Right to start off lets sort out PC specs:
3700x @ 4.2GHz - IF @ 1.8GHz (APB designated second half of CPU)
16GB 3600MHz Ram
Yes this is actually horrible going under or over 2.2 just completely ruins the colours and after seeing what consoles colour scheme is and how much more like Live it looked it makes me wonder what changed?
Another big one, it's HORRIBLE. It takes me to go into the graphics file to set the lowest options with on everything apart from things I care about eg. Players and Vehicles to be able to get anything resembling acceptable framerates. Another thing, when it comes to changing these graphics options I would rather be given something more like what the advanced launcher offers currently. Just writing Low quality / Medium quality etc isn't very representative of what you will experience in-game, I would much rather we are given an actually advanced menu that allowed you to see the LOD values, this being Min, Max and Bias as it will allow us to have more customisation with what sort of graphics we want.
It just doesn't look right, cannot really say why but it just doesn't feel like what I'm used to. The game overall is more dull which gives it a more relaxed look but again this is only applicable with brightness 2.2, anything else just completely ruins it and throws it off.
I feel like this beta was more something rushed to get the community excited for something but it just hasn't done that. It can't feel like live if it doesn't perform like it. The feel of the game isn't just about how the gun play feels and how responsive everything is, it also comes down to the physics, looks, movement and most importantly framerate. As I said above I did manage to get usable framerates but this was tested on an empty district almost and was only properly >120FPS in Financial in most places. When I changed to waterfront to try I still experienced FPS dipping to below 80 mainly around the Fortuna Mall location.
The UI within this version of the game is also moving away from the style that looked good. In my personal opinion the district select menu from live looks years better than the boring district select this beta has, if the issue was due to performance then I'm hoping it is eventually recreated in a more efficient way because scaleform whilst it might be better in this case just doesn't look good. The font on this menu also doesn't help it, I'm almost certain I read that the font was going to be reverted >3 months ago but we still haven't gotten it. Please explain that one.
Other issues that are still present in the console editions of the game still work in the beta, for some examples this playlist should help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3EMy8SLEPM&list=PLFuwzKH5e3ZS2kxYvxmTCTsXLxwwhYjmJ