Playstation 4 Pro

It looks like Sony's latest console isn't exactly living up to its name yet. The PlayStation 4 Pro is supposed to be all about delivering the best possible gaming experience for those who have upgraded to a 4K television, as well as deliver a better PlayStation VR experience. If you go check out a PlayStation 4 Pro demo, you'll be shown some great examples of how this console can perform under ideal situations, but now that people have them in homes and are actually playing the "enhanced" games, it looks like Sony missed their mark on a few titles.

In some cases, performance actually dips below what the original PlayStation 4 and the new slim PlayStation 4 are capable of. Here's what you need to know!

What's the actual problem?

Basically, a handful of games are performing slightly worse than what you'd get on a regular PlayStation 4. According to the folks at Digital Foundry, this is happening because the console never runs in base spec mode and is constantly trying to improve the game you're playing. This extra processing power, which is being spent on things like improved anti-aliasing and either upsampling to 4K or downsampling to 1080p if you're on a Full HD television, is being poorly utilized in this handful of games.

The result is a small loss of framerate on a system that is supposed to be offering much more than what you'd normally get on a PlayStation 4.

What games are currently affected?

So far, users have confirmed performance decreases when playing:

  • Dark Souls 3
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Hitman
  • Mantis Burn Racing
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • World of Final Fantasy

What can be done?

Sony is aware of the problem and are currently investigating, which means there will more than likely be a system update in the not-so-distant future to deal with this issue. It's unlikely most users would even notice the performance decrease when playing the same game side by side with a standard PlayStation 4, but on a high level that's kind of the point. This console has been sold as a significant upgrade, and with these titles when it comes to performance that difference is not what was promised.