Final Fantasy XV has decided to go against the trend and release a PS4 Pro update that makes the game run worse on Sony’s premium console.
Digital foundry has discovered upgrading to version 1.05 on PS4 Pro does more harm than good. Prior to the update, there were two options: lite mode to play in 1080p with a stable 30 frames-per-second, or high mode to bump it up to 1800p using checkerboarding with an inconsistent frame rate leaving the performance noticeably jerky.
This update was supposed to enable a consistent 60 frames-per-second to lite mode, but instead unlocks the frame rate, so it isn’t as smooth, and it rarely goes above 45 frames-per-second. It was better to play locked to a consistent 30fps. Meanwhile, the high mode maintains checkerboarded 1800p, but really struggles with a poor frame rate that doesn’t come close to maintaining 30fps.
Before the update PS4 Pro players had the choice of a consistent 30fps at 1080p or an inconsistent frame rate at Bcheckerboarded 1800p. Now the options are a highly variable unlocked frame rate at 1080p, or capped to 30fps at 1800p with really inconsistent frame-pacing that struggles to get there.
As a result, Final Fantasy XV now runs smoother on regular PS4 and Xbox One compared to PS4 Pro. The PS4 has some frame-pacing issues, but not as bad as version 1.05 on PS4 Pro, and Xbox One’s adaptive v-sync ensures it has the most consistent frame rate of any platform, but it’s running at the lowest resolution.