Project CARS PS4 vs PC Ultra, High, Medium, Low Detail: Graphical Qualty Screenshot Analysis

Slightly MAD Studios recently released a batch of PS4 screenshots of the gorgeous Project CARS, and both the PS4 and the PC versions look gorgeous, but obviously the developer had to accept some compromises in order to get a good performance on console.

Many are wondering what PC level of detail the PS4 version compares best to, and today DualShockers analyzed a screenshot n each level of detail compared to the PS4 to answer that question.

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The_Infected900d ago

Honestly PS4 is very close to the high settings which is great. Playing thins game at nearly high settings at 1080p 60fps on a $400 PS4 sounds great to me:)

Future_2015900d ago

didn't know the console version is a confirmed 60fps at 1080p, i heard targeting 60fps just like drive club and that turned out to be 30fps

pedrof93900d ago (Edited 900d ago )

Drive club is more demanding than this Project Cars, Project Cars aplies the same principle as Forza, which is concentrating the console's power into the cars models, while leaving the rest low rez.

Eg: 2d crowd models in Forza.

DJMarty900d ago

pedrof93 - X1 will have to have stick men as crowd, otherwise the framerate will be sub Hd &

vulcanproject900d ago (Edited 900d ago )

Not a very good shot to compare though really. The models were always likely to be very similar, and the textures on the models were always likely to be very similar. You can see that the PC on ultra has more polygons on the car models than on 'high' or 'PS4' and finer details with less aliasing around it. Round lights for example, better reflections on the car's floor and front wing although you can't see very well from these angles.

I would say it's a rather flattering shot for lower settings, purposeful of course.

So there isn't much else to compare in that shot. It would be far better to see the game when it is finished from a more gameplay perspective so you can see track detail better, weather effects fully, distance, anti aliasing, framerate in races with a lot of cars going on, anisotropic filtering etc.

PS4 will probably end up something like medium on PC and hopefully a rock solid 60FPS. I suspect it might have variable framerate however.

On PC the difference between medium and high then ultra isn't a lot in static shots, but you can see it easily in motion. Particularly motion blur quality. Anti aliasing also makes a big difference to the overall image quality because some of these tracks have pretty big draw distances.

You don't need a monster PC to manage medium/high on the game really.

Looking forward to the final thing, hope it is very polished.

aliengmr899d ago

If SM is saying they are supporting Morpheus then has to be 60fps and 1080p. Anything below that and it runs a huge risk of ruining the experience.

voice_of_ reason899d ago

Nope. Nope to just about everything you said. Just because it's the internet, you do not get a free pass. To help explain what you sound like, view the link below!!

This is you, you're that guy... and no one wants to be that guy.

UltimateMaster899d ago

Is it normal that the low settings actually has the best view of the spectators?

vulcanproject899d ago (Edited 899d ago )

@ voice_of_ reason

No to everything you said.

No, no to anyone on the internet that cannot form a coherent reply with their basis for disputing someone else's post.

No, no, no to anyone that links to a youtube video of a terrible film as the basis for their 'reply' which absolutely adds nothing to the discussion or explains why they disagree with the points made.

That unfortunately, is you. Atrocious.

It's fairly clear to any multi celled organism that one shot hardly represents the game's wide range of environments and effects, if you have played it and seen it develop before your very eyes the past 3 years.

Have you? On PC? Did you pay to join up when it was open and give feedback to the developers? Did you see how the game has developed playing most builds the past few years? How it progressed to this point? How the settings alter the game and how it runs on current hardware?

I have.

How much time have you actually had with the game up to this point? No, watching a few youtube videos do not count. Unless you have played it as much as I have, then I do indeed consider myself more qualified to actually talk about it than people that.......haven't.

So try to actually contribute something to a discussion next time. Anything at all would be great....

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Magicite900d ago

I really would love to enjoy this game on my pc with ultra settings, but Im afraid it will be cheaper to buy PS4 than upgrade my pc.

guitarded77900d ago (Edited 900d ago )

Most likely. But hey... you'll get all them Sony exclusives too. Plus you'll still have a PC.

AndrewLB899d ago

You can buy a GTX 770 (same as GTX 680 but with higher clocks) for less than a PS4 by A LOT. Current price for that GTX 770 in the U.S. is $289 at Newegg. And it's got just over TWICE the processing power as a PS4.

Now keep in mind that due to both Xbone and PS4 basically using PC hardware, x86 architecture, etc... these consoles are going to be much easier than previous consoles to make an emulator for. And best of all, because the hardware is so similar, you wont need massively more powerful hardware to run an emulator since it's not having to virtualize the entire workings of a dissimilar machine.

Anyone remember E3 last year when Sony was running games on high end PC's? Emulating the PS4 and xBone will be far easier than PS3 or 360.

voice_of_ reason899d ago

"Now keep in mind that due to both Xbone and PS4 basically using PC hardware, x86 architecture, etc... "
Basically? Are you stupid? It is all "pc hardware". The engineers were not like, "hmmm, let's throw in a cat-faced pasta noodle next to that non-pc hardware like cpu thing..." If you are or have ever though about suicide. Do it. The world need less stupid people!

r2oB899d ago

@ andrewlb

How do you know his current setup? You speak as if the only thing that needs to be done to a PC is upgrade the GPU and all is well. What if his computer is older and he needs to upgrade his CPU also, to prevent bottlenecks. Or maybe his PSU is also old and he needs to update it so that it outputs enough power to run the components. What about RAM? Maybe a better cooling system because his PC may generate more heat than before. Sometimes it's not always as simple as "let's just upgrade the GPU, forever, while not upgrading anything else, ever". Have you tried factoring in those potential costs compared to a $400 console?

frostypants899d ago (Edited 899d ago )

@AndrewLB: "You can buy a GTX 770 (same as GTX 680 but with higher clocks) for less than a PS4 by A LOT. Current price for that GTX 770 in the U.S. is $289 at Newegg. And it's got just over TWICE the processing power as a PS4. "'re comparing the cost of the entire PS4 system to the cost of a single video card. That is completely invalid. You forgot the rest of the necessary PC hardware. HDD/SSD, optical drive, memory, CPU, mobo, case, power supply. And no, you can't just buy that video card and drop it into the crappy PC you bought from Dell 4 years ago and expect it to perform, if that's what you wanted to imply.

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Geekman900d ago

Well, racing games are easier to make look good graphically, because they have the less stuff in them. This is why Driveclub, Project Cars, and Mario Kart 8 are tge best looking games this gen. (So far.)

Geekman900d ago

Souga, Mario Kart 8 is pretty graphically impressive for the hardware it's on. (1080p) But I guess you abide by the Gamers Creed. "Everything I don't like is Gay."

JetsFool3500899d ago

Lmfaooooooooooo mario kart? Really?

thereapersson899d ago

Funny enough, Mario Kart 64 has been the game my friends and I have been playing most often as of late.

imt558899d ago


Souga, Mario Kart 8 is pretty graphically impressive for the hardware it's on. (1080p)

Mario Kart is 720p/60fps. It is upscaled to 1080p.

Benchm4rk899d ago


"Mario Kart is 720p/60fps. It is upscaled to 1080p"


frostypants899d ago

Mario Kart 8 is pretty ugly, man.

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user5669510900d ago

It is? Looks like its close to med or just below it. Im use to seeing details in games and it easy to see. Low have better shadows and reflections than ps4 idk why tho. Wtf is that on the bottom half of the car on the ps4 version. Looks like this game is going to be on med settings on consoles.

MYDEATH21900d ago

I need a new racing game. Honestly haven't really enjoyed one since I played most wanted on the ps2. I miss the split screen experiences as well.

ATi_Elite899d ago

you have to see this game in motion to appreciate it more.

I don't care about background especially when those assets are being put to use by way of Physics and Destruction.

People wanna compare Pcars to ForZa or Driveclub!

Well I say where is Driveclubs Real time Physics and Destruction?

I'll take real time Destruction and aerodynamics over animated crowds 365/24/7/

Project Cars....Simply the BEST!

UltraNova899d ago (Edited 899d ago )

This is a case of a developer not being thorough enough.

On PC there's no excuse not having both fully animated crowds and super detailed car models and tracks, since PC gaming is for the seemingly unlimited potential.

I mean just look at the ultra screenshot. 2d cardboard crowds? In 2014, on a maxed PC?


OT: The game despite its obvious hiccups ^^ looks like serious competition to Driveclub (for ps4 owners obviously)although they are pretty different to start with.

I wonder how will Polyphony react to this. Time to evolve?

Volkama899d ago (Edited 899d ago )

Visual comparisons are fine, but looking at direct feedback from the PC crowd playing the game, Project Cars has some real issues around it's handling and physics.

Asseto Corsa seems to be the people's choice for PC sim racing.

specialguest899d ago

Its not that close to high settings. If you click on the ps4 image and look at the fenders and tires, it clearly shows the unmistakable difference. Notice how the colors on the fender doesnt fade in a gradient level smoothly. The tire color/shadow is almost vector style instead of blending and fading in colors. Even the low setting does a better job.

OWWO899d ago

u must be joking. ps4 is comparable to mid settings.ps4 is great console but please dont lie

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GribbleGrunger900d ago

Get your microscopes out chaps.

Abriael900d ago (Edited 900d ago )

Lol yeah, you really gotta squint, the only one that has very evident differences is "low" the rest is a matter of small details.

The low resolution normal maps smudge things a little bit on PS4, but in motion they're much harder to notice, I'm sure.

randomass171900d ago

Funny you say, despite the lack of blur and the ugliness of the crowd, the car itself still looks pretty dang good on low settings.

Abriael900d ago (Edited 900d ago )

Just added a note on that one. The lack of blur is just because I forgot to activate it (I put it in all of the other screenshots because it was in the PS4 screenshot as well). It's just an instant photographic effect you activate and deactivate with F3, and it's not part of the settings themselves. You also won't use it while racing because it's so heavy that you won't see where you're going :D

mikeslemonade900d ago

still you still had have to project this on your big screen tv. anything looks good on a 3 by 4 inch screen.

randomass171900d ago

Dang, that's quite a lot of detail. o.o I must say my curiosity for this game is peaking.

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user5669510900d ago

Dont need one easy to see somethings wrong in the ps4 pic. The bottom half of the car looks messed up. Shadows and reflections look hhorrible. AA is also not up to par with med

ATi_Elite899d ago (Edited 899d ago )

you don't need a microscope to see all that aliasing in the pics lower than PC High!

Polygon count is lower along with faded colors and blurry crowds.

YES the car does look FANTASTIC throughout but a lot of other graphical degradation appears as the quality goes down and this will translate HEAVILY when in action as a screenshot does not fully capture the beauty of Pcars.

I'm currently playing Pcars build 680 across 3 1600p monitors so feel free to argue.

toddybad900d ago

I could hardly spot a difference between any of them without really focusing on minutae - minutae that won't be visible when you're hurling around a track.

uth11900d ago

Except for the PC Low, which looks a little flatter, but still good, I honestly can't see the difference in these screenshots.

Considering that it's fast motion anyway, I don't think anyone will notice a difference in real world gameplay

frostypants899d ago

These guys did a real good job with the visuals and getting them to run on reasonable hardware, that much is certain. I was a huge skeptic but I take it all back.

hollabox900d ago

This looks good, but I'm going to stick to more arcade style racing games. If I was to pick this game up, it would probably be on the PC when the price drops to $19.99 or less during Black Friday a year from now.

Abriael900d ago

Actually Project CARS has very extensive levels of customization for simulation. It can drive almost like Need for Speed if you set it the right way :D

randomass171900d ago

Now that's flippin' awesome.

hollabox900d ago

Hmm, I will have to wait to see, all the videos I've seen I'm impressed with the graphics but it looks boring. I've purchased almost every Grand Turismo, after 5, I said I'm done. They look good but I find myself ultimately looking for enjoyment elsewhere.