Death Stranding: PC graphics performance benchmark review

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System requirements

PC System Requirements

The game will require only moderately modern hardware only to run smoothly upon release. To reach recommended requirement we expect the game will need a Core i5 9600K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X for a processor and your graphics card needs to be at least an Nvidia GTX 1060 Ti or AMD RX 590.

Graphics settings customization options

  • Aspect ratio (16:9, 21:9)
  • Maximum frame rate (as low as 30fps, as high as 240fps)
  • Model detail (low, medium, "default," very high)
  • Memory for streaming (low, "default," high)
  • Shadow resolution (low, medium, high)
  • Ambient occlusion (on, off)
  • Screen space reflections (on, off)
  • Nvidia DLSS (off, "performance," "quality")
  • AMD FidelityFX Contrast Adaptive Sharpening and Upsampling (CAS) (on, off)
  • Anti-aliasing (off, FXAA, TAA)
  • Depth of field (on, off)
  • Motion blur (on, off)

Minimal requirements

  • Processor Intel Core i5-3470 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • Graphics GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX 560 4 GB
  • Memory 8 GB RAM
  • Disk space 80 GB available space
  • System Windows 10
  • Processor Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • Graphics GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB or AMD Radeon RX 590
  • Memory 8 GB RAM
  • Disk space80 GB available space
  • SystemWindows 10

Plot (wiki)

Death Stranding is a third-person perspective action game, where the player controls their character in an open world environment. The protagonist, Sam, is a deliveryman, transporting various cargo across the post-apocalyptic landscapes of the USA, earning money and reputation for his job as a deliveryman.

Delivering transports is an essential part of gameplay mechanics. The player has to consider several factors before making a run to his destination. For example, the weight and packaging of the cargo might influence Sam’s navigation of the area. After a successful run, Sam’s performance is evaluated and points awarded for the completion of the task can be spent on upgrading statistics, like the amount of weight the character can carry or the stability of the cargo. By delivering cargo to various cities on the map, Sam expands the Chiral Network, which provides the means of contact across vast territories. Expanding the Chiral Network gives the player access to maps and blueprints, with which they can create useful structures, like bridges and generators. The Network is also the basis for the online functionality featured in DS. The Network allows players to interact with each other within the game world.


Death Stranding features intriguing fighting mechanics. The main enemies of the game are bandits of the MULE group and BTs – “beached things”, creatures visible only to some. These creatures cause the bodies of their victims to explode, creating “Voidouts”. Sam is a person known as “Repatriate”: upon death, he can return to life by swimming from the Beach – a place on the edge of life and death. The combat mechanics in DS are similar to those in other TPP games. The player has an arsenal of different types of weapons at their disposal, from handguns to a rocket launcher. A special weapon called Anti-BT gun can also be used. This non-lethal handgun draws blood from special packs and uses it as ammunition to paralyze the beached things. If Sam doesn’t have any blood packs left, the gun will draw blood from his body. The player can also use grenades and melee weapons.

The story takes place in the post-apocalyptic United States of America. Due to the emergence of BTs, the human population has been decimated. The survivors live in colonies known as KNOTs, with the wastelands between them controlled by MULE, a band of thieves and murderers. Only Porters, equipped with Bridge Babies and armed to the teeth, are able to travel between the KNOTs, delivering supplies and performing other odd jobs. One of such porters is Sam, working for the Bridges company, belonging to his family. Sam Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus) is tasked by his dying mother to help restore the civilization in the US. Reluctantly, Sam agrees, and together with BB-28, a Bridge Baby, he embarks on a supply run to connect all the scattered colonies within one network, planting the seed for the rebirth of the old world. Along the way, he will encounter various people, friends old and new, as well as Clifford (Mads Mikkelsen), a man with whom he will create an adversarial relationship.

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