The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is set to launch on PS5, bringing with it a host of technical enhancements. The PS4 original was arguably the best looking game of the previous generation, but now thanks to the remaster will have a full native PS5 version with native 4K options. But how much better does this PS5 remaster actually look? Well, we’ve crafted up some side-by-side comparisons, so you can be the judge.
We’ve tested both the PS4 version of The Last of Us Part 2 running via backwards compatibility on PS5, and the new remaster running on Fidelity mode, which outputs at a native 4K and targets 30 frames-per-second. If you’d like to see the game in motion, we have a full comparison video up on the Push Square YouTube channel for you to check out.
We have to say, side-by-side, the most noticeable changes are in the lighting. The PS5 version of the game is a substantially darker version, which on HDR capable screens — particularly OLED — looks phenomenal, although it can look a bit too dark in still images. It gives the game’s already photorealistic graphics, another layer of realness to them, making the more horrific moments all the more impactful.
There is of course a more defined look to the smaller details of each shot here. Focusing on the ground, foliage, and the texture of materials, these are likely the biggest graphical upgrades in the remaster. They won’t mean much in motion, but Naughty Dog has always excelled with the smaller, seemingly inconsequential details. And while you really have to be pixel-peeping to spot them, we feel like it means the game can now stand among the best looking titles on PS5.
But what do you think about this graphical remaster? Do you think it’s worth the £10/$10 upgrade? Or is there nothing to see here? Let us know down in the comments below.