Batman: Arkham Knight launched to terrible reviews on Steam for its dodgy frame rate, game crashes, and numerous other game-breaking bugs. Yesterday, it was revealed that Rocksteady outsourced the PC development to a last-gen console developer. Now in the midst of the chaos, Rocksteady has offered a temporary ‘fix’ for the issues plaguing Batman: Arkham Knight PC users – turn your settings down.
Rocksteady updated its forum with recommendations on what graphics settings PC gamers should use. Those whose computers meet the minimum requirements should set the game to the lowest possible settings, and those that meet the recommended settings or higher should set the game to medium quality.
So that expensive Nvidia graphics card that came with Batman: Arkham Knight ads splashed all over? All of those heavily advertised “better on Nvidia” slogans? Yeah, turns out they’re useless.
To make things worse, Eurogamer reports that the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight is actually missing several of the graphical features of its console counterparts. That’s right – the PC version is actually worse than the console versions by design. Eurogamer’s testing of the game (on a PC that easily met the recommended specs) yielded some pretty depressing results.
Compared to the PS4 version, Batman: Arkham Knight on PC is missing several graphical features. The PC version has no ambient occlusion, no transparency layer on raindrops, and rain doesn’t appear on Batman or the Batmobile, so it doesn’t have that “dewy sheen” across the whole map. These are just some of the features present in the PS4 release that are missing from the PC version.
Reaching up to 60 fps is never going to be an option for this game, even on the lowest settings. That’s with Nvidia’s latest driver, specifically designed for Batman: Arkham Knight. In-game graphics options are limited, so there aren’t a lot of changes users can make to try to achieve better performance. Not that it would make a difference, though.
It’s becoming all too clear that Batman: Arkham Knight was ported to PC from its console version, and ported terribly. The result is having the PC version watered-down to the point of being essentially unplayable. Let’s not forget that the PC version of any game should be the best version. Either Rocksteady or Warner Bros is completely lacking any care for its PC customers.