The recently launched PlayStation 4 Pro is a more powerful version of the PS4. The PS4 Pro allows for smoother and better-looking games. But recently that is not the case. There is a new report that suggests games will sometimes suffer from performance issues that result in lower frame rates on the Pro than on the regular PS4.
These findings come from Digital Foundry, it notes that this only happens to a select few games with PS4 Pro updates and it only happens at certain times. But the fact that this is happening on the Pro, one of Sony’s most powerful consoles, is very concerning. There were also some leaked Sony documents from earlier in the year state that this goes against the company’s guidelines for developers.
This isn’t just happening with small games. It is affecting major games like The Last of Us Remastered and Skyrim: Special Edition.
On the case of The Last of Us on Pro, you have the option to play at 60 FPS with a resolution of 3200×1800 but there are frame rate drops with this option. Digital Foundry notes that this isn’t a huge deal seeing as how beautiful the game looks, particularly in HDR. Nonetheless, you can’t decide to maintain a 60 FPS look.
What is even worse is the scenario faced by those who play on a 1080p screen. In this case, The Last of Us will render at a higher resolution and will then down sample to 1080p to try to imrpove anti-aliasing. It is a less meaningful visual improvement, but you still have to deal with the dips that will result in a frame rate lower than the standard PS4. There is no option to stop the anti-aliasing improvements in favor to a frame rate that is at least the same as on PS4.
Skyrim is facing a similar situation. Some might be willing to deal with frame rate drops to have a higher resolution on a 4K display. But those who play on a 1080p display will probably prefer the more consistent frame rate seen on the standard PS4, which isn’t an option on the PS4 Pro.
Dues Ex: Mankind Divided is another example but its Pro performance could be better or worse than on a standard PS4 in different places. Some of the drops on the Pro reach the 20 FPS mark which is not something you want.
Digital Foundry’s write-up talk about this issue in more detail and is worth taking a look at it if you want more details. The site says they have shared this information with Sony, which hints that Sony is investigation the issues.
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