Dark Souls II: The Scholar of the First Sin – PS4 vs. Xbox One Analysis


Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin now available in Europe, and will release in NA on April 7. It will be available for the PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and STEAM for PC. The game will feature updated graphics and performance, new enemy placement as well as an increased multiplayer count and several gameplay enhancements. All three DLCs released for Dark Souls II will be included, which are  Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the Ivory King.


“With DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin, our DARK SOULS franchise jumps to the latest generation of consoles. With upgraded graphics, new enemy locations, new NPCs and other enhancements; this is the perfect time to get into the DARK SOULS universe and experience the uniqueness and depth of this acclaimed series.”

Eurogamer, performed a very thorough gameplay analysis on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game. A comparative Gameplay Frame-Rate Test can be viewed below.

Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions run at a native 1080p resolution, with FXAA anti-aliasing. Both versions look the same, with all details like the new bokeh depth of field, per-object motion blur and anisotropic filtering being present to both consoles. A frame-rate analysis reveals that both platforms aim for 60fps , but the xbox One suffers a bit more.

Dark Souls 2 1080p60/V-Sync Gameplay PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Lowest Frame-Rate 48.0fps 36.0fps
Dropped Frames (from 20,480 total) 296 (1.44%) 1573 (7.63%)

Xbox One suffers as a result of matching the PlayStation 4 in visual quality. Both versions target 60fps with v-sync enabled at all times. Unfortunately the Xbox One sees greater drops.

The Forest of Fallen Giants area is a good example, where a barrage of enemies causes a read-out of between 40-50fps on Xbox One, while PS4 operates within the 50-60fps range. Even while uncontested beneath the giant, arching trees of Things Betwixt, a regular margin of 10fps exists between the two - PS4 operating at a near perfect 60fps, while Xbox stutters along at 50fps.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will release on April 7 in NA for the PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and STEAM for PC. We will bring you any new information as soon as it becomes available. Be sure to check out our coverage and review of From Software's recent PS4 exclusive, Bloodborne, here and here.



Source: Eurogamer