Horizon Zero Dawn runs great on PS4 Pro and the base PS4

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Horizon Zero Dawn is yet another critically-acclaimed PlayStation exclusive out this year. Reviews for Guerrilla’s post-apocalyptic sandbox went live yesterday, and the general consensus seems to be that the game is great. Not only that, but it’s a technical masterpiece – showcasing the power of the PlayStation 4 and the Decima engine.

It’s one of the first games to be built largely from the ground up with support for the PlayStation 4 Pro in mind, so naturally many PS4 owners who haven’t upgraded were worried that the game would run a little poorly on the base hardware. They needn’t.

Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry has put the game through its paces on both sets of PlayStation 4 hardware, and found that it largely runs like magic. The game appears to run at a nearly locked 30fps whether you’re running it at 1080p on the base PS4 or, checkerboard 4K on the Pro.

And that’s without the impending day 0patch, which will increase performance – and introduce a new mode that’ll let PS4 Pro owners choose between 4K or a lower resolution, higher performance mode.

“The ability to choose between resolution and higher performance may well be the icing on the cake, on what is already a technologically outstanding title. However, even without the new mode, the combination of brilliant art design, great performance and a sublime 4K presentation make this the most impressive PlayStation 4 Pro title we’ve seen so far. But at the same time, it’s clear that base hardware hasn’t been left behind – Horizon is an equally impressive achievement for the standard PS4 too.”

Horizon Zero Dawn is out locally on March 1.

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Last Updated: February 21, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Thanks for clearing that up. Now all we have to do is wait for the reviews 😛

  • Nikola

    Absolutely cannot wait to get this next week:) Also after the reviews I feel confident enough to pre order it!

  • Skittle

    How amazing would a pepperoni pizza be right now!

    • Rule 1: It’s always pizza time!

      • GooseZA

        With pineapple!

  • MonsterCheddar

    After watching that vid two things comes to mind.
    1. The game looks gorgeous AF

    2. Watching all that running made me tired AF.

  • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

    Damn it guys!! Give me a copy for my PS4!!!!!! My wallet has started randomly begging for change.

  • Jonah Cash

    It is my and Geoff’s birthday on the 1st of March. So I will take a download code as a present. Thanks you guys.

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