Skyrim Special Edition Runs At Native 4K Resolution On PS4 Pro on the Cost of Some Performance
We talked about how Bethesda is facing problems when it comes to Dishonored 2 on the PC but it seems that the other title, Skyrim Special Edition, runs at native 4K resolution on PS4 Pro. It does have a cost though.
While Skyrim Special Edition runs at native 4K on the PS4 Pro, you will face FPS drops and at times you will have to face stuttering. Unlike other games this FPS drop is noticeable and it breaks immersion. This shows that even though the PS4 Pro has better hardware there will always be a tradeoff between graphics and FPS when it comes to console gaming.
Digital Foundry’s David Bierton reports:
“Sony emphasizes that games running on PS4 Pro must have frame-rates that are better than or equal to the game running on the standard PS4 console. However, that’s not the case with Skyrim, where the increase in resolution can lead to a visible drop in performance in scenes where the GPU is pushed more heavily.
While some gamers will appreciate the higher resolution, I am sure others will most likely prefer the game to run better with normal graphics. So in that regard, Skyrim Special Edition runs better on the original PS4 as compared to the PS4 Pro.
Digital Foundry has been looking into Skyrim Special Edition and it has been confirmed that the game does run at native 4K on the console at similar FPS as compared to the PS4. Bethesda released an update for the game recently that features the following:
- General performance and optimization improvements
- Fixed rare issue with NPCs not appearing in proper locations
- Fixed issue with saves erroneously being marked as Modded, even though no mods are active
- Updated some sound files to not use compression
What do you think about Skyrim Special Edition on the PS4 Pro? Would you prefer a smoother game or a better looking one?