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God of War backwards compatibility features are a disappointment

Published: 09:44, 27 October 2020
Kratos is going nuts as he is demolishing enemies around him
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It looks like God of War won’t get some sort of update for the PS5 version, which would improve resolution, frames per second, and graphics in general, at least not right away.

Santa Monica Studios have announced via their official Twitter account the features for the PS5 version of their hit game from 2018, and we can tell you that it is kind of a mixed bag.

God of War on PS4 (Pro) is one of the most beautiful games of its generation. Needless to say, it’s one of the best games we've played. If you haven't played it on the current-gen, here's your chance to do it on PS5.

The news that will undoubtedly delight all those who have played it is the possibility of transferring Game save to PS5, and the opportunity to continue where they left off on PS4, or to start New Game+ and re-play the adventure of Kratos and Atreus from the beginning, but with all the unlocked equipment and abilities. 

What disappointed us a little (or a little more) concerns the performance of the game itself, more precisely, the frame-rate. The number of frames per second aka FPS listed in Tweet goes "up to 60FPS", without an exact indication of what resolution it is. Santa Monica Studios did not state whether it is 1080p or 1440p or 4K resolution, but our money is on 1080p, the same as on the PS4 Pro. 

God of War had two modes of operation in the PS4 Pro version: Favor Performance and Favor Resolution. The first offered an unlocked frame-rate that went an average of 40-50FPS in 1080p resolution, and the second offered better image quality in 4K resolution and a locked 30FPS. Chances are it will stay that way in the PS5 version, which will work through backwards compatibility, which left us a bit disappointed as we hoped that a blockbuster hit like God of War would get Next-gen treatment and use all that power offered by the PS5. 

We believe that the SSD will serve faster loading in the so-called mystical gateway and that we will not have to run as long as on the PS4 until the door appears. 

God of War used the checkerborad rendering method on the PS4 in the Favor resolution mode, so it would be a shame if we won't see this great PlayStation exclusive in native 4K resolution, which the PS5 could certainly deliver.

Sony artwork showing God of War logo Ragnarok is coming

But we know that God of War Ragnarok is coming to PS5 , so the studio is probably too busy to do an upgrade of the game that came out more than two years ago, and perhaps it wouldn't be possible to deliver all that enhancements without making it a Remaster. 

The fact that we'll be able to play it on PS5 via backwards compatibility (and that it is part of PS Plus Collection games) is great, it's just that we secretly hoped for a little bigger improvements for the Next-gen, when it arrives, which is just around the corner.

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