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Last week it was revealed that the folks over at Arkane Studios, and more specifically Arkane Austin who developed the Dishonored and Prey series, are working on a brand new title. Back then we thought it could be a new Prey 2, but it looks like it could be a new IP based in the Fantasy genre.
Arkane has heavily hinted once again that an expansion for the Prey reboot is inbound. Earlier this month, some intrepid Redditors spied some suspicious activity on Twitter related to Prey which pointed towards a lunar colony on the surface of the Moon.
2017’s Prey reboot was arguably the complete package for immersive sim fans, which is why we just sort of assumed that it wouldn’t be getting any DLC after launch. After all, you could pretty much put a bow on the ending and tie it up there. A year later though, Arkane has spun up the rumour mill with a mysterious new tweet from the official Prey Twitter account that heavily hints a DLC expansion may be on the way.
If you’ve still got some money burning a hole in your pocket after Black Friday, AMD’s got a pretty decent deal running for Radeon fans. A promo’s running from now through until December 31st, 2017, wherein anyone who buys a Radeon RX Vega 64 or Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card will get copies of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Prey for free.
Intel has just delivered its latest Windows graphics driver, version (deep breath), making some impressive claims as to the performance of its CPUs with integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 or better. For those of you making do without a dedicated graphics card, this iGPU driver update provides performance optimisations for a host of AAA titles, including Dirt 4 and Tekken 7, while those with Intel Iris Pro Graphics will be able to run Prey and Rising Storm 2: Vietnam.
I suspect a few of you have already ploughed through Arkane’s Prey, but just in case you’ve erred on the side of patience, AMD has squeezed a new driver release containing some nice performance boosts for Radeon owners. The AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.2 (AMD’s drivers are becoming a bit of a mouthful) provide up to date performance optimizations for Prey, improving performance by as much as 4.5% if you’re rocking a Radeon RX 580.
Yesterday I accidentally started benchmarking Prey before I’d installed the latest GeForce drivers, the GeForce 382.05 drivers which provided day one performance optimisations that should ensure tip top performance. Rather than let the results go to waste though, I figured this would be a good opportunity to see just what sort of impact these drivers can have a game’s performance.
You can breathe a sigh of relief. Prey is now out and it appears to be performing fantastically on PC. Phew. We've benchmarked it on the GTX 1060 and it's performed admirably, while we've also shown some Low vs Ultra comparison screens. Now it's time for a complete breakdown of each and every one of Prey's advanced graphics options, showing you not only what they do, but also the performance impact you can expect when you enable them.
We've looked at Prey's performance in our GeForce GTX 1060 benchmarks, and the good news is that there's some hefty to gains to be made by tweaking the options, despite there not being a great number of graphics settings in total. You can more than double your frame rate by dropping from Ultra to Low, but just what is the visual sacrifice?
The pressure has been mounting for Arkane Austin this week. Bethesda studios' talent for putting their foot in it knows no bounds, and in recent weeks Arkane has assured us of fantastic PC performance for Prey, as well as controversially saying Steam refunds can just take the place of a demo. It's all poised perfectly for Arkane to take a fall, but have they proven the doubters wrong? Is Prey 2017 well optimized on PC? Let's find out.