With the lift of the review embargo, PlayStation gamers have also been able to get their first look at God of War Ragnarok PS4 performance in comparison to the crispy, current-gen PS5 version. While there is of course the expected difference in frame rates on the PS4 and PS4 Pro, a quick glance shows you that the game looks exceptional on last-gen hardware.
While our own 9/10 God of War Ragnarok review was conducted on the PS5, the likes of IGN and Resero have managed to play the game on all three of the most recent PlayStation consoles to draw comparisons across each system and the various graphics modes Ragnarok has.
From what Resero found, the standard PS4 will run Ragnarok at a steady 30 FPS. The PS4 Pro in Resolution Mode will also run at 30 FPS, but Performance Mode can also be enabled on the Pro, which will boost things up to a fluctuating 45-50 FPS. On the PS5, Resolution Mode will again put you at 30 FPS, while Performance Mode will have you running at a buttery smooth 60 FPS.
In terms of graphical quality, it is genuinely difficult at times to distinguish between the PS4 versions and the PS5 version of Ragnarok. IGN provides several screen wipe comparisons to show the same scenes running on different systems and performance modes, and while zooming in and looking closely at the PS5 graphics will show them to be much sharper and more detailed, the PS4 graphics are by no means bad.
Resero does however report a few instances of texture popping on the PS4 and PS4 Pro while entering some of the God of War Ragnarok realms, but these appear to be very brief.
So if you’re a God of War fan still yet to grab a PS5, fear not, as it looks the experience on PS4 systems is still going to be excellent.