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Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Science | By Guadalupe Butler

New PS4 Pro boost arrives in time for No Man's Sky Pathfinder

New PS4 Pro boost arrives in time for No Man's Sky Pathfinder

PlayStation VRPlayStation VR Review and Massive Giveaway PlayStation VR Review and Massive Giveaway Sony has finally released their low-priced headset to the world, along with a slew of Playstation games that support the device.

With over 80 million consoles sold at last count - the last official figures were released by Sony in late 2013 - the mighty PlayStation 3 has since been well and truly succeeded by the PlayStation 4. But occasionally Sony releases a firmware update that actually improves the PS4 in a visible way.

The PS4 4.50 update will bring with it the previously announced external HDD support, customisable wallpapers and 3D Blu-Ray support for PS VR.

The update will focus largely on quality-of-life improvements to various aspects of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, improving usability and functionality of various features. These include better 2D images for PlayStation VR, meaning that "the resolution of the system screen displayed on your TV is significantly better when you're out of VR mode", according to Sony.

Sony detailed in a blog post that the feature is created to enable improved performance especially for the legacy titles that have not been developed to take the full advantage of the PS4 Pro's advanced CPU and its doubled GPU. Sony also improved the image quality in Cinematic mode by increasing the refresh rate from 90Hz to 120Hz when the screen size is set to "small" or "medium". This feature has been created to provide better performance for select legacy titles that have not been patched to take advantage of the PS4 Pro's faster CPU and its faster and double-sized GPU.

"This can provide a noticeable frame rate boost to some games with variable frame rates, and can provide frame rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz", Sony explained. You can turn on Boost Mode by going to Settings System. Remote Play allows you to play PS4 games from your PC, but voice communication wasn't possible.

The development team confirmed earlier this week that a new vehicle was set to be added to the game, however, the PS4 Pro game support had not even been hinted at. And Sony added a PSN service status indicator to the Communities app. There's always the possibility that enabling it could introduce oddball bugs, but most of the reports we've seen have been overwhelmingly positive.

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