Tomb Raider : Definitive Edition all platforms comparison

See Lara Croft's 2013 adventure compared across all platforms - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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rajman1697d ago

30fps video -_- not a good way to compare when PS4 version is 60fps to Xbone's 30fps

donman11696d ago

Who cares about the minor differences in the visuals. I think the bigger issues here are the frame rate (much better on the PS4 and PC) and why is the game costing full price ($59). higher resolution and textures but its more or less the same. It should cost less.

AngelicIceDiamond1696d ago

@Don I agree, the frames is what matter most over res or little graphical differences. PC and PS4 will be 60 frames while X1 is 30 frames which will be locked in at which is still great.

inveni01696d ago

I'd like to see some AMD vs NVidia screenshots on maxed out settings for some of these. I wonder if the subtle differences in lighting, shaders, and particles would exist between the two.

Army_of_Darkness1696d ago

The ps4 version overall looks superior to all the other platform, yes including pc.

Army_of_Darkness1696d ago (Edited 1696d ago )

BTW, here is the true definitive version at 60fps gameplay on PS4 ;-)

GameSpawn1695d ago (Edited 1695d ago )

Actually it is nice to see ALL of them side by side. What is funny is because of this massive side by side comparison I can now easily make out the issue the Xbox has with "over-sharpening" textures.

Basically Microsoft's scaler chip in the Xbox One is running on overdrive and over-sharpening textures to a "hyper-real" point. It's very jarring in the side by side comparisons with ALL the consoles and the PC.

Sure this doesn't show much between the PS4 and XBO versions (VERY subtle differences visually and frame-rate difference doesn't show due to the method of capture), BUT what is apparent is the difference between the previous gen and current.

The PC version kind of falls in the middle of the road between both console generations, BUT the PC version also doesn't have the newer models and effects. Any well off PC could definitely handle the new effects and models, but lower to mid range cards MAY not -- so I'm not going to be quick to defend the PC too much.

JokesOnYou1695d ago (Edited 1695d ago )

Personally I don't see much difference, more like the colors are different, maybe a few slight effects, still rather than a performance gap, there's not really much different to me. Its possibly the vid itself but I'll leave the explanation for that to those more tech savvy than myself. I think part of it is even though I thought this Tomb Raider was a helluva reboot I just can't get over this money grab port so soon off the last gen game.

dantesparda1695d ago


The x1 version is not "locked" at 30fps its "capped" at 30fps, cuz the game will often drop under that to 24fps and has alot of stuttering/juddering for it


Are you trying to say that you can really see a difference in framerate between them (the x1 & ps4 versions) on a 30fps video?! come on man, you're kidding right?

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AngelicIceDiamond1696d ago

I believe the next gen consoles just beat the PC here.

starchild1696d ago

No, that isn't the case. The next gen consoles have some additions that the PC version didn't get, such as animated foliage, physics-animated accessories on Lara, a reworked face for Lara, etc.

However, the PC version also has advantages in some areas: tesselation (which is completely missing on the Definitive Editions), higher res textures, higher precision effects in some areas, greater use of motion blur, higher quality texture filtering, higher resolutions, much cleaner image quality due to the ability to use super sample anti-aliasing (vs FXAA post process on consoles), and the ability to run it at a SOLID 60fps or beyond.

That last one is extremely important to me and many other gamers. The XB1 version has a stable framerate, but it is only 30fps. The PS4 version, on the other hand, has a frame rate that averages higher, but fluctuates a lot and is very juddery since it isn't in sync with the refresh rate of the display.

"For the most part, on the PS4 we see frame-rates regularly fluctuating between 40-50fps depending on the complexity of the scene"

"we would have liked an optional 30fps cap in the display settings to eliminate the judder during the frame-rate fluctuations and keep absolute consistency with controller response throughout."

So, the PC version and the newer "Definitive Versions" both have their points of advantage, but I would say the PC version has more advantages.

"A direct comparison with the PC version set to the ultimate quality preset reveals some large discrepancies between the Definitive Editions compared with the full-fat PC experience. Aspects such as tessellation are missing on the characters and environments, with some of these elements appearing more blocky on the PS4 and Xbox One as a result. Meanwhile, motion blur is used much more sparingly, while texture resolution is noticeably lower in some cases."

"Does the much cheaper PC version of the game feature all the non-Lara based enhancements found in the Definitive Edition? Well, no. However, some seriously impressive effects found in the PC game - like tessellation, for example - are nowhere to be found on next-gen console."

"That said, the extra crispness and clarity available on the PC game due to higher-resolution assets and better filtering are a big draw for the platform"

"For those wondering how it fares in comparison to the PC version, the choice isn't quite so clear-cut. The open nature of the platform means that hardware upgrades and customisable graphics settings allow the user to dictate the resolution and frame-rate based around the compromises that are most important to them - so if you want a rock-solid 60fps and you're prepared to trade TressFX to achieve it, that's no problem at all.

Running with the ultimate preset enabled and the original TressFX in action, it's clear that the Definitive Edition delivers an upgrade in select areas, but fails to trump the PC game in all respects. Certainly, when it comes to running at 1080p60 - or with even higher resolutions and frame-rate - no other platform can truly offer a PC-beating experience."

Dynasty20211695d ago

No they didn't.

PC on the highest settings is still superior. If you look up close, the textures on PC far surpass the consoles.

And even if some textures WERE to beat PC, the PC hasn't had the new textures added (yet).

This is a RIDICULOUS comparison. You're basically comparing HD with non-HD and going "herpa derp, HD is better."

Consoles will never look better than the PC version. Why is this so hard to accept for so many people?

This is the dumbest comparison around. PC shouldn't even be here.

dantesparda1695d ago

No Angelic, the PC version is still better, and the PC versions always will be

dantesparda1695d ago (Edited 1695d ago )


How can you say that resolution is not the biggest diference between them? You do know that the x1 version drops below 30fps too right? (24fps) So it also suffers from stuttering/juddering. Also the x1 version drops to 900p during its cut/cinema scenes

Oops replied to the wrong person

starchild1696d ago (Edited 1696d ago )

The PS4 version is NOT 60fps. The PS4 version averages about 50fps, see the Digital Foundry comparison.

A game that spends as much time down in the 40s as it does above 50fps is not a 60fps game, no matter how the developer or fanboys want to bill it.

The only platform that can maintain a solid 60fps or higher on this game is the PC version.

The Xbox One version is capped at 30fps and sticks there the vast majority of the time that's why it's frame rate average is 29.84.

In any case, it's a silly comparison since the XB1 version is capped and the PS4 version is NOT a 60fps game. It fluctuates up and down A LOT and only averages 50.9 fps.

I'm not saying the PS4 version isn't better than the XB1 version overall. I'm just saying the framerate comparison itself isn't what some people have been making it out to be. The advantages the PS4 has over the XB1 are to be found in other areas: resolution, effects, etc.

Christopher1696d ago

Okay, why is this the only version of these comparisons where the PS4 (and PC) are the "washed out" ones and the Xbox One isn't?

You freaking gaming sites! No one can trust you anymore! No one! What's the point of all this when you do things to make us question everything you do to the point where you are useless in providing us any reliable news on this sort of information?

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combatcash1696d ago

Why do they only have the pc version on ultra, the pc version has an ultimate setting.

Eonjay1696d ago

Because in reality only a small sample of people will be able to run it efficiently.

tee_bag2421695d ago

Not that hard for most PC's to run Max settings 60fps lately.

DoctorJones1696d ago


So what if only 'a small sample' of people would be able to run it. If you are going to do a comparison you show what is absolutely achievable, and there are plenty of gaming pcs that are capable of doing so. You don't pick and choose what settings to turn up or down, you go with max settings.

frostypants1696d ago

Seeing as PC is a highly varied platform, if you want an honest discussion once must include likely settings for something resembling a mainstream rig to go with the "no chance in hell will it look like this for you" settings.

Eonjay1696d ago (Edited 1696d ago )

Wrong. Everyone who get the PS4 or Xbox One version will get the absolute highest achievable setting for that console because there is only one setting. Should they also show PC running on LOW, MEDIUM, and HIGH to reference all achievable outcomes on PC.

combatcash1696d ago (Edited 1696d ago )


KillrateOmega1696d ago (Edited 1696d ago )

When it comes to the differences between the PS4 and Xbox One versions, the difference is in the frame rate which you can't really see with this video.

The PC version is superior - as one would expect, but as others have mentioned, they are only running the PC version at Ultra, not Ultimate. The last-gen versions are the least impressive - as, yet again, one would expect.

The way they redesigned her face for the Definitive Edition still bugs me a little. Don't get me wrong, it look nice overall, but it's just...something. I think it's the eyes that are messing with me.

combatcash1696d ago (Edited 1696d ago )


But doesn't the framerate on the ps4 version vary? They should have locked it at 60 fps from what I've heard it dips to the low 30's


Most people can actually run it in ultimate settings, it doesn't use max aa for ultimate however if you add max aa that's when the game can become very unplayable.

KillrateOmega1696d ago (Edited 1696d ago )

The thing with the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game is that while the PS4 version's frame rate does in fact vary between 60-30 fps, it is capable of hitting 60 fps. The Xbox One version, to my understanding, cannot achieve 60 fps.

Obviously, I have no first-hand experience with the Definitive Edition to test this out. This information was taken from articles and developer statements.

scott1821696d ago (Edited 1696d ago )

Show me a video of it dipping in low 30's...

Even when the x1 hits 18 in one video the ps4 is still at 45 and the x1 even has to go to 900p to achieve it at cut scenes, thus the ps4 version is highly smoother regardless of not being locked.

dantesparda1695d ago

Yes conbatcash it does vary (the framerate) but the average is 50fps, meaning that its spending most of time there

Angeljuice1696d ago (Edited 1696d ago )

PC looks SO inferior to both PS4 and XB1 its not even funny, seriously drop the PC looks better crap, it simply doesn't come close.

kayoss1696d ago

Yes it's true, PS4 framerate do dip and not locked at 60fps. However, so far from all the comparison they made. The PS4 version have not dipped lower than 40fps.
The x1 version is locked down at 30fps but for some reason it have shown to dip below that (18fps was the lowest i think). Regardless, even if PS4 framerate dips, it will never dip below 30fps.

psman0121696d ago

Who caaaaaares, we've seen tons of these videos and pictures comparing the different versions already. Just play the game and enjoy it!

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