Bungie has revealed how next-gen and cross-gen play will work in Destiny 2. Some features will be available right out of the gate on November 10th, while others will be coming at a later date this December.
How will Destiny 2 cross-gen play work?
This news comes via an official blog post on Bungie's website. In the post, Bungie says it's working to "optimize the experience" you'll have on new hardware if you decide to play Destiny 2 on either PS5 or Xbox Series X|S. While Destiny 2 will be available on next-generation platforms starting from November 10th, Bungie says the "next generation optimized" version will be available on December 8th. The developer says it's taking more time on some of the enhancements to ensure a smooth gameplay experience on new hardware.
Some of these features will be available on November 10th. According to Bungie, these include faster loading times on both PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. There's also cross-gen play, meaning PS5 owners can play with PS4 players and Xbox Series X|S players can team up with Xbox One gamers. However, features such as the console field of view slider and 4K 60fps gameplay on next-gen won't be available straightaway, so you'll need to wait until December 8th to take advantage of those.
What else has Bungie revealed about next-gen Destiny 2?
Bungie says that this is the first time it's offered Field of View customization on consoles. The developer's stated goal is to "enable a FOV range similar to that on PC". This feature is currently being tested to ensure smooth performance. We'll learn more about the way Bungie will implement its FOV slider in Destiny 2 on next-gen machines closer to the game's launch. In addition, Bungie says that things like loading the game and inspecting character inventory will benefit from significantly better loading times on next-gen hardware. However, some load times in Destiny 2 are dependent on matchmaking or network strength, so you may not notice an immediate improvement in these loading times.
Destiny 2 will support Microsoft's Smart Delivery feature, so you'll be able to carry all of your content across from Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S. It'll also support a free next-gen upgrade for PS5 which will function similarly. Of course, the base Destiny 2 game will remain free-to-play, but any paid content you've accumulated will come with you to the next-gen edition of the game.
Destiny 2 launches for next-gen platforms on November 10th. The next-gen optimizations Bungie is working on will arrive by December 8th.
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