Respawn Issues Apology For Star Wars Jedi: Survivor PC Performance Woes
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor was released April 28 on PC and current-gen consoles, with the older version bombarded with negative reviews on Steam on launch day. Criticisms on Steam focus on the game’s poor performance on PC, causing choppy frame rates even during less populated interior segments (Gadgets 360 can confirm performance issues on PC). While the day one patch made things like cutscenes smoother, according to several players Jedi Survivor was still unable to maintain a consistent 60 fps even on the lowest settings. Developer Respawn Entertainment has now issued an apology, confirming that its team will continue to monitor performance “across all platforms” and release fixes in a timely manner. For the record, the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X versions aren’t devoid of performance issues either – just nowhere on par with the PC version.
“We are aware that Star Wars Jedi: Survivor does not perform to our standards for a percentage of our PC players, especially those with higher end machines or certain specific configurations,” the tweet read. “For example, gamers using cutting-edge multi-threaded chipsets designed for Windows 11 were experiencing issues on Windows 10, or high-end GPUs paired with less capable CPUs were also seeing unexpected frame drop.” While the answer is certainly backed up by an apology, it does sound a bit accusatory – as if it had to do with how a player set up their setup. This is compounded by the fact that the game was originally slated for a March 17 release and was later delayed for six weeks to ensure launch polish.
Respawn Entertainment will now shift the focus to fixing the issues, but note that this will take some time for “meaningful testing”, so updates won’t introduce any new issues. It’s also strange that the developer considered running Windows 10 on newer processors as the cause of the problem – as far as I know, there’s no major downside to this. Additionally, a quick read of Steam’s Hardware Survey page will show that 73.95% of PC gamers are still using Windows 10 as their primary operating system. The game’s DRM has also been would have causing problems for PC gamers, excluding gamers from the game as tech believes the Star Wars Jedi: Survivor app was open on multiple systems at once. Even the PS5 version is sluggish and its HDR system completely destroys image quality – to the point where things are cast entirely in black.
A more recent example of a broken PC port is The Last of Us Part I, which also opened to negative reception on Steam, due to crashes, choppy frame rates, and weird VRAM over-consumption. Since launch, developer Naughty Dog has released a slew of new patches and fixes, which have apparently improved performance a lot. Let’s see how long Respawn takes to distribute its patches.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is out now on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series S/X.