Uncharted 4 Is a "Technical Powerhouse," Analysis Says

"The best-looking console game we've ever tested."

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With Uncharted 4: A Thief's End scheduled to come out tomorrow, May 10, Digital Foundry has now posted its technical analysis for the long-awaited PlayStation 4 action-adventure game. The site gushed about the game, saying it raises the bar for current-generation games.

"This is a must-play experience that delivers the rare mix of pitch perfect gameplay and high-end visuals," Digital Foundry said. "Uncharted 4 is the technical powerhouse we've been waiting for."

"The set-pieces are more impressive, the maps larger, the characters and environments more detailed and the gameplay mechanics are richer than ever before. This is the real deal."

Uncharted 4 runs on the latest version of Naughty Dog's proprietary engine, which, this time around, allows for an "almost obscene wealth of new rendering features," Digital Foundry said.

The game runs at 1080p/30fps for its campaign and 900p/60fps for multiplayer. Regarding the campaign visuals, Digital Foundry said, "Uncharted 4 delivers the best image quality we've seen in a console game to date."

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"Thin edges are remarkably clean, shader aliasing is almost non-existent, and shimmering is all but eliminated," the site explained. "Large, complex fields of detailed foliage remain razor sharp even at a distance while finer details on Nate's weapons remain clearly visible."

On the subject of character rendering, Digital Foundry said Uncharted 4 looks better in this department than games like Halo 5: Guardians, Quantum Break, and Rise of the Tomb Raider. "Uncharted 4 pushes things even further," it said.

According to the report, skin and fat "bend and move realistically," while Drake's shirt will react to the wind as it should. "Even his chest hair is impacted by the wind," Digital Foundry said.

Digital Foundry's full report offers a deep, deep dive into Uncharted 4's technical performance, touching on things like its use of real-time cutscenes and how the AI is smarter this time around, among other things. The report wasn't completely positive, however, as it also mentioned long load times and a photo mode that is not as robust as it could have been. Additionally, Digital Foundry said shadow quality could be better.

But overall, Uncharted 4 blew Digital Foundry away.

"There is a clear dedication to excellence here and it has paid off and Uncharted 4 is the best-looking console game we've ever tested," it said.

Uncharted 4 launches on May 10 exclusively for PlayStation 4. Reviews for the game started to show up last week, and critics are handing out high praise. It is the last game in the series Naughty Dog plans to make and the final one that stars Nathan Drake. However, there could be an Uncharted 5.

GameSpot scored Uncharted 4 a 10/10.

"In its writing, in its design, in its understanding of what makes games unique, Uncharted 4 is something to aspire to," critic Mike Mahardy said. "It's a shining example. And we'll be talking about it for years to come."

For more on the game's critical reception, check out this review roundup.

In other news, co-director Bruce Straley has advised against rushing through Uncharted 4. "Take your time. Its not like the last three. Don't try to gobble it down in one sitting. Settle in. Enjoy the moment," he said.

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Ka-BOOM!!!

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30 fps isn't a technical powerhouse.

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@Defender1978: but you haven't played the game so how would you know? To me it seems like they are praising how good the game looks despite only being 30fps. Maybe the framerate is extremely smooth at 30fps, I've heard it described as the "smoothest 30fps game."

And likewise Quantum Break was criticized for its low resolution, I believe it is only 720p with some upscaling, but the game still looks great. Stop worrying about numbers and just use your eyes. The numbers don't tell you the whole story.

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@scottyp360: I'm sure that UC4 will be wonderful, but 30 fps isn't a technical powerhouse.

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@Defender1978: Please read the article lol

Do it for Crum xD

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@louixiii: Crom

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@Defender1978: Crum, Crom....same guy. Bottom line, read the article lol

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@louixiii: Read the article and it isn't a technical powerhouse. Crum and Crom aren't the same, but you'd know that if you read it.

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@Defender1978: Well according to Digital-Foundry, it is. Why is that hard to accept? I'm still waiting for a game that's ONLY on PC that can knock it out. I don't think there is one lol

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@Defender1978: I was going to say this, but I heard the framerate is consistent? I do detect a bit of fanboyism in the review, but its a graphically impressive game with all the effects. I'll admit, who is going to pay attention to chest hair does go through my mind, but its an interesting tech demonstration.

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@Veemon_X: Seems to be quite consistent, though some open sea scenes were showing drops in DF analysis.

I don't think that they have applied proper physics on chest hair... they did these fancy tricks before, that looked extremely convincing. In U2, top of the hotel in that Nepal city, Nathan's hair was moving in the wind. A small thing, but you see, I remember it still - and I remember how cool it looked like back then when I was playing U2 on PS3.

These little attentions to details... so ND.

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@Veemon_X: It was mentioned to point out the LEVEL OF DETAIL that was put into this game. Minute details like that is what sets it apart from the rest of the pack

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@Veemon_X: At first the mention of Chest Hair moving in the wind was strange...

Then, it hit me that its awesome that's even possible...

It's the small details of life I suppose... We're all just Chest Hair in the Wind...

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@dinosaur_teeth: Do his pubes blow in the wind as well? How about his willy?

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@bfeinberg: Your question is Wonka..

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@bfeinberg: why is that even your thought process? Says a lot about you.

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@dinosaur_teeth: lol "All we are...are hairs in the wind...hairs in the wind..."

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@louixiii: You got it...

Nice job man...

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@dinosaur_teeth: lol xD

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@Defender1978: And your an expert at making video games? 30fps is needed for all the effects and graphics to work, they've mentioned this before when asked why only multiplayer was 60fps... troll on.

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@savage: Understood. Not trying to troll. "30fps is needed for all the effects and graphics to work" therefore it is not a technical powerhouse.

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Can't wait!

"the AI is smarter this time around"

Noooo! I swear the snipers were already clairvoyant haha

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Xbox One is unable to produce these kind of visuals. The system is simply too weak.

The PS4 is at least 40% more powerful than the Xbone and Uncharted 4 showcased us the undeniable fact. Fact that X1 owners will have a very hard time accepting.

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@silversix_: Looks like lots of XBOX One owners know their boxes aren't quite as powerful as the PS4 (including myself since I own both), so it sounds like you have once again been proven wrong Silversix. Maybe get your head out of Sony's ass long enough to stop fanboi'in.

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@silversix_: You are getting way ahead of yourself with the 40% difference.

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@Cryio: That is pretty close but in real terms doesn't equate to as much difference as people think. If PS4 was really that powerful there would be no talk of the Neo coming out as it wouldn't be needed.

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@silversix_: Hey...I'm a Xbox owner and I don't have a hard time dealing with the truth...so now what?

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@silversix_: what does xbox have to do with this? take Yoshida's sack outta you mouth for a few hours and maybe go play the game?

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@silversix_: I know my Xbone is less powerful than my PS4. I enjoy them both a lot but for some reason I play my Xbone way more than my PS4. That says something for how good the system is regardless of it being less powerful. Also it's probably closer to 20% than 40%.

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@silversix_: Nobody cares. Obsessed with console/PC wars much?

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@silversix_: I think i will cut them a bit of slack on shadows. before i got a 980ti i had alot of problems with shadow rendering in high detail on PC as well. It's a very GPU taxing thing. Looking forward to playing this game tonight in any case.

It is a shame it only runs at 30 fps though but as it's not a platformer like Ratchet and Clank and not an FPS like Doom i'm hoping it doesn't matter as much.

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@silversix_: Lol, I hope you don't plan on having your career in the tech field in any way.

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@silversix_: I know my XBone is less powerful than my PS4, wouldn't say by 40%, 15 to 20% maybe. Has not prevented me from having fun with it,.

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"Even his chest hair is impacted by the wind,"

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@xenomorphalien: Say it again...."Even his chest hair is IMPACTED by the wind,"

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@louixiii: If you look closely, you can even see his chest hairs stick up when he's nervous.

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@xenomorphalien: LMAO!!!

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@louixiii: Like a wisdom tooth.

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@pongley: lol you're terrible

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Would anyone be upset if this collection ended up getting ported to PC in the future? I wouldnt. I'm all for exclusives, but this collection should be played by all and for those techies, in 4k or whatever.

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@joshrmeyer: It just won't happen , Sony protects this Franchise and they know it helps sell PS4's. Anything from Naughty Dog is highly unlikely to make it to PC. To be honest it is one of the reasons i got a PS4 just to play the Uncharted series as they are some of my favourite games of all time. It's as close as we are ever likely to get to Indiana Jones these days as a game.

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@joshrmeyer: It'd be nice if they did but it looks like I'll be dusting off my PS4 tomorrow to play this.

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@joshrmeyer: Doesn't Sony own Naughty Dog? At this stage I figure the PC is more of a competitor for them than the Xbone. Having said that, they do make more money from publishing and royalties than the consoles themselves, so maybe it is worth their while. It would certainly do something to undercut Microsoft's unified platforms thing since there'd be even less reason to buy and Xbox over a PC.

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