Officially billed as a 'remaster' of the 2019 sci-fi RPG, The Outer Worlds: Spacer's Choice Edition is out now on PS5. It's available to buy at a slightly-lower-than-retail price, or you can pay a small upgrade fee if you already own The Outer Worlds and its two expansions on PS4.
Truth be told we were looking forward to checking this one out on Sony's current-gen console. We're fairly big fans of the original release because of its wacky role-playing options and entertaining sense of humour, but this PS5 version sadly leaves much to be desired.
We've already seen similar opinions doing the rounds online, so allow us to add our own experience to the discussion: Spacer's Choice Edition does not run especially well on PS5, for some mad reason. The game certainly looks better than ever, with improved character models and an overhauled lighting system giving the visuals a noticeable boost, but the technical performance is frankly baffling.
Specifically when making use of the game's dedicated performance mode, which is supposed to run at a silky 60 frames-per-second (coupled with a dynamic 4K resolution), the frame rate really loves to dip and dive. Based on what we've seen with our own eyes, the frame rate almost never seems to lock itself at 60, constantly fluctuating somewhere between 30 and 50fps — or thereabouts. It's not good.
These constant dips can even impact gameplay. We've come across instances where our button presses simply haven't registered — seemingly because the game's too busy dropping frames. This can result in a rough stop-start feel, even when you're just casually exploring an environment.
It's a real shame, because some nice DualSense support has been added, and, like we mentioned, the game's updated graphics look great at times. We can only hope that these frame rate issues are patched sooner rather than later.
Have you been playing The Outer Worlds on PS5? Have you ran into any of these frame rate problems? Make your own Spacer's Choice in the comments section below.
Let the MS conspiracy theories fly...like the one where MS doesn't want the PS5 version to be better than the Xbox version.
It took 3 years under the same owner for Obsidian to start working like Bugthesda LOL
And these people want us to pay money for this "upgrade" lol.
@mwatcher Xbox versions are having similar problems too.
@mwatcher Considering this works just as poorly on Xbox Series X and the work for this was done under Private Division (who contracted Virtuous to do the upgrade work) and not Xbox Studios… there is no reason for any conspiracy.
On the bright side loading times are fantastic compared to the PS4 version.
Was really looking forward to it, guess I'll wait.
I'll be far to busy enjoying games on my PS5 that will actually have sequels rather than caring for a game that's getting no sequels on PS5
@Kevw2006 As is the PC version.
I looked into getting the update. At 40 quid (seems to be only available via the DLCs) they can ffffff...forget it.
Could you drop a few words about quality mode?
Its got frame pacing and rate issues too unfortunately. I'm pleading with PSN to give me a refund for this horrible mess. The one time I've broken my "wait, dont buy on release" rule in years and this is what I get. 🙁
In its current state I would advise everyone to avoid upgrading or worse, like me, buying the full package. The performance is awful in both modes, even with VRR enabled.
Getting absolutely panned on Steam. People getting 30fps on 3080s and above.
Absolutely shoddy release.
I played for 10 mins this morning and I thought that the game was still at 30fps tbh 😞 is not fair at all
Thanks for the heads up. Another lackadaisical cash grab re-release.
So now we have a PS4 version that runs better on PS5 than the PS5 version xD well done. What are the developers even doing these days? If I did such a bad job at anything I'd get fired immediately!
While Obsidian games are usually always quite buggy and janky (or used to be anyway), this port wasn't handled by them. They must be raging that their name is attached to this.
Haven't started it yet and i think i shell just wait now for patches to hopefully sort it out.
@Beerheadgamer82 So you only play games that get sequels then? Must be limiting.
It is a great game on PS4.
Still rubs me the wrong way that the base game wasn't a free upgrade for ps4 owners, but that's fine.
I'll just play other stuff.
I am still getting this version
@WallyWest I never said that though did I. Consider myself one of the fortunate ones that didn't end up purchasing Outerworlds before knowing it wasn't getting the sequel on PS5. See it as accidentally dodging a bullet. Now I don't know about you but I like to carry on with games and their sequels. Take something like Evil Within 1 and 2, Wolfenstein 1 and 2, DOOM2016 and Eternal or Dishonored 1 and 2, all games I've enjoyed on PS4 and now those potential sequels most likely ain't coming to a PS console. Absolutely nothing wrong in not caring for a game that's not getting sequels. The simple solution of grabbing an Xbox is irrelevant when a person can only afford one of the latest consoles. Imagine playing 1996RE1 and then never playing 1998RE2 and never playing 1999RE3Nemesis, makes no sense whatsoever
@KingDazzar oh well. Seems like 7 bucks wasted for me.
In any case, I'll try it and find out if it is beyond playable for me.
@WallyWest why do you have an issue with how I game, I dont. Not everyone can afford all the latest consoles, never ashamed of admitting that
@Beerheadgamer82 The story is self contained with no loose ends so does it matter if you can't play the sequel?
@WallyWest yes, yes it does. Regardless of a genuine continuation of the story or not, I've not only given my time to the game, its also my money
@Beerheadgamer82 Weird argument. People have had to do this throughout gaming. Nintendo fans had to make a call on Final Fantasy (and now Xbox fans). Sega fans had to make the same calls about Tomb Raider (which intially was gonna be a Saturn exclusive) and even Resident Evil. Xbox got Octopath Traveler, but didn't get the sequel, even though the PlayStation did despite never having the original. It happens.
@FenIsMightier what's all that got to do with me though, I'm well aware of all that. Was specifically on about games that were important to me on the console I play on. Point I'm trying make is, why would anyone support something in the now, knowing full well in the near future they won't ever be supporting you
What a mess. At least we get to play PS4 version until this gets patched (whereas there is no going back on XSX/S smart delivery)..
Imagine being only able to afford one of the latest consoles and then get criticised for not supporting a game that won't be getting a sequel. What is there about this that gets someone in a position to have a problem with it. And I'm the one that's supposed to be weird, if that's what weird is then fine by me
Notice for game devs far and wide: if you’re contracting ANYTHING out to a third party, ALWAYS perform acceptance testing before releasing the product.
Well I was planning on playing it, but not playing it anytime soon... So hopefully by the time I do play it they get these issues ironed out.
@Beerheadgamer82 Because maybe they want to enjoy a good game, and not every game tries to be part of a trilogy or franchise, thus ends on a cliffhanger or with loose threads. You absolutely can enjoy something like the Outer Worlds even if you know a sequel will be out of reach. "Supporting" is a weird way to phrase it. You're consuming media to entertain, not backing a political figure.
No one knows if Deathloop or Ghostwire will be getting sequels but if they do I don't want to be in the same position as i am now with all the other Bethesda sequels I won't be getting on PS. I'm so happy and 110% satisfied for completely ignoring Deathloop and Ghostwire for these same reasons. I don't have a problem with how someone else chooses to game so why should you
So you cant upgrade without the season pass i take it? Got plenty to play atm but when i get a chance i to want to give this another shot.
Was going to get this but not any more. Rewarding the devs for subpar work isn't something I'm willing to do at this point
They opened it up, it was fu*ked and they all went “good enough!!!!” and out the door it went
@Beerheadgamer82 dude you're totally missing out on Deathloop by doing that. It's one of the best games on PS5, and it's a self contained story. And I doubt it will get a sequel anyway. Treat yourself!
@KingPev already have Deathloop on Plus. I dunno, yh maybe I'm missing out a little on not playing Deathloop given how I enjoyed both 1 and 2 Dishonored. It's just the time I put into a game or the money spent on a game only to find out the sequel won't be available to me. I just find it insulting and i dont like to be insulted. The fun I had with some of those Bethesda games on PS4 all just feels for nothing now, regardless of the game sequels continuation of the story or not, still feels all for nothing. I value my time and money spent on games and I like to continue that journey with said game regardless of no continuation of a story, I'm still invested in that world
Got the physical version of the game for $10 and the season pass when it was last on sale, but will wait for this to be patched
I played this when it first came out on the ps4 and i thought it was yawn inducing to say the least. I'm not seeing anything appealing about this lazy ass cash grab either..
Since I always play at cinematic mode and it's stellar... no issues so far. It's better than the PS4 version, only 10USD for the update, well spent money.
Does nobody else find it even the slightest bit funny that they called it the 'Spacer's Choice Edition'?
You know, the in-game company that openly markets its products as mediocre...
I’ve already done few hours on this and not noticing much in way of issues. Seen a couple of dips but not game impacting. I’m playing on quality mode as I prefer resolution/quality to 60fps. One thing I do notice is the colours seem more saturated.
@GymratAmarillo I love Obsidian but they've always been terrible for bugs. They're notorious for it. Looks for videos of New Vegas bugs. Not to mention, they are (or were) made up of a lot of the old crew that worked on the original Fallouts and they're at least Bethesda level - saving during combat corrupts saves, entire towns randomly turn hostile, your item storage can delete all items, etc etc. Other people from the Fallout days formed Troika who also made some of the buggiest games ever.
So Sega Saturn owners lol?
They got RE1 but never got RE2 or RE3 although apparently RE2 was in development for Saturn at the same time it was in development for PS1. It got canned early on though.
@Beerheadgamer82 Good thing for you, you don't have to buy the latest Xbox. Just get a Game Pass subscription and cloud stream it from basically anything (non-console) under the sun that can connect to a controller.
Heck, buy a base Xbox One for chump change and use that.
@Haggis555 Indeed, try moving the settings for HDR inside the game, that helped me... in the PS5 I left the HDR setting of Colour in "On When supported" so the console does not force the native HDR from the game.
Well sounds like a wait for patch. Luckily I've started a new Elden Ring playthrough. Will probably keep me occupied for another 150 hours or so.
@OrtadragoonX isn't that entirely on Capcom though. I do remember the Saturn. I actually used to have one with Sega Rally being a joy at the time. Also I have the Saturn version of RE1 in my RE collection. So many games skipped the Saturn, not just RE
@GamingFan4Lyf I get that. Passionate gamer here, meaning cloud streaming, Xbox One or a Series S means nothing to me. Its a brand new Series X or nothing at all. Not that there's anything really bad about the Series S. More to do with when I'm so passionate about something, I don't do it half heartedly
I'm sure we'll get a patch that will fix these issues, eventually.
@Matroska But the remaster is not a Obsidian product.
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