Some PS4 Pro titles have worse performance than base hardware
The PlayStation 4 Pro is turning out to be a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to performance. Games like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1 and FIFA 17 have amazing results on the PS4 Pro. However games like Watch Dogs 2, Skyrim Special Edition and The Last of Us Remastered, the performance on the Pro is worse than the base model, which seems to go against what Sony described as the technical requirements for the Pro versions.
Digital Foundry did an analysis of Watch Dogs 2 and while the game sits at 1800p at 30fps and looks amazing, it tends to dip when travelling in busy city areas, either dropping frames or frame tearing occuring. This gets even worse during cop car chases. Meanwhile the standard PS4 version happily sticks to 30fps.
The biggest issue is that so many people using the PS4 Pro right now are still using 1080p televisions, so the drop in performance for higher resolutions generally just means they get a better image quality thanks to supersampling and don’t enjoy the full benefits. Even if a 4K screen is involved, it is a lot of money to drop on a better console, then getting sub-par performance out of it when Sony said the whole point of the device was to have certain performance as a required minimum.
So what is the PS4 Pro exactly? It is still early days, but this is underwhelming.