The Outer Worlds only features '4K textures and resolution' on Xbox One X and PC (update)

What you need to know

  • The Outer Worlds is an upcoming first-person role-playing game from Obsidian Entertainment.
  • The game is coming to Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4.
  • According to a spokesperson, the title is only Xbox One X Enhanced, even the PlayStation 4 Pro version hasn't received an upgrade.
  • The Outer Worlds is part of Xbox Game Pass.

Updated October 16, 2019: Private Division clarified that the statements made by their public relations team beforehand were incorrect. The game only runs at 4K resolution on Xbox One X and PC, and 1440p on PS4 Pro. Furthermore, only 4K textures are available on Xbox One X and PC. It's unclear if the textures on PS4 Pro are 1080p or 1440p.

The Outer Worlds from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division lets you to navigate Halcyon, a futuristic space colony, in a visually-lush single-player role-playing game. The title lets you develop a character over time based on your playstyle. The game can apply features to your character based on reoccurring traits and or flaws. The end result is someone who has unusual quirks.

When a major AAA game launches, buyers want to know how it runs on Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro (PS4 Pro). We reached out to publisher Private Division and a spokesperson for the company said that the game was "4K on Xbox One, no enhancements for PS4 Pro." We followed up for further clarification and shall update you as soon as we receive a response. Hopefully, the public relations agency isn't mistaken because this is quite unusual for a major AAA game.

This is definitely surprising because, usually, the PS4 Pro also gets some enhancements. This is similar to the situation with We Happy Few and Gearbox Publishing. The game ran at 4K resolution on Xbox One X, but only 1080p on PS4 Pro. This gave it a muddy presentation on Sony's machine.

If you aren't playing this game on PC, be sure to check it out on Xbox One X, as it promises to be the best experience from a visual standpoint. It's always great to see developers taking advantage of the additional power, even in PS4 Pro users see none of that benefit.



Asher Madan

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