Why Resident Evil 8 Is No Longer Coming to PS4
Although fans were disappointed by the cancellation of E3 2020, Sony’s latest “Future of Gaming” event proved to be a worthy substitute. Studios across the globe showcased over 25 upcoming titles for the PlayStation 5, and Sony also unveiled the new console design. Perhaps no series is more iconic than Resident Evil. As Capcom revealed the next installment, Resident Evil 8, fans expressed both excitement and disappointment. Here is why.
A Not-So-Solid State
While PC gaming continues to reap the benefits of advanced technology, consoles lag behind. Until now. With the unveiling of next-generation console technology, Sony and Microsoft introduced solid-state drives for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. This flash-based technology dramatically reduces loading times and allows developers to create seamless experiences. But there is a drawback to advanced technology: studios are beginning to abandon cross-generational titles.
In a stunning move, Capcom sadly announced that Resident Evil 8 is no longer a PS4 title. As fans expressed discontent, the industry searched for answers. On Saturday, industry insider AestheticGamer provided an interesting explanation.
Resident Evil 8 Village is a massive game in comparison to previous titles. While the new PS5 SSD allowed Capcom to create seamless gameplay, the PS4 edition featured a host of “pop-in” textures and load times. Instead of compromising with last-generation hardware, Capcom decided to push the graphical fidelity of RE8 and build the game with virtually no loading times on the PS5. Although this decision is disappointing for PS4 owners, the Resident Evil community can rest assured that Capcom is pushing the limits of the series. Resident Evil Village releases on the PlayStation 5 in 2021.
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