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Sony showcases Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 with massive graphics downgrades from the PS5 version

Horizon Forbidden West launches on February 18 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. (Image source: Sony)
Horizon Forbidden West launches on February 18 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. (Image source: Sony)
Horizon Forbidden West is almost ready for the PlayStation 4, with the game due to launch next week. Sony and Guerrilla Games have now shown what to expect from the triple-A title on the last-generation console. While Horizon Forbidden West should run smoothly on even the base PS4, numerous compromises have been made with the game's graphics.

Horizon Forbidden West is less than a week away; Sony will release the Horizon Zero Dawn successor on February 18 across PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles. While Guerrilla Games has already showcased the game's graphical capabilities on PlayStation 5, the company has only recently shared PlayStation 4 gameplay footage. If you are interested in watching PlayStation 5 gameplay footage, you can do so in a separate YouTube video. Please note, you can watch the video in up to 4K.

As the videos below highlight, the PlayStation 4 handles Horizon Forbidden West smoothly with a stable 30 FPS frame rate. However, the game utilises a dynamic resolution to hit its 30 FPS target. Understandably, details and visibility are way down on what the PS4 manages.

The situation looks better for PlayStation 4 Pro owners, though. As expected, the more powerful console delivers sharper textures than the base PlayStation 4 console. In saying that, the PlayStation 4 Pro cannot produce as complex lighting as the PlayStation 5. Similarly, the PlayStation 5 also has the edge in shadow resolution, frame rate stability and particle effect quality.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-02-12 (Update: 2022-02-13)