Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart has been released for PC and the game’s technical performance is blowing gamers away. Hardware publication Digital Foundry says that from a visual perspective, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is impressive but at the same time, some of the visual polish is also lacking here and there.
Something that has been under the spotlight for some time now is the ongoing debate of SSD versus HDD with Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. Insomniac Games claims the game can run on an HDD even after stating that the SSD in the PS5 was essential to developing the game.
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It seems that while the game does in fact run on an HDD on a PC, the experience isn’t great at all if you’re still using an older 5400rpm unit. It also proves that whole “why is it not on PS4” debate which some gamers have been throwing around for years now. The truth is, the PS4 would never have been able to run the game and this HDD performance on PC is proof of that.
In a video posted by Digital Foundry’s John Linneman, he shows just how “well” the game runs on the HDD using the “Low” graphics preset. The game looks fairly decent and runs smoothly until a rift jump appears and the data needed to load the next area takes forever to transfer.
After a while, the game gives up and simply loads the next dimension without all the cool transition effects which would usually take place. Given that there are moments in Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart where you jump through dimensions a couple of times within a few seconds, this experience is definitely not ideal.
The video can be seen below. It is running the game on a PS4 mechanical HDD which is the launch 5400rpm model.
Our first look at Ratchet on PC! It has a few issues but it’s overall in good shape! Infinitely better than TLOUP1 and Jedi Survivor at launch. The funniest bit is when Rich tried running the game off an actual PS4 hard drive on a machine just above min spec! https://t.co/Qt0qkYwzeu pic.twitter.com/hgFrXKVGSG
— John Linneman (@dark1x) July 26, 2023
The good news is that if you have a 7200rpm HDD, the game experience is much better. Digital Foundry claims that the newer (not so new) 7200rpm HDDs run Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart “ok”. I would still recommend an SSD in some way or another.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is now out on PC through Steam and available on PS5. The game is also now in the PlayStation Plus Game Catalogue.