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Dishonored 2 is having some issues on PC

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Dishonored 2 struggling on PC

Dishonored 2 is out tomorrow, although you might’ve missed that given the lack of reviews due to Bethesda’s new review policy. The game is in the hands of media and pre-order customers now though, letting you slink or slice your way through a new Dishonored story with either Emily or Corvo. And early impressions are great – unless you’re planning to play on a not so high-end PC.

PC Gamer has had some limited time with the PC port of the title, but they’ve already stumbled on to some confusing performance issues. Playing on their prime rig (equipped with a GTX 1070, i5-6600K and 16GB RAM), the game was able to run smoothly at 1440p, never dipping too far below 80FPS. You’d think then that the game would scale well with older hardware, which is in no way the reality.

Swapping out the 1070 for the older (and significantly more popular) GTX 970, things changed drastically. Here, running the game at 1080p with a mix of medium to high settings, PC Gamer struggled to maintain 60FPS. The game had unceremonious dips down to 40FPS, sometimes inexplicably too. Turning the camera a certain direction or staring at certain object brought about the frame dips, which shouldn’t be as severe given the single difference in hardware generations.

Two different editors also reported issues with the game audio. Stuttering and full cut outs were sometimes common, while the game struggled to sync up the audio with the game visuals during the opening sequence. They’re not game-breaking by any stretch, but it’s the sort of stuff you don’t want greeting you with a brand new purchase.

Thankfully for the most part, the console versions seem to be fine for the time being. We’re already busy with our own playthrough for review, so you can expect that sometime next week.

Last Updated: November 10, 2016


  1. I have a major issue with it on my PC: it’s not on my PC.


    • Deceased

      November 11, 2016 at 15:11



  2. geel slang

    November 10, 2016 at 12:07

    Well that sucks


  3. Fox1 - Retro

    November 10, 2016 at 12:09

    Typical of Nvidia gimping older hardware :p


  4. Original Heretic

    November 10, 2016 at 12:09

    ALL the way down to 40fps?! *gasp* The horror, the horror. That just makes the game completely unplayable.

    I’m sure PC players all over the world are bashing their heads against walls in frustration.


    • Dungeon of JJ

      November 10, 2016 at 12:21



    • Pariah ???

      November 10, 2016 at 12:30

      FORGET TRUMP! THIS IS A DISASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 10, 2016 at 12:31

      • Original Heretic

        November 10, 2016 at 12:33

        I thought this only happened to people after they watched Indiana Jones and that crystal skull crap.

        EDIT: Shia LeBeouf trying to be tough… HA!!!


      • Viper_ZA

        November 10, 2016 at 12:36

        lol this one never gets old!


  5. Andre Fourie

    November 10, 2016 at 12:22

  6. Lord Chaos

    November 10, 2016 at 12:32

    Can we have a test on AMD, like the older HD7970 on win 10 and DX12?
    Just to see a… complete test.


  7. Nikola

    November 10, 2016 at 13:02

    Everything just works on console, why even get a PC *runs


    • Lord Chaos

      November 10, 2016 at 13:05

      Watch out for that bear trap.


    • Magoo

      November 10, 2016 at 14:06

      You can run, but you can’t ?h?i?d?e? run at higherfps,betterquality,mods,etc.


  8. Ghost In The Rift

    November 10, 2016 at 13:25

    Apparently its much worse on the AMD side



  9. Raptor Rants

    November 10, 2016 at 13:30

    Because of course it is.

    Also a 970 really shouldn’t be considered low end or even mid range. It’s a high end card. This is troubling.


    • geel slang

      November 10, 2016 at 14:58

      I belive it uses some form of id Tech 5? DOOM runs flawlessly(form launch day) on a 970 and that uses id Tech 6. What whent wrong?


      • Raptor Rants

        November 11, 2016 at 11:17

        Careless porting. Devs and publishers don’t care about PC anymore.


  10. Magoo

    November 10, 2016 at 14:10

    If I can’t have it, no one can! HUEHUEHUE


  11. Deceased

    November 11, 2016 at 15:12

    Still downloading – will prolly be done tomorrow morning 🙁


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