Of the three recent Resident Evil PS5 upgrades, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is the most interesting. While the original PS4 version had very little in the way of graphical issues, it was the first title to utilise Capcom's RE Engine. The publisher really stepped up its game in later iterations (Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3), and so even with a native PS5 enhancement under its belt, Ethan Winters' first outing still looks behind the pack.
We're only talking visuals here, though, because the game itself is still a great one. Returning to the Baker property is a healthy reminder of just how good the title was back in 2017, with its new first-person perspective, protagonist, and enemies. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is still worth playing today, but it still looks last-gen.
That's even with a native 4K resolution and ray tracing to boot. The Baker household is a dark, dark place and it leaves fairly little room for reflections to actually make themselves known. Despite some nice lighting here and there, the feature feels wasted on the location. The resolution boost, too, can only do so much. The environments and characters look better on PS5, but the console is still having to work with the same textures as the PS4 version. It means some look quite poor up close. At least the 60 frames-per-second target remains rock-solid from start to finish.
And while there is another mode that targets 120fps, we wouldn't recommend touching it. The visual hit it demands is gigantic, sucking out so much of the atmosphere that makes the bayou what it is. It just isn't even worth considering; stick to having ray tracing on for the best experience.
The PS5 upgrade also has the same basic bells and whistles as the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 ports: really fast load times, 3D Audio, and simple DualSense controller support. Once again you can get from the main menu and straight into the game within seconds, while the adaptive triggers offer very slight variations of resistance between weapon types. The differences are extremely minute compared to the other two PS5 upgrades, though.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard always faced an uphill battle in comparison to the two other PS5 upgrades, and the mountain has proven too much. While the game looks and runs better, it's still a long way off Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. It's like playing a really good-looking PS4 game rather than something native to PS5. Still, at least the game itself remains a cracker.