control left as if it were bringing the last generation of consoles to their breaking points, with lots of performance issues on the old machines. Despite these problems, it was a great game my favorite of 2019. Now with the release of the next generation of controlMany of these issues have been fixed, and better performance and nifty new features make an already great game better.
control, developed by Remedy, the people behind it Max Payne and Alan Wakewas released in August 2019 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The PC version, after a few patches, was a fantastic way to play this scary third-person shooter full of supernatural enemies. The console ports didn’t work as well. On PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, the more powerful, updated computers of the last generation, control would still struggle to maintain its 30 fps target. It can fall well below this target during major fights where lots of objects are flying around and particle effects occur. And the older base consoles were more likely to cause problems or become extremely sluggish. Add long load times and you have a bit of a mess.
Control Ultimate Edition, available today for PS5 and Xbox Series X / S, is a true port of the next generation of the game. It offers ray-traced reflections, improved frame rates, faster load times, and higher resolution. However, there are some limitations. First, if you don’t own it Control Ultimate Edition You must Buyback the game as the original version of control will not be updated to the next generation port. It’s a whole annoying thing that upset a lot and it’s still a shitty situation.
Another catch: Scores from the last generation versions of the game are not transferred. According to Remedy, this is because the engine is so different that it would have required a lot of additional work to properly transfer the saves. One final catch is that the game on Xbox Series S lacks ray tracing and runs at an internal resolution of 900p, which is then increased to an output resolution of 1080p. Oh and I didn’t play the Xbox Series X port from Ultimate Edition, although Remedy says it should be visually identical to the PS5 game and I expect this to be true.
So if that stuff is out of the way how does it go? control play on PS5? In a word: heavenly.
With PS5 and Xbox Series X, you can choose between performance mode and graphics mode. The game aims at 60 fps in performance mode and hits it mostly. I’ve seen a couple of small break-ins in some larger areas with enemies, but these were barely noticeable and it’s still a huge improvement over PS4.
The other option, graphics mode, is set to 30 fps but supports ray-traced reflections. The ray tracing functions in Control Ultimate Edition aren’t as impressive as in some high-end pc games, like Metro: Exodus. But they add an extra level of detail to the world. Glossy walls, glass windows, and reflective marble floors provide realistic and precise reflections that add to the game’s visual appeal.
However, in the heat of battle, I rarely noticed reflections and missed the smooth feel of 60 fps. Outside of ray-traced reflections, both modes appear to look almost identical. For example, shadows do not look better in graphics mode or perform worse. So the big decision you have to make seems to be whether you want 60 fps action or 30 fps action with ray-traced reflections. I think controlIt’s already looking great on all platforms, so the ray tracing features aren’t a terrific improvement, especially at the cost of cutting performance in half. Even so, it’s a good option to include them. Incidentally, both modes render with an internal resolution of 1440p and output them in an upscaled 4k format, which creates a sharp, clean image.
Load times are also much faster on PS5, with most loading screens done in less than 12 seconds. While this is fast, especially when compared to load times on old machines, which could exceed 30 or even 40 seconds, the load times for PS5 aren’t nearly as fast as I’d hoped. However, this is mainly due to the fact that I got used to other PS5 games such as: Miles Moralesthat have lightning-fast loading times of a few seconds or less. Regardless, you spend a lot less time looking at a loading screen Control Ultimate Editionwhich is great.
Control Ultimate Edition also comes with all of the previously released DLC which is wonderful for me because I’ve never played control DLC, wait for a next generation port instead. Lucky me!
If you can get over buying the game again and not being able to transfer old saved games, Ultimate edition next generation consoles is the best way to play control outside of a solid pc. If you didn’t like it control Back when it came out because it was too difficult or you didn’t find the world addicting, this new port isn’t going to change your mind. However, if you bounced off the old game due to long loading times or performance issues, this may be the best time to jump back in.