PC owners are likely well versed with the constraints of frame rate, and for wielders of keyboard and mouse settings can be fine-tuned for a smoother experience. For those that prefer console play however, fixes for frame-rate drops aren’t always easily fixed.
It was recently revealed that Tom Clancy’s The Division will allow console owners to tweak brightness and sharpen images, but according to an Ubisoft dev, The Division will also let players change lighting setting to improve frame rate (via. GameSpot).
“You can disable certain lighting aspects to improve frame rates in the console versions” said the developer during a preview with Team Epiphany (source: NeoGAF); “I don’t know of another game that does that. So if you want to choose frame rate over visuals, you can if you want.”
“One good thing about The Division is we’ve always considered the PC as a separate platform,” the Division dev continued, “We do have to keep it in check with the consoles; it would be kind of unfair to push it so far away from them. But it’s been good having a dedicated PC build for this game.”
There are other graphical settings that can be manipulated on consoles, such as chromatic aberration; a type of graphical filter that imitates a ‘camera lens’. Eurogamer explains this acts by “taking the high-contrast points visible on-screen, and splitting them into their red, green and blue constituent parts.”
The Division utilises Ubisoft Massive’s new Snowdrop Engine.
The game is set for release on March 8. A 1TB Xbox One will be available at launch, featuring a copy of The Division. You can also get the game for free upon purchase of the new Logitech mechanical keyboard.