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God of War PC vs PlayStation 5: video comparison highlights minor improvements in the upcoming PC version compared to PS5’s free upgrade

God of War is slated to arrive on PC in January 2022 (Image source: Sony)
God of War is slated to arrive on PC in January 2022 (Image source: Sony)
Youtuber @Cycu1 put together a comparison video of gameplay footage for God of War’s PC port with the existing PS5 enhanced version. The video highlights broad parity between the two, but with minor improvements on PC to shadowing and ambient occlusion.

With God of War now set to arrive on PC, YouTuber @Cycu1 set out to determine whether or not the upcoming PC port will deliver better visuals relative to the PlayStation 5’s 4K upgrade. In @Cycu1’s comparison video, it’s evident that, for the most part, the PC port looks like a close match for the PlayStation 5's enhanced upgrade. However, closer examination indicates minor improvements that work towards the PC's favor.

Shadow resolution appears to be slightly higher on PC, and shadow cascades extend out slightly further. A higher sample ambient occlusion implementation also appears to be in place, grounding characters and objects. 

DLSS and NVIDIA Reflex support aren't seen in the video. However, these are both likely to have a significant impact on both visuals and the gameplay experience. Set to Quality mode, DLSS tends to deliver better image quality than a native 4K presentation with TAA. NVIDIA Reflex doesn't improve visuals per se. However, it can significantly cut down on input lag, making gameplay feel better in intense action sequences. 

God of War is set to launch on PC in January 2022. We should have a clearer then about just significant the PC port's improvements prove to be. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-10-22 (Update: 2021-10-22)