For all of the success that has been lauded on Persona 5, it is, to a certain extent, an outdated game. That's because Atlus, the game's developer, originally designed the title for the PS3, and it is only because Persona 5 took so long to make that it was eventually brought to the PS4 as well. That isn't to say that Persona 5 hasn't been successful - the huge influx of new Persona players is a testament to that - but rather that the game is unique in today's video game landscape, as it was designed with both the current and last generation Sony consoles in mind.
That uniqueness is what makes Persona 5 such a fascinating case from a technical standpoint, and YouTube game analysis group DigitalFoundry offered some insight into the title in a recent video. The ten-minute examination of Persona 5 compares both the PS4 and PS3 versions, and although the game's incredible style and aesthetics shine through in both, there are some notable differences, leading to speculation that the PS4 edition of Persona 5 could be a remastered version of its PS3 counterpart:
For those unwilling to sit through the entire video, the essentials are that Persona 5's performance on PS4 is indicative of what gamers usually expect from a remastered PS3 title. It fixes the PS3 versions screen-tearing, offers consistent 30 fps performance over the PS3's choppier resolution, and loads approximately twice as fast as its PS3 version. The graphics, however, remain much the same, which seems to suggest that Atlus simply made small changes when porting Persona 5 over to the PS4.
That train of thought is also supported by the fact that Persona 5, according to the video, gets absolutely nothing out of being played on a PS4 Pro. Given that the game has been available in Japan for over half a year at this point, it's pretty clear that Atlus has no intention of creating a PS4 Pro patch for the title either, meaning Persona 5 will remain locked at 30 fps and 1080p resolution whether gamers play it on the PS4 or PS4 Pro.
Still, though, as the video points out, Persona 5 is a gorgeous, exhilarating game that doesn't really suffer from having previous generation graphics. Despite some setbacks in Persona 5 sales after its torrid launch week pace, the game remains a must-play for JRPG fans judging from reviews, regardless of whether or not it is essentially a remastered version of a PS3 title.
Persona 5 is available now on PS4 and PS3.