Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition: the news of the update for PS5 and Xbox Series X | S

Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition: the news of the update for PS5 and Xbox Series X | S

Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition

Available just as you are reading these lines, 4A Games has finally brought all the technical and graphic improvements of Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition to PS5 and Xbox Series X | S, just a few weeks away from the PC distribution that we promptly reviewed on these pages. .

Metro Exodus is a post-apocalyptic first-person shooter focused on the adventures of Artyom and serving as a direct sequel to Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light. Once again we will find ourselves observing a Russia reduced to rubble due to a devastating atomic bombing and we will have to deal with survivors organized in factions not always friendly and creatures mutated by radiation.

Waiting for an in-depth and detailed review that we will publish in the next few days, we have therefore decided to show you in this special Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition the news of the update for PS5 and Xbox Series X and S, so as to allow you to know with a quick reading, its main features and innovations. >

Free for all Metro Exodus owners

Of course, let's start with the most interesting and reassuring information: Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition is completely free for those who already own the original base game. On PS5 you will need to download the new version directly from the PlayStation Store if you have the digital edition of the same, or just insert the disc into the console and the upgrade will become redeemable from the online store. Clearly we will be obliged to keep the optical support inside the PS5 while playing the game even in an enhanced version.

On Xbox Series X | S it will take care of all the smart delivery: once the Enhanced Edition is unlocked, the console will download and install the correct version that will bulk replace the base game on Microsoft's next generation consoles.

For those who have never played Metro Exodus, you can access the Enhanced Edition simply by purchasing the base game available on the digital stores for € 39.99 or by buying the Gold Edition priced at € 64.99 and inclusive of the 2 previously released story DLCs: The Two Colonels and Sam's Story.

In all cases, the release date is June 18, 2021.

4k resolution at 60 FPS

A glimpse of Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition on PC The main and most important novelty of Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition is the massive increase in resolution and frame rate of the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions compared to the PS4 and Xbox One editions .

It goes from 1080p at 30 frames per second to 4k at 60 frames per second. The only exception in this sense is represented by Xbox Series S which instead sees the increase only and exclusively on the FPS front, going from 30 to 60 and remaining blocked on 1080p as regards the number of rendered pixels.

Clearly, in all cases, these are dynamic, non-native resolutions: on the other hand, the same happened with the proprietary engine of 4A Games even on the consoles of the previous generation and it is evident that the components of the new machines from Sony and Microsoft do not be able to target such high native resolutions at that frame rate. Especially when ray tracing adds to everything.

Ray tracing

Snow and ice in Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition PC The other novelty promoted loudly by development team is clearly about implementing ray tracing on new consoles as well. Metro Exodus was one of the very first titles on PC to offer this lighting rendering technique and through the Enhanced Edition it has become the first video game ever to require, as a minimum configuration, a video card capable of handling this feature.

On PS5 and Xbox Series X | S we will finally have access to 2 of the 3 characteristics of a lighting managed by ray tracing: global illumination and emissive lighting, both functions capable of recreating extremely more scenarios. credible and realistic thanks to a management of light and shadow sources much closer to reality. Missing are the reflections managed in ray tracing, a feature that therefore remains the prerogative of the PC world and, clearly, the possibility of using DLSS to lighten the rendering load.

As we well know, in fact , DLSS is still exclusive to NVIDIA-made GPUs today, and both PS5 and Xbox Series X | S are based on AMD Radeon architecture. To date, the development team is not even so sure to return to get their hands on the engine to quickly enable support for AMD's Super Resolution which should arrive on PC on June 22nd and which should represent a sort of alternative. , completely independent of the GPU used, to NVIDIA's DLSS.

We will therefore have to wait to understand when and how this Super Resolution will arrive on consoles.

Graphics quality

Another glimpse of Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition on PC In terms of graphics settings, Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition on next generation consoles should be comparable to a sort of mix between the High and Very High settings seen on PC.

On this front it is not clear whether the 3 versions PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S can really be considered identical placed side by side, and it is assumed that we will have to wait for more in-depth information in this regard such as the analysis technique carried out in these hours by the guys at Digital Foundry, but according to the words of 4A Games, the goal is to offer the maximum possible from the 3 consoles, putting them practically on par both in terms of ray tracing and in terms of graphic quality of the rendering .

In this regard it is interesting to report that on PS5 and Xbox Series X the Enhanced Edition will also implement the 4k texture pack already distributed on PC for some time, so as to further enhance the graphic impact of the scenarios, weapons and characters on the screen and on all consoles, including the Xbox Series S, it will be possible to manually set the FOV, the width of the field of view, to allow console players to choose the ideal setting according to their way of playing. br>

Full support for other console features

The underground setting typical of Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition Clearly Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition will also offer a whole among a series of contour improvements made to make the most of the features of the new generation consoles.

First of all, the title will make the most of the SSDs mounted on PS5 and Xbox Series X | S, significantly reducing loading time both of the game at startup, and of the saves. According to the developers' estimates, Metro Exodus is now able to launch in any condition in less than a minute - a great result compared to the 2-3 minutes previously required.

On PlayStation 5 the Enhanced Edition it will bring the full use of DualSense, among other things already seen on PC, with the complete implementation of adaptive triggers and haptic feedback and 3D audio that can be enjoyed by any player who chooses to play with headphones the title of 4A Games.

On the Xbox Series X | S instead, the development team has chosen to take advantage of the improved latency of the controller, so as to make the shootings even more precise, and the spatial audio that it should offer superior quality in case you choose to also enable Dolby Atmos.

We remind you once again that Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition is already available on PC and will arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series X | S on 18 June 2021, free for those who already own the game base. Stay on our pages because the review will be available soon.

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