Mass Effect: Andromeda has 1080p enhancements on PS4 Pro

1080p HDTV owners will enjoy enhancements in Mass Effect: Andromeda on PS4 Pro.

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BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda will run at upscaled 4K 30FPS on Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, but what about HDTV owners? Can we expect any enhancements in 1080p? Console architect Mark Cerny confirms HDTV owners won't be left out.

With Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, devs have a ton of enhancement options for their games: they can enable different resolutions like native 4K and upscaled 4K with checkerboard rendering techniques, enable HDR, tweak frame rates to fit resolutions (like upscaled 4K 30FPS), add in 1080p 60FPS or even boost visuals in 1080p with supersampling.

Devs can also employ one or all of these enhancements into their games, but it's ultimately up to each dev. Rise of the Tomb Raider, for example, hits 4K 30FPS and 1080p 60FPS on PS4 Pro and even has an Enhanced Visuals mode at 1080p 30FPS.

BioWare's highly anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda will have its own enhanced mode in 1080p, likely using the PS4 Pro's super-sampling techniques to scale up resolution and improve visuals.

"Watch Dogs 2, Killing Floor 2, InFamous and Mass Effect Andromeda all use 1800p checkerboarding," PS4 Pro architect Mark Cerny told Eurogamer. "Super-sampling again is very popular for HDTV support. Mass Effect Andromeda has two very different strategies. They have checkerboard for 4K and they have a separate mode for high quality graphics at 1080p."

BioWare has already confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda will run at 30FPS on base PS4 consoles as well as PS4 Pro, so don't expect to see a 1080p 60FPS mode for the game.

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Original PS4 Specs

  • CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6GHz
  • GPU: AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800MHz (equivalent to Radeon HD 7850)
  • Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s

PS4 Pro Specs

  • CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1GHz
  • GPU: 4.20 TFLOPs Polaris GPU
  • Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s

Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro releases on November 10, 2016. BioWare has yet to announce Mass Effect: Andromeda's release date, but it may have been leaked for a possible March 21, 2017 launch.

Check below for a huge list of everything we know about the PS4 Pro so far.

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PS4 Pro: What we know so far:

  • Double GPU power over existing PS4 models (roughly 2x AMD Radeon HD 7850)
  • AMD Polaris GPU support
  • 16nm FinFET APU likely
  • CPU with boosted clock rate
  • Higher memory bandwidth
  • No 4K UHD Blu-ray player
  • Launches November 10 for $399
  • 4K resolution upscaling
  • HDR support
  • Higher frame rates, improved in-game performance across the board
  • Plays all existing PS4 games, but not every PS4 game will leverage the new hardware for improved performance
  • 1TB hard drive

Read more about Sony's PS4 Pro:


Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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