Can you believe how realistic MLB 14: The Show looks on PS4?

Sony releases new images of upcoming 1080p/60fps baseball simulation game showing differences between PS3 and PS4 versions.

Sony today announced launch details for MLB 14: The Show and released new images that compare the visual differences between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions.

Top image captured on PS4, bottom image on PS3

As you can see from the image at left, Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli's facial hair is presented in all its glory on PS4 while the PS3 version doesn't attempt to show individual strands.

But it's not only his facial hair that looks better on Sony's new platform. The PS4 version includes a "revamped" lighting engine and better stadium detail.

A Sony representative confirmed with Polygon that MLB 14: The Show on PS4 runs in 1080p at 60fps. The game also includes 1,000 different crowd models, each featuring more than 10,000 polygons. Every stadium features more than 1 million polygons, Sony said.

MLB 14: The Show launches on April 1 for PS3 and PlayStation Vita, while the PS4 version comes sometime in May, roughly a month after the official start of the 2014 MLB season. That delay will no doubt be a bummer for hardcore MLB fans hoping to pick up the PS4 version.

Here's a rundown of some of the most notable features in MLB 14: The Show.

  • Quick Counts mode created to get you through a full nine innings in 30 minutes
  • A year-to-year saves system that will allow you to carry over your saves to next year's game.
  • Cross-platform saves across PS3, PS4, and PS Vita.
  • Evolution of Road to the Show mode - more details later.
  • Community Challenges including moments from history and the present alike.
  • Universal Profile system that tracks player tendencies.
  • Online Franchise mode that features multi-season play.

MLB 14: The Show also promises to simplify its microtransaction offerings by rolling everything into a universal currency system the developer is calling Stubs. Sony made clear that everything in MLB 14: The Show is attainable through gameplay and players never need to spend a dime.

"We are not designing the system to pressure players into spending money," Sony said. "It will be the same system it's been in years prior, just all rolled together with a new name."

Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is the main cover athlete for MLB 14: The Show, though Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie, a Canadian, is the cover star for Canada.

Though the MLB2K series is dead, Xbox owners will indeed have a baseball game to play this year, as MLB has revived the long-dormant RBI Baseball series. That game, developed internally at MLB, is scheduled to launch across consoles, PC, and mobiles this spring.

For more on MLB 14: The Show, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Discussion

219 comments
ajw514
ajw514

I'm not dishing out another $60 until they improve the player models, uniform and logos on the helmets. Have you seen the interlocking NY on the Yankee helmets? It's HUGE!!!!! Prior versions had it right. Why did they mess with it?  Again, I will test and play a demo in the store before I buy with my hard earned money.

1blackone
1blackone

I gotta say, doesn't look very realistic at all...even the stadium passes the "eye test" better on the PS3 than the PS4 version.

iampenguin
iampenguin

realistic in comparison to pixel art???

BuBsay
BuBsay

Those graphics actually look a tad bit dated...

chayse_hiller
chayse_hiller

Does anybody know when the soundtrack comes out? That is what I'm really looking forward to!

Kjranu
Kjranu

It's not THAT realistic. More polygons and improved lighting, okay ... my 4.9 teraflops R9-290 (vs PS4's 1.8tflops card) could certainly render a LOT more realistic graphics if this game was built with the PC in mind. 

btroof
btroof

and this is why next gen graphics are overrated.

cracka123
cracka123

Maybe it would make a little more sense if this article was titled "Can you believe how disgusting Mike Napoli's facial hair looks on MLB 14: The Show looks on PS4?"

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

I want GTA V on ps4 )))))))):

CrashOV
CrashOV

I have to agree with previous posters, the PS3 image provided looks better. And as far as more realistic goes I see absolutely no difference to speak of between both. If this is supposed to persuade someone from going to next gen, I must say it's not working. not impressed.

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

I think this is the reason why I am going to switch from the XB to PS.  I am so done with XBs crap baseball games.

Kinren1
Kinren1

PS4 version looks more saturated but looks fine for a baseball game I guess.

o0squishy0o
o0squishy0o

Had to read this several times to see if it was a sarcastic article... still not sure. 

DefunktJunk
DefunktJunk

OMFG yeah, it's so realistic looking that you can literally see cheese strands dangling from his beard. Oh my!

Namgis
Namgis

Personally I think the PS3 image provided looks better. Aside from the meg foster eyes, and the lighting around the face. The cap on the PS3 image looks quite good. I also prefer the beard on the PS3. I don't need to see the wind gathering up the beard hair, as it billows in the breeze. Just make sure the game runs silky smooth and has vastly improved AI, collision detection and load times*.


Quick Counts is a nice addition*.

ButDuuude
ButDuuude

Looks just like a PS3 game to me.

danta
danta

My god...they finally did it. They are able to fully generate a full beard now in gaming. This is a giant leap in gaming y'all. 

Pewbert
Pewbert

Well yes it looks better, but there is a 7 year gap between the two consoles. That difference only look about a years worth of technology upgrade, not 7.

Dasim64
Dasim64

Better, absolutely. Realistic? Not even close.

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

To be fair if you look close the PS4 version has less blocky character models which is a nice touch. 

chemicalegypt
chemicalegypt

Cant sony make a decent football/SOCCER game, i mean 2k or anyone except than konami or EA ?

thecindre
thecindre

Hahaha Nice one Sony almost had me there they they just down scalled the Ps3 version.

SgtSilock
SgtSilock

Before reading "top image is PS4.." I actually thought the bottom picture looked better. 

HardStomp
HardStomp

Short answer, it doesn't look realistic to me.  Mad props for the animation in the stands though.

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

Looks gorgeous. Didn't really think they could improve upon it besides facial expressions not looking good as usual. Animations have always been best in the biz for a sports game. I think this is gonna be better graphically than infamous (which has a weird cartoony look that throws me off) you'll see when they both drop. Infamous is gonna end up being slightly overrated. It's supposedly very repetitive and extremely similar to the originals. This is my first must have ps game. Real MLB fans know the deal with this game.

jesot
jesot

It really doesn't look that good, graphically.  And the beard in the image looks nothing like Nap's actual chin monkey.


The game itself is always great, though.

haze0986
haze0986

this is a fantastic game and above all realistic, if you haven't played you should. to all those saying it looks terrible...stop gaming, you clearly dont know quality, the detail differences  between platforms is astounding.

mrGEEteam
mrGEEteam

i cant believe how shitty it actually looks


HartPuncher
HartPuncher

It's an effort to make a great baseball game. There's only a hand full of great titles. Can't wait for this game. And it is the single reason I'll be gettin a PS4.



aidsta
aidsta

That beard though..

Would like to see some sub surface scattering for the skin, but the beard is good.

Halloll
Halloll

the bigger your beard, the better your graphics.

gamespotpanayis
gamespotpanayis

@1blackone  I agree.. I think the PS3 stadium does look more realistic.  The character model looks better on the PS4 version, along with the additional textures on the clay.

But I think the animation is what brings this game to life.

I would say not a significant improvement over last gen overall.

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@btroof  Next gen for consoles. 2 gens ago as far as PC graphics go.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

@Kinren1  was thinking the same. The Jumbo screen is brighter, which makes sense... but dat wall... It's basically glowing. Kind of weird. Suppose that could be a different level of exposure from the sun due to a more robust lighting system.


Or they just used a different color, lol.

ChandlerUSMC
ChandlerUSMC

@Dasim64 Was about to post the same thing. It definitely looks better than PS3, no question. But realistic is a stretch. We're still a ways away from affordable real-time photorealism.

jesot
jesot

@chemicalegypt  Most companies are intimidated to even attempt to enter that market.  To get all the licensing and pageantry elements that futbol gamers expect would take a huge investment.  And it might be rough to draw interest for a soccer game without any licensing.  The same reason other developers don't attempt American football games now that EA has the NCAA and NFL license monopoly.

scottman256
scottman256

@SgtSilock I actually thought the bottom image was PS4 as well. After looking at the pictures more closely, the top picture does appear to have more detail and better lighting. But I think because of the colors used, the bottom picture appeared more "realistic" to me at first glance.

Johny_47
Johny_47

@mrGEEteam  And just like all the Madden, ice hockey, basketball, and off topic a bit, wrestling games, the animations are f**kin' shit, so wooden.

haze0986
haze0986

@Rushaoz @btroof  lolol pc didnt surpass consoles until well into the xbox 360 lifespan so what was that about 2 gens????