Sony has announced ‘boost mode’ will be coming to the PS4 Pro. The mode will enable older PS4 games that are not getting patched for the Pro to run smoother.
According to The Verge the boost mode “lets PS4 Pro run at a higher GPU and CPU clock speed in order to improve gameplay on some PS4 games that were released before the launch of PS4 Pro,”.
It’s important to note that this won’t make games run at a higher frame rate, but rather increase the chance of games performing at their maximum. This should result in more stable frame rates, rather than it dropping spontaneously.
Translation: “In some cases it is possible to enjoy high-quality gameplay such as improved frame-rates with software released before the PS4 Pro (CUH-7000 series) went on sale. If you encounter any unexpected behaviour during gameplay please set this option to off.”
Some video comparing games running this new mode vs the older PS4 have been surfacing. with the difference not really being noticeable (to my eyes anyway).
This may come as a welcome to those who forked out the cash for the PS4 pro and are yet to see any noticeable differences. If you are one of those people, then you will have to go into your setting once you have upgraded to turn it on and try it for yourselves.
While this may not be the reason to upgrade to the more powerful console, small iterations like this will make the PS4 Pro more attractive over the next year. While you can imagine that the target audience for the PS4 Pro already have PlayStation’s, with new, improved ways to play with the hope of a price drop, we may see the PS4 Pro become the default games console for many hard-core console players.