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Opinion Trailer Platform PS5 Exclusive Returnal Graphics Analysis - A Visual Showcase For Sony's New Console

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We’re still very much in the early days of the ninth console generation. Over on the Xbox and PC, The Medium recently came out as a ninth-gen exclusive. While it's a fixed-perspective title in the vein of the early survival horror games, there’s a lot to find in common: we’re seeing remarkably asset quality across the board, judicious use of ray-tracing, and a post-process pipeline that isn’t compromised by sub-native buffers and low sample counts.

Returnal (and The Medium) signpost where ninth-gen visuals are headed: we’re looking at higher-fidelity models, no-compromise texture quality, and tasteful use of ray-tracing, as we get past the “puddles everywhere!” phase.

It’s not exactly a night-and-day difference. But it’s not easy to see how well the base PlayStation 4 would run this game, and that’s a good thing: PlayStation exclusives are starting to move beyond vintage 2013 hardware.
 

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It’s not exactly a night-and-day difference. But it’s not easy to see how well the base PlayStation 4 would run this game, and that’s a good thing: PlayStation exclusives are starting to move beyond vintage 2013 hardware.

Well, Xbox games have to be able to run on a Series S. PS5 exclusives don't have that handicap.
 
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Housemarque games are fun. I have 100% trophies and dlc in Resogun. I.will gladly play this. As far as visual showcase goes, I don't think so. The character is ugly as sin, the visuals look good for what the game is but that's it.

Real visual showcase for PS5 will be when Naughty Dog/Santa Monica releases/shoscases their next titles, sorry but thats a hard cold fact.

Closest thing I've seen to next gen visuals is probably Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, but its a platformer and its a lot easier to make those games look good due to their default cartoons style.
 
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Housemarque games are fun. I have 100% trophies and dlc in Resogun. I.will gladly play this. As far as visual showcase goes, I don't think so. The character is ugly as sin, the visuals look good for what the game is but that's it.

Real visual showcase for PS5 will be when Naughty Dog/Santa Monica releases/shoscases their next titles, sorry but thats a hard cold fact.

Closest thing I've seen to next gen visuals is probably Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, but its a platformer and its a lot easier to make those games look good due to their default cartoons style.
have you not seen Demon Souls because that game is absolutely drop dead gorgeous and easily the best looking game so far at the start of this new gen.
 

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have you not seen Demon Souls because that game is absolutely drop dead gorgeous and easily the best looking game so far at the start of this new gen.
I own a PS5 and have played Demons Souls to its completion. Yes, it a nice looking game for a launch title, but I don't believe its anything to scream "next gen" visuals with sorry. And I am BIG from software fanboy/souls. It's also a remake of an old game.

Last of Us 2 honestly looks like a early gen PS5 title, but that's thanks to Naughty Dog's dark voodoo magic.

I would wait until 2022 too start comparing next gen games head to head or anything like that. Its way too early and it took forever for PS4 to take off when it came to visuals.

Demon's Souls is PS5s Killzone Shadowfall as far as graphics go.
 

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I think it looks really nice, I just hope it maintains 60. I suspect the delay was to iron out some optimizations based on early footage getting a little "framey" in spots
Same, and just curious if it is the content to back up a $70 price tag. First full priced house marque game after all
 

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Looks like your average UE4 game
If by average you mean gears of war, maybe.

I think it's a little too dark and we can't quite see a lot of detail because of that. Because it's Housemarque and Nex machina was very impressive i'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and wait to see it on my display not just a youtube video.

Although I do agree with the sentiment that $70 is probably nuts.
 
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I own a PS5 and have played Demons Souls to its completion. Yes, it a nice looking game for a launch title, but I don't believe its anything to scream "next gen" visuals with sorry. And I am BIG from software fanboy/souls. It's also a remake of an old game.

Last of Us 2 honestly looks like a early gen PS5 title, but that's thanks to Naughty Dog's dark voodoo magic.

I would wait until 2022 too start comparing next gen games head to head or anything like that. Its way too early and it took forever for PS4 to take off when it came to visuals.

Demon's Souls is PS5s Killzone Shadowfall as far as graphics go.
Youre either delusional or youre playing Demons Souls on a 1080p hdtv. Demons Souls looks stunning in 4k hdr.
 
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Doesnt look any more impressive than Destiny which is what it look like to me, but hey PR is always factual.
 

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Its a cool looking game, solid graphics. I like the idea of this type of shooter.

This game is likely Housemarque's most ambitious and most challenging to make. They'e trying to blend their arcade 2D game design with a 3D 3rd person shooter.

Its probably their biggest budget game to date, and PS5 exclusive, so it looks pretty good so far, given their lack of experience in making this sort of AA-AAA style 3D action game with realistic graphics and detailed human characters.

Hope its fun and plays well, and runs at a smooth 60.
 

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Gonna go check out some more footage. I guess this is still supposed to release at the end of April?
 

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The medium looked terrible to me, I don’t feel this or that were good looking games but I definitely feel demons souls is regardless of ray tracing or not.
 
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I think it’s pretty but I’m buying it when I get a PS5 because it’s a Housemarque shooter than for ray tracing and post processing and what have you. I like that you can clearly see Housemarque’s DNA in the game.
 
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this is the game that i have mentioned seems to be using heavy image reconstruction upscaling

not native 4k imo.
 
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Particle overload!

I love it.

The whole aesthetic of the game gives me Prometheus vibes. Some of the creatures look really creepy.

I also think the main character looks good and i adore her design. From face to spacesuit!

Let's hope it features a rock solid 60fps.


Nonetheless i was already sold on the game from the first trailer.

Go Housemarque!
 
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There will be plenty of amazing looking PS5 games but this is not one of them. They definitely put their best foot forward at the PS5 event by just showing some cutscenes.

Also I know it's all preview footage but the framerate is dire in every video I've seen so far.
 

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The game looks mediocre in literally all it's aspects, including graphics.

I guess we are pretty desperate for next gen games, but this isn't one. The Gears 5 DLC looks miles better.

It took 18 posts before someone cried about the character design for the 100th time. Hopefully the next thread on this game we can make it to the second page .

So I guess that for you, having good characters isn't important, therefore it shouldn't be imporant to everybody else.
 

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Youre either delusional or youre playing Demons Souls on a 1080p hdtv. Demons Souls looks stunning in 4k hdr.
I have a 4K HDR monitor. Not delusional, just have higher standards for true next gen visuals I never said the game looks bad, but its nowhere near showing the power of a PS5. Its an early gen title dude..
 
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The game looks mediocre in literally all it's aspects, including graphics.

I guess we are pretty desperate for next gen games, but this isn't one. The Gears 5 DLC looks miles better.



So I guess that for you, having good characters isn't important, therefore it shouldn't be imporant to everybody else.

😂 ironic that one of the forums biggest xboys saying this while shamelessly promoting gears of war dlc. I love gears, but 5 was easily one of the worst campaigns and the main character (kait) was awful. Since you’ve not played returnal how do you
Know what the character is like?

I’ll bite though. A character is defined more than what they look like and if you’re playing a game solely based on how a character looks then that’s sad.

I don’t like the design I think she’s an old lesbian as well, but a bad design wouldn’t stop me enjoying a fun game (if it’s good).

Any my point still stands. It’s getting boring now seeing the same posts crying about the design, we’ve heard it all before.
 

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I like Housemarque and put hours upon hours into Alienation. Resogun was also amazing. I think they will nail the gameplay, the movement looks solid, quick and responsive which is what you want in a shoot 'em up.

Regarding graphics and effects, I'm not too sure how that will play out. There's a lot of explosions and colourful 'blood'. It's not too dissimilar to the explode effects in Godfall. The effects are colourful, bold and visually striking but too much makes everything look a little garish.
 

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It took 18 posts before someone cried about the character design for the 100th time. Hopefully the next thread on this game we can make it to the second page .
It's fine. Some people just like to play with a character that is similar to them in real life. Adds to the "immersion". 😉
 
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😂 ironic that one of the forums biggest xboys saying this while shamelessly promoting gears of war dlc.

If me being a fan of some gaming console brand makes everything I said "ironic", then this entire forum is just pure irony.

Promoting Gears Of Wars DLC? What does that even mean? I'm just saying this game doesn't even look as good as the DLC of a past gen game. And I'm saying that because somehow this thread has been made to analyse the "visual showcase" of Returnal, which is kind of hilarious seeing how mediocre the game is in that aspect alone.

It's like me opening a thread to talk about the "visual showcase" of The Medium.

I love gears, but 5 was easily one of the worst campaigns and the main character (kait) was awful.

On that we agree. But the DLC is completely different, though, and wipes the floor both with Gears 5 and Returnal in graphics, gameplay, character design and so on.

And by the way, the character of Returnal looks exactly like the same type of character Kait is. Similar lesbian Karen haircut and all.


I’ll bite though. A character is defined more than what they look like and if you’re playing a game solely based on how a character looks then that’s sad.

If we lived in a vacuum, you could be right.

But we don't, we live in an industry heavily obsessed with identity politics and the Returnal character looks exactly like the politically charged design they like.
 
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But the DLC is completely different, though, and wipes the floor both with Gears 5 and Returnal in graphics, gameplay, character design and so on.

Returnal isn't out yet. Btw, Gears 5 Hive is still an X1 game. And X1 textures on XSX are still there, even with better lighting an RT