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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Has A Pretty Big Performance Issue

One of the most highly-anticipated releases of 2023, "Star Wars Jedi: Survivor" has been stirring up some pretty good reviews so far. Critics are saying it builds on the success of its predecessor nicely with smooth combat, snappy platforming, and more customization options than ever before. With a less-than-stellar plot as its only major downside, "Survivor" is currently enjoying a favorable review score on Metacritic and is, apparently, a very strong contender for "Game of the Year" for many publications.

However, one glaring issue has cropped up as more and more reviewers have had a chance to get a hands-on experience with the game. Alongside a massive file size that turned many a head, the game's technical performance is a stuttering mess that nearly every major review has commented on. From screen tearing, crashing, drastic FPS drops in combat and cutscenes, and even the inability to maintain an FPS over 30 on the highest-end gaming PCs, it seems "Star Wars Jedi: Survivor" is packed with some worrisome technical issues.

It's worse on PC than on consoles

According to the reviews, it seems the severity of the performance issues vary by platform. So far, the PlayStation 5 edition has the least amount of issues out of the two console versions: Major reviews on the PS5 from publications like NME and GamesRadar+ hardly touch on the impact of the poor optimization, while Gamespot reports some major negative gameplay impacts due to frequent crashes on the Xbox Series X|S.

However, no platform has it worse than "Survivor" on PC. It's bad enough that Forbes published a warning to players ahead of its official PC review, citing two major crashes in the span of 30 minutes, as well as horrible FPS drops. PCGamer's review goes into detail about FPS drops into the range of 15-20 frames that often caused cutscene dialogue to overlap and play incorrectly, with no native graphics options that helped mitigate the "unacceptable performance" at all.

The silver lining is that EA has announced a launch-day patch alongside more hotfixes that'll be implemented in the following weeks. Its official tweet on the matter mentions bugfixes and performance optimization as well as some extra accessibility settings, though it doesn't seem to touch on the reported technical issues in any detail. Hopefully, these patches will still adequately address the issues on each platform to deliver a better product than the one given to reviewers.