F1 2021: Comparing the Graphics and FPS on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC

Published 07/19/2021, 10:11 AM EDT


British Gaming Studio Codemasters recently released a new video game of the Formula 1 series in F1 2021, Every year the developers have released titles for the series with improvements in various departments including gameplay and visuals. The latest iteration of the franchise is the company’s first F1 title since its acquisition by EA Games.

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F1 2021 has a lot of exciting changes in Career Mode, My Team and many more. It has a new story mode call Braking Point featuring the fan-favorite F1 2019 villain in Devon Butler. Along with that, MyTeam also includes seven icons of the sport like Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and more. The title also features some major changes in the gameplay and the visual department, and here’s how it performs on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

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Visuals of F1 2021 on PC, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X variant of F1 2021 has two different modes in Quality and FPS. In Quality Mode, the game will run with a resolution of 2160p at 60 FPS. In FPS mode, the resolution drops to 1440p, but fans can play the game at a smooth framerate of 120 FPS. On PC, the game will run at the maximum settings using a graphic card like the Nvidia RTX 3080 which features DLSS technology. On the Xbox Series S, the title runs at 60 FPS but with a resolution of 1080p.

Introduction of Ray-Tracing

F1 2021 is the first title from the series to feature Ray-Tracing. Players can take advantage of this feature properly on a PC which makes the experience much better. However, on consoles, Ray-Tracing is only available in the photo mode, and players can’t witness this technology in the gameplay. The game doesn’t use this feature a lot as well, and it is only applied on some elements like shading and reflections. Ray-Tracing reflections work similarly on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC, but the Series S console doesn’t implement it a lot.

PC also has a massive advantage in the shadows department. Other than that, the textures, draw distance and anisotropic filtering doesn’t differ a lot between these consoles.

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Codemasters has done a fantastic job with the performance of F1 2021 on all platforms. It almost works flawlessly on all the unique modes on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation consoles. With Ray-Tracing turned on, players can play at around 40-5o FPS with DLSS turned off, which shows the commendable job the developers have done at optimizing the game. Along with that, the loading times aren’t that far off, however the Xbox Series X posts the fastest time.

Fans of the popular sport should enjoy the experience provided by Codemasters in F1 2021. The game will provide fans with all the thrills and chills of any Formula 1 race, and they should definitely try it out on the title’s different circuits.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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