Konami has announced some limitations for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid Master Collection. This information has raised concerns among Metal Gear fans.
Metal Gear Solid Master Collection has limitations for a reason
Since Konami announced the return of the Metal Gear Solid series, fan expectations have been growing. Metal Gear Solid allowed players to assume the role of Solid Snake, a soldier assigned to infiltrate a terrorist base and neutralize a nuclear threat. Konami has stated that this Master Collection will be released on October 24, 2023.
Due to the performance of the Nintendo Switch, it was expected that there would be some limitations regarding the frame rate. However, it appears that this unfortunate news also applies to the other platforms on which the game will be released.
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Konami’s official website has shared a table outlining the technical specifications of the Metal Gear Solid Master Collection. It reveals that Metal Gear Solid runs at 30 frames per second (FPS) on all platforms, including the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. This limitation seems to only apply to Metal Gear Solid, as Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 achieve 60 FPS performance on most systems, except for the Nintendo Switch. Additionally, all games are limited to a 1080p resolution, with no support for 4K, except when the Switch is in handheld mode, where it runs at 720p.
Fans are expressing frustration over these limitations, especially considering the age of the games and the fact that HD versions of Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 were already released for previous consoles with 60 FPS support.
What is disappointing is that Konami had previously stated that the collection would target 60 FPS on most platforms, which now appears to be misleading in light of the latest information. The final judgment regarding these limitations will come when the Metal Gear Solid Master Collection is launched in October.
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Remasters and remakes often promise an enhanced gaming experience on modern hardware, and fans had high hopes for Konami’s Metal Gear Solid Master Collection. However, these revelations regarding the frame rate are disappointing, particularly considering the advancements in gaming technology since its initial release in 1998. Furthermore, the decision to cap the games at a 1080p resolution, even on more powerful systems, further adds to the disappointment.
Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 1 will be released on October 24th for PC, PS5, Switch, and Xbox Series X/S.