PS5, Xbox Series: Games at 30 fps, intolerable? (Gotham Knights, A Plague Tale Requiem)

Game News PS5, Xbox Series: Games at 30 fps, intolerable? (Gotham Knights, A Plague Tale Requiem)

While 4K 60 frames per second has almost become a standard for the ninth generation of consoles, several games – A Plague Tale Requiem for example – dodge this technical ideal to offer 30 fps. A decision out of step with today’s standards? Here is our opinion.

No performance mode on Gotham Kingts

With Gotham Knights, Batman is dead, and so is the hope for 60fps gaming. Yes, it’s the new soap opera about the action-adventure app | open world with the superhero clique: no performance mode on PS5 and Xbox Series, and therefore an adventure at 30 fps “only” on these machines. The news fell last week – and on social networks, the players are not necessarily very happy about it. “We don’t care about our face” can we read, on Twitter, “the game is badly over”. When others, again, evoke “a debate that makes no sense”.

Whatever the camp, the case makes noise. So much so that Fleur Marty, producer of Gotham Knights, justified this choice of production. “Because of the features of our game, such as providing a co-op, untethered experience in a super-detailed open world, you can’t just drop the resolution and have a gain in frames per second.” So, as a reminder, the Warner Bros Montreal project will be able to accommodate two players at the same time – and this throughout the campaign. Recently, a special four-player mode was also announced.

PS5, Xbox Series, magic box at 4K / 60 fps?

Since the arrival of the PS5 and Xbox Series, console players have taken a liking to a comfort of use hitherto often reserved – at least in the vast majority of cases – for the PC: 60 frames per second! It’s quite simple, to date, the big next-gen games offer almost all the famous “resolution and performance modes”, favoring either the image quality or the framerate. All in all, the “4K | 60 fps” quickly became something of a brand for the ninth generation of consoles, no doubt carried by the first modern cartridges from PlayStation and Microsoft, all betting on this technical ideal (Demon’s Souls and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla).

On the one hand, there are therefore the two main players in the industry, who will undoubtedly do everything to keep a performance mode in the future and satisfy the players. On the other hand, there are third-party studios and publishers, which do not always have the resources needed to create a “60 frames per second” mode worthy of the name. In the words of Fleur Marty, the development of a video game is not just about pressing a button, lowering the image quality, hoping that everything works correctly! This kind of process takes time to get the best rendering possible, without compromising the visual aspect, so important to the marketing of a video game.

PS5, Xbox Series: Games at 30 fps, intolerable? (Gotham Knights, A Plague Tale Requiem)

30 frames per second, is it serious doctor?

So yeah, 30fps titles don’t seem quite behind us. Proof of this is that there is also no performance mode on consoles for A Plague Tale Requiem, the latest baby from Asobo studio. According to the supports, it is 40 fps maximum. However, we did not make a fuss of it. Graphically, the game is to die for and everything that has not been put in the framerate is found in the 3D models, the textures or the lighting! It’s very good like that.

To tell the truth, the debate is particularly polarized! On the networks, there are both people who do not tolerate the absence of a performance mode, as others who do not carry much importance. Most of the time, a side will be more present depending on the kind of game. Plague Tale is a cinematic adventure, in the vein of The Last of Us, when Gotham Knigts offers fluid movement and combat in an open world. The 60 fps would suit him like a glove.

In addition, the Warner Bros Montreal project was originally supposed to also be released on PS4 | Xbox One, before those platforms were discontinued. The studio’s goal: “to give players the best possible experience on PC, PS5, Xbox Series”! Something to smile about, in the absence of a performance mode? It’s up to you to judge. In any case, there’s nothing holding Gotham Knigts back from being an excellent game, even at thirty frames per second. After all, we are already used to it.

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