Spider-Man: Miles Morales Gets Hefty Technical Update After I Just Finished It

An excuse to replay, I suppose.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales has been one of the marquee games for the PlayStation 5 (and also, to far less fanfare, on the PS4) since it launched last month, but just as we were reaching the game and system’s one-month anniversary, developer Insomniac has released a new patch that updates some of the technical features of the PS5 version, and it would’ve been super dope if I hadn’t just started and finished the game last week.

The update, which went live overnight for those who have been lucky enough to track down one of the new consoles after its ongoing supply issues, includes a new “Performance RT Mode,” which allows you to play the game at 60 frames-per-second, as well as ray tracing, which allows lighting sources to behave differently according to different sources and environmental factors. Doing this will require a resolution drop from 4K to 1080p and a few graphical concessions, but the trade off is the game will run smoother across the board. Several games have been offering options like this to play with framerate and resolution options depending on player preference, including the Demon’s Souls remake that also launched on PlayStation 5 as the system came out in November.

At any rate, if you’ve managed to play through the (admittedly short) game, this is may be some incentive to return to Spider-Man: Miles Morales and to see it in a whole new light. That pun was accidental, and I didn’t realize it was going to come out that way until the sentence had already been typed and appeared on my screen. So I think I’ll be keeping it.

In other news:

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a sequel to the original Spider-Man game Insomniac launched on the PlayStation 4 back in 2018. Both it and the first game were packaged together on PlayStation 5, with the remastered original including a redesign of protagonist Peter Parker clearly made to look more close to Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Tom Holland. Shortly after the remaster launched on PS5, Insomniac released an update that would allow players to transfer their saves to the next-gen version, but such save transfers do not include bringing over Peter’s old face. Annoyingly enough, it’s impossible to buy the remaster on its own, as Sony only includes it as a packaged deal with the Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition. When pressed on why the decision was made to release the remaster this way, the company didn’t really make much an attempt to justify it.

If you’re wondering about how Miles Morales adds onto or surpasses the original Spider-Man game, be sure to check out our extended coverage here at Fanbyte. From review podcasts featuring Spawn on Me’s Kahlief Adams, to Steven’s write-up on how Miles makes for a better playable hero than Peter Parker.

While Spider-Man video games are doing some fairly standard Spidey stories, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been bringing in cast members from several Spider-Man continuities, implying it will be using Peter Parker’s various actors from over the years to do some multiverse nonsense.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Georgia-based writer who still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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