game news Persona 5 Royal: This cult PS4 game comes to Nintendo Switch, PS5 and Game Pass, everything you need to know
The wishes of many fans have finally been heard! One of the best video games of recent years and of the previous generation of consoles, Persona 5 Royal, finally comes to PC, new generation consoles and (especially) Nintendo Switch. But what is this long-awaited port really worth, especially on Nintendo’s hybrid console? Time to bring the Phantom Thieves to the developer…
Atlus He had one last surprise for fans of Persona 5! In fact, it was one of the many events at the “Xbox & Bethesda Showcase” conference last June: the last three games in the Persona series have been announced on Game Pass! Even better, these three games initially confined to the PlayStation ecosystem were also coming to Nintendo Switch. at the same time as on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series while benefiting from a next-gen PlayStation 5 version that makes those who were hoping for an upgrade from their PlayStation 4 version cringe a little. Two older episodes of this ” trilogy”, It is the most popular of them, the exceptional Persona 5 Royal, which returns first, and of which we were able to test the PS5, PC and especially Switch versions. The opportunity to see what they have in mind, and whether or not the long-awaited portable experience is worth it.
- This cult game that stole the hearts of gamers.
- A miraculous new port on Nintendo Switch?
- On PS5, Xbox and PC, a true “next generation” version
This cult game that stole the hearts of gamers.
Originally released for PS4 and even PlayStation 3 in September 2016 in Japan and then in April 2017 in the West, the latest addition to the Persona series has enjoyed such popularity outside of the archipelago, but also in the Americas, that its editor ended up localizing the game for the European continent in its final version, Persona 5 Royal, adding texts in French, German, Spanish and Italian. A blessing for a lot of players who had to settle for texts (and dubbing) in English in a franchise that historically seemed to ignore the pretensions of Europeans. At its launch in France, we gave the game an 18/20, considered even better than its original version, And not just because it’s finally available in French.
In fact, by refining your game and adding a lot of content of never questionable relevance, Persona 5 Royal had become a must for PS4 gamers (for whom it was therefore exclusive for almost three years!), which makes it somewhat frustrating “this strict PlayStation exclusivity that sticks to the skin despite calls from PC gamers and especially Nintendo Switch , that they will continue dreaming of that” (sic). To learn more about all the reasons that led us to consider it an exceptional title, We invite you to reread our test of Persona 5 Royal who will explain in depth and breadth all the reasons why this improved version, and above all much more complete, is more than worth being part of your toy library, especially if you are a J-RPG fan. Persona 5 Royal is indeed considerable as the modern benchmark of Japanese RPGs, crossed with visual novel Y dating simulator so as not to spoil anything.
A miraculous new port on Nintendo Switch?
Absolutely not intended for any other medium than the PS4 at the time, Persona 5 Royal never failed to attract the attention of Nintendo gamers, convinced (rightly so!) that the Atlus game could surely run on the Japanese manufacturer’s hybrid console. And for good reason: the original version of Persona 5 still ran on PS3, a machine decidedly even more from another era, and one that only suffered in terms of terrifyingly long load times, a real problem for an already endless game (count easily). hundred hours to complete it). Surely, Persona 5 Royal was exclusive to PS4 and added a lot of content, but generally ran on the same tech specs, making it completely “Switch compatible” on paper. In early 2020, the publisher encouraged gamers to request a port as the release of the spin-off of Persona 5 Strikers (more oriented muse) peeked out.
It will take two and a half years for the long-awaited news to become official and, from there, only three months to finally bring Persona 5 Royal with us everywhere. The good news is twofold: the Switch version of the famous J-RPG so adored by fans holds up well, and the expected experience is perfectly appreciable. Understand by this that, as usual, some graphical concessions have been made to ensure a perfectly stable framerate of 30fps (exactly like on PS4, which we had almost forgotten about!), therefore, the rendering of the original game’s rather poor textures isn’t much more impactful on the console hybrid. Nintendo, and most of all, the finesse of Persona 5’s legendary UI is perfectly preserved. The loading times are very short, comparable to the PS4 version, so we had the relatively pleasant surprise of playing a version very similar to the original in docked mode, as evidenced by this gameplay clip captured on the Nintendo Switch:
A tour of Shujin High School, Shibuya shopping areas, and the Yongen-Jaya district on Switch, anyone?
However, you’ll agree that the main advantage of porting Persona 5 Royal to Switch was the “portable” aspect of a time-consuming game. Completing Persona 5, either in its original or “augmented” version, will take about a hundred hours, much of which was spent on dialogue and daily life management sequences that don’t require a huge focus on gameplay or dazzling technical performance. Many gamers dreamed of it, and Atlus did it: Persona 5 Royal is very nice to play on the go, even if the rendering of the characters and backgrounds is a bit blurrier… while the famous user interface remains, thankfully, always very clean, despite the obvious aliasing along the (many) diagonal lines that make it up. Also, unsurprisingly, the red, black, and white UI tones are particularly pretty on the Switch OLED, making this “portable Persona 5” even a bit tastier. The frame rate at 30fps is identical to the docked version, and therefore the “nomadic” experience of Persona 5 is very decent. not to say optimal, if not impressive. That’s more than we’d expect from the Steam Deck, for example…
On PS5, Xbox and PC, a true “next generation” version
Another highly anticipated version of Persona 5 Royal, for very different reasons, was of course the one that ran at 60fps on PC and next-gen consoles. In fact, and the frame rate stability of the period had almost made us forget about it, but Persona 5 Royal only ran at 30fps (extremely stable), which didn’t even affect the dynamism of its interface, and finally kept up pretty well with the frame rate per second of the dozens of scenes in the format animated that contained the game to complement its fascinating story. On PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC, the so-called “next-gen” version of Persona 5 Royal offers 60fps, which makes the whole thing downright edgy and very enjoyable. that we already regret going back to the Switch version. Please note that we were unable to test the game on the Xbox One range of consoles. The PC version even offers to boost the frame rate up to 120fps, a feature sadly absent from next-gen console versions, but capable of running games at this frequency. Note that if you play on PC and Xbox via Game Pass, cross save is guaranteed, a significant advantage, especially if you plan on playing it on a fairly powerful laptop…
And understand, the definitive Persona 5 experience from a purely technical standpoint now resides on PC, Xbox Series and PlayStation 5… if you don’t mind the portability issue. On this subject, if we were unable to test the Steam version of the game (and thus test it on the Steam Deck), it seems however that the latter supports the 60fps included in the portable console of Valveheavier and less comfortable for mobile use than a Switch, yes, and without a range with an OLED screen for now. It’s up to you to see which compromise suits you best to experience “P5” wherever you want! So remember that if you want to play Persona 5 Royal on a portable console (and no, not on the PS Vita which only lives in the hearts of gamers… as well as in the hands of some users of the metro game), the Nintendo Switch version is more than enough, especially in an OLED model, since we recommend it more and more often. Unless you are tempted by a Steam Deck experience that brings another type of experience.
That’s it, Persona 5 Royal is finally available everywhere, or at least, wherever it makes sense. Finally freed from the shackles of an exclusive that has frustrated more than one gamer (especially PC or Switch), Atlus’s fan-favorite masterpiece is now offered in all current mediums and offers almost a compromise between a mode of ” performance” in the next generation. consoles and (even more) on PC, and a devilishly practical and well-optimized Nomad mode on a Switch that finally hosts one of the games it most deserves. Whichever version you choose, it can act as the promised land for Persona 5 Royal depending on your player profile. This time, with a definitive edition that incorporates all its content, playable in French and, above all, available on absolutely all contemporary platforms, you hardly have an excuse to miss out on one of the best video games of the last decade.
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