“PS4 Pro is not native 4K and I would be surprised if anyone saw native 4K with AAA level games any time soon.”
The upcoming Titanfall 2 will be compatible with Sony’s PS4 Pro console, but it won’t be supporting native 4K output natively. This makes sense, if you think about it, given that the PS4 Pro isn’t powerful enough to output a game like Titanfall in native 4K resolution.
“It’s not native 4K and I would be surprised if anyone saw native 4K with AAA level games any time soon,” Executive Producer Drew McCoy said to Stevivor. “It just takes so much processing power. It’s unbelievable amounts of just GPU grunt to do that [native 4K].”
So if not native 4K, what will Titanfall 2 be doing on PS4 Pro, then?
“It’s a PS4 that’s faster. We’re able to increase the resolution, we have high-res shadows, and maybe higher particle counts. The frame rate is more stable; we have dynamic resolution scaling on all consoles, but it scales down less often on PS4 Pro to maintain 60 frames-per-second.”
That’s a bit disappointing, but a lot of this might be down to the fact that Respawn simply didn’t know about the PS4 Pro’s existence until very late in the game’s development.
“We did not get much of a heads up, like most people,” said McCoy. “So we didn’t get a tonne of time. Like no one even knew about it until….I don’t even know, but it was late. Since it’s just the PS4, but faster, it’s really not that hard to say ‘when running on PS4 do this, and when running on PS4 Pro do that.’
“Because we also made the PC version, we have some knobs we can tweak, so we just spent some time making sure it still runs well and looks good on PS4 Pro. You know, making sure it doesn’t look any worse at all. That’s the requirement: it can’t run any worse or look worse than on PS4. So it runs better, looks better and has no bugs on PS4 Pro.
“We definitely wanted it to be [on PS4 Pro]. When you’re making a AAA game, you want to be seen as a AAA game, and what kind of big budget game is not going to be seen on PS4 Pro? You really want to be up there. So when Sony did the unveiling, we just weren’t ready to have something to show yet. I was on phone calls with them, but the schedules didn’t line up.”
That’s a shame- but hey, maybe Titanfall 2 will have proper enhancements added to the game after release, a bit like how Watch Dogs 2 is handling it. Titanfall 2 will be launching on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 28.