You can see a clip of the 72p version of the game in the tweet below (and watch the original video here):
— St1ka (@St1ka) February 6, 2021
Using the GT 710’s 2GB DDR3 version, Kryzzp began the benchmark test by loading up Horizon Zero Dawn’s ultra graphic settings at a resolution of 1080p. As the video progresses, Kryzzp lowers the graphics quality to ‘favor performance’, which is the game’s lowest 1080p resolution mode. The display settings continue to drop through 720p, 360p, and 144p and, while Horizon Zero Dawn’s graphical quality clearly diminishes, Kryzzp is still able to run around and traverse the game’s huge map.
The final test, which sees Kryzzp drop the resolution down to its lowest point of 72p, shows how Horizon Zero Dawn might have looked if it had been released during the PlayStation 1 era. Incredibly, Kryzzp manages to escape the attention of one of Zero Dawn’s robotic dinosaurs, but it’s unclear how much ammo he used to chase off his pursuer.If nothing else, Kryzzp’s experiment poses the question about what other games could theoretically be played with a 72p resolution. Given how it’s almost impossible to read anything on screen, though, we wouldn’t advise making this your go-to setting.
In our Horizon Zero Dawn PC port analysis, we said it was “a very beautiful game, and it arrives on PC in a version which allows for higher framerates, arbitrary resolution rendering, 21:9 aspect ratio support and a field of view adjustment option.” In other news, Guerrilla recently announced that it was slowing down on Horizon Zero Dawn PC updates in order to focus on its sequel, Horizon Forbidden West.
Tom Power is a UK-based freelance writer who has sore eyes after watching that video. Follow him on Twitter.