Updates for numerous Resident Evil games went live after Capcom’s Showcase this week, but players are quickly discovering that it comes with the trade-off of not being able to choose more lower-quality settings.
Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, and Resident Evil 7 received big visual upgrades this week on console and PC, with Resident Evil Village getting its own later this year. On consoles, this means you can download native Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions of every game now, with older versions persisting on older consoles (and, in the case of PlayStation 5, newer ones as well). However, this is not the case on PC, where your only option is the newer versions.
Usually this would not be a problem, but there are a couple of reasons why this has caused problems. First of all, the the minimum requirements for each game have now increased, which means you may not be able to play them at all if you were just getting by before. The games now exclusively use DirectX 12 too, which is required for features like ray tracing, but it means that previous Windows support and support for many mods (including popular VR ones) is gone.
The only way to avoid these new versions is to have automatic updates for each game turned off and hope that you never have to install them again in the future. It’s a shame Capcom didn’t provide the option to at least download the original versions or give users an option to use the DirectX version like many other games do.
Resident Evil Village will receive a similar update in October, which also includes the game’s first story expansion and new features for its Mercenaries mode, including the ability to play as Lady Dimitrescu.
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