The initial reviews of both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X are out. As expected, initial reviews are great, but the real test is how these consoles will improve game development and support over the years. Sony is heavily relying on its cross-gen titles such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls Remastered, while Microsoft is banking on backward compatibility and Game Pass.
Backward compatibility is the new norm (thankfully) as both Microsoft and Sony have committed to improving older games on a hardware level. This includes features like locked 60FPS, x16 anisotropic filtering, and auto HDR, especially on the Series X/S. However, the overarching control is still in the hands of the developers. Games like Batman: Return to Arkham can not utilize the hardware level improvements since it is locked at 30FPS. Developers would have to alter the game code and release a patch for these games so that players can enjoy these at the best possible settings.
Ubisoft recently published and pulled off a list of games that would not work on the PS5. Now Rockstar has come on-board, revealing how the current builds of its games would utilize the improved hardware. The PlayStation 5 users would be able to enjoy radically reduced load times (thankfully) in GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 with enhanced performance. The PS2 games available to the PS4 players via PlayStation store are also available for PS5 users, albeit with little to no improvements. The VR titles specifically released for the PS VR are also backward compatible with the PS5.
On the other hand, the Series X/S versions will be enhanced based on the One X/S versions of the GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 titles with reduced loading times and better overall performance. Moreover, the whole suite of Rockstar games from the original Xbox and Xbox 360 era are also playable at enhanced modes with features likes x16 anisotropic filtering and auto HDR.
Lastly, the players who play GTA Online on the PS4 or PS5 will continue to receive in-game monetary benefits until GTA Online for PS5 launches. Lastly, players are not required to buy any Rockstar titles to play on the new consoles.