Digital Foundry Article Technical Discussion [2020]

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    It is measurable on ver 1.00 for PS5 and xsx because both versions have lower cap 1440p. Why not use ver. 1.00?
    Don’t you think ver. 1.00 is more representative of PS5 performance since it has 6% more performance?
     
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    That would completely change the narrative and conclusion of the video. Just pretend that the game never had the 1.00 version to begin with
     
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    What evidence do you have to suggest that the PC versions performance is also not negatively impacted in that scene by the patch? Surely the fairest way of comparing performance is on the same patch level across all systems. That level being the latest level since it's clearly how the game developers intend you to play the game, and how you will be playing the game if you have updated to the latest patch - as you should for stability reasons if nothing else.
     
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    Did the patch actually lower ps5 performance? I thought DF couldn't reproduce that claim
     
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    I think the 'evidence' is that the Xbox performance was not negatively impacted. It's still worse than PS5 (which is .... now considered normal I guess?), but PS5 was the only gimped version if I'm not mistaken.

    Also I think the 5700XT and the 2080 are or could be much better than PS5 and to compare systems potential based on a frame drop in a motherf- UBISOFT (!!!) title seems a bit extreme.
     
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    Didn't the patch lower resolution on the Series X to improve it's performance?

    But the DF video shows performance over time, not just in one single moment of frame drop.
     
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    This is the only way it was possible to compare PS5 and PC because there is not enough option on dynamic resolution to make the comparison like to like on more moment, This is a great way to do it.
     
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    Make no mistake, it's a great and informative video.

    But just to give an example: maybe the PS5 is running at 90fps whereas a 3080 Super is only at 84fps. Because the PS5 is capped at 60 though, we would never know.
     
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    That's why the entire focus of the video is on a scene where the PS5 runs below its 60fps frame cap.
     
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    I thought this video would not be controversial. PS5 is doing everything it should based on paper specs...and I still PS5 optimizations to come. Very clear cut to me.
     
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    120Hz or bust! Great interview.

    Edit: I also love that they talk about 120Hz as an image quality issue and that 4k120 does not only look smoother than 60, but sharper. This is a point that needs to be driven home. 30fps needs to be burned at the stake.
     
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    Yeah this is what I suspect will largely happen - you'll have 'ultra' RT effect versions on the PC where the resolution of those effects is improved over the console, but I'm skeptical that even with a huge RT advantage it will actually be taken advantage of by developers in terms of actually adding new RT features wholly unique to the PC version.
     
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    Also I respect that Gennadiy Korol takes his interviews seriously and has a professional looking camera setup and a real microphone. That extra mile is really appreciated. Makes the interview much more of a pleasure to watch. He's also just a good interview. Very well spoken.
     
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    Watch Dogs has already done that. Although it's possible that it's an outlier I guess. Of course the huge RT advantage doesn't have to be used to add new features and effects (although that would be my preference). It may simply be used to give more performance (and thus resolution) for a given level of effects.
     
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    I couldn't work out if the good setup was because of the team's work from home nature or because he's an AV nerd. :-D
     
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    Yeah, this. Not everyone is going to have access to that equipment but it makes such a difference in interviews as opposed to using a laptop webcam.
     
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    When he was explaining what and how they would lower the resolution of several of the layers because of DOF and how you wouldn't be able to tell, I said to myself "hmm VRS would make this a lot easier and more straight forward" only to hear him say towards the end that VRS is one of those features he is looking forward to as their layering system looks like a poor man's version of VRS lol.
     
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    Percentages don't work exactly like that. If PS5 is the baseline, we would consider that 100%. If 5700 is 25% slower, it would be 75% of PS5. If 5700XT is 15% faster than 5700, that would put it at 86.25% of PS5, or almost 14% slower.

    INTs will never increase your FLOPs because INTs are integer while FLOPs are floating point.
    nVidia's tessellation advantage was mitigated by AMD "optimizing" their drivers to cap the maximum tessellation level to about a quarter of what nVidia uses. There is a case to be made that those optimizations are valid because there is little to no visual difference, but as is often the case in PC games, when you start increasing resolutions beyond the scope of what was available at the time, you starts seeing things you may not have seen at a lower resolution. I'm curious what some of those games look like with AMD's altered tessellation on and off at 8k. It's a clever trick, but it's also a false equivalency because both cards aren't doing the same amount of work.

    An example of something similar historically is when 3Dfx had a feature called mipmap dithering. It dithered the transitions between mipmaps when bilinear filtering was enabled, giving you less noticeable steps between mip levels without the performance penalty of trilinear. This is fine for plenty of games when I had an older Voodoo card, but when I upgraded to a Voodoo3, that thing supported resolutions much higher than before, and while thing weren't what I would call playable at those resolutions, I did mess around with some games at extreme resolutions for it's time. I don't remember what the maximum resolution was in 3d for the Voodoo 3, but I do remember that my monitor could handle it. Might have been 1600*1200, or maybe just 1280*1024, but it was much higher than before, and one of the things I noticed was the mipmap dithering was much more... Identifiable I think is the right word. It still looked better than plain bilinear, but also clearly not as good as true trilinear, and there was a telltale pattern where the mip transitions were. But while at lower resolutions trininear and dithered bilinear looked nearly identical.
     
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