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Forspoken Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis


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Forspoken is the newest open-world action RPG from Square Enix. It uses the Luminous engine, which supports DirectX 12, ray tracing and Direct Storage. In our performance review, we're taking a closer look at image quality, differences between the graphical setting presets, VRAM usage, and performance on a selection of modern graphics cards.

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May 9, 2012
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mmhh, yeah ... no.

the game is priced too high (thanks Square Enix for pushing AAA price higher ) but overall and graphically ... it look quite "meh" i watched the gameplay trailer and there are countless games that have the same quality (even those older than 10yrs but are fueled by modding communities, i struggle to maintain 60fps 1620p in skyrim after all those years of modding ) graphic quality versus cost is not worth it, gameplay is another matter, tho.

oh well, finally a game that made my RX 6700 XT a "1080p ready" card ... using RT while on the other hand showing little gain in image quality on low versus high+RT

i would still play it for the story tho ... but i would wait a huge drop in price or a giveaway ... (and 1620p medium or high without the gimmick, aherm i mean RT, would still be fine :laugh: )
glad to see the performance analysis, thanks. :toast:
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out of curiosity, you said

We were promised "next-gen" graphics every time Square Enix showed off their game. If you take a look at our screenshots I think you have to agree with me "that's it?". Many parts of the game look worse than Witcher 3, which is eight years old now. While there are some areas that look "good," only few look "very good."...In terms of hardware requirements, Forspoken is very demanding. In order to reach 60 FPS at the 1080p Full HD resolution you need a GeForce RTX 3070, or a Radeon RX 6700 XT—that's with ray tracing disabled. For 1440p gaming, an RTX 3080 or Radeon RX 6800 XT is required to achieve 60 FPS and beyond. If you're gaming at 4K then you'll need an RTX 4080 or RX 7900 XTX.

Did you see a graphic setting that was the real killer in terms of performance?
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No Arc A770 tested to see how Intel manages for newest titles?

CapFrameX mentions on Twitter that exists some posible command lines, but some doesn't work properly:

Take that in mind for future DirectStorage review.
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I only played the Demo for about 30 minutes or so. All I have to say is that the Tutorial is woefully inadequate in explaining the combat, and also DirectStorage is fucking awesome.


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Some crazy bland textures for such a high system requirement. Not a great impression at all.
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11GB at 1080p... can't they compress textures anymore these days?
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A game that is only talked about because of how big of a shitshow it is.
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ingame benchmark gives different result?
Jan 18, 2020
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"DirectStorage, which promises faster load times and more beautiful worlds." Breaking promises?

RT 15-20% is a small hit?, for some slightly better shadows. Good to see the honest conclusion, it doesn't look any better than games from 5+ years ago and requires much more expensive hardware to achieve the results. Progress, this is not!
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A very bland looking game with a story that can't captivate me enough to play it.
Everyone wants a piece of that witcher 3/horizon zero dawn...... money and succes, this is not the game to do it.
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I only played the demo, but the game looks incredibly flat in colour and detail. Lightly modded Skyrim looks better to me, which is bad.


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I only played the Demo for about 30 minutes or so. All I have to say is that the Tutorial is woefully inadequate in explaining the combat, and also DirectStorage is fucking awesome.

Having played the demo dodging and clicking as fast as possible seems to be all there's to it. She did some cool moves from time to time, but I have no idea how or even why, because every single thing in the demo could be killed by just dodging and clicking.

In any case a mix of mid-high settings is probably ok for 4K on my 3060ti, depending on your definition of "ok".
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Even at 1080p, you're above 10 GB, which increases further with RT enabled.

Nice, those initial Ampere cards eh. I was looking at 3080s but this nudges me into not even considering them anymore. Predictions got confirmed too often now.
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But the 10GB 3080 is outperforming it's 16GB competition?

I do appreciate AMD seem to have abandoned RDNA2 recently.
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Custom setting will show DLSS, the demo sucks, looks bad , waste of time?
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runs like shit, looks like shit - next gen is truly incredible
Jan 13, 2020
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the official requirements said 6800Xt or RTX 4080 for 4K at 60fps LOOOL !!!

6800XT loses to RTX 3080, and RTX 4080 is almost twice as fast
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I installed the demo hoping to run some tests. Alas, the benchmark is not included with it. With everything maxed out in 4K (no resolution modifiers) I got the same results on my reference 7900XTX as here -- 61fps without RT and 47fps with. VRAM usage was also the same.

The graphics in the demo looked generic, bland and seriously unimpressive. This game is a joke in terms of GPU requirements :kookoo:
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I was supprised by the difference in 4k between 4080 and 7900XTX with RT enabled - driver optimization could give AMD a win there
May 21, 2020
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Should be close to 6700 XT in 4K. Even A750 should be faster than 6600 XT in 4K.

I'm not asking for an aproximation, simply interested how Intel drivers mature are, and if they are able to offer correct 0-day support, as it seems AMD failed in this case, except RX 7900, without explanation
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