With the release of next-gen consoles, the games have started to come hard and fast as well. We’ve already gotten a plethora of launch games for both Xbox Series X|S and PS5 with some of the biggest heavy hitters like Cyberpunk 2077 yet to come. However, next-gen is not only about new games, it’s about convenience.
Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S come with backwards compatibility and thus, are able to run games for the previous generation. Not only that, but most of those games run better both visually and in speed on these consoles.
Xbox though takes it one step further as it is able to run games from the Xbox 360 and the OG Xbox era as well. On the other hand, the PS5 backwards compatibility is currently only limited to PS4 games. So, while this does mean that you can play last-gen blockbusters like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 with better loading times and performance, you won’t be able to enjoy any of the PS3 era games on it.
Ignoring those games isn’t ideal either as the PS3 and Xbox 360 era had some of the best games of all time, including Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect, and Fallout New Vegas. So, while Xbox owners can go back and play all of those games again, PS5 users won’t be able to replay these masterpieces.
Remasters and remakes are proving to be crucial for next-gen
Thankfully though, a lot of game developers are going back to these stellar games and making remasters for the new generation. For instance, BioWare recently announced that it would be remastering the original Mass Effect trilogy for the next-generation consoles with new graphics, and much more. If you’re new to the gaming world, you might not be familiar with the Mass Effect series even though it is regarded as one of the best franchises of all time.
However, everyone has heard of and played Red Dead Redemption 2 at this point, the game that won many Game of the Year awards in 2018 and also cemented Rockstar’s name within the ranks of video-game royalty. Red Dead Redemption 2 though is a prequel to Red Dead Redemption (which is the 2nd entry in the Red Dead franchise) that originally came out on Xbox 360 and PS3.
While RDR 2 focuses on Arthur Morgan’s story, the original game tells the story of a grown John Marston, who is also present as his younger self in the latest entry. And, despite having an incredible story, the graphics and gameplay of the original game can be a bit jarring to go through, if you are used to the mind-blowing visuals of Red Dead Redemption 2. However, the story of John Marston is absolutely fantastic and if you’re a fan of RDR2, you have to play the original.
Red Dead Redemption Remastered rumored for Dec 10 release
Thankfully, Rockstar has seemingly listened to fans and is actually preparing to release a remastered version of the original Red Dead Redemption for the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S very soon. The remaster appeared on Amazon as a product listing and is currently slated for a December 10th release date.
"Red Dead Redemption Remastered shows up on Amazon"
For December 10th 2020 🤯
— PS5 Only (@PS5only) November 19, 2020
If the listing is true and Rockstar is actually redoing RDR for the new generation, this could end up doing very well for the developer. The franchise is much more popular now than when Red Dead Redemption came out and this could prove to be the perfect sequel to RDR2 for players who hadn’t delved into the series previously. As for those of us who are already familiar with Marston’s story, we’ll just brace ourselves for Dead Man’s Gun and try to hold our tears back.
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