4A Games outline the visual and performance upgrades coming to Metro Exodus on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and high-end PCs.
Metro Exodus is already a good looking game, and it’s about to look even more spectacular on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and high-end PCs via a free update from developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver.
In a blog post detailing the upgrade, the studio says it’s overhauled the proprietary 4A Engine to include a fully ray-traced experience on console and PC. To quote the experts:
“We have built an all-new Fully Ray Traced Lighting Pipeline that brings a number of optimizations, upgrades, and new features to the Ray Traced Global Illumination and Emissive Lighting that we pioneered with the original release of Metro Exodus, as well as an upgraded implementation of our powerful Temporal Reconstruction technology to further boost resolution, visual detail, and performance.”
On Xbox Series X and PS5, Metro Exodus will run at 4K/60FPS with full ray-traced lighting throughout, including the studio’s Ray Traced Global Illumination and the Ray Traced Emissive Lighting techniques.
Both platforms will also benefit from improved loading times and 4K texture packs. Plus, there’s support for the haptic features of the PS5’s Dual Sense controller. Over on Xbox Series S, 4A is targeting 1080p/60 FPS with full ray-traced lighting.
The free next-gen console update is due later this year.
The high-end PC upgrade is an altogether different beast. Released as the Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition, it will require a ray-tracing capable GPU as a minimum, and offer Advanced Ray Traced Reflections plus support for DLSS 2.0 on NVIDIA hardware.
Although it will be released as a separate product, the PC Enhanced Edition will be free to all existing Metro Exodus players who purchased the game via the Epic Games Store, Steam, and GoG. It’s due for release later this spring.
The upgrade should make an already great game even better. In our review of the original release, Callum Williams said: “It’s dark, it’s scary, but most importantly, it’s a fresh new experience that broadens the series’ horizons while simultaneously playing to its greatest strengths.”
For a full breakdown of the game’s next-gen features, visit the 4A Games blog.
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