The end of the previous generation is upon us, and with it comes news that may not be so great for PlayStation 4 users. The Horizon Forbidden West DLC, Burning Shores, will only be available on current-gen consoles. This decision is based on the fact that PS4 technology cannot deliver the same level of gameplay and visual experiences as more modern games, especially in this case, the DLC.
In this article, we’ll discuss the implications of this decision for PS4 owners and the future of gaming. We’ll also delve into why more and more game developers are choosing to focus solely on PS5 and other current-gen consoles. YouTuber Jesse Cox explained in his video.
The impact on PS4 owners
The biggest problem with this decision is that it’s not very consumer-friendly. Many more people have a PS4 or an older Xbox compared to the current-gen consoles. For those who haven’t yet made the switch, this decision means missing out on certain games and DLC.
Cyberpunk 2077’s Phantom Liberty DLC is another example of a DLC that will only be available on PS5 and Xbox Series Xs. This trend is likely to continue as game developers focus more on current-gen consoles and their capabilities.
Why game developers are choosing to focus on current-gen consoles
Trying to create graphics that work on both current and older consoles is tough. The older console versions of Cyberpunk 2077, for example, did not perform well at all. From a developer’s perspective, it makes more sense to focus on what’s current and leave the older consoles behind.
In addition, the console shortage that was previously affecting the availability of PS5s and other current-gen consoles is finally coming to a close. This means that more players will be able to transfer over to the newer consoles and take advantage of the latest gaming technology.
The future of gaming
As more and more games produce content for current-gen consoles, it’s likely that the PS4 and older Xbox consoles will eventually become obsolete. Game developers will focus solely on current-gen consoles, and prices for older consoles will likely rise.
It’s also interesting to note that more and more DLCs are becoming exclusive to current-gen consoles. This trend will likely continue as game developers focus on creating more complex and visually stunning games that can only be supported by the latest technology.
Horizon Forbidden West DLC: Burning Shores
Despite the disappointment for PS4 owners, there is still a lot to be excited about with the upcoming Horizon Forbidden West DLC: Burning Shores. According to the recent Playstation blog, the cityscape ruins of LA and its surroundings are highly detailed and require a lot more processing power as well as fast streaming technology to run properly, especially when the player is flying over the lands and can see a lot at once.
Although it’s a shame that the DLC won’t be available on PS4, this decision means that PS5 owners can experience the game in its full glory. And for fans of the Horizon series, this is a great opportunity to immerse themselves in the highly detailed and immersive world that Guerrilla Games has created.
The decision to make certain DLCs exclusive to current-gen consoles is not great news for PS4 owners. However, it’s understandable that game developers are focusing on the latest technology and creating games that can only be supported by current-gen consoles. As the console shortage comes to a close and more players make the switch, it’s likely that the PS4 and older Xbox consoles will become obsolete.
The Horizon Forbidden West DLC: Burning Shores is just one example of a highly detailed and visually stunning game that can only be experienced on current-gen consoles.