Xbox Series X|S vs. PlayStation 5: A Graphical and Performance Comparison of the Enhanced Edition of Metro Exodus

Published 06/19/2021, 9:57 AM EDT


The wait for the Enhanced Edition of Metro Exodus has been long, but fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief as it has finally released. The 4A Games developed title released two years ago. But this week, the developers released a free upgrade for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 players. The Enhanced Edition has a lot of extra features that would maximize the great hardware from the next-generation consoles.

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The features for the upgraded variant include Ray Traced Graphics with 60 FPS Frame Rate. Along with that, these variants also include other drastic performance and visual improvements. But how do the Xbox and PlayStation variants differ from each other?

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PlayStation 5 version of Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition has a much darker tone to the Xbox variants

The graphical settings between the Xbox and PlayStation variants don’t differ that much. The Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 versions of Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition have similar draw distance, level of detail, shadow distance, and many more. The Series S version has a slight drop in these settings. But it makes sense for the less powerful console to have those drawbacks.

But the visuals of the two variants have a major difference in color reproduction. The PlayStation variant of the game has a much darker tone. A lot of SDR games on the Sony developed console have had this problem. But this issue might also affect HDR games like the upgraded version of Metro Exodus. Players can fix this by using the Gamma Correction setting on the game. They can also do it by tweaking the display settings of the TV or the monitor.

Loading times are long but similar

The 4A developed title doesn’t take advantage of the fast SSDs of the new consoles. So fans will have long loading times compared to the various console-optimized titles. Along with that, both consoles also have similar loading times in almost every situation. But it’s definitely quite slow compared to the PC variant.

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4A Games also explained the visual upgrades added on the Enhanced Edition in a blog post. The developers revealed that Metro Exodus will run at 60 FPS, and 4K output with typical internal dynamic resolution. The resolution flickers around the range of 1500p to 1750p range on the Xbox Series X with the PlayStation 5 variant dropping around 150p-200p during similar situations. But, the PlayStation version of the game is considerably smoother, and it provides a better 60 FPS experience in more situations compared to Xbox.

Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition showcases the massive difference Ray Tracing can do to any AAA title. With an upgrade to 60 FPS from 30 FPS, the experience has improved drastically for next-generation console players. From the dark world of the Moscow subway to the barren land on the Caspian level, this is an adventure players can’t miss.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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