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Titanfall on Xbox One has an uneven framerate

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Titanfall is out today in the US, and on Friday everywhere else. Other than South Africa, that is. It is, by all accounts, a pretty exceptional game, evolving the Call of Duty formula and making it fresh and exciting. It’s the Xbox One’s  marquee title. it’s killer app. And it runs pretty badly. Stand by for disappointment.

We already know that the game runs at a less-than-ideal 792p. Resolution isn’t everything though – and the lower resolution was decided on so that the game would run at an ultra smooth 60 frames per second. It’s the sort of concession that makes sense; smooth 60fps for a multiplayer shooter is very nearly necessary.

Only the Xbox One version’s framerate isn’t capped at 60fps. According to some reviewers, the framerate in the console version of the game is pretty erratic. While it mostly maintains its intended framerate in game modes like Attrition, in others like Last Titan Standing, it dips down to single digits.

Here’s what Giant Bomb’s frank Jeff Gerstmann had to say in his review of the game:

The frame rate in Titanfall is uneven on the Xbox One and though it’s usually fine, it can get downright nasty in specific situations. In one Last Titan Standing match–where every player spawns in a robot suit–several players crammed their mechs into a tight area and began duking it out, and the frame rate dived down to what must have been single digits per second. Even out in wider areas, the game feels a little hitchy from time to time, and there’s noticeable tearing throughout.

Kotaku’s Kirk Hamilton noticed the same thing.

If true, this is pretty disappointing stuff. I played the beta on PC, and even on my meagre hardware, it ran like butter. source is a decade old engine, and though the iteration used in Titanfall uses a completely new renderer, you’d imagine a brand new, “next gen” console could maintain a constant fps without screen tearing. I’m looking rather forward to the Digital Foundry verdict to see just how prevalent and invasive the issues are.

Hopefully for Xbox One owners, this is something that can be patched up – because Titanfall is excellent and X1 owners deserve to play it as it should be played. I can’t help but feel it ones again comes back to the paltry 32mb of esRAM in the Xbox One. While it’s meant to act as a super-fast shuttle for data, it’s just not large enough to make enough of a difference.

Last Updated: March 11, 2014

94 Comments

  1. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    March 11, 2014 at 08:35

    Why didn’t they just settle on 720p? At least get the game to run smoothly, because it’s a mess at the moment. I wonder why MS is quiet about the power of the cloud? Wasn’t the cloud supposed to increase the intelligence of the AI? Ha! What a load of balls.

    Also since performance seems to be an issue, I guess it solves why they settled on 6v6 rather than 8v8 or even 12v12, with the whole “intimate gaming PR nonsense” being just that… nonsense.

    Reply

    • Gavin Mannion

      March 11, 2014 at 08:41

      The cloud is utter crap… it’s been a useless marketing gimmick for years and it blows me away that businesses still fall for it

      Reply

      • Willem Swanepoel

        March 11, 2014 at 08:59

        jip

        MS tries every year to impress businesses with their BONGCLOUD network. You must be so high and stupid to fall for their stupid sales gimmick BS.

        I am not even surprised EA joined MS to push this kak tech forward. It is like the Sith Emperor joined Galactus to take over the universe.

        sigh …

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 11, 2014 at 09:05

          Well to be fair, the cloud does sound very impressive when you use Bing searches like MS execs do.

          Reply

      • Morris Buel

        March 13, 2014 at 00:44

        I wish more people realized this. There is simply no way you can “add” processing power at 100 Mbps pipe, with over 100 mS latency.

        Respawn claims they were getting 25 mS pings to Microsoft’s servers. I don’t even get latencies that low INTERNALLY.

        Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 11, 2014 at 08:44

      The cloud doesn’t work because you’re siphoning off it’s processing power for your own bot AI ;P

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        March 11, 2014 at 08:44

        HAHAHAHAHAHA

        Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        March 11, 2014 at 08:45

        Teh Cloud sustain me!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief in Vegas

          March 11, 2014 at 08:46

          I had some lekker beans last night, I got yer cloud right here!

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 11, 2014 at 08:51

            Until it becomes time for some load shedding :/

          • Willem Swanepoel

            March 11, 2014 at 09:01

            hmm load shedding with lots of potholes

          • CAE9872

            March 11, 2014 at 08:55

            Urgh! What an image…NOT!

      • RinceThis

        March 11, 2014 at 08:56

        Tehehehe 🙂

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 11, 2014 at 08:58

          Happy birthday bitch! I’ll be nice to you today for as long as I can bare it.

          Reply

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            March 11, 2014 at 08:59

            It’s @rincethis:disqus birthday? Really?

            Dude! Happy Birthday!

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      March 11, 2014 at 08:45

      You said it nana

      Reply

    • JustAnotherGamer

      March 11, 2014 at 14:48

      Simple: Microsoft lied

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        March 12, 2014 at 07:58

        Again?

        Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 07:58

      Should have made it 1v1

      Reply

  2. stevenmcd

    March 11, 2014 at 08:37

    Oh? It doesn’t run optimally on Xbox One? EA better not ship it to Xbox One then…

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      March 11, 2014 at 08:46

      hehehe

      Reply

    • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

      March 11, 2014 at 08:54

      LOL!!…perfect

      Reply

    • RinceThis

      March 11, 2014 at 08:56

      THIS^

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        March 11, 2014 at 08:57

        Boss level!

        Reply

        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

          March 11, 2014 at 08:58

          It’s over 9000!!!!!

          Reply

    • SojournZA

      March 11, 2014 at 08:57

      comment of the week that
      Gold

      Reply

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        March 11, 2014 at 08:58

        Agreed!

        Reply

      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        March 11, 2014 at 09:07

        I 2nd this!

        Reply

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      March 11, 2014 at 08:58

      Lol GG

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        March 11, 2014 at 09:16

        Thanks for bday wishes! Can’t seem to link to your comment though!

        Reply

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          March 11, 2014 at 09:23

          You’re also a Piscean? Sweet mercy man! I had my emergence day on Friday!!

          Reply

        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

          March 11, 2014 at 09:40

          I’ve noticed that 2day as well. Refreshing the page usually works

          Reply

    • ThisIsBullShlt

      March 11, 2014 at 09:33

      You just won the comments section.

      Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      March 11, 2014 at 09:36

      Too late.

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 07:57

      I think I broke a rib laughing at this.

      Reply

  3. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 11, 2014 at 08:48

    I’m so shocked to hear this

    Reply

    • CAE9872

      March 11, 2014 at 08:54

      It sure is odd one. I am no computer fundi but seems strange PC and One would be so different? Unless PC also has a few issues although Geoff seems to indicate it doesn’t really.

      Question becomes – is it a One issue or not properly optimised by developer? Time constraints?

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 11, 2014 at 08:57

        Sounds like an Xbone problem. There’s no mention of problems on the 360 either.

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 11, 2014 at 09:33

          now that is very sad.

          Reply

        • Morris Buel

          March 13, 2014 at 00:46

          The 360 version is in no way comparable. It’s got many of the next gen GPU effects turned off, and is probably native 600P.

          Reply

      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        March 11, 2014 at 09:04

        Time constraints is a legit assumption , seeing as it’s EA. Seems to be a One problem…There are just too many articles and evidence showing that games running on One are poorly optimized

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      • Morris Buel

        March 13, 2014 at 00:45

        Simple math. The X1 struggles to even keep up with the PS4 because of memory bandwwidth. I wouldn’t be surprised if a PC box, with a lower end GPU than the X1 RAN FASTER, due to the memory bandwidth of your Graphics card.

        DDR3 is too damn slow for HD graphics.

        Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      March 11, 2014 at 08:56

      And by shocked you mean.. mildly aroused? What? What do you mean it’s just me? Comeon man, I want the focus to return to RTS and JRPGs…

      Reply

      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        March 11, 2014 at 09:02

        Never gonna happen man 🙁 Look at TitanFall, one of the biggest games of the year. The other big title is .. .Oh look, another shooter Destiny. Not to say they won’t be great. But the days of C&C and FF are slowly fading , but I’m okay with that. They won’t fade away altogether in any case. I’m totally fine playing games that no one knows about and doesn’t have ad deals with Doritos and Miranda…

        Reply

  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 11, 2014 at 08:49

    The Titan isn’t so much falling as this…

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      March 11, 2014 at 08:55

      TitanBalls!

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 07:57

      Turtle titan. DLC coming soon.

      Reply

  5. RinceThis

    March 11, 2014 at 08:58

    I wonder what Pieter is going to say? Or perhaps he is already sitting in counselling with Foxhound?

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      March 11, 2014 at 09:03

      HAHAHA

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 07:57

      Something about devkits and 32MB ram (ikr O_o) basically defending the XBOX One. At least someone with a guest account likes his comment. Lemme log out for a second, be right back.

      Reply

      • Pieter Kruger

        March 12, 2014 at 08:07

        Let me get back to you on that when I’ve downloaded Titanfall and had a look for myself? All reviews of this game on Xbox One are excellent and the Beta was superb! Cannot wait for this!! Meanwhile, does Knack really have a secret level unlocked on the 21st play through as everyone says??

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          March 12, 2014 at 08:17

          Cool, I hope it isn’t as bad as they say. But I don’t know about EA…..

          I haven’t met one person who owns Knack. That game is basically a tech demo for the particle graphics capability on the PS4 or to amuse children.

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          • Mark Cerny

            March 12, 2014 at 08:22

            DAFUQ YOU JUST SAY???????

          • Hammersteyn

            March 12, 2014 at 08:26

            About Knack? I didn’t pick it up. Opted for Killzone instead. The game really doesn’t look all that appealing.

          • Mark Cerny

            March 12, 2014 at 08:34

            Knack was a labour of love, please do not disrespect my work.(Apologies, heard you got Killzone, on behalf of everybody here at Sony our sincere apologies!)

          • Pieter Kruger

            March 12, 2014 at 08:26

            HaHa, as bad as who says? Have you seen the reviews? Have you played the Beta? Have you read the user reviews? This game is the bees knees and rightfully so!! ????

          • Hammersteyn

            March 12, 2014 at 08:27

          • Pieter Kruger

            March 12, 2014 at 08:31

            Huh? Knack scored kak yeah I know…….

  6. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    March 11, 2014 at 08:58

    That’s kinda sad. One would think being a flagship title and all….

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 11, 2014 at 09:08

      White flag tee hee?

      Reply

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        March 11, 2014 at 09:11

        lol

        Reply

  7. Brenz

    March 11, 2014 at 09:11

    Really? You dont say…

    Reply

  8. RinceThis

    March 11, 2014 at 09:13

    MS doing a sterling job with their marketing here hey… And disqus acting odd…

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      March 11, 2014 at 09:14

      Poweh of da Cloudz will save the BONER!!

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 07:55

      disqus does this when the soulless are abound on the comments section.

      Reply

  9. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 11, 2014 at 09:14

    The level of surprised readers here is clearly very high

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      March 11, 2014 at 09:15

      Over 5000?

      Reply

      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        March 11, 2014 at 09:17

        We are as shocked as we were when Krillan died

        Reply

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          March 11, 2014 at 09:23

          Krillan died? WHAT?

          Reply

          • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

            March 11, 2014 at 09:24

            Oh snap…I’m sorry…Lucky I didn’t tell you Goku goes Super Saiyan after he dies

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            March 11, 2014 at 09:26

            OOOOOHHH SNAAPPP!!!!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 11, 2014 at 09:31

            Krillian died…. Those BASTARDS!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 11, 2014 at 09:15

      I’m one of them.

      Reply

      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        March 11, 2014 at 09:16

        Same here. I R SHOCKED GAMER

        Reply

  10. Labey-Kun

    March 11, 2014 at 09:21

    No point in this thread because we are not even getting the game.

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 07:55

      Import it?

      Reply

  11. Labey-Kun

    March 11, 2014 at 09:23

    Well the game is called Titanfall so it looks like it’s falling already.

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      March 11, 2014 at 09:24

      Titanfail?

      Reply

      • Labey-Kun

        March 11, 2014 at 09:30

        Sure that works too haha!

        Reply

  12. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    March 11, 2014 at 09:30

  13. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    March 11, 2014 at 09:31

    TROLL MODE ENABLED: YOU SOUTH AFRICANS ARE JUST SALTY BECAUSE YOU DIDN”T GET THE GAME! GO BACK TO RIDING YOUR LIONS!!!!!!!

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      March 11, 2014 at 09:34

      That seems like something FOXHOUNDR would say…..

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        March 11, 2014 at 09:37

        Speaking of which, where is our fine furry little friend?

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 11, 2014 at 09:38

          go on sign out and sign back in.

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 11, 2014 at 09:45

            lol

    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 07:54

      What does the fox say…….. no wait, sorry

      Reply

  14. TiMsTeR1033

    March 11, 2014 at 09:34

    The Xbox One got boned over Titanfail, the game that was “meant” to get them more sales. Make a limited edition box and controller for what, shitty frame rates that an old pc can achieve…

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 07:54

      The 360 can achieve those frame rates as well.

      Reply

  15. Happy Hamster

    March 11, 2014 at 09:44

    getting mine on Thursday for Xbox 1 so we will see what it looks like

    Reply

  16. Pieter Kruger

    March 11, 2014 at 09:45

    HaHaHaHa! Please remember that this game has been in development for a long time using the old developer kit. The fact of the matter is that this will get patched and I bet you Respawn is already working on it! 32MB of esRAM is VERY powerful if used correctly or at all! This will not hamper sales one bit trust me!????. Can’t wait to get this on the Xbone come Friday!! BETA on the Xbone was great!!!

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 07:53

      So they are selling Titanfall bundled with XBOX One yet they are going to patch it later.

      Reply

    • iAmWeasel

      March 12, 2014 at 08:33

      So they’ll release that patch once they’ve managed to discover those extra CPU cores which are hidden behind the optical drive?

      Reply

  17. ZumaIsPoes

    March 11, 2014 at 12:04

    pass….on titan fall , Ea , and XBONE ….

    Reply

  18. Connor

    March 12, 2014 at 06:32

    I got it on the PC version and its running great! I hope they get the problem solved, because everyone deserves to experience this game at its full potential.

    Reply

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