Two of the most transcendent games of the last ten years are coming to PlayStation 5, as part of the PlayStation VR2 lineup: Tetris Effect: Connected and Rez Infinite. Developer Enhance, led by legendary Sega designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Space Channel 5, Lumines, Meteos, Sega Rally) announced that the games would be getting top-of-the-line audiovisual upgrades, as well as unique eye-tracking features for VR. The upgrades will be playable with or without PSVR2.
Rez Infinite’s PS5 upgrades
Rez Infinite is the enhanced version of the Mizuguchi-designed 3D shooting that synchronises your movements and actions to the game’s soundscape, soundtrack, and visual effects in a Tron-like dreamscape.
The Rez Infinite PS5 update will see it upgraded to a full 4K resolution, with support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) displays, 60fps motion, and full support for 5.1 and 7.1 audio outputs. On the PS VR2, the game will render natively at 2000 x 2040 per eye, at 120fps, with 3D audio.
This version of Rez Infinite will also feature eye-tracking on the PSVR2, which will allow you to aim and target enemies just by looking at them. This feels like a novelty on paper, but we’ll reserve judgement until we can try it for ourselves – the original version of Rez Infinite worked very well with head-tracking and motion controls on the PS VR.
The update of Rez Infinite will also make use of the enhanced haptic feedback of both the PS5’s DualSense controller, as well as the in-built haptics of the PS VR 2 headset. Physical feedback has always been a major part of Mizuguchi’s games, in an effort to try and foster the experience of Synesthesia, so its implementation will be very interesting to witness.
Tetris Effect Connected’s PS5 Upgrades
Tetris Effect: Connected is the multiplayer-enabled edition of Enhance’s reimagined puzzle-action game – and also one of the best versions of Tetris made to date.
Originally envisioned as a VR game for the original PS VR, Tetris Effect: Connected will be getting similar visual upgrades to Rez Infinite: a resolution of 2000 x 2040 per eye, 120fps motion, and enhanced haptic feedback.
It’ll also be getting its own eye-tracking features. You’ll be able to enable the game’s Zone mechanic – which freezes time and lets you create as many lines as possible, compounding the score – by shutting and then opening your eyes.
Rez Infinite and Tetris Effect: Connected’s PS5 Upgrade Cost
For those who already own the PlayStation 4 versions of Rez Infinite and Tetris Effect: Connected, the PS5 upgrades will cost US $9.99, or your regional equivalent, on the PlayStation Store.
The outright cost for the PlayStation 5 versions have not been announced, but we can assume they will be around US $49.99, ten dollars more than the PS4 versions.
Both games will support save game transfers from the PS4 version to the PS5 version.
Tetris Effect and Rez Infinite PS5 Release Date
The PS5 versions of Tetris Effect: Connected and Rez Infinite will be available when the PS VR2 headset launches on 22 February 2023.
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