No matter what the game, there will always be the comparison made between the two leading consoles this generation: The PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. There have been many instances where one clearly outshined the other and vice versa and the Fallout 4 DLC are not excluded from that comparison. So how did the latest expansion, Far Harbor, fare for our console brethren?
According to a report by Digital Foundry, their technical analysis details that Fallout’s frame rate issues on Sony’s PS4 systems become even more noticeable with Far Harbor. The report also states that with the release of patch 1.6, the game flatlines at about 20fps, sometimes performing even worse than that. In comparison, the Xbox One has not been experiencing the same issues. So what is the cause?
Fallout 4, the standalone game, usually aims at hitting that 30fps mark on consoles but many of the effects used in the Far Harbor DLC, such as extensive amounts of fog, “triggers” the PS4 system doesn’t allow for the cap to go above 20fps and usually steadies it around 15fps.
“As things stand, PS4’s current performance profile sees the Far Harbor region present one of the most sluggish regions in the game, while the Xbox One consistently runs at a higher refresh. It’s a thick layer of alpha transparency effects causes the issue, making any real-time targeting hugely difficult, something we noticed during an early woodland mission iwth ally Old Longfellow. Xbox One suffers fluctuations up and down the scale and is far from ideal, but it’s certainly Sony’s machine that struggles the most right now.”
Far Harbor dropped May 19th and as more and more reports pile up about the varying issues in gameplay, Bethesda has announced that they are “actively working” on the issue with the goal of improving overall performance.
“We made optimizations based on the Far Harbor beta feedback, but understand some people are experiencing issues. We are actively working on more improvements>”
This marks the third expansion in the four that are expected to come out this year. There is even the possibility of more on the way, though season pass owners do not have to worry about having to pay out of pocket for those as they release.
Need something a little extra to quench that Fallout 4 thirst? Don’t forget that mod support for consoles comes available May 31st! You can check out all of those details here when we first reported it.