Horizon Forbidden West on PS4 looks better than a lot of PS5 games


Back when Horizon Forbidden West was first announced, it was still unclear whether the game would land on Sony’s last-gen PS4 as well as the current-gen PS5. While obviously the game has been optimized for the latest generation of hardware (all trailers now Focused on PS5 games), PlayStation’s latest gameplay snippet shows the game running on PS4 Pro.

And it looks good. Really well. Actually, better than some PS5 games. In a post on the PS Blog, Angie Smets (studio director and executive producer at Guerrilla Games) posted a couple of clips of the game running on PS4 Pro which – indeed – looks absolutely stunning. You see embedded gifs on this page. With the half-baked ports we’ve seen of last-gen games on the Sony platform lately, it’s nice to see a new game coming soon designed to “make sure you get the best experience on each platform” (according to the blog). Just try and ignore your PS4 fans, as this can make it work.

The post also notes that the game has gone gold, which means we can expect to see it – Final – launched on the scheduled release date of February 18, 2022 without further delay. That’s the day we can get it on both PS4 and PS5 – no amazing releases here. Sony has also confirmed that the PS4 version is getting a free PS5 upgrade, which means you can save $10/£10 if you buy the PS4 version. You can read all about that on Horizon Forbidden West release date and pre-order page.

Guerilla Games confirmed 60fps support for the PlayStation 5 version of the title, while the PS4 version of the game will be limited to a lower ceiling than that (typically 30fps, but I couldn’t find any network directly reporting that). The PS5 version will also get full support for 3D audio and DualSense controllers.

In the game, you’ll guide Aloy on an adventure along the crumbling Pacific edge of the United States, slaying mechanical monsters and earning materials. The map stretches from California on the west coast all the way to Utah (bordering the sunny state of the southwestern United States). This area will obviously be larger than the one we enjoyed in Horizon Zero Dawn, and from the looks of things, it should also look better.

I’m pretty excited about this game; Earlier this week, I talked a lot about how Horizon Forbidden West is getting me more hooked on underwater levels than me since I was forced to watch Sonic the Hedgehog drown when I was a kid. We also saw first game preview for the game to land earlier this week. Horizon Forbidden West on PS4 looks better than a lot of PS5 games

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