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Which console runs just Cause 3 best?

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Just Cause 3 is out today, bringing the third instalment of Rico Rodriguez’ over-the-top action antics to your consoles and PC. Reviews for the game have been all over the place, with many getting lost in the repetitive, explosive action – and others finding the chaos to border on the mundane.

Still, if you loved Just Cause 2, you probably know what to expect, and want a little more of that. If you’re a multi-platform owners (or just want some sort of bragging rights because you have some weird, skewed platform bias), Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry has done the hard work to see which version is best. They’ve put the console versions through their paces.

“Initial comparisons of art assets, effects, and lighting suggests that both versions are operating with the same visual feature set,” it said. “[Developer] Avalanche clearly felt no need to adjust GPU-intensive elements such as shadow quality–in this respect, both look equivalent to the high setting on the PC game.”

It seems that both consoles versions look pretty much the same, with the PS4 having a crisper image because of its higher resolution. According to Digital Foundry, the consoles look equivalent to the PC version set to high.

Where the PC versions is capable of breaking the 60fps barrier though, the console versions are locked to 30fps – though they have trouble staying within target. As you’d expect, the Xbox One has a tougher time keeping up.

“It is indeed the Xbox One release that offers a noticeably lower level of in-game fluidity,” Digital Foundry said. “In our tests, we’ve compared both cut-scenes and gameplay, and our lowest recorded drop occurs on Xbox One, where a massive explosion sends us plummeting to 20 fps, while PS4 plateaus to 24 fps in entirely different circumstances–with CPU power the likely culprit for bottlenecked performance there.

“In between shoot-outs, both editions mostly hold at 30 fps, but once things kick off, it’s clear that Microsoft’s machine struggles to a more noticeable extent. It’s clear that PlayStation 4 has the edge in sustaining target performance more consistently. What’s particularly disappointing is that even in areas with little or nothing going on, Xbox One can still have issues–moving into a forest area and spinning around on the spot can cause the engine’s performance to drop to the mid-20s, while PlayStation 4 retains the lion’s share of its performance.”

Neither system really excels though, with just Cause 3 taking both consoles to their number-crunching, processing limits. There are other issues too – such as unbearable load times, bugs, glitches and other performance issues that affect all three versions. Still, if you just want to blow stuff up, Just Cause 3 will let you do that.

Last Updated: December 1, 2015

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