Microsoft’s Xbox One S was notable for more than just its HDR gaming capabilities, as the machine also received a modest GPU speed boost (roughly 8%). This translated to smoother performance in some games. Now, Sony has quietly enabled a PS4 Pro feature, dubbed Boost Mode, that also yields performance improvements.
First spotted by NeoGAF, the Boost Mode is available as a toggle within the system menu, offering performance gains for games that haven’t been patched for the PS4 Pro.
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“Experience improved gameplay, including higher framerates, for some games that were released before the PS4 Pro (CUH-7000 Series). Turn this off if you experience unexpected behaviour during gameplay,” reads the description of a screenshot.
However, it appears that users have to be a part of the PS4 beta firmware programme (closed at the time of writing) to receive the function.
The PS4 Pro has received a Boost Mode for unpatched titles, but don’t expect a night and day difference
What about compatible games though? This Gen Gaming reported that a wide variety of titles see improvements, mainly related to smoother framerates, less screen tearing and faster loading times. Don’t expect games locked at 30fps to run at 60fps all of a sudden. Nor should you expect dramatic increases in resolution.
As for specific titles mentioned by This Gen Gaming? These include Just Cause 3, Bloodborne, Batman: Arkham Knight, Battlefield 4, The Evil Within, Project Cars and The Witcher 3.
It’s worth noting that a few titles don’t see improvements or become buggy as a result, with Grow Home, Shadow Complex and Psychonauts named.
Have you received the Boost Mode option on your PS4 Pro? Have you noticed any significant improvements?