PS4 Pro may soon natively optimize in-game FPS

Does your favorite PS4 game not have a PS4 Pro patch? No problem. The console's new Boost Mode may help optimize those frame rates natively.

Published Fri, Feb 3 2017 9:31 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:56 AM CST

Sony's new 4K-ready PS4 Pro might get a new feature that natively optimizes frame rate threshold in games that don't yet have PS4 Pro Forward Compatibility upgrade patches, essentially letting every PS4 game harness the power of the new console.

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Right now if you want to play your favorite game in 1080p 60FPS, 4K 30FPS or native 4K on the PS4 Pro you have to wait for the publisher/developer to roll out an enhancement patch. Sometimes these patches never come. As it stands PS4 games can't natively leverage the power of the PS4 Pro's beefier Polaris-grade GPU and overclocked CPU to enable higher frame rates and resolution.

But what if you didn't have to wait? What if your entire games library could leverage some of the PS4 Pro's power by default and you weren't at the mercy of developers?

That might be about to happen.

According to a Japanese beta tester screenshot on NeoGAF, the Sasuke update will enable "Boost Mode" which optimizes FPS in PS4 games without that don't have the required patches.

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Now let's put this into perspective a bit. I don't think the Boost Mode will magically make all of your games run at a silky smooth 1080p 60FPS.

I do think that it will help the game achieve its targeted frame rates much more consistently. So instead of boosted max FPS threshold, Boost Mode should help maintain a smooth and fluid and more consistent frame rate. If a game is still capped at 30FPS I don't think Boost Mode will magically enable 60FPS in that game--it'll just maintain 30FPS much more thoroughly.

If this is indeed true, I could see most gamers justifying purchasing the console in order to play their entire PS4 library at smoother FPS, and most of that same library at higher fidelity.

Read Also: PS4 Pro specs: 4.2 TFLOPs, Jaguar CPU, 310W power draw

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

No confirmations or specifics were announced by Sony during its PS4 Firmware 2.50 update post, however, and only lighter details were mentioned. So for now we have to take it with a grain of salt.

By light, I actually mean pretty heavy: all PS4 consoles will soon support external hard drives up to 8TB in size, but only HDD's that use USB 3.0 SuperSpeed.

Sony hasn't announced a release date for Firmware Update 2.50, but we'll keep you informed once they roll out new info.

The PlayStation 4 Pro is now available for $399. Check below for a massive catalog of everything we know about the console 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
  • 14nm or 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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