Metro Exodus was one of the first games to show off the potential of NVIDIA’s RTX graphics cards capabilities and was also a treat on the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. Developer 4A Games has announced details of the next-gen enhancements coming to the game’s PC and console version. If you own the game on console or PC, you will get a free upgrade to the next-gen version. Let’s take a look at some of the enhancements coming to the console and PC version of Metro Exodus.
Metro Exodus: Ray-tracing and faster load times on the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S
Metro Exodus is getting Ray-tracing support on the PS5 (review), and Xbox Series X (review) and Series S. The developer says, “Metro Exodus will run at 4K / 60FPS with full Ray Traced lighting throughout on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The base game and DLC expansions will feature both our ground-breaking Ray Traced Global Illumination (RTGI) and the Ray Traced Emissive Lighting techniques pioneered in The Two Colonels expansion across all content”. While the Xbox Series X and PS5 version of the game will run at 4K 60FPS with Ray-tracing, the Xbox Series S will target 1080p with ray-tracing enabled. Games like Watch Dogs Legions (review) implemented Ray-tracing on the Xbox Series S but capped the framerate to 30FPS.
The game will also benefit from the SSDs in the new consoles with faster load times and console-specific features like DualSense support on the PS5. The developer says that they will bring “support for the haptic features of the PlayStation 5 Dual Sense controller – anyone who’s frantically tried to pump up the pressure on their Tikhar in the middle of a pitched battle will be able to imagine the kind of thing we’re aiming for!”
Metro Exodus: The all-new PC experience
There is no doubt that you needed a relatively high-end PC to enjoy everything Metro Exodus has to offer. It looks like you may need to upgrade your PC to experience everything the developers have to offer with the enhancements to the PC version of the game. 4A Games says, “This upgrade (the PC version) is so extensive, it will require a Ray Tracing capable GPU as the minimum spec, and we will need to deliver this version as a separate product – it is not a simple ‘patch’ to the base game – instead it will be offered as an extra entitlement to all existing Metro Exodus PC players”.
The developers go on to say, “The PC Enhanced Edition will offer additional Ray Tracing features, including Advanced Ray Traced Reflections and support for DLSS 2.0 on NVIDIA hardware, which offers sharper image details and increased framerates and display resolutions”.
Metro Exodus PS5, Xbox Series X and Series S release date
The Metro Exodus update for the PS5, Xbox Series X and Series S will release “later this year and will be available as a FREE upgrade to all current owners”. The developers have said that Xbox gamers can expect the game to support Smart Delivery.
The PC enhanced edition of the game will release “later this Spring”. The developers are also working on a Mac and Linux version of the game set to release later this year. You can check out the details of the enhancements coming to the PC and console version of the game here.