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Horizon Forbidden West: performance and graphic modes comparison between PS5, PS4 Pro and PS4

Aloy’s new adventure is among us and the time has come to make the many graphical comparisons of this title, including its graphic modes on PS5.

Horizon Forbidden West: performance and graphic modes comparison between PS5, PS4 Pro and PS4

The day has come and Horizon Forbidden West is now available. The new title from Guerrilla Games and PlayStation Studios arrives for both PS5 and PS4 users. This must surely raise the question, for which console should I buy the game? That's why we bring two comparisons that really matter when making the decision. One where we see Aloy's new adventure running on the three available hardware versions: PS5, PS4 Pro and PS4. In another video, we see a comparison of the graphic modes of Horizon Forbidden West in its PS5 version.

A comparison between generations

Prior to its release, Horizon Forbidden West presented very little material of its PS4 and PS4 Pro versions. Fortunately, the following graphical and performance comparison, which in addition to presenting the game in motion on these consoles, also presents the PS5 version. Something we have to take into account is that this title offers the following resolutions and frame rates per second on its different consoles, and also, the PlayStation 5 version has two viewing modes.

  • PS5: 4K at 30fps (Resolution Mode) or 1800p at 60fps (Performance Mode)
  • PS4 Pro: 1800p at 30fps
  • PS4: 1080p at 30fps

Thus, and in relation to the hardware of each PlayStation model, it can be seen how both the resolution and the frame rate per second decrease from more to less raw power. As a mere curiosity, on both PS4 models, the game requires a space of 90.55 GB, while on PS5 it needs a total of 98.34 GB.

The frame rate per second is virtually unchanged in all versions, although PS5 also shows better water and shadow effects. In terms of loading times, Horizon Forbidden West on PS5 takes just 13 seconds to load the open world, while on PS4 the wait time is just over a minute. Even so, and despite the technical muscle of PS5, Horizon Forbidden West's gameplay experience is fully viable on both PS4 models, according to the comparison.

From 4K at 30fps to 1800p at 60fps on PlayStation 5

Now, let's take a moment to do our own comparison on the PlayStation 5. While we saw a bit in the previous video, in the following we see a comparison between the two graphical modes of Horizon Forbidden West.

Among the benefits of the PS5 version we find more sharpness and greater anti-aliasing in 4K mode compared to 1800p mode. In all cases we can appreciate a denser vegetation and a greater interaction of Aloy with it. In addition, better textures and much more colorful particle effects are appreciated, although ray tracing is not offered in any case. All this on PS5 versus PS4 Pro and PS4.

Sources | El Analista de Bits, GamerInVoid