The Outer Worlds will be enhanced on both PS4 Pro and Xbox One X

The Outer Worlds
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Update: We've just received an updated comment from a spokesperson for publisher Private Division via email correcting the news that The Outer Worlds will only be enhanced on Xbox One X. The publisher - who also made the same statement on Twitter - said Obsidian's upcoming sci-fi adventure will include 4K textures and resolutions on Xbox One X and PC, with upsamples to 4K from 1440p on PS4 Pro. 

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Obsidian's upcoming RPG The Outer Worlds is coming out in a matter of weeks, and interestingly it will apparently only be enhanced on Xbox One X and not for the PS4 Pro. Windows Central reached out to publisher Private Division, and a spokesperson revealed that the sci-fi adventure will be "4K on Xbox One, no enhancements for PS4 pro." It's quite a surprising move since usually if there is an enhanced version it tends to land on both consoles. 

Obsidian, who is best known for the stellar Fallout: New Vegas, was acquired by Microsoft as part of the Xbox Game Studios, which bought 15 development studios including Ninja Theory and Undead Labs. Compulsion Games also fall under Xbox Game Studios, and its title We Happy Few is one example of a game that supported 4K for Xbox One X, but only ran at 1080p on PS4 Pro. 

The Outer Worlds is a first-person RPG set in an alternative future that sees you wake up from cryosleep on a colony ship, which malfunctions and takes you to the furthest reaches of space. In this strange new setting, you discover that the world is ruled by corporations, and in true RPG form, all of the decisions you make will affect the colony. With companions, outlandish weapons, and bright, colourful sci-fi setting with strange, wondrous creatures roaming the lands, the game is sure to look pretty darn good and could really wow in 4K when it releases on October 25. 

We've reached out to the publisher ourselves and at the time of writing are still awaiting a response, but we'll be sure to update this story if they get back to us. 

Read our very own Alex Avard's look at the The Outer Worlds, Borderlands 3, and the unexpected resurgence of the video game space western. 

Heather Wald
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I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.