The free upgrade to Metro Exodus for the new generation of consoles has gone early for Xbox Series X|S consoles, Deep Silver has confirmed, giving Xbox owners access to the game’s enhanced ray traced lighting, higher frame rates and generally improved graphics.
The PlayStation 5 upgrade, meanwhile, will launch as intended on Friday 18th June.
Hey! We are currently investigating why the Xbox update has gone live, PlayStation shall remain as Friday 18th for now. We hope Xbox players enjoy the early access!
— Deep Silver (@deepsilver) June 16, 2021
The upgrade is an impressive one, regardless of which console you own. On PS5 and Xbox Series X, the game targets 4K while maintaining 60FPS, though that is stepped down to 1080p when playing on Xbox Series S. However, there will be ray traced lighting throughout, which includes ray traced emissive lighting that was first pioneered in The Two Colonels DLC expansion. You’ll also have field of view options, and there will be platform specific support for spatial audio and controller latency improvements on Xbox, while PlayStation 5 will have haptic feedback for the DualSense. There’s no mention of spatial audio for PS5, sadly.
Digital Foundry has already done an analysis, showing that both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are able to maintain 60fps with ray tracing, though resolution is heavily sacrificed before temporal upscaling is applied. On Series X, low-intensity scenes are typically between 1512p-1728p, during with the upscaling effect in comparable to native 4K, but higher intensity scenes can drop to the 1080p-1296p range. On Series S, DF notes 864p in low-intensity moments, but a noticeable ~512p in high-intensity, and visible pop-in throughout. We wonder if 4A Games might add in a 30fps option for Xbox Series S in future.
It’s still an impressive leap forward in terms of overall visual quality, though.
The upgrade is free for existing owners of the game on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, leaning on Smart Delivery on Xbox to simply download the upgrade through the Xbox update system for Xbox Series X|S, and needing to be manually redeemed on PlayStation 5. Alternatively a new Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition is coming out that bundles in the two story expansions: Sam’s Story and The Two Colonels. PC players have already been able to enjoy the Enhanced Edition since May, also as a free upgrade.
Here’s a breakdown of the differences between console and PC:
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: Deep Silver