Skyrim Special Edition runs at native 4K on PS4 Pro

The PS4 Pro version of Skyrim Special Edition runs at native 4K.

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Bethesda is fighting issues on the PC version of Dishonored 2, but it looks like Skyrim Special Edition will be running at native 4K on Sony's just-released PS4 Pro console.

Although Skyrim: Special Edition is hitting native 4K on Sony's new PS4 Pro, the high resolution comes at the cost of frame rates. Skyrim running in native 4K on the PS4 Pro triggers frame rate drops and noticeable stuttering, showing that the console isn't that far removed from the resolution vs FPS balancing act required for the PS4 and Xbox One. As a result, Skyrim actually has better FPS on PS4 than PS4 Pro while running in 4K.

"Sony emphasizes that games running on PS4 Pro must have frame-rates that are better than or equal to the game running on the standard PS4 console. However, that's not the case with Skyrim, where the increase in resolution can lead to a visible drop in performance in scenes where the GPU is pushed more heavily," Digital Foundry's David Bierton reports.

Digital Foundry have been analyzing Skyrim Special Edition on the PS4 Pro, confirming that it runs at native 4K on the PS4 Pro, with the frame rate looking to be roughly the same as the normal PS4 version of the game which runs at 1080p. Bethesda pushed out an update earlier this week, which included:


  • General performance and optimization improvements
  • Fixed rare issue with NPCs not appearing in proper locations
  • Fixed issue with saves erroneously being marked as Moddded, even though no mods are active
  • Updated some sound files to not use compression
Skyrim Special Edition runs at native 4K on PS4 Pro |

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