Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has recently released, and it’s a great experience…on console, anyway. On the PC side of things, the reception has been decidedly less positive, with the game reportedly being a poorly-optimised mess that brings high-end gaming PCs to their knees. The review average on the game’s Steam store page is currently “Mixed” at time of writing, with many players citing the game’s poor performance as points of contention. The game’s developers and publisher have responded to the controversy by acknowledging the optimisation issues and promising future patches to improve the experience for PC players.
A note from the Jedi Team on the PC version of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor pic.twitter.com/C3bp78VICr
— EA Star Wars (@EAStarWars) April 28, 2023
“We are aware that Star Wars Jedi: Survivor isn’t performing to our standards for a percentage of our PC players. In particular, those with high-end machines or certain specific configurations,” the team writes on Twitter. “While there is no single, comprehensive solution for PC performance, the team has been working on fixes we believe will improve performance across a spectrum of configurations”.
There are already some specific optimisation issues pointed out by reviewers and players, such as the game’s ravenous hogging of VRAM resources on higher-end graphics cards. However, players with a wide variety of PC configurations have reported other performance problems, resulting in frame rate dips and crashes. These optimisation issues are on top of its 155GB file size on all platforms, which is pretty ridiculous even by the standards of modern AAA games. It is good to know that Respawn and EA have acknowledged the PC performance problems plaguing Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. However, they have confirmed that the required solutions are likely a while off while the root causes of the problems are diagnosed.
Despite a day one patch, it is likely that the game’s performance will continue to be rocky on PC for some time to come. Hopefully Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will be in a good state on PC before long to bring its performance in line with the experience on current-generation consoles.