The recent PlayStation 5 firmware updates have successfully resolved the texture streaming issues in the Shadow of the Colossus remake, leading to a significantly improved gaming experience for players. Before these updates, players experienced low-resolution textures and flickering between high and low-resolution textures in both performance and cinematic modes, which negatively impacted gameplay.
With the latest updates, these issues have been eliminated, allowing all textures to display correctly without any flickering or other visual glitches. Users who have played the game since the update have shared comparison screenshots showing the improvements made to the game’s graphics. This should enhance the experience of playing the game on a PS5 through backward compatibility.
Here is a comparison of the game before and after the new PS5 updates. Keep in mind this is taken from the game running in backward compatibility mode on the PS5 as no such issues happen on the PS4 or PS4 Pro.
Shadow of the Colossus, originally developed by Team Ico and released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2, was remade in 2018 for the PlayStation 4 by Bluepoint Games. This remake features ultra-high-definition art assets, delivering a significantly upgraded visual experience while retaining the original game’s beloved gameplay. The remake offers reworked controls and improved graphics, with the standard PlayStation 4 version running at 1080p resolution at 30 FPS. The PlayStation 4 Pro version allows players to choose between a 1440p resolution (upscaled to 4K) at 30 FPS or a 1080p resolution at 60 FPS.
The game didn’t receive a dedicated patch for the PS5, but when the console was released in 2020, it was reported that there were some issues with the game displaying textures. It was hoped that these issues would be fixed in a future update. While no game-specific update occurred, the issues were resolved with a PS5 firmware update that fixed compatibility issues with some older games. It might be worth revisiting some of the problematic games now, including Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.