Deep Silver and 4A Games have noticeably upgraded the shooter Metro Exodus on the PC in the form of an Enhanced Edition. The next-gen upgrade for consoles is also in sight.
The Enhanced Edition for the PC is now available and represents a substantial upgrade of the previous version of the game. Among other things, 4A Games now uses the performance of ray-tracing GPUs on the PC, thus providing noticeable visual improvements. Owners of the original version on Steam, Epic Games Store, Good Old Games and Microsoft Store can get the update for free.
The new ray-tracing functions include enhanced ray-traced reflections, support for DLSS 2.0 on NVIDIA hardware, sharper image details and higher frame rates and resolutions. In cooperation w ith NVIDIA, the existing Globa illumination technology, which was already used in the original version, was optimized. Now every light source supports ray-traced effects and the RT-Emissive technology from the DLC “The Two Colonels” is extended to the entire game.
The upgrade is so extensive that it requires a ray-tracing-capable GPU as a minimum specification and is delivered as a separate product – in particular, it is not a normal patch for the base game; instead, it is offered as an additional option to all existing PC gamers.
In addition, there is now light at the end of the tunnel for next-gen gamers: From June 18, 2021, the free Gen 9 upgrades for Xbox Series X / S and PS5 will be available. 4K at 60 fps and full ray-traced lighting are implemented here. Further technical specifications of the Enhanced Edition will then also be introduced. Gen 8 owners on Xbox One and PS4 also receive these improvements as a free upgrade.