The PlayStation 4’s latest 4.5 update was aimed on new UI features and external HDD support, however players that signed up for the beta surprisingly found a new feature called ‘Boost Mode’ for PlayStation 4 Pro. Boost mode enables the console to utilize its higher specs in order to provide further graphic improvements even in titles that haven’t been patched to take advantage of the hardware.
PS4 Pro users that were testing the new firmware stumbled upon the option to activate the new feature via the Settings. It had the following description:
“Experience improved gameplay, including higher frame rates, for some games that were released before the introduction of PS4 Pro (CUH-7000 series). Turn this off if you experience unexpected behaviour during gameplay.”
What Boost Mode does is that it lets PlayStation 4 titles that haven’t been designed to make the most of PS4 Pro’s extra power to run much smoother than originally. While there isn’t a major improvement like running at 30FPS to 60FPS, a game designed to run at one of those two framerates but will run much smoother and with a lot more stability.
According to Sony:
“[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. Games that have a variable frame rate may benefit from a higher frame rate, and load times may be shorter in some games too.”
The news will be warmly received by not only PlayStation 4 Pro owners but also folks who were looking for firm examples of the benefits the PS4 Pro’s extra power provides before splashing out on a unit. Ever since the unexpected arrival of Boost Mode, users have reported graphic improvements on a few titles such as The Witcher 3 , Rainbow Six Siege and Bloodborne with these titles showcasing a more stable framerate, as well as improvements on screen tearing, dynamic resolution and loading times.