For those wondering just what sort of experiences can only exist on PlayStation 5
versus the PS4 -- enter Insomniac
's Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
. Which not only pushes the visual side of the franchise in a way that gives it the look and feel of a high-production value animated film, but also in how the super-fast storage is put to work.
Thanks in part to all of the dimensional rifts opening up. A snippet.
With loading-screens all-but eliminated, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart takes that very concept -- near-instant access to data -- puts on a sweet pair of hoverboots and
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runs hovers with it. And with dimensional portals opening and closing throughout Rift Apart’s many locales, the general idea is you can instantly travel between highly-detailed worlds.
In the time it takes to grapple through a space-time rift you can go from a detailed futuristic neon-lit city to warm sunset-infused grasslands full of prehistoric creatures. Like the portals from Portal, except each side features its own massive playspace.
There’s no doubt that thanks to this mechanic alone, playing Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart feels new and exciting. A feast for the senses in every sense of that term. The sort of experience that would have no choice but to go through a series of compromises to simply run on PlayStation 4 hardware.