Bethesda has released a free next-generation upgrade for the recently released Quake remaster, bringing support for up to 4K resolution and 120fps gameplay to the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.
The unexpected remaster was revealed and launched during Quake’s 25th-anniversary event at Quakecon 2021 on last-generation consoles amid rumors of a new Quake installment. On the other hand, the next-generation release was delayed, despite the announcement promising that it would be available soon.
The 25th anniversary enhanced edition of the classic 1996 FPS was released in August and received an overwhelmingly positive response by allowing players to experience the iconic game in all its glory. The Quake remaster introduced new and returning features, as well as 4K visuals, enhanced models, and colored dynamic lighting.
This included the return of the original soundtrack, which featured Trent Reznor, two new Quake expansions from MachineGames, official mod support for Quake 64, crossplay for its multiplayer/co-op modes, and achievements/trophies for completionists with a nostalgia bias.
According to an official blog post on Bethesda’s website, Quake’s 25th anniversary enhanced edition is now available for free as a next-gen upgrade for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. This means that players who purchased the game on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One are eligible for a free upgrade within the same console family. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will automatically receive the update.
The next-generation version will have improved framerates and visuals with 4K/120fps for both consoles, as well as console-specific additions. DualSense adaptive trigger and integrated speaker support will be added to the PlayStation 5 version. At the same time, Xbox owners will be able to cross-save and unlock the Windows PC version of the Quake remaster for free, a feature not available on the PS4/PS5 version.
While being regarded as one of the greatest first-person shooters of all time, Quake is also regarded as the forefather of Esports. After DOOM popularized multiplayer deathmatches in 1993, Id Software released Quake, which focused on online multiplayer, and its success inspired Id Software to create their own convention. Quakecon, which was first held in 1996, established one of the first strong competitive scenes that still exists today, with the yearly event celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.
Thanks to a next-generation upgrade and ongoing support from Bethesda, the Quake remaster is now officially available on every major platform. Thrilled fans can dive back into the improved version of the classic FPS title today and see how the newest version fully honors the title’s legacy.