Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice has today received a free next-gen upgrade that adds ray tracing, higher frame rates, and a resolution boost. However, you needn't bother powering up your PlayStation 5 and looking for the update because it's exclusive to Xbox Series X|S for now, with a PC specific patch currently in development. This all makes complete sense, of course, as Microsoft acquired developer Ninja Theory back at E3 2018, but it still hurts a tiny little bit since the game is readily available on PS4 and other titles that now fall under the Microsoft umbrella have been enhanced after the associated studio was bought. DOOM Eternal and The Elder Scrolls Online, for example.
A FAQ posted alongside the announcement makes things very clear: "An update for the PC version of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is currently in development. There are no plans to bring this update to any other platform at this time." It also means the Nintendo Switch version misses out on the upgrade, but it's not like the hybrid device could reach the specs required anyway. Therefore, the best console version of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is now found on the Xbox Series X.
The game was PS4 Pro enhanced when it launched back in 2017, allowing it to adjust resolution between 1080p and 1440p, while a separate option activates 60 frames-per-second. On Xbox Series X, those specs are pushed to 4K, 120 frames-per-second, and optional ray tracing across three different selectable modes.
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