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Insomniac confirms new Ratchet & Clank is PS5 exclusive

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will only be on PlayStation 5, won’t be available on PlayStation 4.

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Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will only be on PlayStation 5, won’t be available on PlayStation 4.

Ah, the PlayStation 5. It looks daft and is as big as a mid-sized terrier. And they messed up the buttons in Japan. And the DualShock 4 controller will work with the PS5, but isn’t compatible with PS5 games.

But that’s OK because the first-party software proposition is clear-cut, right? Like how the upgrade works for players who already own Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4. (Spoiler: it doesn’t.) Oh, and the install sizes are massive.

But one of the most consistently impressive things from the PlayStation 5’s reveal was the demo of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Insomniac’s 3D run-and-gun platforming series might not be top of everyone’s list of must-have first-party exclusives, but Rift Apart looked seriously impressive running on PS5.

Why? Because Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – with its seamless, Portal-meets-Spider-Verse world traversal – is practically a tech demo for no loading times.

It’s like Elizabeth’s dimensional tears from BioShock: Infinite, but you know, like they were in the original E3 demo. (Compared to what they were in the final game, which was just a thin curtain to hide power-ups behind.) Also, there’s a lady Ratchet, and Clank looks very shiny with real-time ray tracing – what’s not to like?

The question, though, with a game launching on the cusp of a generational shift, is: will Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart be a PS5 exclusive, or will it also launch on PS4? A question which someone on Twitter asked and, helpfully, Insomniac answered:

So, no, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart won’t be available on PlayStation 4. It will only be available on PlayStation 5. We’ll forgive Sony this one, though. When you look at those loading times between worlds, it makes sense. You couldn’t get seamless loading times like that on the PS4’s clunky old mechanical drive.

Thanks, Eurogamer.


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