Even before the reviews were out, we knew that Forbidden Horizon in the West will be a looker. Besides all trailers on PlayStation 5 and the trailers we’ve got for the game, we’ve also got a glimpse of the PS4 game – and it even looks better than a lot of third party PS5 games.
Now that the embargo has been imposed on the pre-release scope, we’ll get a better look at how the game is performing on the last generation of Sony consoles. Per folks over at Digital foundry, which is good news: Horizon Forbidden West is just as impressive in last-gen tech as it is on the PS5 giant. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t obvious generational differences when you see the game in action.
Most notably, our colleagues at Digital Foundry observed that the PS4 version of the game downgraded to a “carefully curated equivalent of a ‘low install on PC'” rendering the game. “, compared to a completely super-experience on PlayStation 5”.
According to the analysis, the PS4 versions of the game “fundamentally undercut almost every aspect of the presentation: the biggest difference is the drastic reduction in geometric density, along with a significant reduction in geometry. content quality.” There is also a limit to the drag distance of the PS4 versions when compared to the PS5 (but that’s not really surprising, is it?)
But does that mean the last generation version is sub par? Nothing. The game represents a huge step up in fidelity and technical prowess over Horizon Zero Dawn, no matter what hardware generation you’re playing on. It just so happens that the PS5 does some further enhancement thanks to the clunky SSD drive and other components.
One of the most notable improvements comes from the game’s water, which now looks more lifelike and reflective than it did in the previous game. This is the third game built using the Decima Engine, and it shows – that powerful engine is really coming into play as it matures. It makes sense that Guerrilla also put a lot of effort into the water effects; a lot of games revolve around water level and water level. It doesn’t make sense to focus on that if you’re not confident in how you realize it.
In spite of Guerilla Games confirmed 60fps support for the PlayStation 5 version of the titleDigital Fundry recommends playing at 30fps if you want to get a proper cinematic experience and really immerse yourself in that space.
Horizon Forbidden West is out Friday, February 18 on PS4 and PS5.
https://www.vg247.com/horizon-forbidden-west-ps4-ps5-graphics Horizon Forbidden West video analysis highlights the gap between PS5 and PS4 graphics