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Alan Wake Remastered Trailer Compares the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox 360 Versions

Alan Wake Remastered Trailer Compares the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox 360 Versions - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2021 / 1,924 Views

The official Xbox YouTube account has released a new trailer for Alan Wake Remastered that compares the Xbox Series X|S version of the game with the original Xbox 360 version.

Alan Wake Remastered will launch for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on October 5.

View the comparison trailer below:

Here is an overview of the game:

Alan Wake Remastered is the graphically enhanced version of the original game first released in 2010. Now, we are bringing you the complete Alan Wake experience, including the two story-expansions The Signal and The Writer, originally released as DLCs, with all-new 4K visuals, updated environments, cutscenes, and a brand-new making-of commentary where I take a trip down memory lane.

The story so far

Alan Wake, a bestselling writer, comes to behind the wheel of a crashed car. It’s night. He is in a primordial forest outside the small town of Bright Falls, Washington. Wake has hit his head. He is missing a week. His photographer wife, Alice, is missing. The couple came to the idyllic Bright Falls to heal, a departure from the pressure cooker of their celebrity life in New York City. Wake hasn’t been able write in a long time. Their relationship has seen better days. Now Wake finds pages of a novel he seems to have written, even though he can’t remember writing it. The story is called “Departure”. It’s a horror story. He is the main character in it. In the story, Bright Falls is taken over by a Dark Presence. The story is coming true. Locals, possessed by supernatural darkness, stalk Wake in the forest. As his journey spirals deeper into the darkness of the night, Wake tries to hold on to the tattered remnants of his sanity, to find answers to the nightmarish mystery he faces. Using the light of his flashlight as a weapon, he is forced to fight for his life, and the life of Alice.

Talking tech

There is a lot of subtlety in the visuals of Alan Wake, now enhanced by the power of the new PlayStation consoles. On the PlayStation 5, the game runs at 4K at 60fps. The PlayStation 4 Pro offers a choice of Performance (60fps) and Quality (4K at 30fps) modes and PS4 version runs at 30fps. A lot of time has been spent optimizing the game for each platform to offer the best possible experience. On top of that, each weapon Alan uses feels unique thanks to the DualSense wireless controller’s adaptive trigger having different feedback depending on the gun you are using, from the revolver to the flare gun. There are also Activity cards for each episode and mission of the game.

Our hero’s character model has been completely re-done.

Many of the original developers of Alan Wake, myself included, were involved in the creation of this remaster. Above all, we wanted to preserve the identity and unique visual style of Alan Wake, while still elevating the graphics to meet modern players’ expectations. Almost everything in the original game has been retouched: a ton of individual items, from environment scenes to individual props, textures, sound effect files, and the art for the UI. As it’s a hugely important part of creating the unnerving atmosphere of the game, there was a dedicated team working hard to ensure the trees and foliage would look as good as possible.

It’s all connected

Some of you first met Alan Wake in the AWE expansion of Control, another game set in the Remedy Connected Universe. There we shed some light on Wake’s long-dormant mystery in the dark depths. We learned that the strange events in Alan Wake had been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Control as an “Altered World Event” – a crisis caused by dangerous paranatural forces seeping through into our reality. This was how the story of Alan Wake was perceived through the lens of the story of Control. Both Control and Alan Wake exist in the same world, the events of one story tying into the other. Now, we’ve taken the writer’s origin story to a new generation of brave players.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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11 Comments
Moseskyle83 (on 25 September 2021)

I really need to start wearing glasses cuz I couldn’t really tell much of the changes just looked more lighter n brighter which I suppose is a good thing as some sections I remember playing on the 360 I couldn’t see much n had to put my brightness settings up

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SecondWar Moseskyle83 (on 25 September 2021)

I have to remember neither my iPad or laptop are 4k so to really see a difference I’d need to watch it on my TV.
But this still feels more like a glorified port than a full-fledged remaster, which I find quite disappointing.

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CGI-Quality Moseskyle83 (on 25 September 2021)

The differences are pretty significant. Better textures, character models, facial mo-cap, and higher res! I'd watch on a bigger screen if you hadn't.

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SecondWar CGI-Quality (on 25 September 2021)

You aren’t wrong. Just did it on my 4K TV (as opposed to my iPad) and the difference in actually staggering. I take back the glorified port comment.

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smroadkill15 (on 25 September 2021)

Good comparison video. The graphical improvement is better than I initially thought.

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TallSilhouette (on 25 September 2021)

Man, image quality has come a long way in just a couple generations...

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progstarmac (on 26 September 2021)

Will we have the switch version or not?

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Mr Puggsly (on 25 September 2021)

Not looking like mud alone is a great improvement. Look forward to revisiting this game.

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Azzanation (on 25 September 2021)

Its an okay improvement but its not worth full price. Hoping they price it correctly.

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coolbeans Azzanation (on 25 September 2021)

It's priced at $29.99 retail.

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Azzanation coolbeans (on 25 September 2021)

Awesome, ill pick it up at that price.

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