Resident Evil 8 demo shows a promising start for Capcom’s latest game on the PS5. It runs at native 4K at 60 FPS with the addition of ray-tracing.
This demo is available to download now and it is apparently quite short, clocking in just under 20 minutes. It does show the technical capabilities of RE Engine on the PS5.
Resident Evil 8 Maiden Demo runs at native 4K at 60 FPS. Unfortunately, this is not locked 60 FPS and the frame rate can drop at times going as low as 50 FPS especially when there are enemies on screen. Since there is no combat in the demo, it is hard to determine how stressful the engine can get on the PS5, but the final game is likely going to settle on a dynamic 4K resolution as posted by the official PlayStation website.
The demo also supports ray-tracing so what we are seeing here is the result of the RE Engine running at native 4K with ray-tracing and on top of it, the game is offering a performance that closely sticks to 60 FPS. It is pretty impressive, however, the resolution for the final game will likely switch to dynamic to better maintain the 60 FPS with ray-tracing support.
This will be the first time we are going to see the RE Engine in a first-person game on the PS5. While Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition uses the same engine and offers a ray-tracing mode, Resident Evil 7 was never updated to add native PS5 support. It runs at a checkerboard 4K resolution but with the same 60 FPS performance on the PS4 Pro.
Resident Evil 8 will be out on May 7, 2021, for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC.