Ugh, next-gen racing games look so damn good


Dirt 5’s a looker

During almost any other time, I would not be interested in Dirt 5. I say this confidently because I was not interested in Dirt Rally 2.0or Dirt 4. There have been seven previous Dirtgames (!!) and I did not have a lick of interest in any of them.

Dirt 5 is different though because it looks so goddamn pretty on PS5 and Xbox Series X. That’s the way it goes with new hardware. Racing games are a technical showcase because they always end up looking the most impressive. Dirt 5is thenext-gen racing launch game — Gran Turismo 7and Forza Motorsportdon’t have release dates yet — and it seems like it’ll nicely play the role of visual stunner.

The dates are a little staggered over the next two weeks. Dirt 5first launches on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 6. Then it hits both new consoles on their launch days — Xbox Series X on November 10 and PS5 on November 12. That’s where Codemasters is promoting options for 4K resolution and 120fps gameplay. If you want to start early, know that both PlayStation and Xbox offer free next-gen upgrades. Just remember that saves won’t transfer over from PS4 to PS5.