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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
- PS4 Pro runs 'hot enough to cook an egg'
- PS4 Pro upgrades of PS4 games take no effort, says Sony
- PS4 Pro 'turns off half the GPU' to run normal PS4 games
- PS4 Pro's native 4K games trigger FPS drop
- PS4 Pro apparently incompatible with some 4K TVs, showing blank screen
- PS4 Pro's 1080p super-sampling causing frame rate drops
- PS4 Pro max temps only hit 35C
- PS4 Pro reportedly melts its casing due to extreme heat
- PS4 Pro's stock 1TB hard drive can't hit SATA III speeds
- Crytek says 1GB extra RAM on PS4 Pro is 'substantial'
- PS4 Pro owners have an edge in Battlefield 1 multiplayer
- Here's why Sony nixed PS4 Pro's 4K Blu-ray player
- PS4 Pro uses AMD Polaris GPU, sits below RX 470
- PS4 Pro FAQ: Sony explains the new $399 4K PS4 console
- 14 games have PS4 Pro support built-in so far
- Here's all the PS4 Pro upgraded games so far
- PS4 Pro won't play all PS4 games at 1080p 60FPS
- Mass Effect: Andromeda runs at 4K 30FPS on PS4 Pro
- Sony's new PS4 Pro rocks double GPU power, 4K and HDR
- Sony's high-end PS4 Pro costs $399, launches November 10
- Devs have final say on PS4 Pro's Forward Compatibility
- PS4 Pro specs: 4.2 TFLOPs, Jaguar CPU, 310W power draw
- Microsoft trolls PS4 Pro's lack of a 4K Blu-ray player
- Sony's PS4 Pro doesn't hit native 4K gaming