The game isn’t even out yet, and already Guerrilla Games has implemented the first Horizon Zero Dawn PS4 Pro patch, putting the game up to version 1.02 even though the game still has around four days left until it releases (five in Europe). The patch adds in two new visual modes.
The Horizon Zero Dawn PS4 Pro patch’s visual modes allow the use of 4K checkerboard rendering for 4K TVs, and downsampling at 1080p for 1080p televisions.
Also included is a Performance Mode, which enhances visuals and smooths out the framerate. While the game was already running at a smooth, locked 30 frames per second, the smoothing may be to prevent lag when the game really starts to work and might experience slowdown.
Either that, or the Performance Mode could actually increase the framerate and performance of the game, allowing players to experience it at a higher-than-normal framerate and still with good graphics.
Considering the game is one of the first that’s actually been developed for the Playstation 4 Pro, rather than simply getting a patch for it to run, the possibility of a Performance Mode that can actually use the Pro to its full potential is a welcome prospect.
Considering how many times it’s been delayed ever since it was announced at E3 2014, the game being able to have these two different graphics modes with the new Horizon Zero Dawn PS4 Pro patch is definitely a welcome addition, especially if it’s going to be one of the best-looking games that’s coming out for the Playstation 4 Pro right now.
Horizon Zero Dawn will be releasing on February 28 (in North America) and on March 1 (in Europe), exclusively on the Playstation 4 and the Playstation 4 Pro.
Originally it was supposed to come out last November, but various problems prevented Guerrilla from releasing it around that time.