Elden Ring was released worldwide February 25, taking the video gaming world by storm. Initial reviews of Elden Ring has been overwhelmingly positive with many review websites reporting Elden Ring as a masterpiece.
Like many other gamers right now, we have been playing Elden Ring for the most part of last week. We tested Elden Ring on PS5, PS4 Pro, PS4 and PC. With varying degree of performance levels, we wanted to write about the technical performance of the game in ahead of our official review of Elden Ring.
As of things right now, Elden Ring runs best on last-generation consoles. Offering more consistent frame rates of 30fps. On the PlayStation 5 version of Elden Ring we experienced pop-in issues when exploring open world environments. Players will have to switch to the PS4 application on the PS5 console in order to achieve 60fps in-game. However, this is a bit of a trade off where the resolution of the game is lowered to what appears to be a reconstructed 1800p, the details on foliage and texture in general will be reduced.
The PC version of Elden Ring is currently in a terrible state. Fromsoftware games usually struggle to run smoothly on PC as we have previously experienced with Dark Souls 3 and Dark Souls Remastered PC versions.
Our experience with Elden Ring on PC was riddled with stuttering issues, dips in frame rate, minor bugs while summoning the mount. We also encountered three hard crashes during 10 hours of gameplay.
The situation with Elden Ring on PC is worth talking about in greater detail.
The initial PC release of the game contained some amount of stuttering issues on PC. To address this issue Fromsoftware released a patch update, 1.02.2 which was supposed to iron out this problem and make the gameplay much smoother. In contrast, this patch update has made the game more unstable in PC, making the game almost unplayable at times.
It is worth noting that this issue is not common to all the PC players. That being the case, a lot of players who are running this game on higher GPUs and hardware are experiencing this issue as well.
Developers at Fromsoftware acknowledged the issues on PC, promising that there will be a patch update in the near future to resolve this issue.
For now players have been tweaking around with the game settings and discovered some possible workarounds that would at least make this issue less persistent till the official patch update.
- Make a new text file called steam_appid.txt
- Open the file and put “1245620” without quotes as the text
- Put this .txt file where your Elden Ring.exe is
- Launch the Elden Ring exe directly, don’t launch it via steam
- Elden Ring should disable online mode and EAC (Easy Anti-Cheat) will also be disabled
Close the game, go to device manager, Software devices ,and search for “Microsoft Device Association Root Enumerator” . Disable this option.
Lower the following settings or have them completely off.
- Depth of Field
- Motion Blur
- Volumetric Quality
- Global Illumination Quality
- Grass Quality
Elden Ring is undoubtedly an amazing game, we are having a lot of fun exploring the Lands Between and facing the many different bosses in dungeons. However, the state of the PC version of the game leaves much to be desired.
We will be releasing our full review of Elden Ring with our final thoughts and verdict of the game.