PS5 Game Boost is a feature that improves the performance of backwards compatible PlayStation 4 games on Sony’s next-gen console. When enabled, you will see improved resolutions and framerates in select titles due to the increased horsepower of the PlayStation 5. As part of our PS5 guide, we’re listing all major PS4 game improvements, courtesy of PS5 Game Boost. For more information, refer to the following: PS5 Backwards Compatibility: Can You Play PS4 Games on PlayStation 5? and PS5 Backwards Compatibility: All PS4 Games That Don't Work.
PS5 Game Boost: All Major PS4 Game Improvements
In this article, we're going to list all major PS4 game improvements with PS5 Game Boost. Please note that, when enabled, PS5 Game Boost should provide performance enhancements to the vast majority of backwards compatible games. For the purposes of conciseness, we're focusing on major improvements to PS4 titles, which may in some instances require the installation of a patch to take advantage of. We're also focusing specifically on PS5 backwards compatibility; for a full list of free PS4 to PS5 upgrades, click through the link.
|Assassin's Creed Odyssey||Runs at 60 frames-per-second on PS5, compared to 30 frames-per-second on PS4.|
|Assassin's Creed Origins||Runs at 60 frames-per-second on PS5, compared to 30 frames-per-second on PS4.|
|Blood & Truth||Runs at a higher framerate in a higher resolution with highest detail assets at all times.|
|Crysis Remastered||Runs at 60 frames-per-second in 1880p with Quality Mode enabled and at 60 frames-per-second in 1440p with Crytek's software-based ray tracing.|
|Days Gone||Runs at 60 frames-per-second in dynamic 4K on PS5, where it's capped at 30 frames-per-second in checkerboard 4K on PS4 Pro.|
|Dying Light||Updated with multiple graphics modes enabling 60fps, 4K, or a "best of both worlds" combination of the two.|
|Far Cry 5||Runs at 60 frames-per-second on PS5, compared to 30 frames-per-second on PS4.|
|Firewall Zero Hour||Improved visual fidelity through super-sampling in PSVR headset due to rendering at a higher base resolution.|
|God of War||Runs at 60 frames-per-second in checkerboard 4K on PS5, where it's limited to 1080p and hovers around 40-50 frames-per-second in Performance mode on PS4 Pro.|
|Ghost of Tsushima||Game can be played at 60 frames-per-second on PS5 at dynamic 4K resolution. On PS4 and PS4 Pro, the game is capped at 30fps in both 1080p and dynamic 4K modes.|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||Runs at 4K, 60 frames-per-second on PS5. On PS4 Pro it's 4K, 30 frames-per-second.|
|Hunt Showdown||Runs at 60 frames-per-second on PS5 compared to 30 frames-per-second on PS4.|
|Ratchet & Clank||Runs at 60 frames-per-second on PS5, compared to 30 frames-per-second on PS4.|
|Remnant: From the Ashes||Runs at 60 frames-per-second at 4K resolution.|
|Rocket League||Optimised to run at 60 frames-per-second in checkerboard 4K on PS5 with HDR.|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||Optimised to run at 60 frames-per-second in 4K on PS5.|
|Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order||Optimised to run at 60 frames-per-second at 1200p, where PS4 Pro fluctuated between 45 to 50 frames-per-second at a lower dynamic resolution.|
|The Crew 2||Upgraded to run at 60 frames-per-second on PS5.|
|The Division 2||Optimised to run at 60 frames-per-second in 4K on PS5.|
|The Last of Us: Part 2||Doubles the frame-rate to 60 frames-per-second while maintaining 1440p resolution of PS4 Pro.|
|Vampyr||Runs at 60 frames-per-second and outputs at 1440p on PS5.|
|Warhammer: Vermintide 2||Playing on PS5 with patch 1.23 doubles the frame-rate to 60 frames-per-second, increases resolution from 1080p to 1440p, and improves graphical quality.|
|World War Z: Aftermath||Optimised to run at 60 frames-per-second in 4K on PS5.|
|Zombie Army 4: Dead War||Runs at 60 frames-per-second in 4K on PS5, where it's a lower resolution on PS4 Pro and just 30 frames-per-second on PS4.|
PS5 Game Boost: How Does It Work?
PS5 Game Boost uses the additional horsepower available in Sony’s next-gen console to improve the way backwards compatible PS4 software performs. When enabled, some titles will see enhancements based on how they’re programmed. For example, if a game has an unlocked framerate with a theoretical 60 frames-per-second cap on the PS4 Pro, it may fluctuate between 40 frames-per-second and 60 frames-per-second. With the hardware available in the PS5, however, this same title would provide a locked 60 frames-per-second on the newest PlayStation system.
It’s important to note that you’ll only see improvements based on the way the game is programmed. If a title has a capped 30 frames-per-second, then the only advantage you’ll see on PS5 is that it’ll never dip below 30 frames-per-second; it’d need to be patched to go higher. The same is true of resolution; some games utilise scalers which alter the resolution based on what’s happening on the screen. In these instances, the PS5 will get closer to the title’s theoretical maximum more of the time – but only if it’s programmed that way to begin with.
Developers can patch their existing software to take better advantage of PS5 Game Boost, such as unlocking framerates and resolutions. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of all major PS4 game improvements, made possible due to PS5 Game Boost.
Will you be enabling PS5 Game Boost and what major PS4 game improvements are you looking for? Check out our PS5 guide, and let us know in the comments section below.
Probably AAA games will more than likely get enhancements God of War,Uncharted 4 etc.
I was under the impression that the boost mode would only be available on games that are patched/updated to receive it by the developers yet this article seems to suggest that all games will receive an automatic boost that can then be further improved upon with a developer update - could someone please confirm which is actually the case??? If it is the case that all games are boosted then what was all the talk about the GPU downclocking to PS4/Pro speeds for backwards compatible games???
Really wouldn't mind some clarification to my earlier query regarding this - even if it is just me interpreting this article incorrectly
I wouldn't mind playing Uncharted 4 again with enhancements.
I'm personally hoping that some more games are currently in the process of getting 60 fps patches. Like Days Gone and Ghost was just the first two that came out early and more are on the Horizon (Zero Dawn)
@Only1PJA Since no one responded on here, I believe the only games that will see an automatic fps boost, are those that had unlocked framerates, usually capped at 60 fps but unable to get there. E.g. God of War (in performance mode) and Sekiro hovered in the 40-50 fps range. Some people prefer a locked 30fps, because of frame judder(?) but I was happy to have a much smoother game with occasional hitches. Now that ps5 has more power, those unlocked framerates will max out at 60fps, and I don't think the developers had to do a thing. Unfortunately, God of War could probably run 4K 60fps in but that might require code to changed, so it will only affect performance mode (1080p) for now.
Finding out that Sony have no plans to introduce Atmos or Dolby Vision means games will only play in HDR10 and output in 5,1 or 7.1.
Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio just doesn't cut it.
This has zapped all my enthusiasm for the next gen.
I am not paying £450 for a little graphical upgrade, not until there's an exclusive to the PS5.
And anybody hoping to rely on the PS5 as their media center is going to be disappointed. The PS5 won't be able to offer more than your TVs built-in apps, which, depending on your model TV, will likely be able to offer you Atmos and Dolby Vision natively.
Sony dropped the ball not including a 4K UHD drive on the PS4, now they've dropped the ball not embracing object based surround sound fields and dynamic HDR that analyses metadata, scene by scene.
does game boost work if you are playing PS4 games on an external HDD or do the PS4 games need to be on the SSD to take advantage of this functionality?
@Woogy LITERALLY no one cares about your nerdy audio post. PS5 will still sell millions. I have zero idea why you have this weird little negative angle to chase. It will have great sound which will be PERFECTLY acceptable to 99.99999% of the fanbase. Jeez man.
Hi Sammy, surely there is more than this. The digital foundry video I'm sure listed a few other games: crysis remastered being one of them for example?
I'm pretty sure Sekiro and MH World also run at a locked 60fps as do The Evil Within and Dark Souls 3
Does these boost work for the PS4 games on your external HDD or do you have to move them to the SSD for it to function?
Really hoping I can beat out scalper bots on a PS5.
I had a Series X from Wal Mart in my cart at noon yesterday, but by the time I could finish checking out, it was sold out...at 12:01.
COVID is really screwing this whole launch season. No in-person purchasing and having to rely on internet orders is a total pain. It also doesn't sound like the ability to buy in person is going to be possible for a while either. Scalpers are going to screw over a lot of people.
@get2sammyb question for you or anyone else and forgive me if this is a dumb one, will game boost require a ps4 game to be installed on the internal ssd or can the benefits still be there if playing a ps4 game off an external hard drive? TIA!!
I have always been under the impression that any of the ps4 games that are ps4 enhanced are the versions that will be running on the ps5..so if the devs further enhance the games then its a bonus..
I thought I saw Bloodborne was going to benefit from GameBoost too?
Freaking ridiculous that The Last of Us II isn't one of these games.
How much you want to bet that when Naughty Dog eventually comes out with their standalone multiplayer mode, it'll come attached with a remastered version of the game just like Spider-Man?
As someone who has no surround sound speakers in the study in which the PS4 is based, having no Atmos is no issue for me, but a strange oversight that hopefully will be rectified. I know the Tempest 3D Sound tech is better than Atmos, so games are no problem once it is updated for surround sound and tv speakers, but can it be used for UHD Blu Rats and streaming services? It seems not.
@yaboydanzo youll get the boost straight from your external "old" hdd or from the internal SSD, wherever the PS4 game resides is unimportant.
@redd214 you will get the performance improvement wherever it resides, remember this is most a framerate boost. For potential load times boost it would have to be on the internal SSD.
Please check on FFXIV
@bonusbertie perfect, thanks for answering!
Seeing the Digital Foundry video on backwards compatibility I think you guys should check games like Knack and stuff that have uncapped framerates and list them here. They now run at locked 60 and it's kinda gamechanging to be fair...even if I'm not a frames per second guy myself!
No Horizon: Zero Dawn???
@kemosabii I don't think so, because the game is capped at 30 fps. However there's a guy, Lance McDonald, who patched Bloodborne using Dark Souls 3 code. It can run at 60fps on PS4 pro, so there's no reason for Sony not to patch Bloodborne for the PS5. He did all the work for them. Check his YouTube for a video on it.
@AFCC that would be a very long list. The vast majority of the thousands of PS4 games should see more consistently stable frame rates and faster load times. Additionally increased frame rates when the frame rate is uncapped or the PS4 version didn’t hit the cap and higher average resolutions in games that supported dynamic resolution scaling.
Those are all very nice gains but this list is for more specific PS5 updates that require a patch and the game boost functionality I.e. going from 30 to 60fps or new 4K modes or load times being even further enhanced for PS5.
@themightyant I understand that, I really do. But it wouldn't be to bad to have the other list too
@AFCC Understood. If not here i'm sure a community assembled list will pop up somewhere no doubt. Though it's a more difficult thing to test i.e. Frame rate dips from 30 to stable 30 is mostly based on feel without testing tools which most don't have.
@Northern_munkey just started testing games and I don’t think this is the case. Coming from a PS4 pro, Tony Hawk, Persona 5 both look like they are back compat to the PS4 version and not the Pro. It looks 1080p only! Blurry with aliasing. Colors seem way off too. The HDR is not good. Trying more games and I’m starting to think they need to be patched. Nobody seems to be talking about this
The whole backwards compatability has not really been communicated well i just hope i that if my ps4 games play on the ps5 that they at least run in the same way they do on my ps4..getting hdr to look right has been a pain for me as game devs seem to be all over the place with implementation..ghost of tsushima and ac:odessey look stunning even on the base ps4 but there are some games that are shocking (steep,monster hunter world) so i am expecting that even ps5 games may be hit and miss with it too..
It does support 7.1 .... it sounds awesome on my setup. They have implemented a custom 3D audio which will also allow sound to be perceived as if its coming from above or below you aswell as surround, even with just stereo headphones. If you are into your audio like I am, then you will not be disappointed 👍🏻
Rocket league ran at 4k checkerboarding at 60 fps anyway on the PS4 pro?
I played a bit more of blood and truth this weekend and was really impressed at the improvements. I assumed it was the vr tech holding it back more than the PS4 so it’s such a shame we can’t get native ps5 vr
Disappointed that this list doesn't include Assassin's Creed Syndicate's inclusion of strobe lighting on the PS5
@get2sammyb So, I'm confused. Does the PS5 support PS4 Pro b/c with 4k and supersampling options or is it just base PS4 visuals?
Only seven PS4 titles have been optimised for improved performance on PS5, that’s it? I really thought there were more. For example, didn’t Digital Foundry do a video on Star Wars Jedi performing better on Sony’s unobtainable new system? Or did that game just benefit from the additional power of the PS5 without it actually being specifically patched in an update?
I’ve got to say, this area is pretty muddy and not communicated well at all. There’s even less communication in this comments section from the usually very reliable editors.
I also care about Atmos & DV support...(from above)
I have tons of movies on BD & UHD that use top rated Atmos sound.
DV is an enhanced HDR type and I have some UHD movies with it too.
Recently bought a UHD movie player for $150 that does both instead.
Due to these limitations, my excitement for PS5 was diminished a bit.
I remember when the Wii U came out without any Dolby Decoding.
Because Nintendo didn't want to pay the licencing fee and that was it.
Or when PS4 Pro '4K' console came without a 4K optical UHD drive.
For new technology devices: Less isn't More...Less is just Less.
@Woogy Oh please. You don't need anything better than HDR10 and DTS TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio.
Confused about Game Boost...I downloaded the latest Division 2 update and it now runs at 60fps and seems 4k on PS5, but I did not active GB or anything. Do I need to?
@frankmcma Nope. It just is.
@Shoulderknight Coming from a launch model PS4, all the games I have played that have PS4 Pro enhancements are using the enhancements. The difference in Ark, for example, is extraordinary. Before the Game boost patch for God of War I could choose the PS4 Pro performance or graphics modes. I never played Persona 5 on my base PS4 and do not have Tony Hawk, so cannot speak to your specific examples, however.
@Wavey84 SotC was always 60 FPS in performance Mode on PS4 Pro. The Graphic Mode is still locked to 30
@Woogy they didn't have Dolby Atmos on the PS4 Pro either. I've been playing on the Series X much more because it supports Dolby Atmos for games. Destiny 2 sounds so much better on Series X. I really wish Sony would add Atmos for gaming on the PS5.
@redd214 you get the boost if it’s on an external drive too. I recently attached a Samsung T5 to my PS5 and moved all my PS4 games to it. I couldn’t tell any difference.
When's the update for Terminator Resistance coming ?
@djdizzy well yeah I know now had the thing for 5 months lol! Thanks for replying though.
I'm pretty sure that rocket League was checkerboard 4K and 60fps on PS4 Pro?
@Dreman99 Yeah... this is annoying me since last year... I even contacted costumer service at Psyonix to ask where, exactly is the improvement... All I got was vague answers telling me to ask Sony about the lack of native 4k and 120hz support.
I also sent a message to pushsquare editors reporting this issue so them could rectify the article, but got no answer yet.
Please, someone fix this article. Rocket League already ran at checkerboarded 4k at 60fps on ps4 pro... Psyonix was not honest about any improvement in this one.
Could you add Dreams to this list? On the PS5, it's locked at 60fps even when playing the most intense creations like Fallout 4 Dreams Edition where the PS4's framerate would drop.
@Jackpaza0508 Is Dreams worth getting even if you're someone like me that has no imagination or a creative bone in his body ?
@hypnotoad It's pretty fun to see what things people have made using the creator but you need to get really invested to make something cool, get it if you wanna just play the games
@Jackpaza0508 Thanks very much mate.
@Woogy Sorry buddy but you wasted your time writing all that hate lmao. PS5 supports HDR Gaming via HGiG. And why on earth would Sony pay Dolby for Atmos when they spent an entire presentation breaking down how Tempest is superior. Which it is. I have both Xbox and the PS5 and I have Atmos (my Xbox Atmos code also enabled it on my PC so I tested both Atmos platforms) and I also have used Sonic and also DTS X and THX Spatial. While THX Spatial is awesome on PC, Atmos and Tempest give me no differences in games that both have native Atmos support or not. At the end software emulation for surround will always be exactly that - emulation. For an actual 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos surround sound system with discrete speakers which is what I have, playing in LPCM offers the best experience directionally. Maybe bass quality goes up via Atmos. But spatially speaking you want to play it exactly as it was mastered in the studio - and Atmos mastering in games is very lacking.
I prefer 3D audio in PS5's Tempest vs Atmos on Xbox... Atmos gets more..
echo-y. Tempest makes me actually look behind me or above my head and to the left because I swear I heard the sound come from there. Atmos is more of a oh cool the soundstage got real wide.
There's more I could go into sound wise. But since neither is lacking I'm happy. This is coming from an audiophile.
If we want talk points of Vision vs HGiG.... again... theyre basically the same thing. However one major point... HGiG is made for gaming. Vision is not. And that's why... Vision games are lacking. However HGiG has a basic plug n play compatibility with any game.
Although lots of people seem to have criticised Woogy’s comment, I can only imagine that he owns an incredibly powerful A/V setup - or has unrealistic standards. Or uses a cinema theatre as his own personal “games room”.
Personally speaking, I get 4K HDR, in 60 FPS. Which is good enough for me, on a 50-inch tv. And IMAX DTS in 7.1 surround sound. The detail and precision of the sound design on games like God of War, or Spider-Man, is just STUNNING.
This is on a PS5 - the PS4 did 4K, but not in HDR. (But that could just be my tv) And yes, I can tell the difference.
Yes, the Xbox does Atmos - but theoretically DTS:X should sound better, anyway, because the bass extension is lower.
But considering that all I got out of the PS4 was PCM Stereo, upscaled into 5 channel surround.
As far as I am concerned, the PS5 is already a VAST improvement. Do you not agree?
I have an LG CX and honestly Dolby Vision (or Atmos) is at the bottom of my wish list.
VRR would be my priority as it quite literally fixes all the shoddy games that have stutter and tearing.
I’m under no illusion as to how few even have VRR though.
I wish Dying Light and the Far Cry games were on that list. Wanting to play them again now before the sequels but I doubt Ubi or TL does anything. Have to buy them on my sidekick Series S I guess.
Again, if this list is updated, can you put a note at the top saying what was updated?
Can't believe Uncharted 4, Lost Legacy and Horizon Zero Dawn are still not updated...
I decided to play Ratchet & Clank and the Last of Us 2 and both got an update shortly after I was finished. With these I will wait...
Where is Shadow of the Colossus??? It was in the Game Boost trailer but still runs as it did on the PS4 Pro. Can Sony make up their minds please.
Who really gives a crap what it can do if no one can buy the damn system.
Finished Star Wars today. Although hard and frustrating, I am glad I completed it. Question is: Days Gone or Horizon Zero Dawn next? These I already own. I would play GoT but waiting for a discount.
@Mysterio Horizon Zero Dawn is updated
@r3dman21 Yeah, they updated it a day after I posted it. I think they listened to me
I already started playing on wednesday evening!
Hopefully they follow with Uncharted & RDR2 haha
RDR2 would be amazing. 🙂
Need Bloodborne! Just been waiting for that update ready to jump back to Yharnam
Killzone: Shadowfall could be included on this list no? I don’t think it received a resolution bump, but it plays at a silky smooth 60fps on PS5 where it did not on PS4.
I played it on PS5 and it was so much more enjoyable at 60fps.
@Woogy Sony TVs has auto tone mapping which is essentially the same thing as Dolby Vision and very few ppl have a true Atmos setup. I personally prefer that Sony has chosen to focus on 3D audio which is very accessible by virtually everyone. Specialized headphones are better but you will notice a difference with any set. Not sure if the update for regular speakers/TV has released but it will. The audio in Returnal for example shows this off well. Nobody is attacking audio like Sony in the console space.
@hypnotoad Yes. You can just play, no need to create. The game is a steal. Media Molecule continues to add games as well. There was a huge Halloween celebration with many new games and there will be a Xmas festival. The Ghostbusters games just came to Dreams, the campaign is great. It has VR. Yes.
@Mysterio HZD is updated....
4K at 60 my friend.
@Toypop vrr is coming soon because Sony TVs just got the update so obviously the PS5 update will be here relatively soon. I guarantee it within 6 months.
bloodborne isnt on this list but people were waiting to see it improve... I can't tell if anything has changed here.
and what the hell improvement is there for a game like god of war to make which already offers a 60 fps experience as of firmware version 1.35 which was released months ago?
I know, my post is from August. I already completed it
@iamtylerdurden1 with the greatest respect, six months is quite a large window so it's not like you are putting a lot on the line there with that bet! I mean it was supposed to be coming by Xmas?
Actually going back a year when I was buying my LG CX, people were telling me to get the Sony LED model instead, because the VRR was coming "anytime now".
12 months later...
I think we have to be cautious about anything Sony promises. I mean you might get lucky with your six month bet, but I personally wouldn't go high stakes on it if I were you!
I’m buying The Outer Worlds cause it seems on the PS5 it supports 60fps. Also it costs 20€ till end of month. Maybe it should be on this list.
There's so many more PS4 games that should be updated to run at 60FPS.
... Many of which would become a lot more playable.
I find it funny, that everyone and their mom on the internet praises Microsoft's backwards compatibilities, while Series S doesn't even play the One X version of games and PS5 automatically choses the PS4 Pro ones.
This is a great list and very informative. The one thing that irks me is the list is in alphabetical order, yet god of war is before ghost of tsushima.
Zombie Army 4 is just beautiful on PS5 so happy
did you forget about No Man's Sky using PSVR? Higher framerate and supersampling?
I just have one question. If you buy a ps4 game, and you play it on ps5. Will you have the same resolution and fps as the ps5 game? I can't seem to find it anywhere on the internet.
Shouldn't ghost recon breakpoint be in this list?
@GusBH yeah but this is an old article..push square keep recycling these when they have nowt to talk about..
bitching about the ps5 while still playing on the only NOT true nextgen ps4 console generation is truly funny. even the xbox360 and ps3 where better.
you don't own a ps5 so do not judge about what is nextgen, the ps5 is truly nextgen.
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