It has been a month since Batman: Arkham Knight was released and ever since the release day the game has been subjected to a lot of hatred from the PC community. This is mainly because the game was awfully polished and hardly worked properly even on high end PCs, these reports were so much that Warner Bros. were forced to suspend the sales of the game to make sure the game stays off the shelves till it’s completely fixed. However, those who had purchased the game were still able to play whatever they had.

We dared to have a look at the problem that has been plaguing the PC users for almost over a month and the results were actually shocking. Before we talk about what we discovered, let’s take a look at the requirements that are suggested for Batman Arkham Knight

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • Graphics Memory: 2 GB
  • DirectX®: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 45 GB

 

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • Graphics Memory: 3 GB
  • DirectX®: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 55 GB

 

ULTRA System Requirements

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
  • Graphics Memory: 4 GB
  • DirectX®: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 55 GB

 

Looking at the system requirements, it’s fairly safe to say that these requirements are not too heavy when compared to the PCs gamers own, however, those who owned computers that went above and beyond these requirements had issues running the game at its full galore. So what was causing the problem? As you may or may not know, Batman Arkham Knight on PC is locked at 30 frames per second. Yes, it’s a shoddy job that’s done by a studio that many people don’t even know exists. The main question is; is it actually bad or just an exaggeration? Well the answer resides on both sides of the scale. As stated earlier, the game is locked at 30 frames per second, but there is a way which you can use to make sure the frame-rate is unlocked and you get 60 frames per second; that’s where the problem starts to rise.

Warner Bros. strictly advised the PC gamers to refrain from unlocking the frame-rate till a proper fix comes out, the gamers refrained from listening and opened the Pandora’s box only to find out how horrible things can get. As soon as you unlock the frame-rate on Arkham Knight, the performance starts to drop drastically, a GTX 980 will run the game on 30 frames but it’ll start having issues maintaining playable frame rates. Yes, the game will stay on 60 frames or even cross them but as soon as something graphic intensive comes your way, it’ll drop to a depths of 8-10 frames per second.

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The rig we used to test Batman Arkham Knight is somewhat similar to the one that is listed in the requirements and to our surprise, the game ran fine when tested on different resolutions including 1440p. However, things started to fall apart once we decided to unlock the framerate. Yes, the framerate stayed on 60 at many occasions but the code was so broken that it started falling down again and again. Below are the specs of the rig used in the game.

  • Intel Core i5 4690k @stock
  • 4+8 gigs DDR3 RAM @1,600 mHz.
  • Asus H97 Pro Gamer (supports K series oc’ing)
  • Xigmatek Tauro 600w PSU.
  • Gigabyte G1 GTX 970 @stock clocks with latest Geforce drivers.
  • Seagate Barracuda 1,000 gigs hard drive.
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise.

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So what can be concluded from all this fiasco? Yes, Batman Arkham Knight on PC is as broken as people reported, but then again, it only broke when they went against what was advised and tried to mess with the frame-rate. Yes, Warner Bros. is working on a patch that will allow players to choose between frame-rates, the patch will also include more options in the Graphics Options.

The patch will be coming sometime in August, we’ll keep you posted about any more updates related to Batman: Arkham Knight. Stay tuned.

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Informative. I had zero problems 15% into the game on an i5 and 970. I only stopped because I wanted to wait to see if they’d release all the skins so I could choose something different on my first—and most likely only—playthrough. I didn’t even know about people unlocking their framerates. I doubt those who are reporting glitches on WB’s website are saying they even did that, only that their “game is unplayable.”

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