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PS4 update 4.50 drops tomorrow, includes legacy game improving Boost Mode for PS4 Pro

by Joey Davidson | March 8, 2017March 8, 2017 12:30 pm PDT

Boost Mode, I can only assume, will be like hitting the nitrous in the original Fast & the Furious with Ja Rule by your side. It’s coming to the PlayStation 4 Pro, along with a slew of other features bound for the Pro and standard versions, in software update 4.50.

Let’s start with Boost Mode, though. Here’s how the PlayStation Blog describes it. There’s a lot of nitty-gritty here, so pay attention.

PS4 Pro gets a new feature in this update called Boost Mode. This feature has been designed 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. Depending on the game, the increased CPU speed may also result in shorter load times. You can turn on Boost Mode by going to Settings > System.

Keep in mind that Boost Mode is not guaranteed to work with all titles. Turning the setting off will allow the game to be played in a mode that replicates the standard PS4.

There’s a bit more on tap, too

4.50 includes a few more key features, too. Voice Chat is coming to Remote Play on the PC, Mac and Xperia platforms. The 2D image resolution during PS VR use has been improved, so that’ll make the dashboard a bit prettier. Also, users logged in through apps like PS Messages will get a smartphone next to their name that indicates as much. Consider this one a pure UI tweak.

How about that Boost Mode, though?

Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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