Dirt 5 Continues to Look Phenomenal on Xbox Series X

Dirt 5 keeps looking great on Xbox Series X, and now we know much more about how you can tweak your settings to get the experience you want.

By Ricky Frech

October 12, 2020

We’re just a month out from the launch of Dirt 5 and the Xbox Series X, which means it’s time to start seeing more. Fortunately, today several outlets posted some new footage from the next-gen game to show off the different choices you’ll have for how the game looks. Codemasters is giving you the ability to switch to frame-rate mode, image quality mode, or 120Hz mode. Each comes with their own set of features and considerations, which we’ll get into below.

The first thing to note is that Dirt 5 is actually running off of an improved Onrush engine that Codemasters Cheshire built. Of course, Onrush didn’t light the world on fire, but the tech was there. It makes a ton of sense to bring that foundation to this arcade-style rally game. And the team has done quite a bit to ramp up the engine for this release.

You can see that immediately when you watch the footage. Dirt 5 looks great, especially in motion. The procedural dirt collection and car damage are top-tier and the shadows look exceptional. Plus, you can tweak settings to get the exact experience you’re looking for.

Frame-rate mode seems to stick to 4K pretty consistently while targeting 60fps. Image quality doesn’t just up the resolution. It’s also working to improve shadows and bring in a greater crowd density, among other visual touches. And, of course, 120Hz mode brings things down to 2K but lets you play at a silky smooth 120fps. It’s probably not something I’ll use too much; however, I can easily see it becoming the go-to mode for fans who really get into racers.

Dirt 5 comes to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 6. It will then come to Xbox Series X on November 10 and PS5 on November 12. If you want to see a more in-depth look at Dirt 5 on Xbox Series X, check out the Digital Foundry video below.

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