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Horizon Forbidden West: PS4 vs PS5 Differences Revealed

The Horizon Forbidden West developer has revealed the differences between the PS4 and PS5 versions of the upcoming game.

Horizon Forbidden West might be the PlayStation game that fans are excited about the most right now. Sony’s recent State of Play which showcased the game was their biggest ever. Luckily, Guerrilla Games has revealed loads of new details about the game.

This includes the all-important information that Horizon Forbidden West will in fact be launching on both PS4 and PS5. However, there will be some noticeable differences between the console generations…

But first, check out the first official gameplay for Horizon Forbidden West.

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Horizon Fordibben West Will Have “Fantastic” PS4 Graphics

Horizon Forbidden West game director Mathijs de Jonge and narrative director Benjamin McCaw revealed loads more details about the game in a new interview with Game Informer. This includes some interesting information about how the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game will differ.

The interview also revealed more about Horizon Forbidden West’s Story and gameplay systems too.

Firstly, PS4 owners shouldn’t worry that Forbidden West on PS4 will be a huge downgrade from the PS5 version. In fact, a lot of the development and playtesting for the game took place of the PS4.

We are ensuring owners of that console [PS4] have a great experience and the game will look fantastic”

Mathijs de Jonge

However, it’s clear that the best way to experience Aloy’s next adventure will be with the increased power of the PS5.

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PS5 Detail, Lighting & Immersion Improvements

In the interview, de Jonge also revealed details about how the PS5 version of Forbidden West will take the graphics much further. In addition to adding a lot more detail to textures and a 60FPS performance mode, there will be additional rendering and lighting technology for the PS5.

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The PS5 will have a special rendering technique for underwater scenes as well as improved wave techniques. Underwater sections seem to be quite prominent in the game so this could make a huge difference to how the game looks overall.

However, great graphics come at a cost. Horizon Forbidden West could be delayed until 2022.

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Additionally, Horizon Forbidden West on the PS5 will have a cinematic lighting rig that is used all the time, unlike the PS4 version which only uses it in cutscenes. This explains the truly next-gen lighting effects in the gameplay reveal.

Finally, the PS5 Dualsense controller will add extra immersion with the weapons. For instance, the adaptive triggers will convey a sense of tension when pulling back on Aloy’s bow and firing an arrow. Players will also be immersed using haptic feedback and improved 3D audio in the PS5 version too.

Will you be getting Horizon Forbidden West on PS4 or PS5? PlayStation fans will also have another big decision to make because the delayed God of War Ragnarok will be cross-generation too.

Meanwhile, Aloy could be coming to mobile devices soon as PlayStation will introduce its biggest franchises to smartphones.

If you really want to play the next Horizon game on next-gen hardware but haven’t got a PS5 yet, you might still be in luck. The huge PS5 stock shortages could be over soon.

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