Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Metro Exodus: Next-Gen Version Arrives Next Week

Update 04/28/2021: 4A Games has announced that Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition will arrive on PC on May 6. The new version will be a free upgrade for those who bought the original game on Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG and the Microsoft Store - although save transfers will not be available on Microsoft Store versions. The game won't be a patch or version of the original game – it's only available as an entirely separate product. Coming in at an 80GB total install size, and its minimum specifications require a ray tracing-capable graphics card. 4A says it "offers additional Ray Tracing features including Advanced Ray Traced Reflections and support for the much requested DLSS 2.0 on NVIDIA hardware, which offers sharper image details and increased framerates and display resolutions." No word has been given on the release date for next-gen console versions of the game. [ignvideo url=""] [poilib element="accentDivider"] A next-gen enhanced edition for Metro Exodus has been announced for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and ray-tracing capable PCs. This will be provided as a free upgrade for all existing owners of Metro Exodus. The PS5 and XSX console versions of Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition will run at 4K/60 FPS, while the Xbox Series S will target 1080p/60 FPS. All versions will use ray traced lighting and global illumination, across both the base game and DLC expansions. Textures will be rendered at 4K, and loading times will be reduced. There will be a few platform specific features, too, such as a spatial audio system for Xbox and haptic support for the PS5’s DualSense controller. The PC version, meanwhile, will require a ray tracing compatible GPU as standard. As well as all the enhancements seen in the console versions, the PC upgrade also has advanced ray traced reflections and support for Nvidia’s DLSS 2.0 technology. Since these changes mean it is fundamentally different from the original version, it will be added to your Steam/EGS/GoG library as a new, separate game. [ignvideo url=""] No specific dates have been announced for release, but the PC version is slated for Spring 2021 and the console version later this year. In addition, Metro Exodus will be made available on Mac in March, and on Linux a little later in the year. If you're just catching up on the game, take a look at our Metro Exodus review. And if the Enhanced Edition is where you'll be jumping on, be sure to check our guide of what you need to know before playing. Unsurprisingly, Metro Exodus is a looker, and the current version is already a game that will make the most of your graphics card. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Purslow is IGN's UK News and Entertainment Writer. 


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