Holy cow, Battlefield 1’s performance patch really does what it says on the tin – and doesn’t spectacularly break everything

By Brenna Hillier, Thursday, 5 January 2017 22:27 GMT

Battlefield 1 was patched at the end of 2016 and – it’s really good? This is not the kind of experience we’ve come to expect from triple-A.

Battlefield 1 patch 1.05 is out now, and you should definitely get it, because it’s great.

According to Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, the patch provides significant performance improvements on both the PS4 and Xbox One builds of Battlefield 1, and yet somehow doesn’t also make a ton of other things obviously worse. Is it Christmas again already?

As you can see in the side-by-side video above, on PS4, the post-patch Battlefield 1 holds to 60fps much more tightly even in demanding scenes. There are also far fewer streaming stutters. There’s no dramatic reduction in dynamic resolution, either, which would be the obvious trade-off we’d expect with a boost like this.

Since Battlefield 1 was smoother on Xbox One to begin with the patch’s effects are not as dramatic, but there is an uptick and, again, there’s no major changes to resolution.

Battlefield 1 was already pretty good at release – again, something we’ve unfortunately not been able to rely on with triple-A for several years – so it’s great to see DICE is still polishing the shooter up in post-launch support rather than just cranking out paid content.

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