The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X is about to get released this holiday season, and we still don’t know how much better the games will look on the consoles compared to the PS4 and Xbox One. We know some of the innards of each system, and it doesn’t look like the consoles will bring about a considerable graphical leap from this current generation. As you know, the graphics jump from previous generations was always pretty substantial, until this current generation. And the closer we get to photo-realistic graphics, the more this is going to be the case.
Prominent changes in the Xbox series X and PS5
Will Xbox Series X and PS5 games look visibly better than Xbox One games and PS4? Yes, but the leap may be underwhelming, or at least it won’t be as noticeable in the past. Speaking to this, Sword of the Necromancer’s designer and programmer Víctor Pedreno said that while there’s room for improvement, most of it will come from a design standpoint rather than from more horsepower.
The developer on the new versions
“We are in a time where the leaps in graphics won’t be as noticeable as in, for example, the PS1 to PS2 or PS2 to PS3 jump,” said the developer while speaking to Gaming Bolt. “There’s still lots of room for improvement, but that will have to come from a design standpoint rather than just pure horsepower.”
As you can see, Pedreno has not said that the PS5 and Xbox Series X won’t produce amazing looking games or that they won’t be noticeably different than the visual fidelity of PS4 and Xbox One games. Still, he made it clear that there is no point in expecting a massive visual leap like in previous console generations. The Xbox Series X and PS5 are indeed much more powerful than the Xbox One and PS4, but most of that power will be focused on other things, like having faster load times and expanding worlds.