Darksiders 360 Screen-Tearing Fix in the Works

Vigil's post-Apocalyptic action adventure Darksiders is soon to receive a patch to fix screen-tearing in the Xbox 360 version, creative director Joe Madureira has told IGN.

"It's something that's really not a difficult fix for us and so we're going to implement a patch to resolve the problem. We're fairly certain it'll happen really soon so look out for it."

Screen-tearing occurs when more than one frame is shown on the screen at the same time, split unattractively by horizontal seams, as Wikipedia helpfully illustrates. The PlayStation 3 edition is reportedly also affected by tearing but to a far lesser extent.

Darksiders was released earlier this week for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to good reviews, though some rated the 360 edition lower for issues such as the tearing.

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    January 8, 2010 9:35 AM

    Tearing on PS3 hasn't bugged me in the slightest on the PS3 version, and I ALWAYS play with v-sync enabled on PC games.

    This game is fantastic, a must-buy.

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      January 8, 2010 9:42 AM

      What is screen tearing?

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        January 8, 2010 9:43 AM

        There's a link to a Wikipedia article explaining what it is in the news story.

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        January 8, 2010 9:44 AM

        When the game starts drawing a new frame on the screen before the last one has been fully displayed. You end up with momentary horizontal tears in the screen between frames when you have a lot of animation going on.

        V-sync forces the game to only draw a new frame in synch with the TV's refresh rate, so you never get screen tears. It adds a few ms of additional latency to the controls however.

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      January 8, 2010 9:43 AM

      I believe they said the tearing is a lot worse on the 360 version that's probably why you haven't noticed the PS3 version much.

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      January 8, 2010 10:08 AM

      lol @ the idea of reading news posts.

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        January 8, 2010 3:25 PM

        How about reading news titles then?

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          January 9, 2010 1:12 PM

          Would a Progressive setting fix this at all? I know interlace is when a frame is split and coming in from opposite sides, so I would think there is a possibility that Progressive setting's might improve this problem but I don't know for sure. If anyone want to try it at 720P and let me know your results.

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