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How well does the original Dark Souls run on Xbox One?

by Eric Frederiksen | March 25, 2016March 25, 2016 5:00 pm PST

With Dark Souls III just weeks away, the Xbox One will soon be able to play all three titles in the series. We know Dark Souls III will run at 900p and 30fps on the Xbox One, but what about the backwards compatible original?

Eurogamer‘s Digital Foundry ran an analysis of the game and found that things are mostly the same. One element of note is that the Xbox One version is a bit darker across the board. Notoriously bad areas like Blighttown still have their framerates dropping down into slideshow territory, hovering around 10-12 frames per second. Other areas are slightly better, others are just a hair worse.

One weird problem is that while the overall frame rate is about the same, Digital Foundry says that the frames are delivered unevenly, so things can stutter even with a solid frame rate.

Dark Souls has never been the best-performing of games, so not much here is a surprise.

Dark Souls III, meanwhile, hits PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 12.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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