The difference is close enough to see with your own two eyes.
Guerrilla Games’ Horizon: Zero Dawn will be one of the many PS4 exclusives updated for PS4 Pro and while managing director Hermen Hulst says it won’t run in native 4K, the result will be “acceptably so”.
Speaking to Venture Beat, Hulst noted that the ability of displays to now showcase HDR is what makes a huge difference to the studio’s visual direction. “The big thing about the Pro is it can handle 4K and HDR. First, I can tell you that it’s massive in terms of the visual difference, but it’s not massively different in how we make games. Our games have been running HDR since Killzone 3. But only now do we have displays that can actually show that.”
He also revealed that there aren’t many resources dedicated to PS4 Pro. “It’s not like we have separate teams working on different versions. We have maybe one or two technicians looking at the specifics of the hardware, but everybody’s making the game.
“There’s a lot of magic happening. It’s all very complicated and Mark Cerny has a fantastic seminar planned in a couple of weeks where he goes into the nitty-gritty of it. It’s not native 4K, but as you’ve seen for yourself on the screens, it’s acceptably so. It’s close enough that you can see the difference with normal human eyes”.
Horizon: Zero Dawn is out on February 28th 2017.