Horizon Zero Dawn PS4 Pro Enhancements Detailed; Improved Image Quality For 1080p Confirmed

Francesco De Meo
Posted Nov 1, 2016
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Horizon Zero Dawn, the PlayStation 4 exclusive game currently in development by Guerrilla, is one of the most impressive games launching in the first few months of 2017, and the game will be even more impressive when running on PlayStation 4 Pro, as shown a few weeks back during Sony’s PlayStation Meeting. Today, a new post on the Official PlayStation Blog details some of the enhancements the game will sport on the updated PS4 model.

According to Guerilla’s Technical Director Michiel van der Leeuw, the additional power offered by the PlayStation 4 Pro console allow the team to get closer to their vision for a lush and vibrant living world, with extra details and enhanced colors adding to the experience.

Interestingly enough, van der Leeuw also confirmed that even those that will be playing Horizon Zero Dawn on standard 1080p HDTVs will be able to experience better image quality, thanks to supersampling.

For starters, for players who still possess standard 1080p HDTVs, we’re able to offer far better image quality. We’ve got a number of techniques at our disposal. The most logical one is supersampling. This is a very high-quality anti-aliasing technique, which basically means we internally render at a higher resolution (close to 4K) before shrinking it down to the final 1080p resolution.

As our internal calculations are done at a resolution much higher than 1080p, more detail survives before we shrink it down to 1080p, resulting in smoother edges – virtually no jaggies – and a more stable image.

Today’s post also talked about the game’s HDR support, noting how the benefits are truly awesome.

We normally have to do a lot of work in the engine to take an internal high dynamic range image and then make it suitable to be displayed on a normal TV. A lot of colour fidelity gets lost in the process. If you own an HDR-enabled TV, we don’t have to lose that data and you’re looking at the image in its full glory, with brighter and deeper colours, more contrast and vibrancy, in its pristine state. The benefits are truly awesome.

Horizon Zero Dawn launches on PlayStation 4 on February 28th.

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