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WRC 9 is coming day one to PS5, full support for DualSense confirmed

Published: 13:31, 28 October 2020

WRC 9: World Rally Championship will be a PlayStation 5 launch title, Nacon announces. The Official racing video game for the 2020 World Rally Championship will offer a free day-one PS5 upgrade for the PS4 version of the game.

French video game publisher Nacon have announced that WRC 9 will be a launch game for the PS5, meaning it will be available from day one for the PlayStation 5 console when it hits the market on November 12 or November 19, depending on which part of the world you live in.


Players will receive numerous benefits with the PS5 version, to which all owners of the PS4 version will be able to upgrade for free. 

The sad news for those who bought the WRC 9 on the Xbox One console is that we don’t yet know when the next-gen upgrade for the Xbox Series S|X will arrive. We know that the upgrade will be shipped through Xbox Smart Delivery, and will be free, just like for the PS5. 

Benoit Clerc, Head of Publishing at Nacon said, “Like all gamers around the world, we couldn’t wait to try out the next generation of consoles. After many months of work, it’s an honor to be there on day one with one of our flagship titles. The possibilities offered by the new consoles have allowed us to take WRC 9 to a new and incredible level of performance and smooth gameplay, further demonstrating KT Racing’s expertise in racing simulations.”


One of the benefits that next-gen hardware brings is much more fluid gameplay, so it has been officially confirmed that the WRC 9 on the PS5 will run in dynamic 4K resolution at 60FPS. Why dynamic, why not native 4K, remains a mystery. We would also like to see 120FPS mode, even in lower resolution, as in DIRT 5.

Nacon A screenshot from WRC 9 game running on PS5 console, showing a rally car racing through rural track WRC 9 PS5 gameplay screenshot


What will probably be a real next-gen experience and something that players will only be able to experience on the PlayStation 5 console is certainly the plethora of features offered by the DualSense controller.

Ever since the media started getting the PS5 for unboxing videos and impressions, it was DualSense that delighted everyone and received only words of praise.

Playing WRC 9 on the PS5 will feel totally different thanks to the DualSense controller and its haptic feedback features. KT Racing note that the vibrations the DualSense is able to emit are able to give a different feel to asphalt, gravel, and snow, as well as directional impacts, while the adaptive triggers can, for example, make acceleration harder when the car is damaged. 

We can not wait to try out the WRC 9 with the DualSense controller when it launches on Next-gen hardware next month.

WRC 9, also known as WRC 9: World Rally Championship, is the official racing video game of the 2020 World Rally Championship. The game is developed by French developer Kylotonn and published by Nacon on 3 September 2020. It will be available for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and Series S. ( Wikipedia )

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