During today’s PC Gaming Show, Intel and YouTuber Teftyteft shared more information about Destiny 2 on the PC. Intel is partnering with Bungie and Activision in trying to bring the best version of Destiny 2 possible to the PC.
Destiny 2 on PC will bring an unlocked framerate, full 4-K ultra HD support, 21:9 widescreen display support, customizable key-bindings, text chat and more. What we learned today from Teftyteft is Destiny 2 will take advantage of your extra CPU cores. With CPUs like AMD’s Ryzen’s R5 and R7 series, along with Intel’s newly announced i9 series, more cores than ever are becoming available to the mainstream consumer. However, many games have not been taking advantage of these extra cores, with many games still relying on strong single core performance.
This means that those of you out there with six-core, eight-core, etc. chips will see some performance gains with your chip as Destiny 2 will take advantage of your additional cores. This announcement might even breathe some additional life into AMD’s FX series of chips. What the FX line lacks in power, it makes up for with cores, so we’ll see if Bungie can get a good performance out of the increasing long in the tooth line of processors. This also means we can expect to see optimization for even higher core counts, such as the sheer number of cores featured in the i9 and Threadripper processors.
Destiny 2 will release exclusive on Blizzard’s Battle.net service on PC, skipping the popular Steam store. No PC launch date has been locked down yet but we will let you know when we learn more. You can read more about Destiny 2 on PC here.
We’ve seen the need for a higher core and thread count lately in some recent games. One of the most notable titles to need more power is Battlefield 1. We’ve seen Battlefield 1 eat up Intel’s i5 processors during multiplayer gameplay, often maxing out the CPU with 100 percent usage. Intel’s i7 line of processors has long been considered to be overkill when it comes to gaming but now it is looking more and more like we are seeing some strong, concrete reasons to get these extra threads. The 4 core/4 thread count of the i5 processors are being pushed to their limits with games like Grand Theft Auto V and Battlefield 1, so it appears like their time as being the mainstream king is running out.
The new i9 line will boast up to 18 cores and 36 threads, making them arguably the most powerful consumer CPU ever available to the public. The i9 announcement follows AMD’s announcement of their Threadripper line, which feature 16 cores and 32 threads. It looks like Ryzen has started an arms race of sorts between Intel and AMD and we couldn’t be happier. More competition should mean more performance gains. We’ve become accustomed to minimal gains between generations for Intel since there was such a lack of competition from AMD’s end. AMD came out swinging with Ryzen and now we have Threadripper and the i9 processors, it’s a good time to be a PC gamer.