Horizon Forbidden West gets VRR and Balanced graphics mode in new patch

Yesterday saw a bevy of news for PlayStation-related titles, with the biggest being the official release date of God of War Ragnarok. As for another PlayStation exclusive released earlier in the year, Horizon Forbidden West, it too has received some love in the form of a new patch that adds some display features to the mix.

Patch 1.17, as developer Guerilla Games has called it, will add Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and a new Balanced graphics mode for those playing the game on a PS5 console.

The patch notes posted on Reddit by Guerilla explain the following the following elements for the PS5 version of Forbidden West:

  • “Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and High Refresh Rate (HFR) support

    • VRR improves dynamic resolution scaling on 60Hz

    • VRR & HFR targets a refresh rate between 60Hz and 120Hz

  • New “Balanced” Graphics Mode introducing 40Hz for supported displays.”

The patch also addresses some general stability issues and crashing of the game on specific quests.

To that end it lists the following as recently fixed quests:

  • “Fixed an issue in Main Quest ‘The Wings of the Ten’ where the objective ‘Defeat Regalla’ was not updating.

  • Fixed an issue in Main Quest ‘The Wings of the Ten’ where the ‘Sunwings’ might be missing during the objective ‘Override a Sunwing’.

  • Fixed an issue in Main Quest ‘All That Remains’ where the cinematic with Tilda after the gallery might not start.

  • Fixed an issue in Main Quest ‘The Broken Sky’ where sometimes Dekka would be behind Hekarro’s throne during the objective ‘Talk to Dekka’.”

You can take a gander at the new display features in the update trailer below, and for those still on the fence about Horizon Forbidden West, you can read our launch review here.

With the game still costing R1 369 on the PS5 at the time of writing, the price might be a little unpalatable for some, so a drop in cost might prove more persuading down the line. For now though, those who have already purchased it have some new features to try out.


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