Horizon Zero Dawn 1.53 update makes Aloy’s adventure feel next-gen
In case you didn’t know, Sony recently announced the release date for Horizon Forbidden West. It was… a bit of a disappointment as Aloy’s second trek won’t be releasing until February 2022. But the bad news came with the good news that Horizon Zero Dawn was getting a next-gen update that lets the game target 60fps on PS5.
That update, version 1.53, is out now and has been for a couple of days. I’ve had a go myself because up until now, I’ve just never really cared for the game. I know. Scum. But 60fps? I’m all over that.
From what I’ve played, it seems to be a perfect 60fps. Like, rock-solid 60fps. I’ve got an eye for it now and if a frame drops I gasp and shudder. I didn’t gasp or shudder once when I started a fresh playthrough last night. But could I have been wrong? Could my tired eyes have deceived me after spending hours staring at my PC monitor as Gamescom 2021 delivered and delivered and delivered?
Yes. But, but that’s being very picky.
Horizon Zero Dawn does drop a few frames, but the amount it drops from its 60fps target is almost negligible.
VG Tech, a popular YouTube channel that takes games and analyses their frame rates, has tested Horizon Zero Dawn on PS5 and the results are very impressive.
From a total of 51328 frames, the game dropped just 35. That’s around 0.7% of the total frames. No wonder I didn’t notice.
It should be noted that yes, this is a last-gen game running on a next-gen console, but it’s still impressive. Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the more graphically ambitious open-world games on consoles, so to see it running at that sweet 60fps (and in 4K) is a real treat – and a freebie!
Right, what’s next? Uncharted 4? We’ve already had The Last of Us 2 get the next-gen treatment, so why not?