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Quantum Break is a mixed bag of issues on PC

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Quantum Break is a mess on PC

Quantum Break left me rather happy after I managed to finish it twice on Xbox One, delivering a thought-provoking time travelling tale while still being a visually stunning showcase for the consoles. The console version, however, doesn’t manage to run the game at the best of its ability, leaving it to more powerful desktops to really push Remedy’s latest title. And after launching yesterday on the Windows Store, it seems it’s a hit and miss.

And it’s mixed because performance doesn’t seem to be defined by raw specifications, but by chance. PC Gamer, for example, experienced a few issues when heading through the first half an hour of the game, but had the framerate stabilise soon after that. Playing on a GTX 970, an i7-5820K CPU clocked at 3.30GHz, 16GB of RAM, and playing the game on ultra settings at 1080p, PC Gamer reported that Quantum Break managed to maintain 50-60FPS most of the time, dipping just below in intensive outdoor fire fights.

On the flipside of the coin, WCCFTech had the almost polar opposite. Playing on a Intel Core i7 3770 CPU with 16GB RAM and  two GTX 980Ti cards, Quantum Break reportedly couldn’t even run properly at maxed out 1080p. For a PC that should be managing games at 4K, that’s a little alarming. Of course the Universal Windows Platform has its issue with multi-GPU setups (which disabling had no effect, says WCCFTech) and technology such as FreeSync and G-Sync, but a PC this capable simply shouldn’t be running into walls at 1080p.

There’s also other issues that seem to be plaguing the game regardless of setup. Texture pop-in seems to be running rampant, with the game misjudging the distance of the player relative to objects and often incurring blurry images as a result. Some players are also complaining about the blurriness of the image overall, leading some to believe that the reconstruction method on Xbox One is present on PC.

But looking at past Remedy attempts on PC, this is all a little confusing. Alan Wake, for example, was brilliantly optimised for PC, so it’s obvious that the new Windows platform for their games is certainly the culprit here. It was for Gears of War Ultimate Edition, and sadly Microsoft seems to have missed the mark yet again.

Last Updated: April 6, 2016

33 Comments

  1. Biggest issue is the insane price for the SA store.

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 6, 2016 at 09:57

      Yeah? What is it listed at?

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      • Original Heretic

        April 6, 2016 at 10:01

        ..

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      • Uberutang

        April 6, 2016 at 10:01

        R1299. So about $90 vs $59 for US store. They can go get in the sea.

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        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 6, 2016 at 10:01

          W
          T
          F

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        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          April 6, 2016 at 10:01

          WHAT!? Nee wat, then they can keep it…

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        • Hammersteyn

          April 6, 2016 at 10:10

          LOL

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        • CypherGate

          April 6, 2016 at 10:49

          My brother screenshot and whatsapped that price to me and I was like WTF? That costs almost as much as a nintendo DS or 3DS! I would never pay R1300 for a game. NEVER. R900 is already insane.

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          • Uberutang

            April 6, 2016 at 10:50

            My cap for SP games is R350.
            I paid that for Tombraider, Witcher3, Fallout 4 etc etc. So this is not anymore special than those games.

          • CypherGate

            April 6, 2016 at 10:56

            Yeah R350 is about the right price for games. What I noticed for a while now is that PC games used to be A LOT cheaper than console games, but lately PC game prices skyrocketed to console prices. The perk of PC though is that they get sales a lot more often than console.

          • Uberutang

            April 6, 2016 at 10:59

            Yebo and for SP games there is zero rush.

        • Strawman Jim

          April 6, 2016 at 12:41

          One of the reasons, I’ve been importing my games. Local is not lekker! Local can suck my hairy armpits.

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        • Darren Peach

          April 6, 2016 at 14:48

          That is daylight robbery. Game better have fart simulations that are so good you go on a psychedelic trip every time the simulation happens.

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        • MatoBoost @csgobetsbymatoboost

          April 6, 2016 at 15:14

          In Slovakia it costs 80 euros, even more than xbox one version! Games here in Slovakia normally cost ~40 euros RETAIL!

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          • William Fenton

            April 6, 2016 at 15:25

            Similar issue in UK, maybe not as extreme.

            Xbox version is £45, PC version is £50. The most insulting part is you get LESS on PC, and it costs MORE.

          • Paul

            April 7, 2016 at 03:58

            That’s why I buy most games at around £5 to teach them a lesson apart from indie games, I’m willing to pay full price for them, what’s messed up is that it really shows how incompetent triple AAA developers are when with the budgets they have they can’t seem to get there games running right on PC on release whereas indies seems to get them running on release more often than not and with a much smaller budget, go figure.

            Mind you, can’t complain, these incompetent developers are saving me a small fortune, keep it up lol.

    • Fox1 - Retro

      April 6, 2016 at 10:43

      You can’t even share the game with someone else even on the same PC I believe.

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      • Uberutang

        April 6, 2016 at 10:45

        Yeah they have a long way to go to even match Steam, never mind exceed it.
        So weird that all these stores that launched YEARS after Steam still play catch up? They have the template on what to do right and yet they still drop the ball.

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        • Fox1 - Retro

          April 6, 2016 at 10:47

          So much for their lines of putting Gamer’s first. Does anyone game beyond Solitaire at Redmond?

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          • Uberutang

            April 6, 2016 at 10:49

            have you seen Solitare in windows 10? it is a pay to play game… monthly subs.

    • Francois Knoetze

      April 6, 2016 at 11:24

      actually got it at R900 from BT. bloody SA store was way too high. which is odd as it is usually the cheaper option. Ok R900 is still bloody expensive but its better than R1300

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  2. Ghost In The Rift

    April 6, 2016 at 10:18

    Microsoft, who revolutionized the PC, has trouble on their own OS with their own game?!?! What a bunch oxymoron’s

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    • MakeItLegal

      April 6, 2016 at 10:55

      this :)))))))))))))))))))))))

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  3. MakeItLegal

    April 6, 2016 at 10:54

    wait , people bought the game through the windows store ? i am just kidding , somebody has to do it…
    my suggestion for the whole , uplay , origin and now windows store is simple , approach steam , and get you own dedicated “page” ie steam store , ea page and exclusives formally known as origin , same with uplay 🙂 and MS store

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  4. Uberutang

    April 6, 2016 at 11:25

    Gears of war PC

    US $29.99

    UK £22.79

    ZA R319

    Quantum Break PC:

    US $59

    UK £39.99

    ZA R1299

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    • Francois Knoetze

      April 6, 2016 at 11:27

      wtf o.O…PC price too!? are they smoking crack or do you get the Alan Wake collection along with Bone copy too??

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      • Uberutang

        April 6, 2016 at 11:28

        Only the PC copy it seems.

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        • Francois Knoetze

          April 6, 2016 at 11:28

          O.O…Oh my

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  5. Francois Knoetze

    April 6, 2016 at 11:26

    Played it this morning on the Bone. really awesome story so far and a lot of fun to play. Odd with MS and their “exclusive” ports to PC. 2 hit and miss at the moment with Gears and now this.

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  6. Strawman Jim

    April 6, 2016 at 12:40

    lol R1000 for a game? Hahahaha! Wallet says “Fuck Off Jim!”

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  7. HisDivineOrder

    April 6, 2016 at 14:17

    Games for Windows Live 3.0 (they had a gray one (1.0) and a black one (2.0)) aka Universal Apps via the Windows Store are a complete and total failure. I wish Microsoft would realize they’re also pointless.

    Windows Phone/Mobile is dead. Universal apps bringing apps to Xbox One is a boondoggle. Just kill Universal apps and use the same Win32 API we’ve always had that’s worked great.

    And btw, it has no problems.

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  8. Darren Peach

    April 6, 2016 at 14:45

    If you look at the picture quickly you see Ice Hockey.

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