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Destiny 2 Xbox Series X/S features reiterated again

Published: 22:50, 07 December 2020
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Destiny 2 - Console FOV Showcase
Destiny 2 - Console FOV Showcase

Bungie and Microsoft announced some of the key features of Destiny 2 on Xbox Series X/S, mostly the things we already heard about but some are definitely worth repeating.

Destiny and Destiny 2 have suffered from loading time issues on consoles ever since their releases. This is one of the key changes that will come with the new generation of consoles and Microsoft cited the decreased loading times as one of the best upcoming features for Destiny 2.

The blog post by Microsoft doesn't say precisely by how much the loading time has been cut though. Then again, anyone familiar with the difference between HDD and SSD will have a rough idea. Furthermore, M.2 SSDs used in the new generation of consoles are even faster than what PC enthusiasts may be used to and it only remains to be seen how well the devs can utilise that hardware power.

One important bit about the loading times that Microsoft did mention is that this includes shorter loading screens, quicker launch, navigating through menus and loading UI elements. That last one was particularly annoying for the console players and they will no longer have to look at a blank map for a few seconds upon opening it.

Another crucial difference between PC and console performance thus far was the FOV slider. PC players can move the FOV to up to 105 while console users are stuck with 60, resulting in a narrow area they can see, with things looking zoomed in. This is particularly crippling in PvP modes where peripheral vision is the difference between winning or losing a duel.

Destiny 2 - Note how the pyramid looks closer on this image but the one above shows a wider area. That's the difference between 60 and 105 FOV Destiny 2 - Note how the pyramid looks closer on this image but the one above shows a wider area. That's the difference between 60 and 105 FOV

Crucible enthusiasts can also look forward to 60 FPS for the crisp action with better reaction time. Furthermore, XSX will be able to handle up to 120 FPS but you will likely need to reduce the graphics setting and forego the 4K experience.

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