Have you somehow managed to buy all 700+ PS4 games released so far? No, thought not. But whatever is currently in your collection will play nicely on PS4 Pro. It’ll upscale all of those games to 4K resolution, too.
The real difference comes with games that have been optimised for PS4 Pro. There are 30 at launch, and that number should hit 45 before January.
It’s one major advantage that the PS4 Pro has over the Xbox One S. Because the Pro has more power as opposed to just gaining 4K capabilities as the Xbox did, those fully optimised games will look better than anything you can play on Microsoft’s console. The One S does have a handful of its own ‘optimised’ games, but these are optimised only for HDR rather than performance.
Developers can choose how they take advantage of the improved performance, either bumping the resolution, increasing frame rates, adding more detailed textures, or a combination of all three.
Highlights at launch include inFAMOUS: First Light, where the PS4 Pro ups the rendering resolution to 1800p, adds HDR support and improves anti-aliasing (which smooths out jagged edges). Uncharted 4 gets HDR and a resolution bump too. Both look fantastic as a result - a real, tangible improvement for anyone with a 4K HDR TV.
Rise of the Tomb Raider goes for a more customisable approach. You can play in 4K at 30 frames per second, 1080p with high detail, or 1080p at 60fps. Personally, I value frame-rate over everything else, but you can change your mind at any time from the settings screen.
While 30 PS4 Pro-optimised games out of 700-plus total PS4 games isn’t a great ratio, there is at least a good mix of classic, budget and brand new games to choose from.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and The Last of Us: Remastered are fantastic games that don’t break the bank, and this year’s Christmas big hitters are covered too, with FIFA 17, Battlefield One and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare all on the list.
However, there are some big omissions too: No Destiny, no The Division, and no Grand Theft Auto V.