Best PS5 Racing Games in 2021

With the release of the PlayStation 5, many gamers are in search of great racing games to play on this next-gen console. While racing fans were spoiled for choice for the PlayStation 4, there have not been many notable PS5 racing games released so far. Therefore, below we have curated this list of the best PS5 racing games available for you to play now.

We have included various PS5 racing games from older racing sims that have been updated to take full advantage of the power of the PS5 to racers that were built with Sony’s flagship console in mind, there’s something for everyone in here.

World Rally Championship 9

Release date: September 4, 2020 | Developer: KT Racing | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone View on Amazon

WRC 9 is the latest simcade game in the WRC racing sim franchise. However, unlike its predecessors, it’s a more complete rally package. It honors older titles by staying true to its core rallying action, but ups the immersion factor with challenging and more life-like handling, as well as amazing in-game recreations of rallying stages from all around the globe.

On top of the single-player gameplay and campaign, WRC9 also has an online club system that lets entire communities run homebrewed championship cups. WRC9 also has a co-op mode that allows two online racers to drive and compete using only one car.

On the PS5, the WRC 9 looks and plays even better. Sony’s flagship console can run WRC 9 at dynamic 4K and 60 fps (Balanced Mode) or native 4K at 30 fps (High Visual Quality). Another mode called the “120Hz Performance Mode” also lets PS5 owners play WRC 9 at 1080p at 120 fps on supported displays.

F1 2021

Release date: July 13, 2021 | Developer: Codemasters | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone View on Amazon

F1 2021 is the culmination of everything that the entire F1 racing franchise has built. It is a technically fast and fun ride that comes with a plethora of licensed content, as well as other customization options, that sets a high bar for any racing game that comes after it – and that’s without talking about the graphics.

Handling your car in F1 feels very professional and the racing immersive. The new Braking Point feature is a nice touch and makes an excellent gateway for newer audiences. Meanwhile, the career mode is just as great as ever, albeit not as accurate as hardcore fans would like due to circumstances outside of everyone’s control.

On the PS5, F1 2021 wows audiences with either full 4K resolution at 60 fps (Graphics) or 120fps at 1440p (Performance). In addition to this, the F1 2021 makes full use of the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers on the DualSense. This ups the ante and makes gamers feel more like they are part of the action.

Wreckfest

Release date: May 4, 2021 | Developer: Bugbear | ESRB Age Rating: Teen View on Amazon

Getting Wreckfest on the PlayStation 5 is the best way to enjoy one of the most entertaining arcade racers of the last generation. Although Wreckfest never was (and still isn’t) something that hardcore gearheads would be into, casual audiences will love its mix of vehicular mayhem with a healthy dose of actual racing.

The core racing gameplay of Wreckfest remains very much the same on the PS5 and the extensive single-player campaign is an excellent effort. The PS5 version runs at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second with re-improved textures for higher resolution gameplay, as well as dynamic dirt and better shadows, as well as particles.

Although it’s not perfect (minimal DualSense support is a missed opportunity), playing Wreckfest on the PS5 is a great introduction if you missed out on the last-gen version.

Dirt 5

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Codemasters | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone View on Amazon

Dirt 5 is a fun, popular, and visually appealing off-road racing game that fully embraces arcade racing. By going full-on arcade racing, Dirt 5 becomes an accessible racing sim that anyone can play. It also helps that it has a surprisingly fun career mode with a wildly robust track editor that will keep you hooked for hours on end. The multiplayer edition of the game is also quite fun as you race against others and test your skills.

On the PS5, Dirt 5 is an even better game. It has multiple graphics options, including running at 4K resolution at 60 fps with an option for support for up to 120 frames per second at lower resolutions. In addition to this, the off-road racer feels like a completely different game on the PS5 thanks to its support for the DualSense’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that let you feel every literal bump on the game’s often-rocky roads.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered

Release date: November 6, 2020 | Developer: Criterion Games | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone 10+ View on Amazon

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is the Need for Speed remasters that most gamers never asked for but loved anyway. It is a masterclass in not messing with the formula that made the original so beloved.

The remake of the classic arcade racing title is pure eye candy as the visual upgrades not only make you feel the need for speed (pun intended), but it also helps make the game feel the part as well.

This could not be any more true on the PS5. Playing Hot Pursuit Remastered on the current-gen console ups the resolution and performance to a sweet native 4K with support for up to 60 frames per second.

Ride 4

Release date: October 8, 2020 | Developer: Milestone | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone View on PlayStation

Ride 4 is the latest installment in the Ride franchise. It lets players compete against machine learning AI-controlled bikers and other high-speed riders from all over the globe with hundreds of officially licensed bikes and more than a dozen incredibly detailed tracks to choose from for some two-wheel racing. It features everything from endurance races and pitstops to a day/night cycle, as well as dynamic weather.

Moreover, the PS5 improved hardware allows gamers to better enjoy Ride 4. It’s capable of 60 frames per second with 4K resolution. It also supports the Haptic feedback from the DualSense controller for an even deeper sense of immersion.

Conclusion

These racing games might not be able to make you feel the wind in your hair just yet, but on the PS5, they represent one of if not the closest thing to actual racing. It doesn’t matter if you prefer simulation racing or arcade racing or even a little bit of both. Whether you are a racing fan or someone who loves to compete with others who have a similar thirst for speed, this list of the best PS5 racing games has something for everyone.

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