Borderlands 3 Is Doing PS5 And Xbox Series X Upgrades The Right Way – Forbes

Borderlands 3 just rolled out dates for when the next-gen versions of the game will be live on PS5 and Xbox Series X, and they’re about what you’d expect, minus a collection of regions on PS5.

The dates are:

November 10 – Xbox Series X, worldwide

November 12 – PS5, US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea

November 19 – PS5, everywhere else

And to reiterate past points that have been made before, I think Borderlands 3 is doing next-gen upgrades about as good as a current gen game can, as we’re seeing other titles make you pay to upgrade or rebuy the entire game potentially. But Borderlands isn’t doing that, and it’s adding other features that go above and beyond just graphical improvements. So to recap:

All next-gen improvements to the game are free, and your current copy of Borderlands 3 on PS4/Xbox One will carry over to the new console of that brand, PS5 or Xbox Series X.

For graphics and performance there will be a variety of upgrades, but namely the game will run in 4K, 60 fps in both single player and online multiplayer.

Next-gen also allows Borderlands 3 to bring back 3-4 player split-screen co-op, which will make it one of the few games that has that ability in this era. You of course will…have to spend a ton of money on controllers to utilize that. This update also adds in vertical split screen for the first time in Borderlands 3.

Borderlands 3 is about to begin Year 2 of its content in earnest. Right now it just has a Bloody Harvest Halloween event going on, mostly recycled from last year, but Gearbox has said that before the end of the year we will have both four new skill trees for the four existing Vault Hunter classes live, and also the introduction of a new mode that has been compared to Call of Duty’s “gun game” that has yet to be revealed. But I’m told that we should have all the details for both the skill trees and the new mode by the end of this month after an upcoming Borderlands Show.

I don’t know if Borderlands 3 will stand out among the massive slate of releases going on during next-gen launch week, but if it’s a game you already own, you’ll get to experience the next-gen performance upgrades without buying anything new, which is nice. My guess is the new content drops will be either before or after this next-gen launch window, not right during it, so there may be some room to breathe there. More to come, stay tuned.

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