Which graphics mode is best in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart? You can pick from three different options to enjoy Insomniac Games' latest action platformer: Fidelity, Performance, and Performance RT. Fidelity focuses on the best possible graphics quality, while Performance focuses on framerate. Performance RT is best considered a combination of the two, sacrificing resolution in favour of framerate and ray tracing. As part of our Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart guide, we're going to answer the question: which graphics mode is best?
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart: Fidelity, Performance, Performance RT - Which Graphics Mode Is Best?
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart's graphics mode can be changed at any time, but the title will restart your current checkpoint when you make an alteration. The game's checkpoints are frequent and plentiful, however, so we'd recommend you experiment and find a setting that best suits your needs.
Fidelity runs at 30 frames-per-second but has graphical features like ray tracing, enhanced lighting, and enhanced scene density. In this particular scene, there appear to be more spaceships in the skybox, and the lighting is more cinematic overall. However, the framerate is jarring, especially coming from other 60 frames-per-second games on PS5.
Performance runs at 60 frames-per-second and adjusts the lighting and scene density in order to achieve it. There does appear to be a reduction in the number of spaceships present in the skybox, although the scene doesn't lose too much of its spectacle as a result. This mode also doesn't have ray tracing, which means some reflective surfaces look flatter than in Fidelity mode.
Performance RT is a combination of Fidelity and Performance, sacrificing resolution in favour of ray tracing. It has the same compromises as Performance in terms of lighting and scene density, but presents a slightly blurrier image in favour of retaining the reflective surfaces of Fidelity. While the image quality does take a noticeable hit, it still looks fairly clean depending on how far away you sit from your TV screen.
Which Graphics Mode Is Best?
Having spent several hours with each of the options, we like Performance RT the best, but you really can't go wrong with any of them. Insomniac Games has delivered a smooth 30 frames-per-second in Fidelity, so if you can adjust to the "slower" framerate then you may appreciate the maximum eye candy available. In our opinion, though, the sacrifices made in Performance and Performance RT are more than justified by the smooth, responsive gameplay. The title still looks stunning at 60 frames-per-second, and at an average viewing distance from your screen, you're unlikely to be able to perceive the resolution differences. We like the ray tracing because it adds depth to each scene, and seeing as the developer has found a way to present the best of both worlds, we'd recommend Performance RT as the best way to play.