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Destiny 2's "unfaltering 60fps" on maxed out PC settings bodes well for "similarly smooth performance at reduced resolutions"

Digital Foundry's John Linneman was able to get his hands on Destiny 2 at E3 2017 this week running at max setting on PC in 4K. Here's what he had to say about it.

At the booth, the PC used to run Destiny 2 was powered by the GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. All quality settings were pushed to max, resolution was set to full 4K and locked in at 60 frames per second.

According to Linneman, even without a Game Ready driver, and running unfinished code, he experienced unfaltering 60fps at fully maxed out settings during his playtime with Destiny 2.

He said this "bodes well for a similarly smooth performance" running the game at reduced resolutions. The game also "held its frame-rate" while capturing 4K video at 60fps directly from the GPU using Nvidia Share.

"In theory, performance shouldn't be impacted as the GeForce cards have bespoke media encoder/decoder blocks, but in practice we have found that using Nvidia Share can cause issues when capturing while playing some titles," states the report. "It all suggests that there's overhead here - and possibly plenty of it."

While visual comparisons with the console builds will have to posted at another time, but compare to the Destiny 2 PlayStation 4 footage Digital Foundry posted a while back, Linneman found "the upgrade is immense."

"There's the sense that the game's core artwork is targeting the ultra HD standard, which is good news not just for PC owners, but also for PS4 Pro and prospective Xbox One X users, whose versions are both aiming for a 4K output," he said in the report. "What they won't have is support for unlocked frame-rates - that will remain entirely the preserve of the PC game."

The video above shows captured footage of Destiny 2 in 4K, but here's two more looks at the game running at max settings in 4K.

As previously reported, Nvidia is offering a free copy of Destiny 2 to those who purchase a GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti before June 27.

Destiny 2 releases on September 6 for PS4 and Xbox One, and on October 24 for PC. Those who pre-order the game will gain automatic access to the beta slated for later this summer.

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