This week Microsoft & Sony finally launched their flagship next-generation consoles into the wild. As previously announced by Rockstar themselves last week some of their titles are backwards compatible. Some of these games include Grand Theft Auto V & Red Dead Redemption 2, which are playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
This piece will dive deep into what improvements that players will benefit from these new systems. PS5 and Xbox Series X/S are really powerful machines so there’s obviously going to be some large changes to the game performance & the loading times.
Grand Theft Auto V & GTA Online
One of the key areas of improvements the game loads remarkably fast on both next-gen systems. While the Story Mode sees a significant difference in loading. Both machines load almost instantly. In some cases, the PS5 can load the game without seeing the loading artwork, yes it’s really insane. The only big downside, GTA Online can still happen to have longer loading times but it does have a big loading boost over the last generation consoles though.
Plus players can also expect a performance boost in GTA Online. The game finally operates at steady 30 frames per second. Though it’s expected the frame-rate will be uncapped in 2021’s port for both systems.
One of the most respected content creator in the community, Gtamen recently tested GTA Online and found steady performance on Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.
Correspondingly Xbox Series players can enjoy Xbox’s auto-HDR feature shipped with every backwards compatible game for HDR TV displays too.
Grand Theft Auto IV
GTA IV is only backwards compatible on Xbox Series (X/S) & Xbox One, it does benefit from enormous improvements to the game performance, some of these improvements are staggering.
Rockstar originally shipped GTA IV with an uncapped frame-rate in 2008 on Xbox 360. With this uncapped frame-rate Xbox Series X & Xbox Series S players can finally play GTA IV in 60 frames per second locked with faster loading times.
Though do keep note the resolution of the game remains unchanged. GTA IV still plays the original game resolution (720p).
Red Dead Redemption II
Red Dead Redemption II doesn’t quite have too many differences, but loading times on both systems have a 50% boost on PS5 & Xbox Series X/S. It’s over a little minute faster on both consoles as reported by various gaming media outlets.
Of course, game performance will be improved thanks to the extra power of both machines so expect no frame drops in demanding areas like Saint Denis.
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption (and Undead Nightmare) are only backwards compatible on Xbox Series & Xbox One, it does benefit considerably massively from high-resolution enhancements & texture filtering boosts.
The game on Xbox Series X operates at full-4K resolution. Similarly, Microsoft’s low-tier next-generation system Xbox Series S will play the game in 1440p resolution too. These improvements are a tremendous boost compared to its original game resolution which was little as 720p on Xbox 360.
Xbox players can expect to see Red Dead Redemption in HDR for the first-ever thanks to the auto-HDR feature as per part of the OS features. Moreover thanks to the Xbox’s NVme SSD, loading times will be almost instant.
Rockstar Games PS2 Collection on PS5
Rockstar Games have confirmed the Rockstar Games collection titles from PlayStation 2 are playable on PS5. Note that you do have to purchase the games again, these games cannot be played from the original game disc and must be bought again on the PlayStation Store sadly.
The following list of these games are:
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Max Payne
- Red Dead Revolver
- The Warriors
Of course, loading times will be improved over the PS4 but note that the resolution for all games remains unchanged.
That’s all for our deep dive, we hope this helped bring some insight into the improvements for backwards compatibility on next-gen consoles!