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.[twentytwenty] [/twentytwenty] [twentytwenty]
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.
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