We’ve recently got ourselves a Playstation 4 Pro here at the floydasaurus household, and I’m enjoying it immensely.
There’s just one problem:
I don’t own a 4k television, PS VR or have many games that actually benefit from the more powerful GPU or higher CPU clock. Wouldn’t it be great if our older games could at least see some benefit?
Prepare to get hyped because the new 4.5 patch is coming out with a promising new feature: Boost mode
What is it?
Boost mode is a feature on the Playstation 4 Pro’s next major system software update 4.5, codenamed “Sasuke”. From what I can see, all information concerning Boost Mode is coming from The Verge per a company spokesperson that talked to.
Who does this affect
The patch will roll out for all Playstation owners later, but the Boost Mode feature is only going to be available for owners of the Playstation 4 Pro. Something about taking advantage of the Playstation 4 Pro’s extra power.
When Does the patch come out?
Sony detailed patch 4.5 on February 3rd and announced that the beta would be starting the next day. I quickly signed up for the beta myself. If I get in I’ll be sure to do a quick write up of how Bloodborne feels in Boost Mode.
But for everyone else:
There isn’t a clear release date for now. All we know is that Sony will announce a release date in the weeks to come. Here’s to hoping everything in the beta runs smoothly! Or at the very least, let’s hope all the game breaking bugs are funny.
How does it help
Boost Mode is going to let older Playstation 4 Pro titles run using the higher GPU and CPU clock speeds. Games with a variable frame rate or long load times may see a nice benefit.
Which Games Benefit
From what we know, not all older games are going to benefit from Boost Mode. But we do know that older games that weren’t specifically made to have support for Boost Mode will be able to make use of the feature.
Here are some examples:
A game that immediately comes to mind is Bloodborne, which has some pretty severe load times and many spots where the frame dips below 30 considerably.
Destiny, the online-only FPS, would be amazing to see at 60 FPS.
Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is an an amazingly large game with a beautifully complicated engine behind it. If there’s one person I can think of that I’d love to provide extra power to, it’d be Geralt of Rivia.
But wait, there’s more:
More Patch Benefits
Although boost mode is pretty awesome, this patch isn’t going to be only for PS4 Pro users. Eveyone gets to benefit from the following:
External HDD support, up to 8 TB! We’ll be able to install applications and games to the external HDD. Better yet, all of which will still be visible on the Content Launcher of the Home Screen.
Custom wallpapers will finally be available. Sony’s notes only mention game screenshots, which can be edited using Photo Mode in Sharefactory. Jury is still out on if that means you can screenshot your favorite dinosaur-themed stream and use someone’s face as your wallpaper for the next several years.
The Quick Menu that is overlaid when you hold the PS button on the controller is receiving some updates. Looks like it will obstruct your game less and have some party settings arranged a little better. Hooray UI improvements.
The Notification List is going to see some streamlining as well. Which is nice considering the list is annoying as piss and filled with more notifications than I care to read. Do I honestly need a notification for every download that has finished? Of course it’s finished. It’s not downloading anymore FFS.
Sony is also going to allow users to post directly to their Playstation Network activity feed. This sounds an awful lot like Twitter. I’m not sure if Sony is trying a little too hard here to turn the Playstation Network into the next big social networking craze, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Sorry, Sony.
3D Blu-ray support is coming to PS VR. This is actually pretty cool, because I absolutely miss running my own movie theatre with a 48 foot visible screen. Being able to sit on my own couch with my cat sleeping on my chest, a dog beside me and my 7-year old playing Terraria on his tablet, while still enjoying a full 3D experience of Logan or Guardians of the Galaxy 2.