Battlefield 2042 Technical Playtest Reportedly Runs “Much Smoother” on Xbox Consoles than PC

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Battlefield 2042’s technical playtest is currently ongoing, but it seems that the multiplayer-only shooter is performing worse on the platform that’s normally ideal for this sort of game.

As noted by Battlefield 2042 leaker Tom Henderson, Battlefield 2042 testers are reporting that the Xbox version of the game is running “much smoother” than it is on the PC.

While this is a just a technical preview that will presumably lead to myriad performance improvements, it’s odd that DICE has apparently not yet figured out how to optimize the game for more powerful configurations. The lack of parity is particularly questionable, as Battlefield 2042’s playtest doesn’t even look all that great and clearly seems to be running at reduced graphical settings.

It’s unclear how the PlayStation 5 version of the Battlefield 2042 technical playtest compares to its Xbox and PC counterparts because nobody with a PS5 can even participate. According to EA Studios’ lead community manager Adam “PartWelsh” Freeman, there was a “critical issue” that prevented PS5 users from joining the test. That should be resolved soon, assuming it hasn’t been already.

Battlefield 2042 will launch worldwide on October 22 for Xbox, PlayStation, and PC (Origin, Steam,Epic Games Store). Despite today’s reports, the PC version will assuredly be superior thanks to benefits such as NVIDIA DLSS and NVIDIA Reflex.

Battlefield 2042 marks the return to the iconic all-out warfare of the franchise. Adapt and overcome dynamically-changing battlegrounds with the help of your squad and a cutting-edge arsenal. With support for 128 players, prepare for unprecedented scale on vast environments. Take on massive experiences, from updated multiplayer modes like Conquest and Breakthrough to the all-new Battlefield Hazard Zone.

Source: Tom Henderson

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