ARK Dev: Optimisation is ‘top priority’, Not Capped at 30 FPS

This week saw the launch of an early access version of Studio Wildcard’s ARK: Survival Evolved, a new first-person shooter (FPS) that’s set to feature full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) on PC and, later on, Project Morpheus on PlayStation 4. Since its launch, some have expressed concerns about the title’s performance and how that might affect the demanding virtual reality (VR) experience, which requires a high framerate and more to prove worthwhile. According to the developer, however, fans shouldn’t worry as optimising the title is currently a ‘top priority’.


Speaking in an update on the title’s Steam page, Studio Wildcard responded to worries about the title’s performance. It reasoned that it had spent much of its time so far working on the actual content and systems of the videogame. With a ‘solid’ amount of that content now available, the team is preparing to shift its focus to optimising the experience. Its goal is to push the title to a level in which it can achieve as high a framerate as possible, making the most out of the user’s hardware.

“Through the coming days and weeks ahead you will all see a steady improvement in how well your computer is performing when running ARK: performance will go up, memory will go down,” the developer noted. “Also we have DirectX 12 to look forward to which will further increase the amount of performance in game by an approximate 25-30%, and on top of that with the introduction of DX12 and Windows 10 we plan to create functioning SLI which will make full use of your blinged-out gaming rigs.

“The game isn’t capped at 30FPS. We want players to get as high as they want, it just hadn’t been optimized and this is what we’re tackling now. You’ll also see steady improvements made to the visual scaling employed by the lower graphical settings — the high-end will look even-better as we integrate new rendering techniques, and so will the low-end!”

It’s encouraging news for VR fans, especially those waiting on the PlayStation 4 edition of the title. The full version of the title is expected to hit both that console and PC in early 2016. VRFocus will continue to follow ARK: Survival Evolved, reporting back with the latest updates on the videogame.