Metro: Exodus Is Getting Extensive Free Enhancements For PC And Consoles
An overhauled ray tracing pipeline, DLSS 2.0, and more are coming for free later this year.
Metro: Exodus developer 4A Games has announced a free Enhanced Edition for all PC players, as well as details for its upcoming Xbox Series X|S and PS5 updates.
Metro: Exodus Enhanced Edition is coming later this year and benefits from some drastic engine overhauls 4A Games has made while optimizing the game for modern hardware. The most drastic change is in its ray tracing pipeline, with 4A Game writing that it has learned a lot since launching one of the first games to support the real-time rendering technology.
"We have built an all-new Fully Ray Traced Lighting Pipeline that brings a number of optimizations, upgrades, and new features to the Ray Traced Global Illumination and Emissive Lighting that we pioneered with the original release of Metro Exodus, as well as an upgraded implementation of our powerful Temporal Reconstruction technology to further boost resolution, visual detail, and performance," the post reads.
Metro: Exodus Enhanced Edition
On PC, this change is so drastic that 4A Games says the Enhanced Edition will be its own product, one that will require a ray tracing-capable GPU as a minimum. This new version will include all the new features destined for current-generation consoles, as well as some advanced ray-traced lighting that will be exclusive to more powerful PCs. In addition to that, DLSS 2.0 will also be added for Nvidia GPUs--a welcome change over the current first iteration of DLSS that isn't as good.
4A Games says that Metro: Exodus Enhanced Edition will launch this spring and will be free for all owners of the original game across Steam, the Epic Games Store, and GOG.
Metro: Exodus PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Upgrades
For PS5 and Xbox Series X, 4A Games says that Metro: Exodus will include all its ray tracing enhancements while running at 4k/60fps across both. This alone is a big claim considering many modern ray-traced titles on console are limited to 30fps (Control: Enhanced Edition and Watch Dogs: Legion are recent examples). Xbox Series S will also feature these graphical enhancements but run at 1080p, with 4A Games saying it's still tinkering with optimizations for a stable framerate.
The new console versions will also include support for the PS5 DualSense controller and spatial audio, as well as enhancements to controller latency on Xbox Series X|S that plagued the original Xbox One version. Players will also benefit from another pass of polish, as well as a new FOV slider that will be a first for the series on console.
Metro: Exodus for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S will launch later this year and be free for all current owners. The game will also make use of Microsoft's Smart Delivery for seamless support on Xbox consoles.
Below is a full list of new Metro: Exodus features coming across the board later this year.
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