Dragon Quest Heroes 2: Switch vs PS4 vs PSVita

Digital Foundry puts DQH II on the test bench

The hack-and-slash Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy’s End (but we’re just gonna call it Dragon Quest Heroes 2) was one of the big launch titles of the Nintendo Switch in Japan. And since the game is also scheduled to release on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, the guys at Digital Foundry decided to benchmark them and see which one is running best.

Of course, there are differences between the three version. The Switch version runs with a 1080p (docked) or 720p (handheld); the PS4 version runs at 1080p; the PS Vita runs at 960×544 px. In terms of graphics, we find out that the Switch and PS4 versions of Dragon Quest Heroes 2 are quite similar. The Vita falls behind. But there’s a slight upper hand for the PS4 version, with a better draw distance and foliage density for example.

As for the frames per second aspect, the PS4 wins again with 60fps where the Switch and Vita target 30fps. They all fall under those numbers during battle but the drop is less intense on PS4. This seems rather normal since the game development was intended for PS4. But given the hardware of the Switch, the game should give better performances. The PS Vita isn’t surprising, it’s now a five-year-old handled hardware so it won’t do magic.

Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is set for a worldwide release on 25 April 2017.

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