After being treated to the awful previous gen version of PES for the last few years, PES 2018 marks the arrival of the new Fox Engine to Pro Evolution Soccer on PC. The visuals have been dramatically improved and are now pretty much on par with the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Once a game series that could run on a toaster though, what impact does the enhanced engine and increased system requirements have on PES 2018's performance? Let's find out.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 Graphics Settings
Before you get to all the graphics options listed above though, PES 2018 comes with an external launcher, within which you can set some basic options such as screen modes, resolutions and key mapping.
The downside is that you can't change most of these settings in-game, including resolution. What's more annoying is that this launcher only runs the first time you load PES 2018. If you want to change the resolution after your first launch, you have to head into Pro Evolution Soccer 2018's install directory and manually run it from there.
As you can see, there is a 60fps frame rate cap at work here. Disappointing, but par for the course when it comes to PES.
This pre-game launcher is also the only place you can view the keyboard controls, to the best of my knowledge. PES 2018 is not keyboard and mouse friendly. At all. All of the in-game and menu prompts are for an Xbox gamepad so if you're playing to play with a mouse and keyboard, you'd best learn the screen below.
My advice, as with most football games, is don't bother. Plug in a gamepad, buy one if you have to, because Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 plays terribly without one.
PES 2018 PC Keyboard Control Mapping
One last final warning then proceeds to pop up every time I try to run PES 2018, saying "Your computer does not meet the minimum system requirements to run this software." It's due to the Radeon R7 370 apparently, which has 2GB VRAM. According to Konami, this doesn't meet the minimum specs, although the weaker Radeon HD 7750 is the official minimum spec. How will this bode for PES 2018's performance? Time to find out.
PES 2018 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Radeon R7 370 2GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4
For our benchmarks, we took an average frame rate from a 4-minute half of football in Pro Evolution Soccer 2018. we used an AMD Radeon R7 370 equipped with 2GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 Radeon R7 370 1080p, 1440p Benchmarks
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Despite the pre-game warning, PES 2018 runs absolutely fantastically on the Radeon R7 370. On top it barely blips out of 60fps, the only minor dips coming during replays and cut-scenes. Aside from this, it maintains a solid 60 frames per second, even with PES 2018's PC graphics settings maxed out. No problems on that front and the move to an upgraded engine appears to have gone well.
As expected the Radeon R7 370, a low to mid-range graphics card does begin to struggle a little on 1440p. I doubt many 370 owners are even going to attempt this, but suffice to say while the gameplay is usually okay, there are occasional stutters and blips, while pre-match cut-scenes could drop as low as 15-20 fps. This doesn't really impact gameplay but definitely something to bear in mind if you want an immersive, realistic experience from PES 2018.