God of War Ragnarok offers six graphics modes on PS5, three on PS4: Here’s why it’s a big deal

God of War Ragnarok will launch on November 9 but as per early reviews by aggregation sites, it has already become the second-highest rated game of the year with 94 points. It falls two points behind the Elden Ring which launched in February this year. Just as the reviews started to pour in, game developer Santa Monica Studio shared an image that indicates that the game has six graphics modes on PlayStation 5 and three on PlayStation 4. Here’s why it is a big deal.
Legacy console gaming is synonymous with simplicity. You just had to fire up the console, load the game and start playing. With a boom in gaming and technology, console makers threw in some extra ingredients allowing players to choose between graphics and performance. The foundation was apparently laid with the launch PS4 Pro and Xbox One X console refreshes. The God of War game that came out in 2018 offered a choice of running at 30fps with an upscaled 4K image or 60fps at 1080p.

Cut to 2022, we now have six graphics options on PS5 alone. These include performance favouring and graphics favouring settings.
Under performance favouring options, gamers can play in 1440p-2160p at 60fps, 1440p with 60fps (unlocked) + high frame rate (HFR, which requires HDMI 2.1 cable and compatible devices) and at 1440p 60fps + HFR + variable refresh rate (VRR). The quality-favouring options include 2160p at 30fps, 1800p-2160p + HFR at 40fps and 1800p-2160p + HFR + VRR at 40fps.

In PS4, there are three options: once favours performance, other favours quality and there is a third that offers standard 1080p in 30fps.
In a nutshell, if you are looking to play the game in its highest detail possible, you can play it in 4K/30fps. However, having just the console to play the game in the highest quality is not enough. In order to play the game in your desired quality, you must have compatible devices such as 4K TVs or screens. If you can compromise on quality, you can choose an option from the performance graphics list.

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