Bungie has announced some new details that will have some good news in store for fans. The game is in fact getting a port to the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5. If you’re picking up the new consoles when they launch, you only have a short wait before you can play the new versions. Bungie has announced that the improved version of the game will be arriving on December 8,
So what’s changing? The games will strive to take advantage of the performance improvements offered by the SSDs on the new consoles to improve load times. That’s just the start though. The versions on the new consoles will have their own custom resolutions set. Both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will run the ported version at 60 FPS with support for 4K resolution. The Xbox Series S will be the weaker version obviously, so it’s running at 60 FPS and 1080p.
It’s likely that both setups will use upscaling of the existing textures and scenes to achieve the new resolution target. So don’t expect massively higher-quality assets in these new versions. This also brings up an interesting point. The cross-platform play will finally be a thing. The changes to resolution and the inclusion of SSDs won’t speed up load times that much in multiplayer. Those on the new consoles will still have to wait for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to load the game first. This means that Strikes, Raids and other activities are not going to see huge reductions in load time when playing cross-platform.
Bungie has also announced that there are some UI tweaks, including better FOV support, coming too. The new ports of the game will allow a wider range of options which should be a godsend to those with FOV sensitivity.
You can find a useful table of all the features for each of the next-generation consoles below, courtesy of Bungie.
|Feature||Xbox Series X||PlayStation 5||Xbox Series S|
|Field of View Slider||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Faster Load Times||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Next-Generation Upgrade Free||Xbox Smart Delivery||Yes||Xbox Smart Delivery|