If there's one thing I know I'm hesitant about, it's buying a game from the Windows 10 Store. Microsoft doesn't exactly have a great track record here, and Capcom well and truly screwed up the PC port of Dead Rising 3. Step up Dead Rising 4 then. Frank West is back in some festive fueled mayhem, hacking zombies to pieces beneath the mistletoe. I've had a bit of a sesh with it and it seems a great laugh. Splashing out on a $60 title in the Windows Store is a huge risk these days though, so we've put it to the test with MSI's GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G to see if we have Windows Store mess on our hands.
Dead Rising 4 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4 (Click to Enlarge)
For our benchmarks we put Dead Rising 4 to the test against the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G, equipped with 6GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU. We ran through a number of short segments with each preset and a selection of different resolutions taking an average frame rate.
Dead Rising 4 MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G 4K Benchmarks
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Graphics Preset 720p 900p 1080p 1440p 4K Low 108 94 78 58 29 Medium 96 82 68 50 24 High 85 71 57 44 21 Very High 79 64 51 39 18
Overall performance in Dead Rising 4 is pretty much top notch, and certainly one of the stronger Windows Store titles out there. You're not going to be able to max out Dead Rising 4 at 1080p / Ultra and achieve a rock solid 60 frames per second, but it's near enough. Compared to the abysmal Dead Rising 3 (which released on Steam) it's night and day. Who knows, perhaps the Windows Store isn't such a hindrance on performance after all.
The results for the various resolutions pretty much fall in line with what we've come to expect from the GeForce GTX 1060 since its arrival. MSI's 1060 dominates at 1080p but begins to falter a little at 1440p. You can still achieve playable frame rates but you're dipping down to near the 30 FPS if you want to crank the settings up.
Frame rates in Dead Rising 4 can also vary wildly depending on the number of zombies on-screen at any one time. We've tried to use particularly intense scenarios to give you an idea of where the GTX 1060 performs while under heavy load. Move away from the large combat areas and the frame rates can often bump up as much as 50%.
Dead Rising 4 Low vs Ultra Graphics Comparison
As you can see, considering the drop in FPS the difference in visual quality isn't actually overly dramatic. Image quality is much better in Ultra thanks to antialiasing, but texture wise there's not a great deal to tell the two apart. You can see on Ultra there are realistic shadows in the top image and volumetric fog in the bottom one. Considering most of your focus will be on the hundreds of zombies around you, Dead Rising 4 is a decent game to play at lower graphics settings.
That's it for now, but keep an eye out for our verdict on Dead Rising 4 soon.