WB and Rocksteady released Batman: Arkham Knight today to the world, and while players on console may not be having any issues, PC players are in for a world of trouble.
Trouble first brewed when various sites spotted Batman: Arkham Knight’s PC requirements change Monday. The requirements, spotted on the Batman Arkham Knight Steam page notes a higher AMD card requirement, moving up to the HD 7950, as well as Rocksteady admitting issues potentially for AMD users.
We also want to note that there are some known issues with the performance of Batman: Arkham Knight for PC owners using AMD graphics cards. We are working closely with AMD to rectify these issues as quickly as possible and will provide updates here as they become available. We thank you for your patience in this matter.
However, Reddit users who have been able to test the new game as it releases in their area are reporting massive issues, memory leaks, and a 30-FPS cap on Batman: Arkham Knight, regardless of their hardware choice. However, this cap seems to be turned off during benchmark testing, as users are able to benchmark for higher frame-rate results.
While many may see PC gamers complaining about games on their platform, Batman: Arkham Knight is an example of yet another game releasing in a halfway-broken state. While most optimization seems to take place for console players, which most companies deem the higher percentage of users, PC players are typically left in the waiting in the wind. Also, for Batman: Arkham Knight to institute a framerate lock (which Fallout 4 was reported to do so till Bethesda clarified Monday) on the game (though according to some it’s unlockable via.ini files, though reddit is reporting instability issues when doing so) also shows that WB and Rocksteady don’t understand the PC audience, who upgrade hardware to avoid the “cinematic” framerates of their console counterparts.
Hopefully a patch will be rolling out soon that will fix issues hindering performance for PC users of Arkham Knight, but the fact a patch is relied upon proves that this trend will continue. In the end, while Steam users may exceed the number of PS Plus and Xbox Live users, PC ports will always play second fiddle to console versions of games, which is a shame. All versions should be treated equally and optimized to eke out the best performance of their respective platform. However, Batman: Arkham Knight proves that yet again, that ideal is still a ways off in the future.
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