Friday, May 19th 2017

Bungie's Destiny 2 to Offer 4K, 21:9, Uncapped Framerate Support on PC Version

Bungie's space-opera extraordinaire (well, let's hope it is so) Destiny 2 will apparently offer a great level of support for us PC enthusiasts. It has been confirmed through the hands-on portion after yesterday's live-stream that the game will offer some PC-centric features, including support for up to 4K resolutions, ultra-widescreen support, an adjustable FOV, and uncapped frame-rates for those of you who like to live on the edge. These features, however, make it likely that cross-play between PC, XBOX and PlayStation versions of the game won't be possible, if the added speed and precision of the mice and keyboard options over their gamepad counterparts wasn't enough already. Additionally, it has been confirmed that the game will be distributed through Blizzard (formerly Battle.net), which makes a resounding business sense. Why would Activision distribute its game through Steam, having its profits capped by 30%, when they already have the infrastructure to support a game of this magnitude? Sadly, it has been confirmed that the PC version will be delayed, not being launched on September 8th like the console versions.

There was already some hands-on time with Destiny 2's PC version yesterday. While the PC requirements for the game have not yet been released, I think we can interpret the systems on offer at the stage as an overkill approach to it: the systems featured an Intel Core i7-7700K, 16 GB of Ram, an NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, a 500 GB SSD, and Windows 10, which powered an Acer Predator XB271HK monitor (4K, IPS, G-Sync screen.) Though the fact the game was running at over 60 FPS on 4K with the above configuration does speak to relatively mild performance requirements.
In yesterday's live-stream, which had Destiny 2 developers talk about future features of the game, another cinematic and gameplay trailer were revealed. Additionally, new social features for the game were touted, such as matchmaking support for Raids and Nightfall Strikes (finally...), via a Guided Play system which will also see integration of Bungie's Clans into the in-game Destiny 2 world. Bungie also mentioned how they have completely revamped Destiny 2's solo experience, with an actual exploration, solo-play scenario with public events and heroic objectives, secrets to discover, and what Bungie calls Adventures, where characters will give you missions that prompt you to explore the environment and get to know their own struggle, absent of Light (so, we're talking quests here.) For you competitive multiplayer, Crucible-addicted fellows out there, these will now feature a redesigned, 4v4 system.


You'll also have four new areas to explore - Earth's European Dead Zone, Io, Titan, and Nessus. The loot is still epic in this game, as Cayde's Nathan Fillion will tell you over and over again: new activities such as treasure maps or hunting down lost sectors, dungeons that contain dangerous bosses and special loot, will be available for your enjoyment. And in the most revealing, most well-received change, you will no longer have to return to Orbit every time you want to change areas in the game. This should make it so that most of your playtime is actually spent on putting your cross-hairs on someone (or something's) head, instead of looking at a pretty rendition of your space horse of choice. Could this finally be the Destiny we were promised all along?
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17 Comments on Bungie's Destiny 2 to Offer 4K, 21:9, Uncapped Framerate Support on PC Version

#1
ZoneDymo
non of which should be worth mentioning, all of this should be as standard as getting 4 wheels with your car.
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pat-roner
I'm glad they went with Blizzard hosting it. In my experience, they are doing a fanstastic job of hosting Overwatch, and the VoIP feature in the Blizzard game launcher works really well.
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#3
cryohellinc
Sounds great. Big companies adopting 21:9 natively are the powerhouse force for FINALLY making this format more common on the market.
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#5
Dimi
No steam, no deal.
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#6
Gasaraki
Dimi said:
No steam, no deal.
Guess you don't play any Blizzard games then. Too bad.
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#7
Darmok N Jalad
I've wasted enormous amounts of time on Destiny, and it looks like 2 aims to fix some of the biggest shortfalls. I really enjoyed the Strikes, so I hope they make a bunch of variations on those.

As far as system requirements go, it seems like they might be targeting some good results on PS4 pro and Scorpio. It doesn't have to be pure 4K for me, but if it can actually run at 1080P on XboxOne, maybe we consolers are in for a treat?
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#8
Dimi
Gasaraki said:
Guess you don't play any Blizzard games then. Too bad.
You are right, i do not play Blizzard games. I already have Steam, Origin and Uplay, thats enough for me.
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#9
cdl7307
Darmok N Jalad said:
I've wasted enormous amounts of time on Destiny, and it looks like 2 aims to fix some of the biggest shortfalls. I really enjoyed the Strikes, so I hope they make a bunch of variations on those.
Same here - too much time in this darn game. It will be interesting to see how the replacement for the primary/special/heavy system plays out in the end - going to missing having a sniper and a Gjallahorn.
As far as system requirements go, it seems like they might be targeting some good results on PS4 pro and Scorpio. It doesn't have to be pure 4K for me, but if it can actually run at 1080P on XboxOne, maybe we consolers are in for a treat?
My biggest debate now is which platform to go with. I, too, don't need full 4K (PC gaming at only 1600p - if the prices for 30-32" 4K screens become more reasonable, I might upgrade :)) and I have both consoles. I played the first game on Xbox 1 but I do feel like I missed out on a lot with the PS exclusives - just don't know if they will allow cross-platform migration of my old characters (they were ugly, anyway, but it sounds like there might be some type of bonus for veteran players to go along with the old characters).
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Darmok N Jalad
I think the character appearance can carry over, but I thought they were doing a reset of everything else. It would be nice if they offered something for the players who invested in the original.

I ended up not using sniper as much over time (preferred pulse rifle), but I loved Dragons Breath RL. Without it, the Omnigul 2 strike is almost impossible.
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#11
ZoneDymo
Gasaraki said:
Guess you don't play any Blizzard games then. Too bad.
there was a time when blizzard meant something to me, that time has passed.
Same for Valve btw but thats mostly because they seem to have given up on game development... I guess blizzard has as well in way.
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#12
Vayra86
Dimi said:
You are right, i do not play Blizzard games. I already have Steam, Origin and Uplay, thats enough for me.
You have Origin and Uplay of all things, but not the Blizzard App.

Mkay. Logic ! Good job missing out on the highest quality game developer this world has ever known, while embracing two of the crappiest launchers you can find on the global PC market. Blizzard still does what it has always done, and delivers every product with so much polish it can blind you.

Ontopic, Im gonna let Destiny pass me by. When a publisher can't be bothered to release a full game to the public but instead considers it 'just fine' to start including PC when the first part is already a done deal on consoles, I know one thing and that is that Destiny SCREAMS shameless money grab. Game will be shit, unless you buy triple the base price in DLC. That's how it turned out in Destiny 1 anyway.

Thanks, but no thanks.
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64K
Dimi said:
You are right, i do not play Blizzard games. I already have Steam, Origin and Uplay, thats enough for me.
It's just the way it's going to be from now on. MS has tied Gears of War to their store. I will not be surprised to see even more Publishers tie some of their more popular titles to their own service too in the future. You can't blame them really considering that Valve takes a 30% cut from each sale on Steam.

I have Steam and GOG because I want them. I have Origin because I have to or miss out on some games. Eventually I will have to have Uplay and MS Store as well and god only knows how many more in the future.
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#14
Franzen4Real
Gasaraki said:
Guess you don't play any Blizzard games then. Too bad.
Yep, exactly. I just paid for my Destiny 2 in full with nothing but World Of Warcraft gold... Can't do that on any other platform. I also have a bunch of gold in Diablo 3 that I'll never play again, so looking to convert that too for some DLC. Thanks Bungie!

pat-roner said:
I'm glad they went with Blizzard hosting it. In my experience, they are doing a fanstastic job of hosting Overwatch, and the VoIP feature in the Blizzard game launcher works really well.
Same. I would take Battle.net every time over any other platform. Their VoIP in game is much better now than Vent, TeamSpeak, and Xbox Live. The sound quality is excellent.
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#15
Dj-ElectriC
I'm with other blizzard players on this.
I don't mind this being at Bnet at all.
I casually play D3 and overwatch anyway, so...
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#16
chinmi
but no dedicated servers....
last peer2peer game i've played have lots of hackers in it... like... for honor
and usually game like that store player data on each client, so hacking gonna be easier. my last game like gta:online, and division were like that, and hackers are on every sessions that i play :(

i hope blizzard have good anti cheat system on the works for destiny 2
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#17
Red_Machine
All I can say about this is "I should bloody hope so". Frame limiting on PCs is bullshit. Not that I play Destiny or anything, I'm just sick of shoddy console ports.
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