Finally, Bungie has detailed the free next-gen upgrades coming to Destiny 2 with the 9th generation of consoles. On the 8th of December, Guardians on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox – Series X and S – will take advantage of; a buttery smooth 60fps, 4K resolution and a FOV slider. The last two upgrades a first for a Bungie console release. Note that the Xbox Series S resolution caps at 1080p; more on that later. However, eager gamers don’t have to wait too long to receive next-gen upgrades for the game as faster loading times and cross-generationally play on your respected platform will strike the game when Destiny 2: Beyond Light launches.
As a gamer, it is exciting to see Destiny 2 reach an equivalent experience on par with the PC port that launched with Forsaken. That has allowed PC players to enjoy these features long before console players. Arguably the best place to play the game, until now. It is clear that not only will Beyond Light usher in a new epoch of Destiny as we leave the Light behind and embrace the Darkness. But also bring Bungie’s sci-fi shooter into the next generation of gaming, bringing its fantastic gameplay to new heights.
Next-Gen Upgrades for Destiny 2
So without further ado, here are the next-gen upgrades coming to the game. The information and details are taken from Bungie.
|Feature||Xbox Series X||PlayStation 5||Xbox Series S|
|Field of View Slider||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Faster Load Times||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Next-Generation Upgrade Free||Xbox Smart Delivery||Yes||Xbox Smart Delivery|
A big takeaway is the introduction of a field of view or FOV slider for the game. That will provide more options for players to customize the experience to their preferences. Allowing the ability to adjust how much you can see of the game world in front of you, a great quality of life upgrade. As before now, console players have been locked into a small and claustrophobic FOV.
However, the implementation will have big ramifications on the game that will need to be balanced. If you can see more of the battlefield than your opposition, you gain a huge advantage. Especially when it comes to the competitive activities of Destiny 2, such as the Crucible and Gambit. Of course, if everyone has the ability to use the upgrade, there is an even playing field. But, this becomes a problem when the cross-generational play comes into the fold. Will the game on 8th gen consoles be receiving FOV sliders? Information that Bungie has yet to clarify.
This is an interesting challenge that video-game developers are addressing as we transition into the next generation. For example, Gears 5 has considered a FOV Slider for the game on all consoles when its own next-gen upgrades hit but ultimately decided against it for the time being for balance. Meanwhile, the developers of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War have decided to bring FOV sliders to all the platforms that will run the game. Buyers should be aware that those on current-gen hardware will have affected performance as the old tech tries to display the higher FOV—a solution with consequences.
The next-gen upgrade to 60fps from 30fps in Destiny 2 will be huge for console gamers. The increase in frames on screen per second will enhance the shooter’s strong and responsive gunplay and animations by making them buttery smooth while reducing tearing on screen and system latency. A massive change that was highly celebrated when the game was ported to PC. It will certainly make the new exotic weapons even more of a pleasure to play with, come Beyond Light.
For all of Bungie’s blunders with the franchise of Destiny, one key component of the game has always stood out as the top of its class, the outstanding art design. From lost civilisations hidden under the sand of time or to a wasteland where crime rules within an asteroid belt, the art has always impressed. At a glorious 4K resolution, Guardians will get to enjoy these worlds and majestic skyboxes in greater clarity and detail. Though 4K for Destiny 2 has been achievable on the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro console, gamers will now be able to enjoy the upgrade amongst all the over features above for a complete graphical and performance powerhouse.
It is important regarding the resolution to again note that the Xbox Series S displays at 1080p, but with all the other benefits. This highlights the key difference between Xbox’s strategy with its 9th generation of consoles. An affordable machine focusing on performance over resolution and a beefier machine aspiring to be a high-end PC. An interesting difference to keep an eye on when similar releases and next-gen upgrades reveal their targeted resolution and performance.