Next-Gen Upgrades for Control Delayed to Early 2021

Next-Gen Upgrades for Control Delayed to Early 2021

Remedy needs a bit more time getting Control ready for PS5 and the new Xboxes.

Jesse Faden and the Federal Bureau of Control are making their way to next-gen consoles, but it'll be a bit longer before we see them in all their shiny, perhaps ray-traced glory. Today, Remedy announced that it's pushing the release of the next-gen upgrades for Control Ultimate Edition out to early 2021.

Already, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, publisher 505 Games was planning to launch the next-gen versions of Control digitally in late 2020 with physical copies set to arrive early next year. Now, presumably, the digital and physical next-gen launch will be closer together if not simultaneous.

This is yet another setback for folks itching to play Control on next-gen. 505's decision to restrict free next-gen upgrades from PS4 and Xbox One to Control's recently released Ultimate Decision drew a lot of ire, and the publisher wasn't helped later when owners of the original Digital Deluxe Edition release on PS4 saw their copies of Control momentarily upgraded to the Ultimate Edition.

Still, if you haven't bought Control yet, $39.99 for the game plus both of its DLC expansions isn't a bad deal. Waiting until next year for the promised upgrades is a bummer, but hopefully Control may also prove to be one of those games that automatically benefits from next-gen hardware in backward compatibility.

As for exactly what kinds of visual enhancements we can expect once the upgrades do drop, Remedy hasn't confirmed any specific resolution or feature targets. The hope is that Control will be able to support hardware accelerated ray tracing thanks to the dedicated tech for it in both consoles, but that's still a big ask for mid-range PCs.

Oddly enough, now that people can play Control Ultimate Edition via cloud streaming on Nintendo Switch, that's actually the first console version to feature ray tracing (when running in the enhanced graphics mode). If you really want to see those nice reflections and can't justify getting a next-gen console or a beefy PC, that's an option.

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