Dishonored 2 looks pretty great in 4K

As we’ve already said, Dishonored 2 is currently plagued by PC performance issues. Arkane Studios claimed that a performance patch will be released next week, so we strongly suggest waiting until this update is at least out. And since our PC Performance Analysis has been delayed – like all games that suffer from such issues – we decided to share some 4K screenshots from it.

Dishonored 2 looks actually pretty great in 4K. While the game still suffers from aliasing issues (we’ve disabled AA as both FXAA and  TXAA brought a lot of blurinees), it looks way better than what we’ve anticipated.

Moreover, it’s pretty clear – in 4K – the game’s unique style. Arkane Studios went for a watercolor look in order to make the game’s structures/objects feel more like they are from paintings. And, in a way, it’s a really cool approach.

What’s also interesting here is that our GTX980Ti was able to push an almost constant 30fps experience in 4K. For unknown reasons, the open-world area suffered from severe frame drops to our GPU being underused. We don’t know what was causing this odd behaviour, however it is possible – with the upcoming performance patch – to get a 4K/30fps experience in a single GTX980Ti.

Moreover, this further proves how f’ed up this game – performance wise – actually is. In theory, the game should be running with more than 100fps in 1080p. After all, 1080p is 1/4 of 4K. As such, theoretically, we should be getting 120fps (30×4=120). That’s not the case here however as the game was mostly running with 60-80fps.

But anyway, we’ll talk more about the game’s performance in our PC Performance Analysis article.

Those interested can download the uncompressed 4K images from here.


John Papadopoulos

John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards." Contact: Email