4A Games have revealed details of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S free upgrade to Metro Exodus, promising ray traced lighting through the game without sacrificing 4K and 60fps gameplay. At the same time, a new Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition has been announced as a free upgrade, looking to take advantage of new and more advanced ray tracing features, including DLSS 2.0 support for Nvidia GPU owners.
There is no word on when these upgrades will be released, but they are expected to arrive in 2021.
Metro Exodus was one of the first games to make use of ray tracing upon its original release in early 2019, leveraging the new technology found in Nvidia GPUs on PC. Now, many of those enhancements are making the jump to console. There will be full ray traced lighting on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and both the base game and DLC expansions will feature Ray Traced Global Illumination (RTGI) and the Ray Traced Emissive Lighting technique that first appeared on PC alongside the The Two Colonels expansion. Xbox Series S won’t be able to shoot for 4K, but will still have 60fps with full ray traced lighting at 1080p.
All of the new generation of consoles will also benefit from reduced loading times from the SSD, 4K texture packs where necessary, and a bunch of platform specific features. That includes spatial audio and controller latency improvements on Xbox, and haptic feedback on the DualSense controller (strangely there’s no mention of the Tempest 3DAudioTech on PS5).
All of that will be a free upgrade from the current generation, and it will take advantage of Smart Delivery on Xbox. That does, however, leave the possibility that you won’t have save file transfers on PlayStation, but we’ll watch out for there. Then again, Metro Exodus was a part of PlayStation Plus in June 2020, so that’s an awful lot of people who will be getting a fresh dose of next-gen goodness for the price of their ongoing PS+ sub.
On PC, there is a similarly extensive upgrade being made for the Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition, to the extent that, while a freebie for all existing owners of the game across Epic Games Store, Steam and GoG, it will be treated as a separate game to install and not a simple patch.
The PC Enhanced Edition will use 4A’s new fully ray traced lighting pipeline that will offer additional ray tracing features beyond what was found in the original release. This includes advanced ray traced reflections and DLSS 2.0 support for Nvidia GPUs. This version of the game will actually require a ray tracing capable GPU as part of the minimum specifications.
Nicole played Metro Exodus for our review and she wrote:
Metro Exodus provides an immersive FPS experience that marks a new milestone for the franchise. Its survival-horror, sandbox and shooter elements are remarkably well balanced, constituting an engaging and thrilling game that’ll leave you no stranger to a good jump scare. The once linear horror franchise has been reformed, introducing expansive environments to indulge in without derailing the narrative. Metro Exodus is a must play.
You can read the Metro Exodus review right here.
Source: 4A Games