Please read on for our comparison of three versions of Dark Souls:
Dark Souls: Remastered, Dark Souls with the DSFix mod and Stock Dark Souls.
First let’s take a look at the Remastered version of the game running on a PlayStation 4 Pro. As you can see, the jump from 30fps to 60fps is huge, but this isn’t the only change. Right from the beginning you can see there’s a big difference in the lighting in the Remastered version.
Another huge change is the difference in textures. In the Remastered version, the cobbles appear to be raised and uneven. Whereas in the modded version, the floor looks like a flat piece of lino. Even the walls look wet in the Remastered version which creates more reflections as you run along the corridors. You don’t get the same sense of a damp environment when you switch back to the modded version.
The white fog doors have been replaced by the newer white fog doors from Dark Souls 3 and Items/Souls have been changed from white to blue, for some reason. In the Remastered version I also encountered a bug that locked me on to the enemies outside the fog door when trying to lock-on to the first boss. I tried to replicate this same bug on the DSFix version and it didn’t work, but it did work on the stock version.
Of all the things the Remastered version has improved upon, there are things that have made it arguably worse. One of those things is the motion blur which cannot be disabled on the console versions, at least, it can’t in this build of the game.There are also parts of the game that look as though they use lower quality textures compared to the original PC version. Look at the stairs on the modded PC version, then compare them to the Remastered version. It looks like there is more detail on the PC textures compared to the PS4 Pro version. This may indicate that there could be a higher graphical setting that may only work on better hardware.
That marks the end of our breakdown for the differences between the modded PC version of Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered running on the PS4 Pro. Please check out our above video to see more gameplay from both versions. We’ve also posted a separate gameplay video showing off roughly eight minutes of pure Dark Souls Remastered capture. If you want even more information, please also check out our written preview and accompanying video.