The PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X / S have been out for a few weeks now. And while we’ve been loving next-gen titles like Astro’s PlayroomSpider-Man: Miles Morales, many Verge staffers have sầu been marveling at something unexpected: older games on newer consoles.

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Thanks khổng lồ more powerful hardware, many games now have more stable resolutions, better frame rates, và faster load times, which makes playing them even better than before. And the PlayStation Plus Collection and Xbox Game Pass offer a plethora of older titles at a monthly price that’s far cheaper than a brand-new next-ren game.

We’ve sầu all spent time with different games, so our newsroom wanted lớn giới thiệu some of our experiences in case you’ve been wondering just how well older games might fare on the PS5 và Xbox Series consoles.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

I was first introduced lớn Halo in 2004 when I got two games for Christmas: Halo 2 and Blinx 2: Masters of Time và Space. (Full disclosure: I was more excited to lớn play the latter than the former.)

But after I realized how disappointing Blinx 2 was, I decided to fire up Halo 2 and I was hooked. When Halo 3 came out, I spent the entire weekkết thúc in my room splitting time between the chiến dịch và multiplayer modes. Thanks to lớn backwards compatibility, I was able lớn play Halo: Combat Evolved on the Xbox 360. I drifted apart from the series after Halo 3: ODST but got baông chồng inlớn it after I decided khổng lồ buy an Xbox One so I could play Halo: The Master Chief Collection. I purchased the Xbox One bundle, which included a digital copy of the game và I felt nostalgic for my younger years.

When Halo Infinite was announced, I knew I had lớn buy an Xbox Series X to experience the next entry in the series. It was the only reason I wanted a Series X at launch, but disappointingly, the game was delayed until next year.

I decided lớn keep my Series X preorder because it’s so hard lớn buy either next-gene console right now. I’m glad I did because Microsoft announced that The Master Chief Collection was getting a next-gene update.

I have sầu a pretty good gaming PC và own the compilation on console và PC, but I was excited khổng lồ play this version of the game that was fully optimized for the next-gen Xbox. Fully experiencing Halo 3’s epic chiến dịch with a frame rate higher than 30fps made me fall in love sầu with the original trilogy all over again. The way the next-gene version of this compilation takes full advantage of the Xbox Series X has helped me fill the void Halo Infinite’s delay left, & it will surely keep me occupied until Infinite gets a new release date. —Taylor Lyles


There are so many things I could do with my new PS5, from finally learning to lớn play Demon’s Souls khổng lồ spending a few more hours swinging around a virtual rendition of Thành Phố New York City in Spider-Man: Miles Morales. And yet, here I am, playing more Fortnite. I can’t help it: the game is so much better on Sony’s new console.

Part of it is visual. Fortnite looks incredible on both next-ren consoles, with features lượt thích ray tracing & realistic fog bringing the battle royale island khổng lồ life. When the new season launched, I spent a lot of time exploring newly introduced areas — which include an alien desert and a dense jungle arena — because they looked so vibrant and detailed. Much of it is smaller details that you really have sầu to lớn look for: the sun reflecting off of the Mandalorian’s helmet or the hazy glow of purple desert crystals.

But it’s also the way the game feels. It runs fast and smooth, but more importantly for me, the adaptive sầu triggers in the PS5’s DualSense controller make shooters much more tactile và interesting. I love sầu how I can feel the difference between each weapon based on the tension in the trigger when firing. Now when I play Fortnite on a different platform, it feels lượt thích something’s missing. —Andrew Webster

Monster Hunter World

I love Monster Hunter World, but it’s been a little awkward to play because of how Capcom keeps staggering releases. The game first came out on the PS4, then I started over on the PC version six months later for its better performance, & then I had to go baông xã to the PS4 for the Iceborne expansion because the PC version was several months late again. The result is I never really got into lớn Iceborne on either platkhung as much as I should’ve.

Now I have sầu the best of both worlds on the PS5. Even though the PS4 version hasn’t been updated, it runs so much better on the newer console because it never had a locked frame rate. That’s the reason I wanted khổng lồ play on PC in the first place, ironically, but it also means the PS5 can just throw its raw processing power at the game và achieve 60fps. I’ve been able khổng lồ go baông xã khổng lồ my PS4 save, and it’s lượt thích I never stopped playing.

It’s unfortunate that a lot of last-gene games remain stuchồng at 30fps on the PS5 and Series X because of hard-coded limits, but Monster Hunter World is pretty much the best-case scenario. —Sam Byford


I’ve sầu just been blown away by Uncharted 4 on the PS5. Despite playing on the same TV, I’ve sầu been seeing elements of the actors’ performances that I didn’t notice the first couple of times I played. There are emotional beats that hit harder because I can see the acting better. Also, the sightseeing is incredible. Apparently, on the PS4 Pro, Uncharted 4 ran at 1440p, up from 1080p on the regular PS4, so I’d suspect that’s also what it’s running at on the PS5, and it just looks great. I’ll definitely be playing through the whole game again because of the improvements on the PS5.

And just for fun, I tried out Uncharted 2, a game that I first played on the PS3, & then again on the PS4 when it was mildly remastered in the Nathan Drake Collection. Playing it on the PS5, though, it felt & looked almost no different than it did on the PS4. That is, until I died, & the PS5’s ultra-fast SSD let me reload in two seconds. Next on my list: Ghost of Tsushima, which actually got a PS5-specific patch. —Mitchell Clark

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice và Final Fantasy VII Remake

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is my go-to game for testing cloud gaming services lượt thích Nvidia’s GeForce Now because of the unforgiving timing it takes to lớn properly deflect blows with your sword và strike true. But personally, I couldn’t see myself playing through it even on my PS4 Pro because of the unstable frame rate và frame pacing on consoles.

Yet, when I fired it up on my PS5 the other night, it was butter. Smooth as can be! I didn’t want to lớn stop testing, even though I’m so much further on my PC save. I swapped baông xã to lớn PS4 Pro just to check, and sure enough, stuttery as heông xã by comparison, even though the resolution (1800p) looks exactly the same.

The other game I can’t go baông chồng to lớn my PS4 Pro for is Final Fantasy VII Remake. But it’s not because of the frame rate or even the fidelity (which, khổng lồ my eye, looks like maybe it can maintain its dynamic resolution of 1620p more often but could be my imagination). It’s the fact that I no longer have sầu to giảm giá khuyến mãi with a jet engine in my living room. More than any other PS4 game I’ve sầu played, FFVII makes my PS4 Pro’s fan scream so loud I have lớn turn up the volume lớn make out the game. Meanwhile, my PS5 stays whisper-quiet.

I swear PS5 (right) looks slightly better, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t see a difference.

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Image by Sean Hollister / The Verge I’m playing through it for the first time, lớn be honest, after putting it off lớn start… và while I’m kind of kicking myself for sleeping on this pitch-perfect nostalgia bomb this long, I’m also glad I can listen khổng lồ its epic orchestral score without an additional unwanted instrument screeching in the background. —Sean Hollister

PlayStation Plus Collection & Xbox trò chơi Pass

I only had a PS4 for a few months this year, and I never owned an Xbox One, so I just haven’t played a lot of the defining games of the last console generation. But with the sheer volume of games on the PlayStation Plus Collection and Xbox Game Pass, I’ve sầu already sunk hours into lớn older games on both the PlayStation 5 & the Xbox Series X.

I’ve sầu already completed Ori and the Blind Forest, and I can’t wait khổng lồ dive inlớn its sequel, Ori & the Will of the Wisps. I’ve sầu started to lớn play the first Halo via The Master Chief Collection, & I intkết thúc lớn work through the whole Halo series before Halo Infinite comes out sometime next year. Kratos’ recent appearance in Fortnite is pushing me toward God of War sooner rather than later. Now that I’ve finished the Demon’s Souls remake, I’m eager lớn try Bloodborne sometime soon.

Even though there aren’t a lot of truly next-gene games to lớn play on the consoles right now, I already have sầu a big backlog of older games thanks lớn the huge library of titles on Sony and Microsoft’s subscription services. I can’t wait to lớn catch up with the last generation of consoles on the newest hardware; I’m late lớn play the games, but I get to play them at their very best. —Jay Peters