Horizon Zero Dawn: YouTuber Reveals PC Version Can be Played at 72p Resolution
Horizon Zero Dawn’s PC port is capable of being played at a brain-hurting 72p resolution, according to a recent YouTube benchmark video.
Lisbon-based YouTuber Kryzzp (spotted by The Verge) who also goes by zWORMz Gaming, has shown that it’s possible to play Guerrilla Games’ action-adventure title with a display of 128 pixels by 72 pixels. The test was conducted to show that even budget graphics cards, such as the Nvidia GT 710 card used during Kryzzp’s experiment, can run AAA games if their resolution is dropped to its lowest level.
You can see a clip of the 72p version of the game in the tweet below (and watch the original video here):
Did you know the PC Version of Horizon: Zero Dawn lets you toggle the resolution to 72p? (256×144) pic.twitter.com/3nYccHPQDZ
— 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.