After great Batman games of late I think it’s safe to say we expected the best yet in the latest and last installment, Batman Arkham Knight. Well, unfortunately that is not the case. Rocksteady updated the PC requirements on the same day Arkham Knight released, with a warning. “there are some known issues with the performance of Batman: Arkham Knight for PC owners using AMD graphics cards.” Well here we fight again with the notion that games using Nvidia GameWorks tech uses code that intentionally hurts AMD users. But with the various problems for high end rigs and both AMD and Nvidia users, this seems to not be the case.
Of course Nvidia has the gameday driver ready for Batman: Arkham Knight, like most titles. But it comes with a caveat.
- [SLI, Batman: Arkham Knights] Heavy flickering occurs in game after Alt+Tab if SLI is enabled.
- [SLI, Batman: Arkham Knights] Severe stuttering seen, especially in indoor scenes, when the game is running at 4K resolution and NVIDIA Gameworks settings are turned on.
- [SLI, Batman: Arkham Knights] Random flickering occurs in the game if SLI is enabled.
- [GM206, SLI, Batman: Arkham Knights] Stuttering occurs and performance drops after shadow quality settings are toggled.
- [GK180, SLI, Batman: Arkham Knights] When SLI is enabled, a crash points to ntdll.dll shortly after the game is exited.
Reports of fps drops down to 1 and memory leaks for all kinds of systems including high end ones suggest that the game is simply not optimized. Now the topic of games releasing needing a day 1 patch is a subject for a post among itself, but this just has to stop. New light that a console studio, yes a small 12 person team CONSOLE STUDIO Iron Galaxy Studios seems to be the team behind the PC port of the game. Are you serious here WarnerBros? That is a terrible decision and showing poor lack of taste or character to the PC version of the game. So let Nvidia and AMD users alike unite in hopes and encouraging words that this will be taken care of. Hate is not the answer, voiced disappointment and urgency is. As Rocksteady has already released the following:
“We’re aware that some users are reporting performance issues with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight. This is something that Rocksteady takes very seriously. We are working closely with our external PC development partner to make sure these issues get resolved as quickly as possible. We’ll update this thread when we’ve got more info to share. Thanks CODA”
Then there’s the 30fps, only disabled for the in-game benchmark. There is the .ini tweak to set it manually of course, but this complicates already lackluster performance on most systems. But the fact that this is ANOTHER shoddy PC port is the real problem. Which is really disappointing because the game itself is very entertaining in my playthrough so far. So again, we wait the coming days for what will hopefully be a quick patch as Rocksteady has already admitted the problems.
Sources: Forbes, Nvidia, Kitguru
AMD has released updated drivers
Arkham Knight has received a very tiny update, but it seems to have helped a lot of users on WB forums.
On June 24th WB issued this official statement:
Dear Batman: Arkham Knight PC owners,
We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards. We greatly value our customers and know that while there are a significant amount of players who are enjoying the game on PC, we want to do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall.
Thank you to those players who have already given valuable feedback. We are continuously monitoring all threads posted in the Official Batman: Arkham Knight Community and Steam forums, as well as any issues logged with our Customer Support (support.wbgames.com). If you purchased your copy of the game and are not satisfied with your experience, then we ask for your patience while these issues are resolved. If desired, you can request a refund at help.steampowered.com (Steam refund policies can be found here: http://store.steampowered.com/steam_refunds) or the retail location where you purchased the game.
The Batman: Arkham fans have continually supported the franchise to its current height of success, and we want to thank you for your patience as we work to deliver an updated version of Batman: Arkham Knight on PC so you can all enjoy the final chapter of the Batman: Arkham series as it was meant to be played.