In one of the few genuinely interesting announcements at this year's Spike VGX Awards, we learned that Crystal Dynamics' reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise would be getting an updated re-release for the PlayStation 4. Touted as the "definitive edition", this new version sports improved physics and a complete graphical overhaul.

To demonstrate these enhanced visuals, IGN has released a video comparing the PS3 and PS4 editions of the game. The clip sees executive producer Scot Amos detailing the process that the developer went through to refine its existing graphical engine. He also spends a great deal of time discussing how the team got Lara's skin to look just right. So, uh, there's that.

It still strikes us as odd that Square Enix would be interested in putting so much effort into a re-release of a game that, according to its accounting team, didn't sell nearly enough copies to meet financial projections. That said, we absolutely loved the Uncharted-esque reboot, and if this footage is anything to go by, it'll look terrific on Sony's new machine. Hopefully we'll soon get a few more details on that totally new next-gen Tomb Raider title, too. Will you be hunting down this updated version, or have you already confronted the violent residents of Yamatai? Raid the comments section below.

[via ign.com]