If you came across a review of Borderlands 3 prior to launch, it was most certainly done on the PC. The console version of the game has been shrouded in secrecy as developer Gearbox Software focuses on showing off the experience in the best light possible. Now that release day is here, however, we've got our hands on the PlayStation 4 version of 2019's biggest looter shooter. So, the question is, how does it perform on the supercharged PS4 Pro?
Borderlands 3 on PS4 Pro gives you the option of prioritising either the game's framerate via the performance option or its visuals with a focus on resolution. No matter which one you select, you're in for a good time, but after a couple hours of play, we think there's a very clear winner. If you're looking for the best Borderlands 3 experience possible, you'll want to select the performance option.
This won't lock the frame rate to 60 frames-per-second -- we did notice one or two drops when the action got intense -- but it's most definitely the next best thing. There's a smoothness and crispness to just traversing the world, aiming down sights, and popping off a couple of bandit heads. It feels natural -- the way the game is meant to be played.
This is made all the more obvious when you downgrade to the resolution option. Sure, we compared and contrasted the two modes by staring at the scenery as we vigorously switched between them, and the textures upon a couple of rocks do indeed look a little sharper, but it's just not worth the hit to the frame rate. You'll notice it immediately; a sluggishness to movement and aiming that we couldn't shake after having it so good with a reliable 60 fps.
Ultimately, Borderlands 3 is going to be a great game no matter which technical mode you choose, but on PS4 Pro, the performance option is the way to go. With a smooth frame rate that still manages to look great and stylish in the process, it makes for the best playing experience possible.
Have you been playing Borderlands 3? Did you choose to go with the performance or resolution mode? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.