Prey’s new PS4 Pro patch has been put by its paces, and the outcomes aren’t nice, sadly.
Prey has hit a little bit of a roadbump this week with the arrival of a brand new patch.
One the one hand, the patch added PS4 Pro support to Prey – a characteristic the again of the field claimed proper from launch – together with different helpful fixes and correction for the annoying enter lag on PS4.
On the opposite, it’s launched a stack of stutter resulting from frame-rate pacing issues. That’s in keeping with Eurogamer‘s Digital Foundry, which described the patch as “a massive own goal”, arguably a “retrograde step” for PS4 gamers and “just not acceptable” within the linked report and video above.
“Input latency has been fixed – the game is much more responsive now – but the knock-on effect is that, put simply, the game is a stuttering mess in motion. We’ve often reported on bad frame-pacing in the past, but nothing could prepare us for the severity of the problem in Prey,” the report notes.
“This is, without a doubt, the worst instance of irregular frame delivery we’ve encountered, giving the illusion of a much lower frame-rate. In addition, as the game uses an adaptive v-sync solution, there is now a plethora of torn frames present in each and every scene along the top portion of the image. Taken as a whole, Prey no longer feels smooth to play.”
The report goes on to say that gamers shouldn’t have to decide on between a horrible body price or horrible enter lag, and factors out that Prey works simply superb on Xbox One with out both difficulty. The PS4 model had beforehand drawn reward for its strong body price, however Arkane’s try to repair enter lag has knocked this leg out from beneath it, placing the Xbox One construct forward of the sport – and a few PS4 customers are nonetheless reporting enter points even with the patch put in.
The report additionally notes that each the PS4 and Xbox One variations of Prey now have an thrilling new bug the place opening your stock will shrink your subject of view till you reload the sport.
All in all, not an awesome consequence – however the report did additionally say that “visual quality is clearly improved” when taking part in Prey on PS4 Pro now, devoting a few paragraphs to exactly how a lot shinier issues are actually. Nice.
So it’s an actual disgrace that the platform which could have been presupposed to generate probably the most gross sales for Prey has had such hassle. Fingers crossed Arkane can patch it up sooner quite than later.