Saturday February 04, 2017

PS4 Pro "Boost Mode" Will Help Some Older Games Run Faster and Smoother

Isn’t this something that should have launched with the PS4 Pro? Probably, but since the console has only been out for around six months, I guess I can give Sony a pass. The PS4’s next firmware update will include a feature that should improve the frame rate and loading times of at least a handful of titles that haven’t been specifically optimized by developers. Here is a video showing how it improves Just Cause 3.

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Sony is rolling out the beta preview of the PlayStation 4’s latest firmware update, version 4.50, and it includes a pretty great new feature for early owners of the PS4 Pro console. In short, many older PS4 titles will run better on the new hardware آ— even if they’ve not been optimized to do so by developers. Once you’ve installed the software upgrade, you’ll find a new "Boost Mode" option in the settings menu. This is exclusive to the more powerful Pro console and won’t appear on the regular PS4. When activated, Boost Mode "lets PS4 Pro run at a higher GPU and CPU clock speed in order to improve gameplay on some PS4 games that were released before the launch of PS4 Pro," a company spokesperson told The Verge. "Games that have a variable frame rate may benefit from a higher frame rate, and load times may be shorter in some games too."