Developed by Gearbox, Borderlands is a first-person shooter franchise that features plenty of humor and a host of memorable characters. Borderlands 3 was released on the 13th of September 2019 and was the second-highest grossing PC game of that month. Fans of the series will be happy to know that Borderlands 3 will be compatible with the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. Furthermore, Gearbox has promised a few extra features for both current-gen and next-gen players.
Two-player vertical split-screen will be coming to both current-gen and next-gen consoles. This feature has come as a response to fan requests. Things get a little complicated with the next-gen features due to the existence of the Xbox Series S which is Microsoft’s upcoming budget-range next-gen console. Although it will be able to play next-gen games, it will feature lower specs to facilitate its lower price. Hence, 3 and 4 player split-screen for Borderlands 3 will be available to owners of the game who upgrade to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S. However, 4K 60FPS in single-player mode will only be available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners.
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Borderlands 3 is following a trend that a few other games have started by offering next-gen upgrades to players for free. CD Projekt Red recently announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will receive visual and technical upgrades that take advantage of the next-gen consoles. This upgrade will come at no cost to players who already who already own the game. The same is also true of Ubisoft’s upcoming title Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. Ubisoft confirmed that players who purchase Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will be able to upgrade to next-gen at no extra cost regardless of whether they purchased their game physically or digitally.
Although it is very gamer-friendly that many developers are not forcing you to purchase your games again for next-gen consoles, you should be aware that not all developers have been so generous, as has been seen with the debacle surrounding Control. However, Borderlands 3 players can rest assured knowing that their game will be receiving next-gen upgrades at no extra cost.