You might want to avoid Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PS4

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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 might be a broken-up episodic adventure, but it seems like the first episode sets up an interesting premise for the rest of the season. The sequel to the 3DS hit is surprisingly on nearly every other platform but Nintendo’s handheld, meaning it also looks a little bit better. Make no mistake though, Revelations 2 is certainly not a next-gen looker – which makes its terrible performance on PS4 all the more surprising.

Digital Foundryhave picked the first episode of Revelations 2 apart, and found that the game runs far better on the Xbox One. The game is ultimately prettier than the 3DS original, but still features a bunch of flat textures and blocky, unimaginative models. It’s certainly nothing that should be pushing new hardware to the limit, although the PS4 occasionally buckles horribly under the pressure.

On the surface, the two console iterations of the game look mostly identical but an unexpected differentiator arises when it comes to performance. To put it simply, the PlayStation 4 version of the game runs noticeably worse than the Xbox One release.

The framerate seems to suffer considerably on the PS4, with some outdoor scenes dropping well below the 30FPS mark. For a game that consistently tries to run at 60FPS, that’s rather horrific. The Xbox One, in comparison, never really drops below 50FPS.

Once we set foot outdoors though, things quickly go pear-shaped for PS4. Nearly every outdoor section struggles on Sony’s platform, with a large forest scene in particular falling under 30fps regularly, while those same sections on Xbox One averaged between 50-60fps by comparison.

It seems like more of a nasty bug than a sad reality of the engine, since the drops really don’t make sense. If you’re aiming for the best experience though, PC is the avenue to turn down. The game is resource light and runs extremely well on a desktop, although you’ll have to deal with a lack of any local co-op.

Performance on PC is exactly as you’d expect: buttery smooth. Our i5/GTX 780 test system had absolutely no issues maintaining a rock-solid 60fps throughout, even at higher resolutions. The game features a surprising number of adjustable options despite the simplistic visuals, with the PS4 and Xbox One versions roughly equivalent to the highest settings on the PC (barring anti-aliasing and some other more subtle differences)

Have you picked up Revelations 2 yet? Resident Evil is certainly not the horror powerhouse that it once was, but this episodic sequel certainly looks like a lot of fun.

Last Updated: February 26, 2015

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