The PS5 and Xbox Scarlett are getting more and more buzz about them as more news starts to come out with them at a time. However, while many gamers are arguing over their capabilities, various developers, such as the ones developing Spiritfarer, are dealing with how the consoles both perform.
Spiritfarer is, in the words of its E3 2019 trailer, “a cozy management game about dying.” Players take on the role of a ferryman to the recently deceased, where they must build a boat to explore the world, care for their spirit passengers, and guide them across the sea to head to the afterlife.
The game features hand-drawn artwork for all of its graphics, so in order to get the most out of its various details, Thunder Lotus Games, the Spiritfarer developers (along with various games like Sundered and Jotun), say that the performance of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett are far more important than their power.
To us, next gen is about performance more than power. With the type of high resolution had drawn frames our games have, life could be made way easier for us with next gen indeed. As for our expectations, we’re both cautious and optimistic, confident in the hardware companies capabilities to help developers even more in doing great content.
In order to get the most out of the art style they use in the game, Thunder Lotus would have to have a console with high resolution, where players can see every detail in Spiritfarer’s beautifully animated world properly.
Since most games with hand-drawn frames are normally PC releases originally before being ported over to consoles, it stands to reason that many of those kinds of developers would want to have a console with high performance that can allow the artwork to really shine through.
Thunder Lotus games is eagerly waiting for what the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett can show us in terms not just power-wise but also performance-wise, and it’s likely that many other developers are doing the same. However, until the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett actually come out, we can’t really see which is the better console.
We’ll just have to wait for subsequent gaming events and presentations for both Microsoft and Sony to show us what their upcoming consoles can do. In the meantime, Spiritfarer comes out on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC in 2020.