Sony has confirmed to The Verge that the new firmware 4.50, currently in beta, includes a new mode to get more performance, although it could give problems with some games.
The beta 4.50 of the new firmware of PlayStation 4 it has been distributed since last Friday to people who are part of the testing program. In the list of new features introduced by this new version, Sony had made no mention of a new feature called “Boost Mode“which will allow PS4 Pro owners to get more out of their hardware with those games that have not been updated with support for the new console. The new option is located in the console settings menu and contains the following description:
“Improved gaming experience, including higher frame rates per second, in some games that were released before the PlayStation 4 Pro (CUH-7000 series) was released. Disable this option if you experience unexpected behavior during the game.”
A Sony representative confirmed to The Verge: “We allowed the PS4 Pro GPU and CPU to operate at a higher clock frequency in order to improve gameplay in some PS4 games that were released before the premiere of PS4 Pro. Those games that have a variable frame rate will benefit from an improvement in frame per second, and loading times will be shorter in some games as well.” Sony with this does not promise such benefits for all titles, but it is a good way to try to take advantage of the extra power of PS4 Pro, especially in virtual reality games where a difference of screens per second can make a difference. The new firmware will reach all users in the coming weeks.