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Ok, I’ve played another few hours and am starting to get stuck in. Once you get past the non-traditional control and UI layouts, and you've figured out how to efficiently down enemies, the game really opens up. I'm decided: it's a superb game.
Also, I'm experiencing none of the issues on PC save a some few and far between e.g. every half hour or so, stutters.
I think it REALLY depends on the PC, driver level, OS level, etc. Some of the stutters seem to be unavoidable. Some may or may not be noticeable to specific people, some may be mitigated by the display in use, etc. etc. I've noticed almost none of the microstutter, or small hitching that many see, (see my above post about my TV though...) but I do see the larger ones every few minutes when moving between locations (cells maybe?). Not sure how the engine handles this.
Overall, I'm getting a very acceptable experience on mine.
The thing is, my game PC (that's normally at my desk) is now in the living room, attached to the TV I mentioned before. This PC is a fresh Win 11 install, with Steam, updated drivers, latest builds on everything, and pretty much has zero other software on it that isn't a Steam game. It's as clean as it gets. Who knows how clean other peoples' systems are that are reporting problems. It may be a lot more than just the cleanliness of the system and OS though. Who knows. I do know that some people see big problems, and some don't.
This just tells me that maybe the game wasn't tested on a huge range of system builds. They may have had a large range of hardware, but if past compat testing jobs of mine at large studios are any indication, that still means fresh images with updated drivers on every testbed. So that doesn't account for software bloat, clutter, driver remnants, communication clients, anti-cheat, and other bullshit that people don't even know they're running.
I'd say most accounts of either good or poor performance are valid based on that person's system install. Some people think the people reporting good performance are full of shit, and maybe that's the case for the 5% of people that make that type of inverse troll-post, but I think some people are actually seeing decent performance. Mine seems to be pretty good, though definitely not perfect, and in my case, I'm not sure if it's my storage subsystem. I use a mix of M2 and SATA SSD storage. (no spinners) However, none of it is state of the art for right now. That may account for my (what I think are) loading pauses. However, in an equal sized, properly optimized game like Doom Eternal, performance from all aspects of my machine seems to be stellar, so who knows.
The game obviously isn't an id Software production in that regard. I also don't think it's bottom of the barrel either.
Anyway, long way of saying, for whatever the reason, I'm happy with the way it plays so far, a few nitpicks aside. For some people, it's unacceptable, and that's also valid.