Borderlands 3 is the latest game to adopt an encouraging trend – offering gamers a next-gen upgrade without charging them – and in this case, it’s a game that will be extremely welcome for console gamers who have 4K TVs.
The image above (and embedded in the tweet below) has all the details, but just in case you can’t make out the fine print, the main news is this: On PS5 and Xbox Series X, the game will now run at 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, both higher and smoother than any console can run Borderlands 3 today.
Last year, Digital foundry found that even the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X only managed to run the game at your choice of 3200 x 1800 resolution and 30 fps, or 1080p at 60 fps, which made you sacrifice resolution or smooth frame rate , and performance wasn’t necessarily consistent even then – so a true 4K60 campaign could make all the difference.
Gearbox doesn’t make the same promise to future owners of the cheaper $ 300 Xbox Series S, of course, since this console typically targets 1440p resolutions instead of 4K. But the other news today is a brand new split-screen mode that supports 3-4 players on the same TV, letting you bring three friends to play on a single console. This one is coming to the Xbox Series S, as well as the X and both PlayStation 5 models.
And if you plan to keep rolling with a current-gen PS4 or Xbox One, you also get a consolation prize: you’ll soon be able to split your current two-player split-screen mode vertically rather than horizontally, can -be to get a better view of the game’s sorry sky.
Other games with free next-gen upgrades: The Witcher 3, Destin 2, and Death by the light of day, and – on Xbox, anyway – any game that enrolls in Microsoft’s Smart Delivery program, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077. Games that will charge you include Call of Duty Black Ops: Guerre froide, Control and apparently NBA 2K21.