The 1.5 update for Genshin Impact will be releasing on April 28 with a brand new housing system, new characters in Eula and Yanfei, and a new boss. Alongside these exciting changes, developer miHoYo also revealed that the native PS5 version of Genshin Impact would be arriving as well. While PS5 owners can currently access the game through backwards compatibility with the PS4 version, the new optimization changes will help match up performance to the powerful console.
Although the major changes that will be arriving in the PS5 version of Genshin Impact have been revealed, there's still speculation regarding the finer details. While the PS5 version will likely remain very similar to the PS4 version, miHoYo has announced faster loading times, 4K output, improved textures, and DualSense integration.
After releasing Genshin Impact for PC, PS4, and Mobile in September 2020, miHoYo confirmed plans for a PS5 and Nintendo Switch release as well. Earlier this month, miHoYo revealed the release date and details for the PS5 version on the PlayStation Blog. The native PS5 version will be released alongside the 1.5 update for Genshin Impact on April 28. Genshin Impact's native PS5 version will include features such as 4K resolution, faster loading times, and enhanced textures.
PS5 owners who currently play on the PS4 version of Genshin Impact will also be able to migrate their account over without losing any progress. Unfortunately, Genshin Impact doesn't currently have a cross save feature so PC players looking to migrate over to the PS5 will be out of luck. While the PS4 version is already running fairly well on the PS5 reaching a consistent 60 FPS, these new features should help Genshin Impact run on par with most high end PCs. Furthermore, this new update should make good use of the PS5's GPU as it handles the beautiful open-world environments in 4K with enhanced textures. Of course, while visual updates are nice, the biggest change will be the faster loading times as console players can attest to the frustratingly long transitions between domains and teleports when compared to PC players.
Mysteriously, the PlayStation Blog post doesn't mention anything about DualSense integration despite earlier announcements that the PS5 version of Genshin Impact would make use of the features. While miHoYo hadn't specified how Genshin Impact would integrate DualSense, the assumption was that there would likely be haptic feedback during elemental skills and elemental bursts. Fans also speculated that charging arrow shots could make use of the adaptive trigger features on the DualSense controllers.
While DualSense integration remains likely given previous Genshin Impact announcements surrounding the PS5 version, there's a possibility that miHoYo decided to drop it which is why it doesn't show up in the official blog post. Although it would be disappointing, it wouldn't be surprising given how few games are able to use the features effectively if at all. Nonetheless, even without DualSense integration, the PS5 update for Genshin Impact should offer plenty of visual and optimization upgrades for fans to make use of.
Genshin Impact is available now on PC, PS4, and Mobile. The PS5 version releases on April 28, and the Switch version is in development.
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