Destiny 2 on the PC is Bungie’s first attempt at bringing a shooter from the console to PC in over a decade. That requires some specific work on the development team’s part that creative director Luke Smith spoke with PC Gamer about. Additionally, a new trailer dropped for Bungie’s online shooter to show just how pretty Destiny 2 can look when running on a high-end gaming PC.
PC Control Tuning
Unsurprisingly, Destiny 2 does feel different on the PC due to the differences between console controllers and the mouse and keyboard combination. The most noticeable difference is the lack of rumble feedback on the PC platform, but there are also other differences like speed of movement and finer control.
“I expect to see things like the optimal weapons being different on the two platforms just because of the precision that the keyboard and mouse is providing versus the tactile, controller-in-hand feedback experience on a console,” Smith told PC Gamer.
The differences between the platforms mean Bungie is giving the PC control scheme some custom tweaks. The creative director states they are treating recoil, aiming, and bullet accuracy in a custom way so that the PC audience can get the kind of experience they expect.
Nvidia provided the first trailer for Destiny 2 on the PC running at 4K and 60 frames per second (fps). Crank the output resolution up if you have a display that can handle 1440p or 4K — it is worth it.
The 4K resolution and higher framerate will come with a cost, however. Destiny 2 was running on PCs sporting Intel i7-7700k processors, NVidia GTX 1080 Ti graphics processors, and 16GB of RAM at the reveal event and a similar build is likely being used here. How mid-range PCs might look and run will have to wait for the beta.
The Destiny 2 PC release will come via Blizzard’s Battle.net and use the service’s top-tier matchmaking, friends list, and anti-cheat systems. It will also be a full-featured release with multiple settings to tweak and toggle such as ultra-wide screen support, the ability to lock or unlock framerate, a Field of View slider, and much more.
Destiny 2 Beta and release
As previously covered, the Destiny 2 beta for the PC will not come in late August, more than a month after the PS4 and Xbox One betas. Meanwhile, the console versions will release on September 6 and the PC version will have to wait for October 24.
The delay for the PC version is a “necessary pain,” according to Smith. Bungie is working with Activision developer Vicarious Visions to make sure Destiny 2 gets the development time it needs to launch on the PC with no compromises or major issues.
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