Ubisoft’s The Division 2 was patched exactly one week ago to allow it to take advantage of PlayStation 5 hardware, bringing with it support for a 4K resolution at 60 frames-per-second. The 4.5GB update was a welcome one for anyone now playing the looter shooter on Sony’s latest console, but as per a technical investigation from Digital Foundry, there appears to be something up with this enhanced version of the game on PS5.
The popular tech team has found visual features that are present in the edition updated for Xbox Series X|S and even PlayStation 4 Pro, but are nowhere to be seen on PS5. This includes the complete lack of volumetric lighting, atmospheric rendering, and smoke haze. Interiors are also said to lose volumetric lighting and screen-space reflections are missing in action. Finally, load times are also a bit of a disappointment. Digital Foundry states: “The final mystery concerns loading times – we get a dramatic improvement on Xbox Series consoles compared to Xbox One X, but curiously, the PS5 lags behind other next-gen machines by a few seconds when loading the same content.”
Watch the video embedded above and you’ll immediately notice the differences between the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions — the fact that these visual features were even present on PlayStation 4 Pro makes the situation all the more bizarre. There’s a real difference in quality you can notice here. How does this happen? Digital Foundry’s Thomas Morgan even notes that the two versions share the same codebase. At least the PS5 version sticks to its target of 60 frames-per-second very reliably.
All told, the 60fps experience is excellent and in common with similar next-gen updates, it’s hard to go back. It’s a simple way to tap into the horsepower of the new machines, but it’s also the most potent upgrade Ubisoft could have delivered. If you’ve upgraded to the new consoles and you own the game, we highly recommend checking it out – but let’s hope that Ubisoft can look into the PS5 issues and restore the full range of effects to the game.
Have you had chance to check out The Division 2 on PS5? Have you spotted these lacking visual features? Share your findings in the comments below.