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Psychonauts 2 PS5 performance, DualSense support, release, and more

Psychonauts 2's PS5 release was a complicated one thanks to Microsoft's acquisition of the developer, so here is all you need to know if you're diving in.

Raz can be seen in his work outfit.

The second part of Raz’s mind-bending journey as part of the international psychic espionage organization was an absolute blast, though the platforms it was available on were confusing, to say the least. With Microsoft’s acquisition of Double Fine Productions, a Psychonauts 2 PS5 version was shrouded in mystery.

So, here is all you need to know if you’re hoping to play Psychonauts 2, one of the best games in recent memory, on a PlayStation console, as it’s more complicated than you might first expect.

Is Psychonauts 2 On PS5?

Technically no, Psychonauts 2 does not have a native PS5 version. However, Psychonauts 2 is playable on PS5 via backwards compatibility with the PS4 version. There is also a PS5 update to the PS4 version which added some slight performance improvements.

Even today, it’s still somewhat unclear why there isn’t a native PS5 version of Psychonauts 2. While you perhaps would have expected the game to be an Xbox exclusive given Microsoft’s acquisition, it was still released on PlayStation, just not the latest and greatest of Sony’s consoles. Nevertheless, this does mean that it still plays better on Xbox consoles today.

How Does Psychonauts 2 Perform On PS5?

As mentioned above, Psychonauts 2 on PS5 runs the PS4 version via backwards compatibility. This means that it is somewhat limited in terms of performance.

Nevertheless, thanks to a PS5 performance patch for the PS4 version, the game offers a 1440p resolution running at 60 frames-per-second on PS5, with no performance options. This is notably lower than the 4K resolution offered on Xbox Series X and the 120 fps modes available.

Does Psychonauts 2 Have DualSense Support?

Psychonauts 2 does not have any special DualSense support as it was never released natively on PS5, instead relying on the original PS4 version, and therefore the basic DualShock 4 controller. If you do play the game on PS5 though, you will have some enhanced rumble features thanks to the DualSense controller’s better technology.

That covers all you need to know about Psychonauts 2 PS5 and all the limitations you can expect trying to play the critically acclaimed release today.