Destiny 2 will only be available on PC, unlike its predecessor. It will be released on PC on Oct. 24. Those who didn’t play the console version should know a few key differences between the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Most of these changes are good. They give you more ways to customize the game and add a few tweaks that only work on PC, which shows that this version of Destiny 2 is well-suited to the platform. Before we go any further, let’s look at the main differences between the PC and console versions:
Destiny 2 can be played at an unlocked framerate, which may be best for PC users. The console versions of the game can only run at 30 frames per second, even on the upgraded PS4 Pro and the soon-to-be-released Xbox One X. PC players, on the other hand, will be able to play the game at 60 frames per second or more, if their computer can handle it. When played at this higher frame rate, Destiny 2 looks much better, and anyone who has played the first game will feel like the graphics are much better than in the first game. Destiny 2 runs smoothly and quickly at this higher frame rate, which is just what you want from a fast-paced first-person shooter.
Below are the specs we recommend for PC owners who want to get 60 frames per second or more:
Intel: Core i5-2400 3.4 GHz or i5 7400 3.5 GHz
AMD: Ryzen R5 1600X 3.6 GHz
Nvidia: GeForce GTX 970 4GB or GTX 1060 6GB
AMD: Radeon R9 390 8GB
Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, or Windows 10 64-bit (Recommended)
Hard disk storage
68GB available hard drive space
Better display choices
The PC version of Destiny 2 looks better and gives you more ways to get lost in Bungie’s beautiful sci-fi worlds. The game has a 21:9 aspect ratio, so ultrawide monitors like the Acer Predator X34 and the Samsung CHG90 let you get into it. You can also play the game on three screens simultaneously to get into it.
Additional communication tools
Destiny 2, like most major PC games, lets you text chat with your fireteam, so you can talk to them even if you don’t have a gaming headset. This is a very helpful tool when hanging out in the game’s social areas and trying to find new people to go on missions with.
How to Aim and Fire
Recoil has been completely taken away from the PC version of Destiny 2, which changes how you aim and shoot. The developers say this is because “with a mouse and keyboard, you don’t want the mouse to move without you moving it, so recoil doesn’t feel good.” In the end, this means you won’t have to look down the iron sights as much as you do in console versions. This means that you’ll be able to shoot much faster, more like in twitch-shooters than in console games, which are usually more deliberate.
Even though there is no aim assist with a mouse and keyboard like there is on consoles, most gamers would agree that aiming with a mouse and keyboard is more accurate than using a gamepad. In PvP, this means that both your teammates and opponents should be able to shoot more accurately on PC. However, when you use a gamepad on a PC, aim to assist turns on automatically. This means that when you play PvP with other people, they may also have aim assist turned on. This could be a problem since players running XIM can use a mouse and keyboard through the controller port, which gives them a huge advantage. Bungie says, though, that using XIM has the problems that make it less accurate than using a mouse and keyboard.
Timed content is also not on PC.
Because Sony and Activision work together to market games, PC players will not be able to play the full game at launch. Just like Xbox One players couldn’t get the whole package, PC players will have to wait for timed-exclusive content like the extra Strike, Crucible map, and different items.
At least a year will pass before the extra content can be found on other platforms. There isn’t a date yet, but Bungie says the content will be out by the end of 2018. Still, that’s a long time to wait, and it still means that the PS4 version of the game has a big advantage over the others.