After an explosive pre-E3 reveal and hype up the yazoo, the Battlefield 1 beta is in our hands for all to play. The folks at DICE are absolute audio-visual masters as we saw ably demonstrated in Star Wars Battlefront. Long-time fans of DICE's multiplayer shooters felt a bit stung by that one though, so we're hopeful Battlefield 1 sticks to the classic Battlefield formula by the time its October launch rolls around. In the meantime we're going to see how this spectable performs on PC. We've got some relatively low-end PC hardware in the GeForce GTX 950, so let's see how it holds up in our Battlefield 1 DirectX 11 benchmarks.
The particular model we've got our hands on is PNY's GeForce GTX 950 OC XLR8 2GB. It's a mid-low range graphics card sure to be phased out by the inevitable GTX 1050, but it's still more than capable of playing the latest AAA games. It's going to be backed up by a powerful Intel Core i7-5820K processor and 16GB DDR4 memory.
Battlefield 1 Beta DirectX 11 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on MSI GTX 950 2GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4 (Click to Enlarge)
Battlefield 1 PNY GTX 950 Gaming 2GB 64-Player Conquest Mode Average Frame Rates
720p 900p 1080p Low 145 104 89 Medium 125 77 65 High 103 60 56 Ultra 64 51 43
All the signs were there with SW: Battlefront, and sure enough DICE has proven they are masters at their craft with Battlefield 1. Not only is it unbelievably stunning to look at but it features 64-players running around causing chaos simulatenously, and it performs incredibly, even on the $150 GeForce GTX 950. For some the visual effects might be a little too close to Battlefront for comfort. The Sinai Desert map is essentially a reskinned Tatooine, but it's nice to see it all wrapped up in a more wholesome game.
The frames per second achieved here is phenomenal, with the 950 racking up 43 FPS in Battlefield 1 on Ultra / 1080p. It was also hugely playable at this setting, with no noticeable dips. Those after the 1080p/60fps experience though can pretty achieve this at High, or perhaps dipping down to Medium if you're feeling picky.
Resolution seemed an important factor in Battlefield 1 so I'd advise you to raise that rather than drop the presets. The image quality can get very muddy at 720p and it can become tricky to pick enemies out.
Aside from this it's an absolute thumbs up in terms of the Battlefield 1 beta's PC performance, and we're still a full two months out from the proper launch. There's one or two developers that could certainly learn a thing or two from what DICE has achieved here.