Want to know which console runs Fallout 4 best? Digital Foundry’s Thomas Morgan releases a video that compares the PS4 and Xbox One versions side-by-side with surprising results.
The video, which details moments during a Fallout 4 playthrough, which range from casual strolls to full-blown battles with ghouls, revealed a number of important points of comparison between the two console version of Bethesda’s newest post-apocalyptic action RPG romp. One of the biggest early stories about the game’s performance on both consoles is that they both manage to run at their target of 30fps – at least, some of the time. Unfortunately, some drops are noticeable, as the video shows a frame rate drop when traveling between cities.
While both consoles can experience slowdown, only one experiences a noticeable stuttering issue that can cause up to a second of delay during Fallout 4‘s gameplay. As the Vault Dweller explores Diamond City on both consoles, only the Xbox One version experiences full on pauses in gameplay when attempting to load bigger areas. Of course, Diamond City is one of the most densely populated areas in the game, and according to Morgan, other smaller areas hold up fine at 30fps.
The PS4 version of Fallout 4 is not without its own unique problems, although they manifest in a surprisingly different way. Morgan suggests that a specific battle with Fallout 4‘s Deathclaw enemy slowed the PS4 down considerably, while the Xbox One saw no issue whatsoever. Morgan also pointed out that in almost every other kind of battle, both consoles experience near identical slowdowns.
Ultimately, Morgan’s video concluded that, while the Xbox One has the advantage in one important Deathclaw battle, the PS4’s consistency earned it superior performance results overall. Of course, fans don’t just care about graphics and frame rates, but the console comparison for Fallout 4 is usually important for platform agnostic gamers. They want to know which console offers the more consistent, or in some cases superior, experience.
Although Game Rant’s Fallout 4 review covers the title as a whole, most gamers haven’t actually had a chance to play it yet. As such, the Boston-centric Wasteland’s appearance is one of the few qualities players can discuss at the moment.
Does the comparison video change your mind about which console to play Fallout 4 on? How important is a constantly smooth frame-rate to you as a gamer? Let us know in the comments below.
Fallout 4 releases November 10, 2015 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.