Update: Ratchet & Clank's 60FPS update for the PS5 version has launched ahead of schedule.
Insomniac Games took to Twitter to share the good news, writing: "Surprise! The update is now live. Get blasting, Rangers!" Game journalist Joseph Yaden also took notice of the update's availability, sharing a screengrab of the game's update history, which now lists, "Enhanced performance for PlayStation 5 console."
It's still not too late to grab the game for free as part of Sony's Play at Home program, which has been dropping free games to encourage people to stay home while we wait out the pandemic. Keep in mind, Ratchet & Clank will go back to its normal price after March 31, so you've got about 24 hours to take advantage of this sweet deal.
Surprise! The update is now live. Get blasting, Rangers! #RatchetPS4 https://t.co/WfdLHYLwTiMarch 30, 2021
PSA: it looks like Ratchet & Clank's PS5 update has gone live: pic.twitter.com/5NFgxxB5kZMarch 30, 2021
Insomniac Games has announced that 2016's Ratchet & Clank is getting a 60FPS update on PS5 sometime in April.
Ahead of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart's June launch, the update makes a strong case for playing or re-playing the original PS4 adventure. In case your gaming budget is running a little tight, worry not: Ratchet & Clank is still free to download on PS4 and PS5 as part of Sony's Play at Home program until March 31. And because I had to double-check my calendar to make sure my eyes weren't deceiving me, March 31 is on Wednesday, just two days from now, so don't delay.
Ratchet & Clank (2016) will be playable in 60 FPS on PS5 after a new update in April! As part of the Play at Home campaign, download the game for free now through 3/31. #RatchetPS4https://t.co/Iw6CMNByFU pic.twitter.com/VEFiW3IMWKMarch 29, 2021
To be clear, the update will only be available for the PS5 version of Ratchet & Clank; as the studio points out on Twitter, "it's not possible to run the game at 60fps on PS4, [the update] needs the PS5's horsepower." Regardless, Ratchet & Clank is a worthy addition to your game library if you're a fan of good old-fashioned platforming fun.
Our 4/5 Ratchet & Clank review from 2016 heaps praise on the graphics, "flat-out fun platforming and combat," and variety of inventive weaponry, and despite making note of a few minor technical hiccups, says the "framerate stays constant even in the most visually intensive, particle-effect-filled battles, and the sight of bolts." Hopefully that puts to rest any worries from PS4 owners about the game's performance on the older hardware, but still, 60FPS on PS5 is sure to be a treat.