Dec 27th, 2016

With the holiday season behind us and a new year ahead of us, you may be wondering what games you play on your shiny new tech. Regardless of whether you got a PS4 Pro or a new 4K TV this holiday season, there are some games that highlight advances in technology better than others.

Digital Foundry is really good at highlighting and cataloging the differences in performance between consoles, but they’ve also been a great trustworthy source on whether or not a game takes full advantage of PS4 Pro features. This is their top “REPLACE” list of games that showcase 4k and upscaled gaming on the PS4 Pro.

Rachet & Clank

The remastered Ratchet & Clank released alongside a movie earlier this year, but Insomniac Games didn’t stop there. The game got a PS4 Pro patch to make it compatible with Sony’s new hardware and it really shows, despite the game not running in native 4K resolution.

Those with 4K displays with HDR will see brighter and more vibrant colors, while those with 1080p displays do see a noticeable increase in image quality thanks to temporal injection, which uses data from previous frames to make sure the picture displayed is crisp and clear.

The Last of Us Remastered

While The Last of Us is technically a last-gen title, Naughty Dog has done a lot of work to ensure those who are just playing the game on a PS4 or PS4 Pro are overwhelmed by the stunning beauty of the game. The art direction benefits from the increased resolution as the overgrowth from towns and cities visited by the characters looks amazing.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Call of Duty has been slipping as a generation-defining title, but Infinity Ward has brought that back with Infinite Warfare. This is one of the only titles that performs 4K at 60fps, making it a must for first-person shooter fans.

While Call of Duty has always been about creating massive spectacles of war, this is the first time the game has managed to achieve PC-like performance on a console. The characters and environments are more crisp than ever.

Skyrim

Digital Foundry saw fit to include Skyrim in the list, despite it being a nearly 5 year-old game. The Skyrim Remaster features a lot of rough textures and texture sampling that isn’t indicative of the texture quality we’re used to seeing in 2016, but the 4K remaster does do a good job of recreating an open world 4K experience.

As mentioned in the video, the PS4 Pro version running on console is equated to running the game on high settings on PC, which is a first for console gamers. PC gamers will likely be less than impressed with the quality here, but it’s worth mentioning given the many firsts for console gamers.

FIFA 17

FIFA 17 is another inclusion that I would have omitted, but upon looking at the evidence of quality improvements over the standard PS4 version, I can see why. The netting of the goal is crisp and clear on the PS4 Pro, you can clearly make out the individual fans in the stands, and the players uniforms and advertising is easily readable.

For sports fans who want to see what direction 4K will take them in, FIFA 17 is a good look at what’s waiting in the wings as the PS4 Pro gains more popularity.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider originally launched on the Xbox One, but it’s perhaps best played on the PS4 Pro with the 1.06 patch. There are very slight performance drops in some areas, but Digital Foundry overwhelmingly agrees that this game is the best showcase of how a PS4 Pro can improve the visual integrity of a game to provide a better experience to the player.