God of War (2018) is widely remembered as one of the best PlayStation 4 first party titles, rebooting the long-running series in new, Norse-mythological roots and bringing with it an entirely new system of incredibly satisfying combat with the Leviathan Axe.

The game ran at a checkerboard 4K with a 30 frames per second lock on PlayStation 4 Pro, with an optional high performance mode that delivered 35-45 frames per second on average, but locked resolution to just 1080p. On PlayStation 5, that performance mode runs at a locked 60 frames per second, yet the resolution remains capped.

However, the original version 1.0 of the game, which was the version pressed to the original disc release, has an unlocked framerate in the checkerboard 4K mode. This was later locked to 30FPS to remove wild swings in performance on PS4 Pro, however, now that we can run the game on PlayStation 5, the game runs at a locked 60 frames per second in the 4K checkerboard mode and it looks absolutely glorious.

We have captured some early footage of this mode running on PlayStation 5, which is available below in 4K/60 with HDR, should you have a compatible TV to watch it on:

If you have a disc copy of the original release of God of War or can acquire one, simply insert it into your PlayStation 5 and pause the patch download in your Download List. If you start the game without the patch, you can run the game in this beautiful 4K/60 mode, which almost makes it feel like a remaster of the game.