Insomniac’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is among the most interesting and best-looking video games on Sony’s brand-new PlayStation 5 hardware, so if you’ve currently protected yourself a brand-new console, you ought to be delighted to delve into this open-world excitement flight. However, what if you just have a PlayStation 4? How does Insomniac’s superhero experience operate on Sony’s last-gen hardware? Should you wait to play the video game till after you update your console or simply dive in now on PS4? Those are the concerns I set out to respond to by playing Spider-Man: Miles Morales on a launch variation of the PlayStation 4. 

First of all, I won’t dive excessive into what I consider Spider-Man: Miles Morales as a video game. Overall, I had a lots of enjoyable and truly delighted in tidying up Manhattan as Miles. Insomniac developed an extremely strong open-world formula with its 2018 video game and has actually wisely developed off its systems with Miles’ video game. I enjoy the addition of Miles’ venom capabilities, which are both enjoyable to utilize and a good method to disable larger enemies throughout fight. If you like stealth video games, as I do, then you’ll most likely likewise dig Miles’ camouflage ability, which lets him turn momentarily unnoticeable to quickly get away heated fights. For a more comprehensive breakdown of Insomniac’s systems, please read Andrew Reiner’s complete evaluation.

So, how does the PlayStation 4 variation compare to the advanced PlayStation 5 variation? In short, quite positively. The finest news for PlayStation 4 owners is that they will have access to the complete Miles Morales experience, indicating the PS4 variation is mechanically the like the PS5 variation. There are no extra objectives, or matches, or antiques on the PS5. Both variations are functionally the exact same, which is fantastic.

The most significant distinctions in between the 2 consoles are the load times and the visuals. The PlayStation 5’s decreased load times are something that Sony has actually been trumpeting given that prior to it even displayed the console, and seeing Miles quick travel throughout New York in about 4 seconds is quite wonderful. Naturally, Manhattan takes a lot longer to fill up on the PS4. I routinely experience load times of in between 15-30 seconds when quick circumnavigating the city. That definitely isn’t as impressive as the PS5, but those loads weren’t painful either, especially when compared to some other PS4 games. Also, in-game cutscenes do a good job of masking PS4 loads. However, my game occasionally cut to black for a few seconds after a cutscene because the world hadn’t finished loading. Thankfully, this was rare. 

The other big benefit of playing Spider-Man: Miles Morales on a PS5 is that it looks better. Miles looks good on the PS4, but the PS5 version takes advantage of HDR lighting and other effects, which gives the game a crisper look. After swapping in between both versions of the game, the PS4 version felt muted. You can still get some of these graphical advantages ­– such as HDR lighting – if you have a PS4 Pro, however the PS5 version also has advanced facial animations and effects that allow characters to move a bit more realistically. Hair, in particular, looks much better on the PS5, which might seem like a small thing, but it goes a long way towards selling the dramatic scenes and making these characters feel more believable. 

The Verdict: Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a great video game mechanically no matter which system you play it on. If you played Insomniac’s Spider-Man game from 2018, you probably know what to expect from the PS4 version of Miles Morales, and it’s a fun ride. And, if you think you might upgrade consoles soon, but still don’t want to wait to start playing Miles Morales, you can always start the game on the PS4 and finish the experience on the PS5, as Insomniac has confirmed that save files will easily transfer across consoles. In the end, the PS5 version of Spider-Man: Miles Morales is undeniably a much better experience, however if you aren’t ready to spend several hundred dollars on a new console, you’ll probably get by just fine with the PS4 variation.