fails? So tired of defending the Xbone POS you eventually switched to PC for good, now?

        • Failz

          Iv been gaming on PCs way before you were even born Jecht, time you got with the program.

          • Joshua Pirog

            You liked your own post. That says enough lol. Who cares how long you’ve been gaming? I was gaming before Windows 95 made things easy and you needed DOS commands, so what? That doesn’t make me superior to any other gamer…seriously. Get a life.

          • Failz

            Josh you must love reading your replies. Fanboy above thinks im a Xbox fanboy, i am just proving him wrong like I do everyday. As for you, you have shown your colours and guessing your no better. You clearly dont research before you post and interupt other peoples convos without understanding what there about. Now go back to your little toys 😉

      • SirAngry

        You know what, the framerate on the PS4 is actually a pretty rock solid 60fps. There are dips I’m sure, but noticeable dips? That I’m not so certain of. I don’t actually own DS2 Scholar on PS4, I got the upgrade on PC, but I have seen it running on PS4 and it is solid. Other compaprison sites have reported rock solid 60fps for the most part on PS4. Besides, even on PC the game has some frame pacing issues still, so let’s not pretend the code is perfectly optimised for PC either buddy.

  • I’m Flat Out Right

    Bloodborne > Dark Souls 2

    • Mattchester

      Well duh, Dark Souls 2 was a last-gen game.

    • The Herald Of GabeN

      :^)

  • corvusmd

    If that is the leap to DX11, they need to hurry up and make it DX12.

    • I’m Flat Out Right

      It wouldn’t be much different. Dark Souls 2 is coded to take advantage of DX11/9. Using DX12 would require rebuilding the game from the ground up. DX12 also wouldn’t improve the visuals because DX12 is for CPU utilization. Jumping between different versions of Direct X isn’t going to change visuals of games that are all ready made. That is not how it works. Vulkan>Direct X