Purchasing the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers on the PlayStation 4 will ensure you get the next-gen version for free, and our first look at the anticipated superhero title running on the PlayStation 5 is impressive to say the least. Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Crystal Dynamics’ chief technology office Gary Snethen explained that Sony’s new console “greatly lifts the performance and graphics bar for consoles”.

“The new GPU allows us to increase our texture resolution, push a higher level of detail farther from the player, enhance our ambient occlusion, improve our anisotropic filtering, and add a variety of new graphics features such as stochastic screen-space reflections with contact-aware sharpening,” he explained. As detailed yesterday, you’ll also have the option to favour either framerate or enhanced visuals, depending on what’s most important to you.

“Without any optimisation work, the loading and streaming of Marvel’s Avengers improved by an order of magnitude on PS5,” Snethen continued. “When optimisation is complete, loading content will be nearly instant, allowing players to seamlessly jump into missions anywhere in the game world. And as Iron Man flies through content-rich levels, higher resolution textures and mesh will stream in instantly, maintaining the highest possible quality all the way to the horizon.”

These first screenshots of the release captured on the PS5 back up everything the developer’s saying, as they look a generation apart from the PS4 footage we’ve seen thus far. Has news of the free upgrade convinced you to pick up Marvel’s Avengers at launch? Don’t forget, there’s a livestream coming up which will reveal much more about the title. You can find out when and where to watch that in our handy events guide.

[source blog.playstation.com]