Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater arrives beautiful in the new generation, but is it worth paying for the upgrade?

It is necessary to have the Deluxe version or pay R $ 30 to release 4K and 120 fps modes on PS5 and Xbox Series X and S

A Activision launched Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 on the new generation of consoles and we received a copy of the game for testing on the Xbox Series X. As expected, the game is stunning, allowing you to relive the iconic PlayStation 1 era titles with 4K graphics and even a mode with 120 frames per second.

However, seeing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater running in Ultra HD resolution at 60 frames per second or optimized for 120 fps is nothing new. For the guys that own the game on the PC, it is already possible to take advantage of the graphic improvements since the launch, just have a competent hardware to withstand the game in a more demanding visual configuration or with unlimited frames appearing on the screen.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater looks great in 4K and 60 frames per second. (Image: Mateus Mognon / Screenshot)

In new generation consoles, however, the application of the improvements is a little different. To use the remake of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater with enhanced graphics on the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S, you need to have the Deluxe version, which is more expensive than the standard game. Another possibility is buy a package of R $ 30 which frees up the graphic resources and brings some other in-game bonuses, such as classic clothes for the skateboarder who gives the franchise its name.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater para Xbox
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater para PlayStation

In short, if you want to play the brilliant remake of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 on the new generation of consoles with their full potential, it is necessary to disburse some R $ 30 more than the conventional. The price is not huge and can even be considered symbolic, but it still serves as a kind of paywall for something that should be free.

4K / 60 or 120 frames per second

The new generation version of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater arrives on PS5 and Xbox Series X and Series S with two display modes. The main method relies on 4K graphics and runs the game on 60 frames per second. For those who have a TV or monitor with support for higher frequencies, it is also possible to face the game in 120 frames per second with Full HD resolution.

The 120 frames per second increases the fluidity of maneuvers in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. (Image: Mateus Mognon / Screenshot)

While the experiences are different, both deliver a satisfactory result. The look of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on the Xbox Series X is stunning in 4K / 60 fps mode and guarantees a feeling of nostalgia for the classic scenarios, but graphically reinvigorated.

For those looking for more agility during Tony Hawk’s gameplay, the 120 frames per second mode also does not disappoint. Here, I tested the novelty on a 144 Hz Full HD monitor, which made it noticeable the extra fluidity during combos and it didn’t make me miss Ultra HD resolution so much. At the end of the day, the choice goes a lot to the customer’s taste, but the visual drop is certainly worth the extra frames in the case of this game.

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As with the PS4 and Xbox One version, you can listen to Charlie Brown Jr and play with two Brazilian skaters in the game. (Image: Mateus Mognon / Screenshot)

The remake gameplay follows the same guidelines as the original 90’s version and is even familiar to those who grew up skateboarding with the Tony Hawk digital version. To be able to revisit tracks like Warehouse in a renewed look and perform maneuvers at up to 120 fps is an experience worthwhile for fans of classic games, and even worth the price charged for the upgrade in the new generation.

Pay for graphics options?

Even with the high technical quality, I am still left behind with a higher value to have 120 frames per second in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. Although Activision offers a free upgrade with the Deluxe version and brings digital gifts for those who pay R $ 30 to migrate to the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S, it doesn’t feel right to have to pay to have something that has always been free. .

The graphics enhancements are sold as features of the Deluxe Cross-Gen edition. (Image: Mateus Mognon / Screenshot)

While on the computer it is already standard to have zillions of graphics options to play with, many console games have already shown that it is possible to migrate to the new generation at no cost to the consumer. Games like Rainbow Six Siege and Fortnite, for example, received a significant upgrade for the new generation that arrived free for all players.

According to developer comments, upgrading games from the past generation usually doesn’t require much work for the Xbox Series X and S, as the Xbox One supported technologies like 120 Hz. However, the picture is more complicated on the PS5, as the The console’s emulation system limits the game to 60 frames per second and the update practically requires “a new port for the console”, as explained by the Rocket League devs.

In this sense, it seems that the decision to charge or not for the graphic update for the new generation falls on publishers and developers. In the case of Activision, we can say that the company is doing well financially and could break the bank for players. In February, the company announced record sales, reaching revenue of more than $ 8 billion in 2020.

The company has already offered a free upgrade to Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, which runs with 4K graphics and 60 frames per second in the new generation. However, the company charged for the new generation version of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, which was released last year with support for 120 fps on the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S.

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The new generation of consoles is still in its infancy and many market practices are expected to change over time. For those who own a screen that can handle Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater with everything on the stem on the PS5 or Xbox Series X and S, the upgrade is certainly worth it. However, as with PC and other current games, I would love to have the option of doing my maneuvers at 120 frames per second without having to pay for a more expensive version of a game that is already in my library.

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