The Star Wars fandom can be hard to please, but sometimes it feels like Electronic Arts doesn’t even try. After upsetting everyone with loot boxes in Battlefront 2, EA is in hot water again over the abysmal performance of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor on PC. Even gamers with the best video cards in the world are seeing low frame rates and inconsistent GPU usage. EA has apologized and promised fixes, but if you were planning to pick this one up, you might want to hold off.
Jedi: Survivor is the sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which received largely positive reviews when it launched in 2019. The sequel has just launched to continue the story of Cal Kestis as he tries to stay one step ahead of the Empire during the Jedi purge. Anyone anxious to see how the story pans out had better hope they’ve got an Xbox or PlayStation 5 handy, though. While the game runs better (but not perfectly) on these platforms, the PC version suffers from some pretty extraordinary performance issues.
In testing with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090, Jedi: Survivor can consume as much as 21GB of VRAM. That card has a whopping 24GB of RAM, and that’s barely enough. Step down from this monster GPU, and you won’t even have close to that much. The RTX 4080 has just 16GB, and the 4070 has 12GB. Despite consuming all the VRAM in sight, Jedi: Survivor doesn’t take full advantage of GPU processing power, hovering around 50% utilization on the 4090.
Keeping in mind the RTX 4090 can cost $2,000, PC gamers are seeing frame rates in the 30-40 fps range. The game only reaches 60 fps in simpler interior settings. That seems like a serious problem that should have been caught before launch, considering these video cards cost as much as four high-end Xboxes.
EA has released a statement, apologizing that the game “isn’t performing to our standards.” The game is getting the usual launch patches we see in all high-end games these days, but EA promises fixes for these issues are in the works. The note doesn’t mention the gluttonous consumption of VRAM, but it does say that some performance issues result from using newer CPUs in Windows 10, and others come from pairing a high-performance GPU with a more modest CPU. However, even those for whom none of that is true are still seeing terrible in-game performance. Maybe you should wait for the first round of discounts on this one.