On Wednesday, Sony officially unveiled the long rumored PlayStation 4 Pro (also known as PlayStation 4 Neo). Since recent past months, Sony was reportedly working on a new, upgraded console that would be capable enough to run games at native 4K with some hardware upgrades.
Sony claims that the PlayStation 4 Pro is capable of running games at 4K resolution due to the increased CPU and GPU frequencies, more bandwidth with having 4.2 TFlops, that will help the developers to run at 1080p and 60 fps constant or even with the 4K resolution and 30 fps. However, some game developers don’t find the hardware of the new console as a 4K gaming machine.
Earlier Remedy Entertainment’s head of communications, Thomas Puha said that according to him, the PS4 Pro appears to be a high end version of PS4 with some upgrades. It seems like ‘rendering a way to 4K‘ with not being so much expensive. According to him, it is not like a sequel to the console, what Project Scorpio is with the Xbox One.
It’s just visual enhancement, doesn’t drastically change performance – Guerrilla Games Developers on PlayStation 4 Pro
And now, technical director at Guerrilla Games while speaking with Kotaku, said that usually the developers are limited due to hardwares. If we go beyond, the visuals get prettier and nicer for the enthusiasts, while actually it doesn’t change a thing.
“It’s just a visual enhancement. It doesn’t drastically change the nature of your games… We do the same calculations. Normally we’re just limited by whatever the TV can display. We remove the cap and all of a sudden there’s something quite beautiful underneath. It doesn’t drastically change a thing. It’s just prettier and nicer, for the enthusiasts who are into that sort of stuff.”
Both the current generation console needed some hardware upgrades after 3 years of release of the standard console. Moreover, it is the age of 4K resolution, while the hardware of standard console was not powerful enough to run a game at 4K or HDR. Even some games reportedly struggled with the fps while running at 1080p.
Earlier, Sony announced that the idea behind an upgraded console was generated in order to prevent the PS4 gamers from shifting to PC gaming. Sony plans to release the PlayStation 4 Pro on November 10th for $399.
Below you can check the list of titles with HDR and 4K support:
- For Honor
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Days Gone
- Watch Dogs 2
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- FIFA 17
- Battlefield 1
- Mass Effect Andromeda
- Dishonored 2
- Final Fantasy XV