'ARK' Update 2.51 Adds PS5 Enhancement and Exploit Fixes on PS4 and Xbox—Patch Notes

ARK: Survival Evolved update 2.51 deployed on all platforms Thursday evening, and the new update, while not that significant from an overall gameplay perspective, introduces important features for those enjoying the game on PS5. The full patch notes arrive courtesy of the latest forum post from the development team at Studio Wildcard.

ARK update 2.51 patch notes

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'ARK: Survival Evolved' update 2.51 adds several PS5-specific enhancements. Read the full patch notes below. 'ARK' is available now on PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Switch, Mac and Linux. Studio Wildcard
  • Fixed a mesh exploit
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed you to avoid turret damage
  • Hover Skiff can no longer use turbo speed when carrying enemy players or tamed enemy dinos (no changes made if using carrying allied or wild) [PC]
  • Enabled visual enhancements for PS5

The biggest feature on this fairly short list of updates is the long-awaited debut of visual enhancements for those playing the game on Sony's latest console. While an enhancement patch made its way to Xbox Series X|S when those consoles released this past November, it's taken developers quite some time to get those upgrades ported to the other next-gen console platform.

Once it's installed, however, ARK PS5 players will benefit from 4K resolution at up to 60 fps, more intense god rays, improved draw distance and drastically decreased load times when playing from the PS5's internal SSD. ARK has historically been a demanding game on older console platforms, but these new machines make Wildcard's work shine to its fullest extent.

Moving on to other smaller adjustments, there isn't much more to add about ARK update 2.51. Fixes for mesh and damage exploits are always greatly appreciated, but we're a bit surprised to see a slight nerf to the Hover Skiff making its way to PC. From the description listed above, it sounds as though developers intend to tailor the Genesis vehicle more toward general traversal and less toward PvP. The new adjustments allow players to move around the world at a brisk pace when hanging with friends, but it travels a bit slower with enemies aboard. The implication being that devs felt the advantage was too great to be competitively viable.

Provided this nerf doesn't completely break the game, we expect to see it in the next big console update tentatively due by the end of March. Shortly after this patch deployed on PC, Wildcard officials suggested another update would arrive on consoles in the coming weeks with the aforementioned skiff fix, an improved Crypod UI and flyer speed adjustments on unofficial servers. As much of a bummer as it is that Genesis Part 2 has been delayed till May 26, at least there's still some work being done to solidify the code base that's playable now.

ARK: Survival Evolved is available now on PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Switch, Mac and Linux.

What are your thoughts on ARK update 2.51? Are you able to play the game on PS5? Tell us in the comments section!