One of the most prized items in any gamer’s arsenal today is the device used to relay the game graphics. Whether players rely on their TVs, monitors or projectors, it is no secret that the visual quality of any game title can make or ruin the experience. Sony Corp. has long recognized this. The adoption of 4K televisions and monitors has fueled the demand for gaming machines that can take full advantage of ultra-high resolution displays. This market gap has led to Sony’s release of the PlayStation 4 Pro. The entertainment giant pushed the new gadget out only a few short weeks ago. It comes as a mild update to the standard PS4, promising better performance, enhanced graphics and an overall “excellent” gaming experience.
Sony and its PlayStation team are rallying behind developers to help quickly build an archive of PS4 Pro-enabled titles. Simply owning a 4K TV does not render games at 4K and titles that fully support the PS4 Pro are also still scarce. However, developers can and are encouraged to create patches for existing PS4 titles. These updates can enhance the scene play as well as the image resolution to points greater than 1080p.
Games do not automatically play in 4K on the PS4 Pro. Some titles and software will use a nifty technique called checkboard rendering to achieve greater quality graphics. This switches up the formation of the pixels to gain higher-fidelity images. This process on the Pro will be used on titles like Dues Ex: Mankind Divided and Watch Dogs 2, rendering them at 1800p. Games like COD: Infinite Warfare and Horizon Zero Dawn will use checkboard rendering to gain 2160p res.
Give games that extra edge
Normal PS4 games will be as normal as ever unless game developers create patches for them. Devs can patch their titles if they wish but the difference won’t be anything mind-blowing. Further, the effects will mostly be limited to around 2160p. Part of Sony’s goal is to ensure that all the existing , 700-plus PS4 gaming titles play just as seamlessly on the Pro. Sony isn’t ready to exclude gamers this early on in the PS4 time line.
Better visuals is essentially what the new PlayStation 4 is made to offer. Comments from gaming experts have admitted the graphic fidelity of the PS4 Pro shatters the standard console, which could only play scenes at HD 1080p. All the updates let Sony’s new PS4 Pro run games and stream video content at 4K ultra high-definition.
The PlayStation 4 Pro’s CPU is a significant step up from its older sibling. In terms of speed, it was upped by 0.5GHz. The update from 1.6GHz to 2.1GHz renders the PS4 Pro 30 percent faster than the PS4. The new machine’s capacity to process graphics is formidable too. THE GPU makes an amazing leap from 1.8 trillion floating-point operations per second, or TFLOPS, to 4.2 TFLOPS. In other words, it’s bound to be a performer.
Buy a PS4 Pro now?
That being said, even though a fair number of titles are being praised for how they run on the PS4 Pro, there are updates that show developers tend to miss the plot. Reviews across the web seem to indicate that some devs put too little effort into their updates. Others don’t really seem to know what to make of the Pro’s enhancements. Consider these:
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider reportedly did a good job with its update, but has as load of mixed reviews. It makes the short but growing list of gaming titles that support the enhancement of the PS4 Pro. Crystal Dynamics recently made news of the three different visual opions that gamers can run during gameplay. Rise of the Tomb Raider allows Pro console players to run the game in three visual modes. These modes are 4K res, enriched visuals and high frame rate.
Upgrades to Rise of the Tomb Raider also include hardware tessellation. This feature manages data sets and allows details to be added or taken away from a 3D polygon mesh.
Batman: Return to Arkham
Nothing good ever happens in Arkham. Although, that does not stop Batman from going back to kick butt and take names whenever things get out of hand. The Virtuo game title that sees the Dark Knight revisit Arkham Asylum recently got a PS4 Pro patch. The works of the update are said to be clearly apparent but poor during gameplay.
“It’s as if developer Virtuo simply pulled a switch to enable PS4 Pro’s additional CPU and GPU power on its base title with little regard as to what would actually happen,” reports Richard Leadbetter.
Assassins Creed Syndicate
Ubisoft’s update to this leading title is another unsatisfying effort. It’s a good example of how devs have mostly been thrown into the deep end with the PS4 Pro enhancements. Game makers are visibly pressured to give their titles that extra edge while moving through unfamiliar ground.
Ubisoft recently surprised fans by releasing a PS4 Pro update for Assassins Creed Syndicate. Reviews agree that the game’s resolution got a noticeable increase , but it does not appear to provide any other visual benefits. The effects have been described as “inconsistent”. While some scenes can be played out in at a seamless 4K upscale, other visual aspects have been left to lag begin.
Whiles other may think of this as a small issue, its might be a massive frustration to someone who buys an impressive new gaming machine purely its visual benefits, and sees very little difference. However, gamers can definitely look forward to better patches once devs gain more experience on how to aptly enhance gameplay.
For now, Sony Corp.’s new machine makes a great holiday purchase. Although, owners should be patient while game creators get a better feel of the PlayStation 4 Pro.