Some rumors assumed that the new firmware that will come to PlayStation 4 will offer better performance for games of PlayStation 4 Pro without direct support. Well, Sony has confirmed the news and explained what is the Boost Mode.
Polygon was able to communicate with a representative of Sony who confirmed that the Boost Mode is part of the firmware update v4.50 and gave a brief description.
“Boost Mode lets PS4 Pro run at a higher GPU and CPU clock speed for smoother gameplay on some PS4 games that were released before the launch of PS4 Pro (and has not been updated to support PS4 Pro),” the company said.
So, this update gives benefits to the frame rate, since in some cases it avoids falls and keeps them stable. Likewise, improves the loading times for other titles.
At the moment, the firmware update v4.50 is in Beta phase, however, it seems that several players have received this update, as there have been some videos about the changes that gives the Boost Mode. We must tell you that the results vary between games, and that this feature only affects frames per second and loads of games, so forget about improvements in resolution or texture.
One of the clearest examples is Just Cause 3, because we know very well that the title of Avalanche Studios does not run very well on consoles. Now, with Boost Mode, the game manages to reach 30 fps, and although they are not totally stable, it sees an improvement.
Meanwhile, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt runs better with Boost Mode. Players report that the technical problems that appeared in the swamps of the expansion of Blood and Wine now have better performance. In addition, Bloodborne also runs better, it is benefited with this feature, especially when there are multiple enemies on screen.
The firmware update v4.50 will continue for the time being in its testing phase, so we will have to wait a little longer to know when it will have an official launch by Sony. Remember that this update also lets you connect a external hard drive to your PlayStation 4 to expand the space available.