Sony PS4, PS4 Pro Update To Include Graphics Improvement, Library Enhancements
Sony will be releasing an update for its PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. The said version 5.5 upgrade will bring graphics improvement to those who aren’t using a 4K television, library enhancements and other enhancements.
According to GameSpot, the upcoming version 5.5 firmware upgrade for the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro users who aren’t using 4K televisions will be obtaining a substantial graphical improvement called super sample anti-aliasing (SSAA). Upon receiving the update, the PS4 Pro consoles will have the ability to leverage its extra power for non-4K displays. It will also force SSAA when it produces a 1080p resolution.
Moreover, this enhancement will be an option for the users. As a matter of fact, they have to enable it manually. This new upgrade has been put into action with generally positive outcomes.
For a quick reference, the SSAA is a method of anti-aliasing that forces a video game to render a higher resolution then downscale it to be suitable for the proper screen resolution. The end result of this system is a smoother picture with less “jaggies” since the users will basically get a shrunken version of a finer image.
In addition, Digital Foundry has learned that the PS4 Pro will act as if it’s linked to a 4K display. It will work to downscale the better-quality image to 1080p. Even though there are a few games that deliver benefits with 1080p displays, some games would keep out 1080p users from opening any PS4 Pro benefits. But then, this will not be the case anymore with the upcoming anti-aliasing option.
Unluckily, this is not a perfect solution for all the video games. One good example is The Last Guardian, which offers a stable 30 FPS at 1080p. Meanwhile, the 4K enhancement can cause the frame to drop at around 20 FPS. Since the PS4 Pro supersampling basically replicates the Pro-enhanced resolution existing, the possible frame drops translate too.
When it comes to the release date of the update, not yet is known since it is currently in Beta 4. But then, we’ll keep you updated once a new information has surfaced so please stay tuned!