Horizon Forbidden West is heading to both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, bringing some to the conclusion that cross-generation development will limit the game in some capacity. Game director Mathijs de Jonge has stated that Fobidden West will be brilliant on both PS4 and PS5. Although, the next-gen edition will have numerous benefits.
“I don’t think the cross-generation development was limiting in any way,” he told Hardware Zone. “When we started with the concept of this game, we had so many great ideas that ended up being included, to the point that we didn’t really think about hardware limitations or anything, we just wanted to design a really nice, unique experience for the player. An awesome adventure.”
The big difference between the PS4 and PS5 versions of Horizon Forbidden West is mainly “on the graphical side of things,” said de Jonge. “On the PlayStation 5, we can add so much more detail graphically. We can see the tiny hairs on Aloy’s face, for example. You can also see a ton of detail from far away,” he stated.
The PS5 edition also uses 3D audio, takes advantage of the DualSense controller, and has faster loading times, say de Jonge. He went on to add that the power of the PS5 allows the game to render individual strands of moss on rocks. “So this machine is so powerful, and it can add so much more detail to the image,” de Jonge said. I think that’s one of the biggest deltas, next to the processing power of the machine. Because the PlayStation 5 is so much more powerful, we have it on all the time. During gameplay, there’s a very high-quality rendering and lighting system on a lot. So there are all these extra features that make the game look even better.”
Guerrilla Games recently showed off 14 minutes of new gameplay footage for Horizon Forbidden West, in which some of these visual upgrades and gameplay mechanics can be seen in the PS5 portion of the footage.
Sony also informed fans that while Forbidden West is expected to release later this year, it’s not a guarantee.