The PlayStation 4 Pro will allow developers to patch any of their old titles to run at a higher resolution and even receive graphical improvements. You may already own a number of titles that are due to receive such a patch for 4K and HDR (high dynamic range), but there are still many well-deserving games that have yet to be confirmed to retroactively support the PS4 Pro.
Below are a number of titles that I think would greatly benefit from a PlayStation 4 Pro upgrade patch. But before I divulge my ‘most desired’ titles, it’s probably best you learn about the important tech behind PlayStation 4 Pro’s impending improvements.
What is 4K?
Bumping up a game’s resolution from 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) to 4K (3840×2160 pixels) will offer a range of benefits, the biggest of which will result in a greater amount of detail being showcased on-screen. The image below is a sample from Sony’s PlayStation Pro meeting, giving a glance at the differences between 720p, 1080p and 4K resolution.
What is High Dynamic Range?
If you have an iPhone, the chances are you already take pictures with the help of HDR. This feature means your camera will take an image, let’s say of a sunset, and then breakdown the image into several compositions, before finally combining them to craft the most natural looking shot. It often means you’ll be left with a better array of colours and a greater amount of detail, particularly with snaps featuring the sun.
Surprisingly HDR will not remain exclusive to the PS4 Pro as everyone with a PlayStation 4, irrespective of their hardware specifications, will receive a patch. You still need a HDR tv to take advantage of this feature though, but these are currently very costly.
Grand Theft Auto has always pushed the boundaries for what an open world game can be. As well as making the scenery and draw distances even sharper by upping the resolution to 4K, the inclusion of HDR would make the city of Los Santos and its outskirts spring to life. Everything from the warm orange sunsets, to the city’s nightlife, would pop off the screen with unbelievable colour. I’m uncertain as to whether Rockstar would take the time to make ‘touch ups’, but feel confident that a 4K and HDR patch is on the way.2.Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Hideo Kojima’s last Metal Gear already looks outstanding, but enhancing the visuals even further would be a treat. The game’s beautifully open world and dynamic weather system could definitely take advantage of HDR, plus 4K resolution wouldn’t hurt. With the title’s original project lead long-gone, would publisher Konami be able to implement these amendments successfully? Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait too long to find out.3.Fallout 4
Bethesda’s open world extravaganza is full of post-apocalyptic exploration, though sprucing up its colour palette through HDR would certainly help add a bit of zing. The Pro’s extra processing power could also help improve its visuals; after all, since Fallout 4 runs on an old yet slightly buffed up graphics engine, any improvements would be welcome. Perhaps its development team could also increase the frame rate?4.Batman: Arkham Knight
Rocksteady’s conclusion to their Arkham trilogy looks astonishing, but a 4K upgrade and HDR implementation would make anyone’s eyes melt with joy. From the neon signs of China Town to puddles of water pooling on the pavement, Arkham Knight deserves PS4 Pro enhancements to be its last ever patch.5.Destiny
With over 200 hours of gameplay under my belt, there’s no other shooter I’d rather have upgraded to 4K and HDR. Bumping up the resolution and adding HDR would simply make my eyes happy, not to mention literally brightening up my next 200 hours of gameplay. Would Bungie be willing to increase the frame rate for Pro players? My gut says no, but my heart screams yes.6.No Man’s Sky
Creator of No Man’s Sky, Sean Murray, has already gone on record saying that the PlayStation 4 Pro (previously known as Neo) could mix up his game dramatically, and for the better. With double the power of the standard PS4’s GPU, the procedurally generated galaxy could look entirely different on the Pro and make for a much better gameplay experience.7.Rocket League
This last one is a bit of a personal hope. I play a lot of Rocket League, which is why I’d welcome a 4K upgrade and improved colours. ‘Nuff said.
Are you a fan of the PS4 Pro? Is there a title that didn’t make our list that you’d like to see get a patch? Sound off in the comment below!
All the confirmed titles currently set to receive a PS4 Pro patch are as follows…
- Infamous: First Light
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Killing Floor 2
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- The Last of Us: Remastered
- The Witness
- Farpoint (PSVR)
- Horizon: Zero Dawn
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Mass Effect Andromeda
- Final Fantasy XV
- Dishonored 2
- Battlefield 1
- Fifa 17
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Titanfall 2
- Spider Man
- For Honor
- Watch Dogs 2
- Days Gone