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The God of War PS5 Patch Is Live – Here’s Our First Impressions

The ‘Enhanced Performance Mode’ patch has been added to God of War on PS5. What difference does it make to the experience?

As we reported yesterday the new God of War PS5 patch is now here. Players who boot up God of War (2018) on their PS5 will see the update download and then install.

Once added, ‘Enhanced Performance Mode’ will become the default setting for those using God of War on a PS5 console. However, players can switch back to ‘Original Performance Experience’ if they choose.

The difference is that ‘Enhanced Performance Mode’ allows the game to run in native 4K at 60fps. This allows players to take advantage of the PS5’s power, giving the game a real performance and visual boost.

On the PS4 Pro, God of War offered a choice between high 4K resolution or a rapid framerate. Now the patch is here, players can enjoy both at the same time.

Essentially, the God of War patch brings the game in line with other PS5 games. It no longer looks and feels like a PS4 game running on the PS5.

The patch has effectively remastered the game for current gen. God of War was already an impressive title from a technical point of view, so this upgrade was really all it needed.

These improvements really shine through once the game loads. Players won’t need to do anything once the patch is installed; it will work automatically.

Further God of War PS5 Patch Details

While the patch is intended for PS5 owners enjoying the game on 4K TVs, those playing in HD will also feel some benefit. This is especially true if their TVs support a high refresh rate.

Even in 1080p God of War will now run more smoothly on PS5, with a more consistent frame rate. It will also look clearer too. However, players will need a 4K TV to feel the full benefit of the new God of War PS5 patch.

While testing the game since the patch it appears that the haptic feedback has also been improved. While we’ve heard nothing official from Sony or Santa Monic Studios in this regard, the games feels like it’s making more use of the DualSense controller.

We’ll let you know if either company clarifies this in the coming days. As to us, it seems like an important detail.

A sequel to GOW (2018) called God of War Ragnarok is in development at Santa Monica Studios. It may also be a cross-generational title, coming to PS5 and PS4, but this is yet to be confirmed.

Santa Monica Studios is hiring for a mysterious new game that may or may not be connected to the God of War series.

The studio is actively recruiting and recently hired the legendary sound designer from the Last of Us Part 2. We’ll let you know what this mysterious new game is as soon as we know!

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