Final Fantasy 15 PS4 PRO Graphics Analysis: The Best Looking RPG of 2016?

The best looking role playing game you will play this year.

Posted By | On 01st, Dec. 2016 Under Article, Graphics Analysis | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


We often throw out the number…10 long years when it comes to Final Fantasy 15 but it’s hard to forget that it has been ten really long years. Final Fantasy 15 is finally here. What makes the release interesting is that right off the bat, Final Fantasy 15 has PS4 Pro support available. Unlike several other games which provide no option whatsoever on the PS4 Pro, Final Fantasy 15 provides two different modes if you are playing on Sony’s latest console. For a game that is been under development for so long, it’s indeed a pleasant surprise that Square Enix are supporting a new SKU since day one.

Those of you who  own a 4K TV set might want to play the game in PS4 Pro’s High mode which offers a higher resolution than both the Lite mode and base PS4 version. In this mode the game runs at 3200 X 1800p and then uses checkerboard rendering to run the final image at 4K resolution. Of course this is not native 4K but there is a remarkable difference compared to the base version. However the frame rate is capped at 30fps along with very less slowdowns during combat sequences. So if you have a 4K television then this the mode you need to play the Final Fantasy 15 on. Next up is the Lite mode. In this mode the game’s engine renders the game at 1080p and 30 frames per second and drops some of the visual effects to deliver an overall better performance.

At this point in time, we are assuming that the Lite mode is not actually running as it should be. Square Enix plans to patch the game to support unlocked frame rate which in turn may possibly mean a 60 fps frame buffer but at the cost of visual fidelity and we think that the Lite mode may be best suited for this option. As far as the base version goes, we are looking at a dynamic 1080p resolution with a frame rate cap of 30 fps once again. So overall, it feels like the game has been pretty well optimized but we honestly can’t wait to get our hands on the 1080p and 60fps patch whenever it launches.

Asides the performance and visual parameters, we also wanted to talk a bit about Luminous Studio, the engine the game is running on. Character models in Final Fantasy 15 look much sharper and better than ever before and that is down to the drastic increase in polygon count. The real-time scenes in the game have 5 million polygons per frame, with each character models made up of 100,000 polygons. The game uses a skeletal based animation system which involves around 150 bones for the face, 150 for the body and over 300 just for the hair. The hair itself uses over 200,000 polygons and 4096×4096 texels texture data is used to generate a scene. These figures put Final Fantasy 15 head and shoulders above any previous game in the series.

The game’s use of aggressive dynamic lighting along with a full physical based rendering pipeline and global illumination drastically improves image quality and lighting. The PS4 Pro version utilizes the Luminous Engine to its fullest which results into better shadow quality, anisotropic filtering and slightly better draw distances. Praise is also forthcoming on the game’s excellent use of post processing effects, especially in the night which could result into some spectacular on screen action.

This brings us to the game’s support for High Dynamic Range lighting also known as HDR and quite honestly Final Fantasy 15 has the best implementation we have ever seen on the PS4 Pro. The image quality looks so much better with the perfect balance between light and dark colors which manage to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is possible with standard digital techniques. And all of this can be enabled with just a single toggle button provided within the game’s settings.

In the end Final Fantasy 15 is one of the best looking role playing games you will play this year, and quite possible the best from a gameplay perspective as well. With its smart use of lighting, a post processing temporal anti-aliasing solution and fantastic HDR implementation, Final Fantasy 15 is nothing short of a technical marvel on the PlayStation 4 Pro.


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  • Hvd

    looks the same and the ps4 pro cant beat pc graphics.

    • HyDrO

      Who cares? PC users act like they all have the highest power rig when stats show they don’t. So most PCs are beat by expensive PCs that majority don’t have, yet they brag about it as if they have it anyway. In the end you are beat by yourselves and pick on consoles for the PC master race BS to make yourselves feel a sense of artificial superiority. Well done.

    • Hvd

      more power is better pc’s are more powerful then that failure of a ps4 pro console…lmao

    • Riggybro

      “More power is better”

      So PS Pro > PS4 > Xbox?? Yah?

    • Hvd

      lol xbox one better cpu runs game with better stable fps then the ps4. the ps4 runs games better then the ps4 pro as you have seen with digital foundry.

      so xbox one>ps4>ps4 pro

      i dont care for upscales 4k

    • Riggybro

      I think you are talking about frame pacing not fps… (which is pretty stable 30 across all of them)

      I don’t think THAT is related to the MASSIVE 150 MHz advantage (woo hoo Pentium 1996!) especially when you consider the Pro has 2.1 ghz… “More power is better”

    • Hvd

      frame rate is fps.game run better on xbox one because of the cpu over the ps4.the ps4 pro bottle necks because of the 5 year old gpu in it.

      im talking frame rate in general.

    • Riggybro

      “More power is better” – Hvd

    • Hvd

      yep and the xbox scoprio will destroy the ps4 pro with native 4k exclusives.the ps4 pro has flopped as it ii cant wait for the xbox scorpio to destroy it even further…lol

      fti fps over resolution 1080p/60 over upscaled 4k /30 fps any day.

    • Riggybro

      You should have said what you really meant in the first place.

      Emotional plea against PlayStation. Right. Got it. Now I understand.

    • Aenea

      Wait what? The Pro’s CPU is causing a bit more drops in framerates on the Pro as compared to the PS4 and the X1? Are you crazy? It’s the same Jaguar core that is in he PS4 and the X1!

    • HyDrO

      Ps4 pro only suffers issues with higher resolutions. In a unpatched game, it runs on 18 compute units at 911Mhz and a 2.13Ghz Jaguar compared to Xbones 12 computes at 914Mhz and 1.75Ghz Jaguar. Why anyone would think Xbox One is better in any way is either Microsofts amazing marketing skills or people being stupid. A real PC gamer would never tell you a 1.31 tflop Radeon GPU and 1.75Ghz Jaguar is better than a 2.13Ghz Jaguar and a 4.2 tflop Radeon GPU. Seems like common sense. If a high end PC lags slightly at 3200×1800 resolution, does it make the PC that only runs at 1280×720 smoothly better?

    • Agent_Blade

      You won’t be saying any of that when the Scorpio comes out. You are a sad little imp.

    • Hvd

      your right ill be saying xbox Scorpio>xbox one>ps4>ps4 pro..lol

    • Tomaterrrx

      Don’t get deluded most games run with a better framerate on PS4. Only about 2-3 games every month have a better framerate on Xbox.

    • Hvd

      your done..lol

    • Tomaterrrx

      No. If you have nothing meaningful to say then don’t say anything. Stop being such a fanboy.

    • Aenea

      More power is better?

      The Pro is more powerful than the PS4 which is more powerful than the X1…

      And you didn’t care about resolution?

    • Tomaterrrx

      Don’t listen to him. He’s been going back and forth with his statements just as much as Trump himself.

    • Aenea

      I know, it’s crazy, not sure what he’s getting out of all this. Not interested in PlayStation? Then don’t read the articles and certainly don’t comment with this idiotic gibberish like he’s doing…

      Ah well, I think he has me blocked, he hasn’t replied to me in a long time, apparently he can’t handle logic and truth all that well 🙂

    • Agent_Blade

      Don’t reply to him. He told every PS article. Him and Starman.

    • HyDrO

      I see why, hes just a troll. Doesn’t like 4k upscales but praises an Xbox machine that barely runs 1080p as long as nothing is happening on the screen. 6 tflop Scorpio will be nice, then a year later a 8 tflop PS5 will be nice, probably a newer Xbox a year after that. It’s starting to become stupid even arguing over electronic superiority since it’s no longer going to last for very long.

    • Aenea

      Any currently available Xbox can’t beat Pro graphics :p

  • Russ Palk

    I don’t have a 4k TV. Can I still use the lite mode on my 1080p TV?

    • Demetrius Radford

      you can use the high mode on your 1080p tv it’ll just downscale


 

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