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Destiny 2 Next-gen upgrade is just around the corner, here's what to expect

Published: 09:52, 04 December 2020
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Destiny 2 | get ready for the Next-gen

We'll finally get to play the Next-gen version of our beloved space looter-shooter when it launches next week (December 8) on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S consoles.

Back in October, Bungie have announced that Destiny 2 will be getting all the bells and whistles of Next-generation goodness, so we'll take a quick refresh about all the improvements the popular FPS looter-shooter will get in just four days, on December 8.

We'll start with the bad news. You'll have to re-download the entire game on PlayStation 5 and both Xbox Series consoles. Yup, that's 70 gigabytes we're talking about. Not much of an issue for those with a snappy internet connection, but not all guardians are on that high-speed internet, so enhance your gear with a patience perk.

As for the performance, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will get an identical upgrade to 4K60fps, with 120fps* available only in PvP mode Crucible, but this comes with a major hit on the resolution, as expected. Xbox Series S is once again struggling to hit any 'Next-gen' numbers here. Destiny 2 will run on 1080p resolution only, with 60fps performance for all modes. So, yeah, 120hz is not supported on XSS.

It will be interesting to see the performance comparison between the PS5 and Xbox Series X, as it seems that the 'most powerful console' is struggling to outperform PS5 in many multi-platform games.

The upgrade will be free for all owners of the Destiny 2 game, via Xbox Smart Delivery for the Xbox platform, and a regular PS5 Upgrade for PS5.

Destiny 2 is available on Xbox Game Pass for all subscribers of the service.

(*For supported platforms, 120hz Crucible requires a 120hz compatible display. When enabled, Destiny 2 switches to 120hz, lowers resolution, and lowers some advanced graphics settings upon entering a Crucible match. All other modes remain at 4k/60fps.)

Other notes by Bungie

  • We are offering Field of View customization on consoles for the first time. Our goal is to enable a FOV range similar to that on PC. We’re currently testing these settings to ensure smooth performance across each platform and will have additional details closer to launch. 
  • There will be noticeable improvements to things like loading the game and inspecting character inventory. However, some load times are dependent on networking and matchmaking. So, loading activities still takes time while you search for opponents. 
  • For cross-generation play, Xbox Series X|S players can play with Xbox One players. PlayStation 5 players can play with PlayStation 4 players.

Destiny 2 Update 3.0.1 has quite a bit more under the hood. Bungie have been working on some bug fixes for issues found around launch, so check out full patch notes here , if interested.

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