Which platform plays Mortal Kombat X best?

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Mortal Kombat X is out, and if you listened, you’ve done your best to avoid the game on PC, where a bit of a dodgy port means that the PC version isn’t the best one available. So which is?

Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry has counted the pixels, checked the graphics and measured the frame rates to tell you which platform is best. Mortal Kombat X is a pretty game – as far as fighting games go, of course – and runs at the gold standard of 1080p and 60fps. Only there are more caveats here than you can shake a stick at a dismembered Tartakan warrior’s corpse at.

For starters, on all three platforms, not everything is always 60fps. Pre-rendered cut-scenes are always 30fps, and look significantly worse than the actual game. Beyond that, on PC and PS4, it’s a rock-solid 60fps for gameplay.

As far as image quality goes, the PC does win it – but there’s apparently a gamma issue that means that all cut-scenes have depressingly crushed blacks. The PC version also has an all-or-nothing approach to anti-aliasing.

Worst of the three is the Xbox one, which not only occasionally drops frames, but runs at a significantly lower resolution, leading to a muddier image.

“In this case, pixel counting strongly indicates a drop in horizontal resolution, which hovers in the region of 1360×1080 to 1344×1080 instead of the more common 900p setup used on the platform,” says Digital Foundry.

They conclude that if you can, you should probably get the game on PlayStation 4. Unless you plan on playing against friends in other regions, that is.

“Usually, the PC version of a game manages to brute force its way to the top spot with higher graphics presets, resolutions, and frame-rates compared to consoles,” they say. “However, this isn’t quite the case with Mortal Kombat X.

The mild boost in texture decal resolution adds an extra layer of refinement to its visuals, but the game is partially let down by the 30fps performance cap during X-rays and fatalities, which serves little purpose on a constantly evolving platform. Combined with the horrible black crush that effectively ruins the cut-scenes central to enjoying the single-player story mode, this leaves us with the impression we’re not getting the best experience.

Hopefully High Voltage Software – the studio behind the PC release – can address these issues in a future update, but right now the PS4 game is the best way to take the fight to Shinnok in this new Mortal Kombat.“

Have you been playing? which platform did you get it on?

Last Updated: April 20, 2015

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