How PS4 Pro Effects Horizon Zero Dawn
How PS4 Pro Affects Horizon Zero Dawn
Guerrilla Games have gone into more depth about how exactly PS4 Pro will affect Horizon Zero Dawn.
First, Technical Director, Michael van der Leeuw discussed via Playstation Blog how PS4 Pro will affect players with 1080p screens:
“For starters, for players who still possess standard 1080p HDTV’s, we’re able to offer far better image quality…
“The most logical one is supersampling. This is a very high-quality anti-aliasing technique, which basically means we internally render at a higher resolution (close to 4K) before shrinking it down to the final 1080p resolution.
“As our internal calculations are done at a resolution much higher than 1080p, more detail survives before we shrink it down to 1080p, resulting in smoother edges — virtually no jaggies — and a more stable image.”
As for those players that have invested in a 4K compatible screen, Van Der Leeuw explains how resolution and HDR (High Dynamic Range) will be affected:
“We’re rendering 2160p checkerboard, which is a special technique that looks incredible on a 4K TV.
“You’re going to notice a ton of subtle details, from stitching on Aloy’s outfit, individual leaves and branches swaying in the wind, kilometers away in the distance, and more detail in all the machines and NPCs in the world…
“We normally have to do a lot of work in the engine to take an internal high dynamic range image and then make it suitable to be displayed on a normal TV.
“A lot of color fidelity gets lost in the process. If you own an HDR-enabled TV, we don’t have to lose that data and you’re looking at the image in its full glory, with brighter and deeper colors, more contrast and vibrancy, in its pristine state.”
Van Der Leeuw points out that the team is dedicated to making a game that looks great regardless of the model it is played on – PS4 or PS4 Pro.
Horizon Zero Dawn is scheduled for release on 3rd March, 2017 here in the U.K.
PS4 Pro was announced in September at a conference in New York which included talk of the added horsepower inside the unit and what that meant for developers and users with 4K HDR TV’s.
You can read some of my thoughts about the PS4 Pro here.