There’s a new update for WRC 9 landing on all platforms today, with a few important changes as well as bringing the next-gen console versions right up to date.
First and foremost are the changes to the PS5 and Xbox Series versions. Until now, they were lagging a little behind their PS4/XB1 counterparts, without the December content update we saw earlier in the month. That’s now come to the consoles as part of this update, so you can enjoy the Toyota GR Yaris WRC concept, additional Rally Portugal stages, and co-driver mode.
In addition, the update unlocks higher performance modes for the next-gen consoles. Xbox Series S consoles can opt for a High Visual Quality mode, at 1440p and 30fps, or stick with the Balanced Mode in 1080p60. Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X also have a Balanced Mode at a dynamic 4K and 60fps fixed, or High Visual Quality at 4K30.
You’re also now able to play in 120fps on the PS5 and XSX too. Called “120Hz Performance Mode”, this runs at 1080p and 120fps — though of course you will need a 120Hz or better display to take advantage.
Steering wheel support also comes to the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles with this update, with compatibility fixes on other platforms too. The update also addresses a number of bugs and minor issues across all platforms.
Another platform-wide component of the update involves esports. The update contains the preparations for the 2021 season of Esports WRC, which gets underway next month with the Monte Carlo rally on January 15-18. There’s 13 rounds planned through to the middle of summer, with the final yet to be announced.