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.