PS5 Showcase Horizon Forbidden West Still Looks Great on PS4

Aloy soon spotted a settlement in the PS4 version of Horizon Forbidden West.

Forbidden Horizon in the West on PS4 feels last generation but doesn’t feel like it.
Screenshots: Guerrilla Game / Sony / Kotaku

I’m ready for Forbidden Horizon in the West was a huge disappointment on the base PS4. The game is a technical wonder in many ways on PS5, and developer Guerilla Games didn’t show off a lot of last-gen footage. It will certainly be affected on older Sony hardware. Not so. While downgrading apparently, the PS4 version of Forbidden Horizon in the West It still looks great and plays well, easily making it one of the greatest games of the last generation.

Forbidden Horizon in the West‘S sunny open world It’s full of things: dust, foliage, rocks, rivers, mountains, waterfalls, giant robot animals. Each piece is incredibly detailed with light hitting it to create the effect of a surreal daydream, which is more shimmering as you move through it.

The PS4 screenshot shows Aloy standing on a cliff overlooking a heavily wooded launch pad.

On PS4, the game still looks great, especially when motionless.
Screenshots: Guerrilla Game / Sony / Kotaku

The PS5 screenshot shows Aloy standing on a cliff overlooking a heavily wooded launch pad.

You can create more detail in the distant wreckage on the PS5 in graphics mode, but the difference is pretty minor.
Screenshots: Guerrilla Game / Sony / Kotaku

All of these effects are replayed on the PS4 version of the game, but what feels like a step down from the PS5 version still feels like a meaty upgrade over the original. Horizon Zero Dawn. While it wasn’t unexpected — the first game came out 5 years ago — it’s a relief when something like Cyberpunk 2077 reminding you of how bad things can get.

Here are some differences with the PS4 version:

  • The cutscenes aren’t smooth and the graphic shift between them and the game is more jarring
  • Foliage is less detailed and some of them are removed.
  • Tall grass and denser, jagged bushes.
  • Characters and other objects are less clearly defined and detailed, especially when in motion.
  • There are more pop-ups especially when new scenes and areas are loaded for the first time.
  • There are load times and they are not good
  • It’s hard to play at 30fps!

Aloy slides down a hill on PS4.
GIF: Guerrilla Game / Sony / Kotaku

Aloy slides down a hill on PS5 in show mode.
GIF: Guerrilla Game / Sony / Kotaku

By far the biggest difference is Forbidden Horizon in the West there is no 60fps option on PS4. If you haven’t played the game on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, or PC, this isn’t a new thing and won’t feel weird, but after spending all of the last console cycle you don’t care. minding the frame rate at all, it’s hard to go back. That said, 30fps on the PS4 is pretty steady, and 15 minutes into a play session, it bothered me a lot.

Even on PS5, there is some debate about whether Horizon is a series of movies best enjoyed in 60fps performance mode or in 4K. As a third-person action game with a lot of battles where timing can be a key factor, I feel the higher frame rate is a no-brainer. As Digital foundry shown more Eurogamer however, there is a case for Western Forbidden was the first PS5 game worth playing primarily in resolution mode. Every view has dozens of fine and sharp image details preserved at the sharpest and higher resolution. Luckily, you’re not locked into one or the other. As in other games, you can switch back and forth at will.

Obviously that’s not an option on PS4, but that version of the game did a great job making the enhancements on PS5 seem more like bonus perks than basic. So if you’re worried about whether you should wait to play Forbidden Horizon in the West on PS5, it doesn’t work. In addition to working well on PS4, it’s also cheaper there ($60 instead of $70) with a free upgrade to the PS5 version. Your saved data will also be transferred, if and when you can manage get your hands on an actual PS5.

https://kotaku.com/horizon-forbidden-west-ps5-ps4-graphics-comparison-revi-1848534392 PS5 Showcase Horizon Forbidden West Still Looks Great on PS4

Curtis Crabtree

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