In Light of Xbox One X’s Launch, Sony Should Improve Its Underwhelming Support For PS4 Pro Games

It is time for Sony and third party publishers to start taking the PS4 Pro a bit more seriously.

Posted By | On 05th, Jul. 2017 Under Article, Editorials | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


The PS4 Pro launched last year, as a higher end PlayStation 4 model, for users who might want better graphics for their games, or at least partial 4K support. It’s a well designed machine – it lacks the raw power of the Xbox One X, sure, as well as a lot of the extra functionality in that system; incredibly enough, it is also bigger than the Xbox One X while being weaker – but for what it is, it’s well made, and can boast some seriously impressive graphics in the hands of capable developers.

There have been some great examples of games which have utilized the full potential of the system. Just look at what Guerrilla Games achieved with it with Horizon: Zero Dawn earlier this year. The game supported checkerboard 4K rendering at a stable 30 frames per second with improved post processing effects. Third party titles like Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Nioh, The Surge, Final Fantasy 15, Mass Effect Andromeda and Battlefieldeither run at checkerboard 4K or provide improved visual fidelity with super-sampling.

However, many games this year have launched without PS4 Pro support whatsoever or have just basically upscaled the resolution to 1440p. Games like Dishonored 2, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, DiRT 4, Tekken 7 and Nier Automata feature next to improvements, besides may be a better resolution than 1080p. Arkane Studios’ Prey also launched without any sort of PS4 Pro support and only got a enhancement patch several days post launch. In short, PS4 Pro support for third party games has been pretty underwhelming overall. Most developers have preferred not to use custom techniques such as checkerboard 4K or have simply upscaled the resolution to 1440p. Heck, in games like Dirt 4, the PS4 Pro version runs at 1080p resolution and offers no features for 4K TV owners whatsoever.

In short, many third parties have not been taking the Pro seriously at all. Most barely bother with it beyond the absolute bare minimum that they can get away with, which legitimately adds nothing to the experience. Pro support for major third party games is often not there at all, until well after launch- and in many cases, Pro patches make the game perform worse than it does on a standard PS4 system, incredibly enough, due to very poor optimization. Things like this have all contributed to giving the PS4 Pro a mixed reputation.

The problem is, the average PS4 Pro owner probably wouldn’t even know it, because of how poor support has been for the console all around. Sony themselves remain very non committal to it- while their first party games that have launched since the release of the PS4 Pro have all supported it, Sony has still not added Pro enhancements to a lot of older PS4 games, including some that would benefit greatly from it, and that fans have been asking for for a while, such as Bloodborne. Microsoft on the other hand are reportedly committed to provide Xbox One X patches for older games such as Gears of War 4, Halo 5, Forza Horizon 3 and other older titles, all of which have been launched months and months before the console’s release this November.

There is also the fact that Sony has refused to market the thing at all. While I understand that the Pro is meant to be a product aimed at the enthusiast market, there are two considerations to be kept in mind- Sony actively works on making the PS4 Slim seem more attractive, including with very aggressive bundling, and great price drops (in fact, the PS4 Pro has not received a single bundle since its launch); meanwhile, Microsoft is actively marketing and pushing the Xbox One X, not just for newer games but also your older catalogue of games that I just mentioned above.

Ahead of the launch of the Xbox One X, Sony needs to work on rectifying these things- it needs to start ensuring that PS4 Pro patches and enhancements are not the bare minimum, and that they work as they are supposed to. They need to have some sort of mandate implemented that at least pushes the developers to include PS4 Pro patches on disc or have them ready via a downloadable patch on Day One.

It needs better development guidelines, better development tools, better mandates, and also better QA and certification processes for these patches. It also needs to actually start marketing the Pro, bundling it, reducing its price- whatever it can do, to make the product seem more attractive to the general masses.

Sales for PS4 Pro have been decent overall, but Sony needs to take it seriously as far as third party games development is concerned. It needs to ensure every game releasing on it have meaningful upgrades, specially for 4K TV owners, because that is the market segment that Sony seems to be aiming for.

The PS4 Pro is a great, well designed system, and it’s capable of a decent showing against the Xbox One X- but Sony and third party developers need to actually be 100% committed to it to begin with.


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  • Thomas Hannah

    Well put, I’ve purchased the PS4 PRO day one and still kept my base PS4 with no regrets. I’ve been riding with the PlayStation brand since the first one, they need to market the Pro a lot, and make sure 3rd party devs support it better; since it’s sporting over 2x the power. Instead of wasting time with releasing silver and gold PS4 slim versions.

    • Gary

      They’re not going to market the Pro. They don’t market it on purpose because they don’t want to divide the fan base too much, leaving the option for the niche. Their whole focus is still on the original, that’s what the majority of the casual consumers will most likely buy, hence why you get so many limited edition and custom OG PS4s being made and promoted. It’s actually quite intelligent. Because if I was an Xbox One original owner I’d be completely gutted. First they released a slim version with a blu ray player, and with so few quality first party exclusives and variety of games released for the console, now they’re already moving on marketing and hyping a mid gen console like it’s a next gen.

  • SalvagedXBot

    If people want a 4k console can’t see why they dont just get xbox one x instead. If you want a ps4 just get a slim since the upgrade and support the pro offer aren’t worth it.

    • angh

      Agree. Get a ps4 slim and save money for decent PC. Add switch a bit later and you’re set for all good games.

  • heima

    The PS4 Pro is a great, well designed system, and it’s capable of a decent showing against the Xbox One X.

    https://m.popkey.co/1c786e/kvKXd.gif

    • Holeybartender

      Oh yeah,no one listens to her.

  • Tga215

    But to be honest power alone ain’t gonna help the Xbox it need great games to help it and the pro being weaker has games you can’t play nowhere else but on PlayStation it may not seem like much but that’s a edge in my opinion

    • berj79

      enjoy 1440p buddy if thats your thing 😉

    • StriderWhite

      Yeah, I’ll enjoy the new God of War game, even if it’s not in 4k! 😛

    • berj79

      yeah, & when u done with the campaign in few hrs keep bragging about it your whole life how good it was lol

  • ProAssassin84

    There is 350 games with Pro Support. This article is clueless as you are and the only people LOL is Sony.

    There’s an entire thread on reddit with all 350+ games details with Pro.

    • Gary

      To be fair this article touches on the quality of enhancements as well, not just the number of games supporting the pro. If every company could pull off what HZD did with the upscaling, it’d be a much more worthwhile purchase.

  • Gary

    The next generation console is probably just around the corner. The devs could probably couldn’t care less about enhancing their game to cater to a niche market.

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    • berj79

      yeah a niche 1440p market :-p

  • QUIMICOMORTAL

    Xbonex should improve its underwhelming exclusives… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e6a65990d4f09fcaa1a64dfe9eaf2d47b5a731947e30b3644f8818843449e8ae.png TALENT OVER POWER

    • Mark

      1) Those 2 games have very different art styles; one realistic, one fantastical and whimsical
      2) The article is about the Pro getting better support, not Xbox exclusives, in which Pramath has been vehemently critical of….

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      1) I could have used Crackdown 3, state of decay 2, luckys tale or any other indie they announced, the truth is that there’s not a single upcoming xbonex exclusive that has graphics with humans that can be remotely compared to horizon.

      2)It is, it should and he has.

      BUT, what do you prefer, good looking graphics in 4k or excellent Graphics in 2k or even 1080?

    • Mark

      1) I agree but there’s nothing to compare HZD to on X1X; Crackdown has different style, Lucky is indie, State of Decay is obviously AA budget. Forza 7? Nah it’s racing. I just don’t think it fair to compare two diff styles in graphics, it doesn’t technically say anything imo. As for Xbox exclusives I was blown away by Qbreak, Sunset O, Ryse, Forza Horizon 3 etc. But agree that PS4 has the graphics crown by a bit imo.

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      That is my point! the xbox one x is a great piece of hardware, even at $500, but I feel it is underutilized with what MS have for it the next 12 months! graphycally those arent a match for the ps4 ones. The games that will be looking better on xbonex will be 3rd parties.

    • Mark

      Seeing Forza 7, Anthem, and Metro in 4k melts my eyes man….they far outshine anything else shown up to this date imo, other than BattleFront 2. Remember these games on X1X are rendering 4K textures too, so this is a great step up in graphics to me

      Now, I do want a higher framerate option with lower res too tho, I’d take 1440p 60fps in most games if I could

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Yeah! they shure look good!
      I think I rather 60 fps too!

    • Mark

      If there’s one thing us Xbots and PS4 guys I think have in common is, we need 60fps option! If all the arguing and debating keeps going on, and in the end we get devs to offer 60fps options, then this gen to me wil be worth all the toxic thrown around

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Ok first of all, you should at least admit that there’s no competition this year between exclusives. I did asked you about looks and fun!

      Secondly, I agree 60fps should be a priority! But, it appears that, as far as I know, there’s no game yet announced for xbonex that has 60fps while the pro has only 30fps, so it’s not just about power. I don’t know if that’s cause devs aren’t really trying or is if it has to do with online gameplay and base consoles holding them back. Either way, it seems worrying.

    • Mark

      I mentioned the exclusives advantage right below this post. I don’t recall u asking me about “fun”. Ark: Survival is 60fps on X1X while Pro is 30fps.I think that’s why Xbots are eyeing Destiny 2’s 30fps on XboxX, but hey who knows. Ultimately Microsoft gave devs 1 year to get ready for X1X, and their UWP is working miracles for devs, they just clone a copy from PC and bang X1X version is ready. Every other day a dev announces quality support for X1X so I’m not worried man.

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      huh! What are you talking about? Ark survivla is 60 fps on ps4 pro as well. Assasins creed will be the same, you should eye it as well.

      Im not denying xbonex is more powerful of course, but as I said, I am yet to see that power to gave an extra 30 fps.

    • Mark

      From what I read it WAS 720/60fps, or 1080p/30. The dev is now sayin it’s 1080p/30fps locked cuz it dropped below 60 too much. So I don’t know man.

      http://gamingbolt.com/xb1x-ark-survival-evolved-runs-at-1080p-and-60fps-on-xbox-one-1-1080p-and-30fps-on-ps4-pro

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Damn, seems you are correct!

      Huh, who would have thought that of all the 3rd party games out there, Ark would be the 1st to show a meaningful advantage from xbonex over the pro?

    • Mark

      Yeah but it should; it costs more and it comes out a yr later than the Pro, so for me there SHOULD be a difference, albeit not night n day

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      I agree with that! That’s why I find it strange that MS exclusives are far from showing it.

      And of all the big 3rd party developers, it would be Ark the 1st to show it.

      Maybe next year the difference will be more prevalent.

    • Mark

      Well Forza 7 looks stunning to me, but outside of that yup, Microsoft’s gotta lean on multiplats for now.

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      It does! and they will for the time being!

      Enjoy your gaming!

    • Mark

      Yezzir

    • Mark

      And yes I get where ur comin from on Xbox exclusives. But it’s ok for Pramath to be critical of Pro support too

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Yes, he is!

    • justerthought

      The point he is making is that more power does not always create a night and day difference. The PS4 Pro is 100% more powerful than the base PS4, but the difference is not night and day is it. What creates a night and day difference is when smart devs use efficient techniques to squeeze more power out of the hardware with great art.

      For example, Uncharted 4 and Horizon Zero Dawn look night and day to what is on offer by the multiplat devs or the lazy PC devs who just brute force everything.

      The XB1X is only 40% more powerful than the PS4 Pro if you brute force things, but as we can see from those two images above, Horizon Zero Dawn looks 1000% more impressive than XB1X pirate game.

      Yes the PS4 is under supported but that’s because of the lazy PC brute force devs simply doing a quick port with zero efficiency gains in order to suck on the console cash cow. Sony need to stop that and raise the entry bar. Prey was a perfect example of a game that should not have been allowed onto the console in its current form.

    • Mark

      The Pro doesn’t even render 4K assets, and many times not even running in 4K, prolly 1440p average, of course the graphics won’t jump much.

      Imo BattleField 1 looks better than anything else out this gen. Even Qbreak and Ryse aren’t far behind HZD and UC4, so I disagree, but those 2 do look sick.

      For me, comparing 2 diff graphics styles doesn’t make for a good debate, I just can’t argue about this man. And RARE isn’t brute forcing, they have the time to dev properly, it’s an exclusive, but that’s just how they want the game to look, it isn’t supposed to be realistic.

      X1X is 43% more faster, but it’s also got more RAM than the Pro for entire games, for 4K assets. Night and day graphics between the two? No. But substantially more? Likely.

      As for Pro support imo it’s 1) cuz some studios are lazy 2) some studios don’t have many resources to do post patch work 3) Microsoft gave most devs a year to plan for the X1X, so that’s why Pramath wrote this article imo

    • berj79

      oh man, admit it sony sold you a half baked pro console lol

    • Luke Skywalker

      half baked protato ……

    • Jim Johnson

      WHERE YOU GETTING 40% MORE POWERFUL?….60% my friend….60%….since only someone who doesn’t know how to calculate CPU, GPU, and Memory bandwidth, as well as factoring API ease of use, would VOMIT Sony pony stat of 40%. X is running almost 108gb/s faster than the Pro, and from an uninitiated tech, the CPU performance of the X doesn’t look impressive, til you understand what DX12 does with new AMD 8 core processors……

    • Jim Johnson

      Power over “exclusives”

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Never!

      Didn’t work for n64, didn’t work for OG xbox either!

    • Jim Johnson

      Sure it did, I bought OG Xbox before PS2 and loved it. Exclusives are nice, but I’m a tech nerd, so if you can give me a plug and play gaming platform that renders game with PC epic settings……I’m in.

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Ok nothing wrong with that!

      Enjoy your gaming!

  • QUIMICOMORTAL

    Like MS and most developers don’t make exclusives for the xbrick

  • Ocelot forgot his meds

    PS4 should improve its variety of games an poor features. 3rd person single player games have no replay value and the rest is an embarrassment.

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    • stopbeingafanboy

      You still posting this? I think everyone on the internet gets your point of view by now. Lol.

  • Mr Xrat

    True, alas it’s up to third parties to decide if this experimental upgrade path is worth the effort considering both consoles are both optional and not a major increase.

    Xgimps should be looking at their own failed half-step as well, but we all know those failures aren’t capable of self-introspection.

    • Fweds

      Ahh look and here is MrXrat who as you can all see is giving everyone who says anything negative about the Xbox1x 11 fake ghost Upvotes.

      This is getting embarrassing now.

    • Mr Xrat

      You’d know about being an embarrassment, Xgimp. 🙂

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      You know who knows about embarrassment?
      The person in charge of Sonys YouTube channel.

    • Michael

      Don’t be mad because sony half assed the pro. Just suck it up, pony.

    • Mr Xrat

      And your sad little upgrade is worth caring about even less. Checkerboard 4K 30fps and no exclusives for $499 plus tax please!

    • Jim Johnson

      Lol…..checkerboard rendering…..that’s a SONY exclusive as well…..just suck it up, and understand the X is gonna DOMINATE the next 2 years, til somebody releases a true next gen console…..exclusive games huh?….What games are these you speak of….because outside Sony pony fanbase, they are regarded as garbage…..so, if it’s exclusive that define a platform, then NES is better than PS4…….Just face it, Sony rested on it’s laurels, and Microsoft is kicking their ass…..PERIOD.

    • Mr Xrat

      “Lol…..checkerboard rendering…..that’s a SONY exclusive as well…..”

      Oh dear, that Xgimp bubble is more effective than I thought!

    • Jim Johnson

      Oh, how far the Sony illiteracy continues…….Digital Foundry already has done several tests, as well as the original benchmarking, and CONFIRMED that the Xbox X is running equivalent, and in some instances better than an Nvidia gtx 1070…..So as someone who has OWNED a PC with that card, I don’t “checkerboard” rendering is something hardware based…..that’s more of a developers choice, and is a MUST on the PS4 Pro to achieve…..**cough**….”4k”.

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      Stop photoshopping your name on other people’s funny comments. I know you wish you could be that funny but it’s not possible with ps4 pro hardware. It’s crappie just accept it.

      In comparison to the of xb1 and of ps4 the ps4 pro is bigger crap than the xb1 is to the ps4.
      Have fun playing games at an inferior quality than xbots.

    • Mr Xrat

      Photoshopping? What are you burbling about now? I’m convinced Xgimps don’t even know what Photoshop is.

      Hey loser, what’s the Xbone? Most people will be playing games on original PS4 hardware while the $499 checkerboarding movie player gets ignored. 🙂

      Practice your English.

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      It doesn’t change the fact that the Xbox 1x is better than your og ps4. I’ll be playing on xb1x, pc, ps4, and switch.

      What are you on ps4 and pc. You are a choir boy compared to me.

  • stopbeingafanboy

    So true. They have the games, now they need to encourage 3rd parties to step up that pro support.

  • StarkyLuv

    The PS4Pro was a cash-grab by Sony who knows its sycophant audience. The system is NOT “well designed”. It is quite literally a slightly-spec-bumped PS4. And it takes too much work to get the most out of the system besides using checker boarding to ACHIEVE “4K”.

    The Xbox One X is a custom-built machine designed specifically to not just increase resolution, but every other kind of post-processing effect and increase geometry of games while provide much more memory, better CPU bandwidth and a wicked, custom GPU. But that’s not even the key. The key is the development kit that makes it extremely easy for devs to tap that power. You won’t see devs bother with trying to make Pro games even approach what they can do with the X.

    • Mr Xrat

      Another uptight middle-aged Xgimp. F**k off back to Twitter so you can cry about how no one cares about your half-step joke and those laughable downgraded first party t**ds there. Maybe find a few more indie devs on early access to talk up moving the files across to a new dev kit, StarkyTwat.

  • Jose Arcadio Morales

    Checkerboard 4k , sony tought you well with its medival technology hahahahah

  • ShowanW

    If PS4 owners would stop hating for a sec and pay attention.. they would realize that the Xbox One X dev kit benefits PS4/PRO as well…

    Xbox One X is THE BEST dev kit in the market.
    Its a better dev kit for PS4/Pro than the Playstation devs kits are.

    Scorpio dev kits, has every engine, middleware, tool kit etc pre-pre-programmed in the One X dev kit.

    Phil Spencer even admits that the One can do straigjt ports between Xbox One X and PS4PRO id devs dont want to put any effort into it..

  • Poseidon team

    Funny how Mr Rat created another 11-12 fake accounts to up vote his posts, how pathetic this guy must be.

  • Michael

    Wrong again pony. Devs don’t care about pro because it’s the vr console that can’t produce 4k.

  • Mr Xrat

    If you want no games and a cancerous fanbase, you want an Xbollox, Mr Irony. Go find a few more indie devs to talk up that laughable hardware and keep being a r*tard. 🙂

  • Mr Xrat

    Better hope so considering it’s the same architecture and same console.

    • Mark

      True

  • Charles Hinkle

    I’m just waiting waiting for an eventual Xbox port for Nier Automata. Come on, Spencer!
    https://www.change.org/p/square-enix-bring-nier-automata-to-xbox-one-a18d48fe-4922-4482-9503-a6b0ff97376f


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