The Best Console to Play Ace Combat 7 is Kind of Surprising

The Best Console to Play Ace Combat 7 is Kind of Surprising

And the winner is...

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is finally available after a prolonged absence. If you've seen the latest Ace Combat 7 footage and wondered which console is the best to experience those gorgeous dogfights, the answer might surprise you. According to a new comparison it's the PlayStation 4 Pro, not the Xbox One X, that offers the most optimized performance.

Our colleagues at Digital Foundry did a full breakdown of the Ace Combat series before diving into the graphical comparisons for the newest Bandai Namco flight sim. The initial results placed the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X version performing the best, then the base PS4, and the Xbox One S and Xbox One lagging pretty far behind. While none of the versions hit 4K resolutions (only the PC version is able to), the high-powered consoles can hit 1080p resolution, while the Xbox One S manages to muster only 720p resolution.

By now we've compared the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro enough times to know that the Xbox One X has an edge over the PS4 Pro when it comes to resolution and performance. But in a bit a twist, Digital Foundry discovered that, when it comes to Ace Combat 7, it's actually the PS4 Pro that offers the best experience.

Even though both the PS4 Pro and the One X only hit 1080p resolutions, frame rate is what separates the two consoles. The PS4 Pro stays mostly locked at 60fps throughout Ace Combat 7, while the frame rate on the Xbox One X dips in places where the PS4 Pro doesn't.

Digital Foundry theorizes that this is due to the added PS VR mode for Ace Combat 7, which requires a locked frame rate. Either that, or the Xbox One versions were simply less optimized than their PlayStation 4 counterparts.

Ace Combat 7 is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. As stated above it's probably a good idea to get it on a PS4. That is unless you have a super-powerful PC, in which case you'll be able to play Ace Combat 7 in 4K.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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