Resident Evil Revelations 2 Shows Tech Differences On PS4, Xbox One


The PS4 version of Resident Evil Revelations 2 appears markedly unoptimized, in comparison to the Xbox One version. I’m not quite sure how that’s possible, but a Digital Foundry faceoff between the two console versions makes that notion quite clear within the technical analysis.

Let’s make it clear; according to Digital Foundry’s observations, both the PS4 and Xbox One editions won’t wow you visually. You shouldn’t expect The Order: 1886 levels of visual fidelity, as textures appear flat and the game’s lighting and shadow effects aren’t impressive. Considering that the appearance of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is regarded “like a beefed up 3DS title”, episodic gameplay and supernatural shooting combat appears to be the drive of the game’s development.

Most importantly, and what is absolutely shocking to hear (because of its strength as a hardware product), the PS4 has intense problems maintaining a stable 60 FPS framerate compared to the Xbox One.

During the analysis, Digital Foundry found that the PS4 version of Resident Evil Revelations 2 dropped to as low as 27 FPS, compared to just 42 FPS on the Xbox One. Furthermore, out of 17,000 total frames studied for this faceoff, the PS4 dropped 3,112 (18.3%) of all total frames. The Xbox One, however, just dropped 566 (3.3%). Meanwhile, the PC version seems to have no technical issues of the sort, despite the simple visuals and higher-than-1080p options.

Unfortunately, because we are not the developers ourselves, we cannot determine what part of Resident Evil Revelations 2’s development is more at fault, here; the PS4’s API or Capcom’s engine. Either way, it’s evident that something is drastically wrong with the ability to make the MT Framework engine Capcom uses to develop their latest Resident Evil games on the PS4. Resident Evil HD Remaster encountered slight frame drops on the PS4, although usually only when cutting between camera angles.

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That said, we are talking about a budget title. Resident Evil Revelations 2 can be completed for as low a price as $24, when all is said and done. It doesn’t make sense that people who paid for better hardware specifications for their multiplatform games are seeing a better performance on another version. That December SDK improvement on the Xbox One isn’t that strong! Either way, hopefully the PS4 version will see further optimizations as time progresses.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 has started its weekly release schedule, which has seen episodes 1 and 2 launch on February 17th and 24th. Episodes 3 and 4 will be released on March 3rd and March 10th, respectively.

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