Horizon Forbidden West: That's what the developers say about the graphics advantages on PS5

Horizon Forbidden West: That's what the developers say about the graphics advantages on PS5

Horizon Forbidden West

Just a few days ago, Guerrilla Games showed the first PS5 gameplay for Horizon Forbidden West. The successor to Zero Dawn should come out this year for both PS5 and PlayStation 4. In a recent interview, Game Director Mathijs de Jonge says that it in no way restricts the developers if they have to implement the action role-playing game for a load and next-gen console at the same time. "I don't think there are any limitations in cross-gene development," says the developer, adding that the concept started with a lot of ideas that would ultimately have found their way into the adventure.

At that time, no one thought about possible hardware restrictions. De Jonge adds that most of all they wanted to create a great adventure for the players. "That's how we came up with all the quests and events that players experience in Forbidden West." Compared to the PlayStation 4, the PS5 naturally scores with 3D audio, fast loading times and the DualSense controller. In addition, "so much more details" can be added graphically. As seen in the PS5 gameplay, even tiny hairs of heroine Aloy can be seen. In addition, much more details could be seen from a distance.

"Many people probably didn't even notice it in the demo, but you could see moss growing on the rocks," says de Jonge. Each strand of moss is to be rendered individually on the PlayStation 5. "The console is so powerful, it can add so much more detail to an image," explains the developer. You can find the full interview on hardwarezone.com. Horizon Forbidden West (buy now € 79.99) is slated to hit the market this year. The release at the end of 2021 is not yet set in stone, as PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst recently revealed.

'Horizon Forbidden West' Director Reveals PS4 And PS5</a> Differences, Development Update And More

  • PlayStation recently revealed that 'Horizon Forbidden West' will also launch on PS4
  • The game was previously rumored to launch on PS5 exclusively 
  • 'Horizon Forbidden West' is currently in its 'final stages of development'
  • Guerilla Games' much-awaited title 'Horizon Forbidden West' will launch on both PlayStation 4 and PS5, but there will be remarkable differences available in the game's new-generation console version. 

    In a recent interview with Game Informer, game director Mathijs de Jonge revealed how 'Horizon Forbidden West' would differ between the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 versions. 

    Talking about PlayStation 4, he said that “a lot of the development” has taken place on the PlayStation 4 along with playtesting. “… We are ensuring that owners of that console have a great experience…” the director stated.

    'For the PlayStation 5, we can go much further… we can add a lot more detail graphically,” de Jonge said. Graphically, the rendering technique for the underwater scenes is special for the PlayStation 5, it has extra details and extra systems, like the wave technique is better on that system.'

    The PS5 version of 'Horizon Forbidden West' can utilize the cinematic-grade lighting system that the PlayStation 4 can only use in cutscenes. De Jonge  shared that 'the lighting on Aloy on PlayStation 5 has much more definition.'

    'We use a special cinematic lighting rig, that on the PlayStation 4 is only used in cutscenes, because the game is not running and we have more processing power in those scenes,' he said. 

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    A robotic war elephant in Horizon Forbidden West, shown during Sony's State Of Play Photo: Guerilla Games/PS Blog

    The director also explained that because the PS5 has more processing power, they 'can have that lighting rig always available, so she always looks great with that lighting setup traveling with her anywhere.'

    When it comes to PlayStation 4, de Jonge noted that the development of 'Horizon Forbidden West' has used the PS4 console, indicating that the game was designed with Sony's previous-generation console in mind. 

    'A lot of the development has taken place on the PlayStation 4, and a lot of playtesting has been done on PlayStation 4,' the director said. He assured PS4 owners would 'have a great experience and the game will look fantastic on that console.' Guerilla Games previously revealed that the PS5 version of 'Horizon Forbidden West' will make the most of 3D audio and DualSense controller. 

    The 'Horizon Forbidden West' director also revealed that the game is currently in its final stages of development in a recent interview with Hardware Zone. 'We have just successfully completed our beta milestone, which is pretty far along. We're now in the final stages of development,' de Jonge shared. 

    'So we are polishing the game and fixing bugs. We are also wrapping up certain aspects of the game, like some of the machines being behind schedule - because it takes an enormous amount of time to build them. We're working on the final cinematic,' the director added.

    'So, we're really wrapping up. There's still a lot to do with a game of this size and magnitude, but we're in the final stages,' de Jonge concluded.