The most advanced and most awaited feature for a console has always been ray tracing. Gladly the next generation of gaming consoles supports ray tracing. Today, we will take a look at the best ray tracing games to play on Playstation 5.
At launch, there are several games that you can play on PS5 which have ray tracing enabled. Not only that, these games feature the best that can be offered by the consoles in the long run.
Without any delay, let me give you the list of PS5 ray tracing games –
Best PS5 Ray Tracing Games
Ray tracing is currently used in modern games to trace the path of rays and how it interacts with the object.
Ray tracing deals with reflection and lighting, shadows, which makes the game feel more realistic. Here are all the ray tracing games that you should be playing on your Playstation 5.
1. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a launch title for PS5, which features ray tracing. This was the game that Sony wanted to focus on what upcoming PS5 games will look like. The game has an incredible way of showcasing all the next-gen features like – Ray Tracing, Faster Load Times, Performance Mode, etc.
The game has been developed by Insomniac, which had previously developed Spider-Man for PS4. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is available on PS4 but lacks raytracing and other next-gen features and runs at 30 fps.
Miles Morales is an extended storyline to its previous Spider-Man games. In this game, you will be playing as Miles Morales rather than Peter Parker. The game takes place in New York in the winter season, which is perfect for ray tracing through the wet roads spread all across the city.
There are two modes that you can play this game on PS5 –
- Fidelity Mode – This enables Raytracing & Native 4K Resolution @30 fps.
- Performance Mode – This enables 60fps at slightly reduced resolution, and ray tracing is disabled.
These settings can be enabled from the game settings via the menu.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales will always be one of the best ray tracing games on PS5.
2. Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs: Legion is our next pick for ray tracing on Playstation 5. The game is available on all the major platforms like PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S.
Ubisoft has put some effort into developing next-gen games. Assassins Creed Valhalla & Watch Dogs: Legion being the third party studio launch party games.
Watch Dogs has acquired a good fan base, and Ubisoft has truly delivered the best Watch Dogs game this time. The game supports faster loading time, and ray tracing has been implemented exceptionally well. As the game takes place in modern London, great lighting conditions & better graphics deliver the best ray tracing experience.
Last gen console struggles to keep stable 30 fps, but PS5 performs exceptionally well. There isn’t any performance mode like Spider-Man Miles Morales, where you can play the game at 60fps with ray tracing disabled. This might be added by Ubisoft in the future with an update if they feel like it.
But, you must experience Watch Dogs: Legion if you are a fan of the previous games. This is the first open-world game that supports ray tracing on Playstation 5.
3. Spider-Man: Remastered
The original Spiderman Game was developed by the Insomniac and has been remastered for PS5. This remaster game adds ray tracing, new, improved designs, faster loading speed & performance mode. The game comes will all the DLC included, so you won’t have to buy them separately.
The game now runs at native 4K with Ray Tracing @ 30 fps. Earlier, there was backlash for the character design of Peter Parker, but let me tell you, and it will grow on you fast. All the major characters have gone through changes & now look better.
You can explore the city with ray tracing, and this is enabled in fidelity mode. In performance mode, the game will target stable 60fps.
The game isn’t available for purchase on the Playstation store but is included with Spider-Man Miles Morales Ultimate Edition. To get the game, you will have to buy Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition & then claim Spider-Man Remastered.
You can carry forward your PS4 game saves to the remastered game on PS5.
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Ah! A new year and a new Call of Duty game. Much expected from Activision. Call of Duty Modern Warfare was released in 2019 & yet we have a new Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. But it’s different this time.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was disappointing for fans looking for a campaign as there was none.
This time Treyarch & Raven Software has done an excellent job of reviving the black ops franchise. This time the game can now run PS5 at 120 Hz. Not only that, but it comes with ray tracing, and the game can be played at 60fps.
Ray tracing is enabled all the time, from campaign to multiplayer. The game has lesser reflective surfaces but lots of shadows. This Call of Duty game takes place in the year 1980, facing a geopolitical war, and will see many prominent real-world characters. Such as President Ronald Regan.
The game also supports Dual Sense adaptive triggers, which give a different feel with every different weapon you use.
5. Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition was announced by Capcom on Playstation 5 Showcase, stating that it will be available on launch. Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition has been reworked by Capcom and shows what it is capable of.
The game can now be played in various modes – giving you an advantage of enabling ray tracing & enhanced frame rates. Not only that, but also the implementation of 3D audio feels much better along with adaptive triggers.
With the help of ray tracing, the game feels different, and if you feel you want to shift to the performance, you can do so from the in-game menu. You can even scale down your resolution to 1080p for 120fps with ray tracing enabled.
You can play this game & this significantly shows how upcoming games will be for the console.
6. NBA 2K21
NBA 2K games earlier have faced criticism for selling the same game with minor improvements every year. But, this time, the 2K has delivered the best NBA games to date. This time around, the games have been remade from the ground up.
Apparently, there are two versions – one for the current-gen and another one for the next-gen. This next-gen focuses on graphics, performance, character designs, faster loading time & ray tracing.
The ray tracing has been implemented which you can observe the light rays reflecting from the court. Ray tracing is good, but adaptive triggers are far better in this game. It gets harder to press the R2 & L2 button when the player is out of his stamina, showing fatigue signs.
Faster loading time gets you instantly playing the game. The game characters look far more realistic, and the sweat that you see on them is cherry on top.
Godfall by Counterplay Games Studio, which is published Gearbox, has been a recent talk for PS5. The game has just been released on PC & PS5. The game is PS5 Console Exclusive & might arrive on Xbox at a later date.
The game looks exceptionally well & just like any recently released game, it supports ray tracing and performance mode. The game has less reflective surfaces and has lots of lighting.
Most of the combat and techniques have been borrowed from God of War, which was surprising. Godfall is an RPG with a storyline of rivalry between two warriors.
With an okayish storyline, Godfall might be one of the games you enjoy if you like looter slash RPG.
8. Dirt 5
Released on various platforms and Next-Gen consoles, Dirt 5 is our last pick for best ray tracing games on PS5. The last does not mean the worst but a worthy game that we could list in our article.
If you love previous Dirt games, then you will surely enjoy Dirt 5.
Dirt 5 does not have many reflective surfaces but relies on environmental rays that lit up the lighting condition. You can also tweak which time of the day you want to be, and you will absolutely amazing level of details. Dirt 5 applies ray tracing to car shadows providing a very high quality of details.
As there are not a lot of racing games optimized for PS5, Dirt 5 is the one. Dirt 5 also supports Dual sense, which gives the best experience of driving the car.
There are very few games right now that support ray tracing on Playstation 5. But, most of the games releasing will have ray tracing. Ray tracing is not only fancy but makes the game more detailed & realistic.
Spider-Man Miles Morales is a must-play game if you want to enjoy ray tracing at best. Swinging around New York & its fancy buildings is amazing.
Upcoming games like Cyberpunk 2077, Gran Turismo, Destruction All-Stars will have ray tracing enable on PS5.
We will keep the article updated for the best ray tracing game on Playstation 5.