Horizon Forbidden West “equally immersive” on PS4 and PS5

If youre currently trying to sell your kidney because you desperately need a PS5, you might want to pay attention. First of all, having your kidney removed hurts… a lot. Second of all, if you’re doing it to get the most immersive experience while playing Horizon Forbidden West, you can actually keep both of ’em. According to Guerrilla Games, Aloy’s adventure will be equally immersive on both gens. And they should know because they’re developing the game in the first place.

The one making these claims is Bastien Ramisse, the lead character artist for Forbidden West. According to him, the highly anticipated sequel has been developed and tested simultaneously on both systems. Sure, the PS5 version might contain a helluva lot more detail, but that shouldn’t impact the immersion part. This is what he had to say about it on the PlayStation Blog.

“We actually developed and tested the game simultaneously on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, because it’s very important to us as a studio to ensure PlayStation 4 players get an equally immersive experience.

With our knowledge from Horizon Zero Dawn, we knew that we still had some unexplored resources that could push the realism and quality of our character assets forward; it’s great to now be able to tap into that knowledge and experience for the sequel.”

So there you have it. Even if you’re playing Horizon Forbidden West on a PlayStation 4, it’ll still be terrific. But there has to be a difference, and there is in the graphics department. Ramisse continues his sales pitch by stating that the PS5 gave him more options when it comes to animations. You know, more polygons, extra articulation, increased numbers of skeletal joints. They all make next-gen Aloy that much more realistic.

“Each generation of consoles brings extra power that lets us add even denser polygons to our character models, so we can create finer details such as peach fuzz, smooth contouring, or finer texture details and accurate materials expression, to name a few.

“And not only do visual aspects benefit from the new PlayStation 5 hardware — we have also increased the number of skeletal joints to bring our deformations and facial expressions to a whole new level for more credible and immersive character performance. All in all, a dream come true for both players and developers.”

Well, we’ll see about that when Horizon Forbidden West launches on February 18. In the meanwhile, keep those kidneys. You might need them during the holiday season. And when the time comes, just try the PS4 version. If you absolutely positively need to play the PS5 version after that, you can always consider the free upgrade option. The one that PlayStation almost botched a few weeks back.