The console wars have been raging for generations now, and they show no sign of stopping anytime soon. Console fans draw battle lines based on the capabilities of their favorite machines, which platform has the "best" exclusive titles, and whether a game performs better on one console or another.
The latest flashpoint for controversy is Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom recently released the last of Resident Evil: Revelations 2's four episodes in a downloadable format, then put out a retail version containing the entire game. Unfortunately, both critics and fans noticed that the PlayStation 4 version of the game frequently dropped frames, and had an overall lower frame rate when compared to the Xbox One version. Capcom released a patch to improve the game's frame rate on the PlayStation 4, but the results are mixed.
The recently-released patch has improved Resident Evil: Revelations 2's overall frame rate on the PlayStation 4. Digital Foundry's examination of the game pre and post-patch, seen above, found that the PS4 version of the game had improved from a minimum of 27 frames per second to 31. It's a sizable improvement, but even at its worst, the Xbox One version of the game never drops below 44fps. On the other hand, the patched PS4 version is now able to maintain 60fps during some cinematics, while the Xbox One version dropped into the 50s.
This isn't the first time that a game has struggled to perform at its full potential on a specific console. Bayonetta, for example, looked excellent on the Xbox 360, but the developers themselves admitted the PS3 port was their "biggest failure". However, Resident Evil 2: Revelations for PC also isn't performing all that smoothly, which may indicate a problem with the game's overall optimization, not a bad port.
Playing a game that performs poorly on your chosen system is always annoying, but knowing that the problem is limited to your game system is even worse. With consoles and games costing so much, it isn't fair for gamers to have to buy all the consoles and versions of games to have the gaming experience that a developer promised. In addition, while the patch is appreciated, the fact that Capcom took so long to release it - and that, despite the update, the PS4 still doesn't match the Xbox One's experience - is extremely disappointing.
In any case, another update is set to release on March 31st for Resident Evil: Revelations 2, which will bring back Raid mode from the first Resident Evil: Revelations game. With any luck, Capcom will include one more patch for PS4 users, finally leveling the playing field.
Episodes 1-4 of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 are now available on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and are in development for the PlayStation Vita.