inFamous: Second Son will get 30fps framerate cap option and new photo mode tomorrow

PS4 exclusive inFamous: Second Son getting new photo mode for free.

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The inFamous: Second Son patch that lets users cap their framerate will be released on April 17, developer Sucker Punch has confirmed.

That's tomorrow!

The patch will let users disable the HUD and, after completing the game once, set the time of day. The frame rate can also be capped at 30fps, although the developer points out that this is a cap and not a lock--a few frames will still be dropped here and there when the action gets heavy.

A new mode, Photo Mode, will also be included with the patch. This will allow players to pause the action to control the camera, fiddling with pan, tilt, roll, and other options such as field of view and depth of field. These pictures can then be uploaded using the PlayStation 4's sharing features.

You will, however, have to set these changes each and every time you load the game, as Sucker Punch says they did not want to disturb the game's save file format.

Other changes include some changes to the game's text in other languages, a few crash fixes, a notification about whether you're eligible for the game's "Unstoppable" Trophy, and the game will now pause if your PS4 controller is disconnected.

A trailer showing off the game's Photo Mode was also released:

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Discussion

190 comments
BehemothBlade
BehemothBlade

Soooo, why can't they just add a 60 fps lock mode?

vadagar1
vadagar1

why doe the protagonist in the game makes me want to punch babies?!!!


his smirky smile makes me want to kill him with fire :<, GOD DAMN VIDIA GAMEZ

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

That is a good approach. I know quite a few people who feel extremely annoyed when the framerate is irregular.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

WTF is the point of CAPPING your frame rate?

That doesn't make sense.

If it can go past 30, why in the world would you stop it from doing so?

Naylord
Naylord

What will be interesting is if games start giving you the option of setting a different resolution and thus getting different frame rates. Like if you had a 720p tv or just wanted a super silky framerate you could just choose 720p and get it. I think that's the next logical step after these frame cap options.

kratreon21
kratreon21

In my personal experience of gaming, a solid framerate is almost always better than native 1080p simply because a solid frame rate enhances the overall gameplay experience itself and the 1080p is just a superficial bonus if you have it. 

That being said the 30 fps cap option is definitely a smart move by the developers. At least one of these next-gen developers realized that a solid frame rate is better then a shitty frame rate constantly fluctuating between 60 and 40fps.


I would personally prefer a game with a solid 30fps with 1080p (or a game with a solid 60fps and 720p) over a game with a constantly fluctuating unstable frame rate in 1080p, it just ruins the immersion IMO when a game's frame rate is constantly unstable.

anarky23
anarky23

Every next gen game should have photo mode. It's practically made for the whole sharing thing.

chuckles471
chuckles471

I only noticed the slow down when you use the neon "Karma bomb" against a lot of enemies.  Apart from that the framerate seems good.

triton1977
triton1977

What do you think Delsins two new powers will be in the DLC? 

1) Power of the cloud and DX12

2) Power of crack and heroine

3) Power of no MP and only 30fps

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

The power of Playstation, 30 fps. 


Will the ponies now admit that 30 fps is acceptable?

bouff
bouff

That photo mode looks amazing. Can't wait to mess around with that.

nparks
nparks

So they are admitting that their "1080p" games don't really run at 60fps consistently?  That is shocking, given how much they've invested in 1080pr.

Marky360
Marky360

Man I just got a PS4 saturday along with Infamous 2nd Son and I'm totally loving it. Never been a huge Infamous fan thought the first 2 were average at best but 2nd Son is awesome. These seem like some really nice additions but I gotta admit I have never noticed any difference in the frame rate in this game. It plays perfectly smoothly to me with no significant drops or rises so I doubt I cap the frame rate at 30 might just try it out to see if there's really any discernable difference but as far as my experiences go I can never tell any difference in anything that's over 30FPS. All in all though this game is great and these new additions are welcome.

monson21502
monson21502

is any one still playing this game? this seems like a pretty worthless update for the devs to make on a game with no replay value at all. well maybe all the sony loveres who paid 60 bucks for this 3 day rental with enjoying playing it again at a locked 30FPS i guess. i mean what else could they do?

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

Every game should have the option to cap FPS off at 30. I for one do not like fluctuating framerates and not ONE game on either consoles plays at a constant 60 FPS. 


30 FPS is perfectly fine as long as it's locked and doesn't drop below 30. 60 FPS is overrated. 

roganth
roganth

@VenkmanPHD Some people don't like the look of 60 FPS, 30 FPS looks more natural.  I play GW2 on my PC which can do 70FPS+ but I cap it at 30 because 60 seems strange/annoying to my eyes

West123
West123

@VenkmanPHD  really??? isn't it obvious why??


its because when it drops from 60 to 30 you notice it!!! 

some people hate slow down and would rather have it fixed

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

@kratreon21 Completely agree. A higher resolution is nice, yet if it's lower, most usually can cope with it. A lower framerate on the other hand can completely ruin a game in my opinion. This is coming from a PC gamer. Performance over visuals any day of the week.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@AyatollaofRnR  Ponywolf (waitwhat) here. /flicks mane


FPS never mattered to me, resolution does. 30-60 FPS is fine.


That is all.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@monson21502 Not all of us have the time/lackofalife to spend 3 straight days doing nothing but playing infamous.

Bought the game on launch, barely have had enough time to play with the neon power.

@$$...

NTM23
NTM23

@monson21502  


No, I'm not playing it anymore. I just took it off the system last night. I mean, I'll probably go back at some point, but I don't know when.

Marky360
Marky360

@monson21502  

Whoa dude u gotta be nuts this games freaking awesome and this is coming from someone who didn't even like the Infamous series that much before playing this one. The main campaign does feel a little short but the game has more then enough content to justify replaying over and over not to mention the free paper trail DLC. So either you don't like good games, are lying about your true feelings or have never even actually played this game.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@monson21502 believe it or not, games continue to sell for more than just one month after they launch

it's also possible that some sort of substantial DLC will be released, a la Infamous 2: Festival of Blood, in which case the update features would still be of some value, for those who have already played the base game to death

9garr
9garr

@monson21502  well some people like to enjoy games, and play them over time!

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@roganth @VenkmanPHD  30 does not look more natural. Nothing about frames per second looks natural, because frames don't exist in RL. 30 is closer to the 24 used in movies, and a steady 30 is easier to achieve in 1080p. I don't personally have a problem with 30 outside of fighting games, racing, and fast-paced shooters. 30 CAN feel more cinematic in a RPG or adventure game.

billlabowski
billlabowski

@West123 @VenkmanPHD  He's right. And with this game, couped with aged console hardware, you see the framerate drop quite a lot. 60fps with these consoles will be a thing of the past in a year.

kratreon21
kratreon21

@billlabowski


From a gameplay standpoint, yes, a solid framerate is more important than 1080p resolution. 

I'm not saying 1080p is a bad thing to have in a game but if I were a developer looking to make a high quality game from a gameplay stand-point I would prioritize having a solid framerate (and therefore nice smooth gameplay) over 1080p if it came down to having to choose either one.

ahpuck
ahpuck

@Marky360 @monson21502You must be new around here. Monson21502 is one of GSpots oldest resident trolls. Anytime you see a SONY story, you're bound to find him there, spewing his hate and stupidity.

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@Warlord_Irochi @sladakrobot @Rushaoz  This was true for last gen because the technology and architecture was new. But not this gen. These are essentially x86 machines. PC games have been developed since forever. There's nothing new to figure out. The only thing that can be optimized are game engines themselves. I'm expecting these consoles to hit their hardware limits within the next 3 years. 

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@sladakrobot @Rushaoz  That's what I'm saying. No one bicthed and moaned about games not running at 60 FPS last gen, and now it's like everyone expects it. It's impossible, No AAA game will run at stable, constant 60 FPS. Even on PC, if you want a 60 FPS minimum at 1080p you need a $500 780ti. 


These aren't gaming PCs. I think devs should cap off at 30 FPS and use that remaining horsepower for higher details and visuals. I do it on my PC all the time. 


If I cap at 30 FPS I can play BF4 on ultra 1080p. If I want 60 FPS, I have to drop my resolution to 900p and drop the settings to high. And even then I still drop to the lower 50's when shit gets heavy, 


If people are expecting 60 FPS, this console generation will end earlier then last gen. 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@sladakrobot @RushaozThat is something worth debating certainly. I think although both machines could handle it maybe the studios became too ambitious with the graphics with hopes of showing what they were able to program. There is only so much you can do at this point and I'm not talking about tools here, but about the tricks you learn by mastering the system
Basically it is what Rockstar said with GTAV and their "it would be impossible to make this game on current gen 2 years ago, but now we have our tricks"