Top 10 PS4 Games That Can Inspire the Visuals on Nintendo Switch 2

Published 01/15/2024, 4:44 AM EST

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A successor of the Nintendo Switch could be coming later this year. With rumors of a September release, it could be announced just before the beginning of the next financial year. Besides its launch window, some have even given fans a few hints at what kind of power this console might have. Its SOC, RAM, display—everything has been a subject of speculations.

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It all comes down to the fact that this console might just be as powerful as the PlayStation 4 or PS4 Pro. And if that turns out to be true, there’s much Nintendo can learn from the developers of some of the best-looking games. Let’s look at 10 such games.

  1. Horizon Forbidden West

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Many see Horizon Forbidden West as primarily a next-gen game. No doubt it is, especially after its DLC, Burning Shores, was released only on the PlayStation 5. But it still stands strong as one of the best-looking PlayStation 4 games ever released.

Looking at Aloy run, swim, kill those machines, or do anything else is a sheer pleasure. It’s a very detailed game that makes doing everything an incredible experience. And the fact that it ran so well on a PlayStation 4 was a miracle in itself.

  1. Ghost of Tsushima

While Horizon Forbidden West thrives on its detailed environments and incredible texture work, Ghost of Tsushima takes a completely different path. This game presents gamers with a gorgeous environment that looks nothing short of a walking-talking masterpiece of a painting. Even its waypoints work pretty incredibly. Just slide up on the touchpad, and there comes a gust of wind with flying leaves pointing to where players must go next.

This highly stylized open-world game is like what fans might have seen before.

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2

It has been said multiple times. There is no open-world game out there that is as detailed as RDR 2. Arthur Morgan walks with the grace of a proud cowboy. His horse runs like no other video game horse ever. And the environment inside the buildings is such that things will realistically topple if Arthur walks into them.

All in all, this kind of game running on a system like the PS4 was incredible. Something that only Rockstar Games could have done. Maybe they would do the same for Switch 2.

  1. Control

Moving on from open-world titles, let’s discuss a very fast-paced third-person shooter. What’s so special about this game, you ask? Well, it has a very sophisticated physics system that allows for very detailed destruction. On the other hand, its ray tracing is something that everyone was talking about when it launched. Someone has said Switch 2 supports ray tracing; let’s see if Remedy considers bringing this game to Switch 2 natively.

Natively because it is already on Switch, but in cloud form. Players can purchase and stream the clunky cloud version with ease.

  1. God of War: Ragnarok

While God of War: Ragnarok’s character designs, its environments are something else. Grand vistas surrounded by weird enemies, combat that leads to a very beautiful show of particle effects. And finally, the lighting just makes everything better to look at.

While it is not the heaviest of titles to launch on the PS4, it still makes one wonder if the next Zelda game can take some inspiration from here. At least in the implementation of those particles.

  1. The Last of Us, Part II

It’s a third-person stealth action survival horror game with visuals to die for. Its character design, character animations, and facial expressions all lean towards a more realistic style. Then its environments are very well designed and give this semi-open-world game a very expensive look.

Of course, it’s an expensive game, but the fact that a game of such fidelity even ran on the PlayStation 4 was a surprise to many. Nintendo just needs to find a developer to give Switch players something similar—not in terms of story but look and feel.

  1. Ratchet and Clank

Ratchet and Clank on PS4 is an example of a game that one makes when they are hellbent on showing people that Toy Story movies can be converted into movies from scene to scene. It looks like a CGI movie come alive. On PS4 Pro, this game runs at 4K too.

With HDR and 4K, this game really makes players feel like they are watching a well-made animated movie. All thanks to Insomniac Games’ expertise.

  1. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Ubisoft’s games are often hit-and-miss, but they are always best at one thing: looking good. They use the best technologies to design these games. In the case of breakpoint, AnvilNext 2.0. As a result, this game’s environment was full of lush forests with leaves for contact detection.

One can’t help but wonder if Ubisoft would consider bringing this game or something similar to the Nintendo Switch 2, considering its supposed raw power.

  1. Fallout 4

This game runs at the usual 1080p with 30fps on the standard PlayStation 4 console. It features a huge map full of explorable environments, numerous NPCs to interact with, and numerous locations to build settlements in. On PS4 Pro, the same game runs with 2K resolution, improved view distance, and HDR support.

HDR support is one of the most-asked-for features on the Nintendo Switch 2. And it would not hurt to see an equally detailed open-world RPG on that console, either.

  1. Doom Eternal

Yes, Doom Eternal is on the Nintendo Switch, but it runs at 720p docked and 540p handheld. On the PS4, it runs at 1080p 60FPS. And on PS4 Pro, the same game gives 4K 60. It’s a massive upgrade, and even if Switch managed to run this game in handheld mode at 1080p 60FPS with ray tracing on, it would be an excellent showcase of its power.

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Nintendo can partner with Bethesda for a next-gen upgrade. or task Retro Studios with developing something similar.

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These are some of the games that launched for PlayStation 4, and they would be an incredible showcase of Switch 2’s power if they really ended up being as powerful as the PS4 or PS4 Pro.

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