Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege remains at the forefront of Ubisoft's modern lineup, garnering an impressive following through its multiplayer-centred gameplay. Half a decade on the market has seen the title flourish with millions of players, bolstered by free seasonal updates on the regular.
This competitive-primed shooter continues to evolve, with development already underway to support next-generation consoles. With PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S targeting holiday 2020 availability, Rainbow Six Siege commits to supporting both platforms from launch. Here's everything we know about Rainbow Six Siege and its move to next-gen.
Rainbow Six Siege PS5, Xbox Series X release date
While Ubisoft remains tight on details surrounding Rainbow Six Siege for next-generation consoles, we know the publisher aims for day-one availability, aligning with Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 launches. Microsoft has committed to November 10, with details on the PlayStation 5 still to come.
We broke Ubisoft's next-generation plans in February, speaking with Leroy Athanassof, game director at Ubisoft Montreal. "Why I can't give you a date is because those dates are, in the end, on the people doing the next-gen consoles," Athanassof stated. "What I can tell you is that we are going to be on [the consoles] from launch."
The proposed release window ensures that new console buyers can experience the best of Ubisoft's shooter straight out of the box. However, it's worth stressing that Athanassof's comments came before the current global pandemic, shaking up development pipelines for the team. Expect additional clarity around Rainbow Six Siege on Xbox Series X and PS5 later in 2020.
Rainbow Six Siege next-gen: What to expect
The next console generation looms at the tail end of 2020, with both Microsoft and Sony scheduled to release their respective consoles' latest revisions. The Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PlayStation 5 all feature substantial hardware leaps, headlined by the latest CPU and GPU architectures from AMD, and lightning-fast solid-state drives for storage. The devices boast improved graphical capabilities, game performance, and load times — aligning closer with PCs.
Rainbow Six Siege's Year 5 roadmap introduced a lasting reform to future seasons, now set to feature just one new Operator every three months. Ubisoft has reaffirmed plans to hit the 100-Operator milestone, suggesting over a decade of support remains. That makes the next-generation consoles increasingly crucial to Rainbow's long-term success.
Ubisoft has committed to updating Rainbow Six Siege for the next-generation, with versions headed to Xbox Series X and PS5 at no additional cost. Xbox Series S support is also assumed, but remains less clear at this point in time. Those updates will push luxuries expected from any "high-end PC" according to the team, boosting visual fidelity and gameplay performance. These two offshoots will remain tightly linked to previous consoles, with cross-generation progression and multiplayer between Xbox One and Xbox Series X, or PS4 and PS5.
Rainbow Six Siege next-gen features: 4K, 120 FPS, and more
While Rainbow Six Siege has a guaranteed future on Xbox Series X and PS5, we don't know the specific upgrades planned. Ubisoft's previous comments suggest similarities to the existing PC settings, rather than an extensive rework to visuals. That leaves us speculating, based on priorities for its tactical multiplayer gameplay. Here's what we're hoping to see.
Rainbow Six Siege looks to target 4K resolution on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, according to the studio. The render resolution provides a natural starting point, with the existing Xbox One X build capped at 1728p, while PlayStation 4 pushes to 1440p. Native 4K resolution will further sharpen presentation without significant changes to the underlying title.
Both Xbox Series X and PS5 versions will also support 120 frames-per-second (FPS) once available. While Rainbow Six Siege has been locked to a stable 60 FPS since launch, the console horsepower will push Rainbow Six Siege toward double the framerate. Gameplay fluidity is a welcomed result; or even potential sub-second gains to reaction time.
Rainbow Six Siege lacks a variable field of view (FoV) outside PC, allowing users to customize the observable angle of the player camera. The higher the FoV, the wider area players can see — currently locked to just 60 degrees on Xbox One and PS4. Former Rainbow Six Siege community developer, Justin Kruger, previously attributed to restriction to "performance issues and limitations," likely overcome on next-gen. Ubisoft's hasn't announced variable FoV support on Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5, but remains a top community request.
PC users also see optional upgrades like the "Ultra HD Texture Pack," injecting high-resolution textures throughout the game. That helps tidy environments, player models, and weapons, although with an impact on framerate and loading times. The expansion to consoles could help Rainbow Six Siege shine, but with no announced plans at this time.
Rainbow Six Siege free upgrade for PS5, Xbox Series X
Rainbow Six Siege will also grant existing Xbox One and PS4 players free upgrades, easing the next-generation transition. The initiative will allow players to obtain the best available version of the game for their device, using their existing physical disc or digital license, at no additional cost.
"The game will be backwards compatible, meaning that you can take your disc of Rainbow Six Siege on PS4 and put it in your PS5, or take your Xbox One disc and put it in your Xbox Series X," stated Athanassof. "What we know for sure is that we don't want to break our community, to split our community, and we don't want to make you buy another Rainbow Six Siege at full price."
The specifics around Ubisoft's planned upgrade process remain a little less defined, with various potential approaches. For Xbox Series X, it remains unclear whether Rainbow Six Siege will join the growing list of titles pledging to Xbox Smart Delivery, Microsoft's standardized system for free, automatic cross-generation upgrades. While Ubisoft has already committed to Smart Delivery for Assassin's Creed Valhalla, it could also explore a limited-time promotion, similar to Electronic Arts.
Rainbow Six Siege cross-play, cross-generation play
While Rainbow Six Siege makes the jump to next-generation consoles, Ubisoft won't be sunsetting its previous Xbox One and PS4 versions. Xbox Series X and Xbox One versions will remain deeply linked, as well as PS5 and PS4 clients. Cross-generation multiplayer will ship alongside Rainbow Six Siege for next-gen, avoiding fragmentation within existing communities. Don't worry about leaving your current-gen friends behind.
Rainbow Six Siege's game director also tells us that Ubisoft remains open to cross-platform multiplayer, bridging Xbox and PlayStation versions of the game. [This is more a discussion between Microsoft and Sony," Athanassof stated back in February. "We would love to be fully cross-play — have Xbox players matchmaking against the PlayStation players. We are ready to support that." Ubisoft is yet to issue a formal update on the status of cross-play since our interview.
Rainbow Six Siege cross-progression content transfer
With Rainbow Six Siege to provide a seamless upgrade path between consoles, Ubisoft has also promised cross-generation progression. The free migration will allow users to bring forward player data to the latest versions of their consoles, including player statistics, gameplay unlocks, and earned cosmetics.
Ubisoft only commits to cross-generation transfer within the same console family, like Xbox One to Xbox Series X, or PS4 to PS5. However, cross-platform progression remains on the cards according to Athanassof, as seen in titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Fortnite. The ideal implementation would allow players to sync their profile between platforms, proving increasingly valuable as more limited-time rewards hit the game.
What do you hope to see from Rainbow Six Siege on PS5 and Xbox Series X? Let us know in the comments section below.
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