Insomniac Games has confirmed that the footage of its upcoming Spider-Man game shown at E3 was rendered on a standard PlayStation 4, not the souped-up Neo.
E3 2016 was packed with new games, many of which were being publicly showcased for the very first time. Among that number was Insomniac Games’ adapatation of Spider-Man, a long-rumored project that was finally unveiled to the masses as part of Sony’s conference.
While we didn’t see all that much gameplay, what was there was very impressive. The titular web-slinger used his arachnid abilities to swing around the city, engage in a brawl with some thugs and even engage in a high-speed police chase.
Now, Insomniac Games has revealed that all the footage shown at E3 was recorded on in real-time on a standard PlayStation 4. The studio shared this information after a fan asked for some clarity on how the footage was assembled on Twitter.
@iHuGi in game/engine/real-time. Running on current PS4 hardware, not the high-end PS4— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) June 19, 2016
Insomniac has a long history of putting out games that push the boundaries of whatever console they’re running on. From the heavily stylized look of Sunset Overdrive to the detail packed into some of the environments present in the Ratchet and Clank series, fans expect a certain level of graphical mastery from each new release.
The studio’s Spider-Man project certainly looks set to continue this proud tradition. Based on the developer’s comments, there’s now the question of whether the finished product might look even better than the morsels of gameplay footage that we’ve seen so far.
While the E3 trailer didn’t take advantage of the extra muscle of PlayStation Neo, the game is currently without a release date, which suggests that it will be launching in 2017 at the earliest. This would suggest that the souped-up version of the PlayStation 4 might be available for purchase by the time that the new Spider-Man game hits shelves.
If that does turn out to be the case, the game might be able to take advantage of the console revision’s extra power to deliver even better visuals. E3 didn’t offer up much information about PlayStation Neo, so it’s unclear whether the console will be able to improve on a game’s graphics in this way — but, given how close Insomniac and Sony are, it’s perhaps safe to assume that the studio has been briefed on the console’s capabilities.
Regardless of what PlayStation Neo could bring to the party, the fact is that Insomniac’s Spider-Man already looks very impressive on the standard PlayStation 4. Here’s hoping we get to see some more of this exciting title sooner rather than later.
Spider-Man will be released exclusively for the PS4.