Uncharted 4 Single-Player Is 1080p/30FPS; Photo Mode Confirmed

The multiplayer mode, however, is targeting 60fps, Naughty Dog confirms.

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As suspected, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End's single-player mode will not run at 60fps.

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During a Q&A session today following an extended gameplay demo, Naughty Dog developers confirmed that, after much deliberation, it was decided that the campaign will run in 1080p at a locked 30fps.

"We had a really long, involved conversation about it with all the leads and directors," co-lead designer Anthony Newman said. "We just realized that, for the game we wanted to make, to make the best game possible, [30fps] was just something that we had to do."

Kurt Margenau, Uncharted 4's other co-lead designer added, "We want to have the best-looking game. To have it be consistent, locked 30fps." Newman jumped back in: "To me, a locked 30fps is way better than a variable 60fps."

He went on to list more reasons why 60fps could be problematic.

"If we wanted to hit a locked 60fps, there's a lot of optimizations in the environments that would have to happen," Newman explained. "This would make each level take longer to make. The same amount of geometry would take longer to make because it would have to be so heavily optimized. And so that could end up having story repercussions. 'We want to have this scene, but we don't have the time to make the environment.' It's a feature, like any other, and you have to consider it against everything else."

Uncharted 4's multiplayer mode, however, is targeting 60fps. This is the same figure that Naughty Dog said it was aiming for back at E3.

A beta for Uncharted 4's multiplayer mode will be available prior to the game's release next year. You can guarantee yourself a spot in the beta by purchasing the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection, which launches in October for PlayStation 4.

Naughty Dog also announced today that Uncharted 4 will have a Photo Mode. Additional details about this feature will be announced later.

For lots more on Uncharted 4--which launches in 2016-- check out GameSpot's in-depth interview with co-director Neil Druckmann.

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The only ones who care about this are xbox fanboys. 1080p 30fps locked is no problem. Game will look and play great, as usual for Naughty Dog. On top of that, it will be a classic.

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@reduc_ab_: said the sony fanboy.

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@EcksTheory: The point is, this is a Sony article, meant for Sony fanboys. So please close the door behind you.

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@EcksTheory: said the xbox fanboy. See how this works?

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@reduc_ab_: no, he doesnt... fanboys often times dont recognize or cant or allow themselves to be called or out themselves as fanboys because its an insult which they fling... much like how humdinger used to go about it. they always play that victim card the first chance they get too...

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Well, I watch movies at 24fps so 30fps is no big deal. Would I like to have 60fps? Oh, of course. But if the game is awesome at 30fps, so be it. I will play it. Fun factor is all that matters to me.

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@Fhiend: More justifying from FANBOYS

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@Fhiend: not the same thing. movie frames blend together, computer game frames are like a flip book. Last of us on ps4 runs at 60 and 30. turn on 60 and turn the camera to look at the surrounding local. then switch it to 30 and do the same. The difference is staggering.

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@EcksTheory said:

@Fhiend: not the same thing. movie frames blend together, computer game frames are like a flip book.

your understanding of this is wildly incorrect.

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@EcksTheory: That is what motion blur is for. Most console games started using motion blur mid way through last gen for this exact reason. It helps blend the frames together.

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@Fhiend: Movies aren't interactive. 30fps can be fine for quite a few games. Games with a lot of fast shooting would not be in that list, unfortunately.

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@Zloth2: Yes you are right. I guess since I dont play fast shooting games any more, it dosent really affect me. Again, like I said, if the game is great, 30FPS will be fine. Awesome 30fps gameplay will beat crap 60fps gameplay any day.

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Perhaps they will get up to 60 fps with next-next gen consoles.

Doesn't bother me, I just expect console games to still run at 30 fps and that way I'm never disappointed. The best part about console games is I can just borrow them from friends or rent them for cheap.

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I'm disappointed that ND is keeping it safe with UC4. Looks like more of the same with better graphics. You have a new platform and just keeping it safe seems like the Sony 1st party way which is a bummer.

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@heartyoumeus: They said that they can still do but they have to optimize everything in the game and they don't have time for that. I think the budget has a limit. And they choose the safe way to deliver the best game for PS4.

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@heartyoumeus: Err, most companies play it safe when it comes to sequels to their big franchises, no?

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@Stogin: not in the land of make believe... seriously though just the mere mention of cod trying to ADD something resembling a coherent story makes news.

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OK, I'm going to be an asshole about this, sorry if I offend anyone and my apologizes to anyone but this is utmost ridiculous. Instead of worrying about graphics. They should pay more attention to performance. I personally prefer better performance. 60fps should be a must on all next-gen games not graphics...yeah, yeah you can cry and moan that graphics are everything....But lets be real, because of graphics and the devs paying attention to graphics games these days. (Looking at Ubisoft -- AC: Unity & WB Games -- Batman) the game does not run well. This is annoying to hear. Why the hell promise people that you can make your games run at 1080p -- 60fps naive. If you can't do both. Focus on one thing, which is performance. Instead of the gamers out there moaning and crying about graphics...Complain to the devs about 60fps.

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@kereke12: "If we wanted to hit a locked 60fps, there's a lot of optimizations in the environments that would have to happen" - Naughty Dogs. It means that they still can hit 60fps but the limited time they have plus a lot of works to optimize everything in the game will bring maybe double time they are having now.
So they sacrifice the 60fps, but instead they still make the game run well on PS4. Look at all the exclusives of PS4 especially Infamous second son. Did you see the smoothly gameplay without any lags from it on PS4?
I think the performance will be better than ACU for sure because they are 1st party company NOT 3rd party companies.

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@kereke12: They can't, because the consoles aren't strong enough to do so. This time around these companies brought budget specs instead of state-of-the-art technologie they used to bring with their consoles. How Konami managed to get MGSV look that great and at 60 FPS is beyond me, though.

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Tomb Raider on the XOne is going to be 1080p/30FPS and it looks better than uncharted 4.Yet sony fanboys said 30FPS was unacceptable for this gen.Now uncharted 4 can only do 30FPS and sony fanboys are like all that's plenty that's perfect.How much more pathetic can you get lol

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I play them all consoles and PC, but I do have preferences for certain games and/or game types.

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@smackdowner360: XBOX FANBOY ALERT

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@smackdowner360: Probably as pathetic as your usual fanboy posts...

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@smackdowner360: You people make up stuff just to be a fanboy. I guess it is the fanboy way.

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@smackdowner360: "Tomb Raider on XOne... looks better than Uncharted 4". What the hell are you smoking?

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@hoard_moard: Like!

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@Stogin: id like some too... pass the peace pipe brother.

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A Photo mode at 0.1 fps for the sheep brigades viewing pleasure.

(btw sheep, screenshots came as standard back in 1982 on PC´s and has been there ever since)

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@semi74: 1982!? Back then "PC" would mean an Apple, Commodore 64, or Atari 400/800. That screenshot would have to get saved to a floppy disk! I think you need to push that year up a decade.

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@Zloth2: Really want to put so much likes buttom for you =))

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@Zloth2 said:

@semi74: 1982!? Back then "PC" would mean an Apple, Commodore 64, or Atari 400/800. That screenshot would have to get saved to a floppy disk! I think you need to push that year up a decade.

lol "like"

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And this is why I never bought a 'next gen' console...It's probably more of the same. I thought Uncharted was overrated, although 2 was fun. Like The Last of Us, they're quick time event simulators.

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Oh look, another thread filled with tweeny drama.

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At least they gave a heads up.

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30fps is perfectly fine as long as it's a console exclusive, which I will never buy.

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@pseudopsiakite: i imagine your life being an empty one... here have a fig...

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Just imagine if Ps4 homed the 7950, which is at least 40% more powerful than their mobile 7850. Wish MS and Sony priced the consoles $100 more with that type of power.

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seriously we are still doing this? Worst part of this gen is articles about frames and P's and less about gamplay. Who cares, is it fun?

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@kcswanko: Its because regardless of how good a game is, playing it at 30fps is fucking jarring as hell, especially when you're used to playing games at 60-100 fps. Hell I play FFXIV and it never dips below 150 fps on my pc. 30 fps is just too obvious to me and its jarring as hell. It looks terrible and it feels sluggish whenever I play a game on the console and its 30 fps.

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@kcswanko said:

seriously we are still doing this? Worst part of this gen is articles about frames and P's and less about gamplay. Who cares, is it fun?

Well blame PS4 fanboys for making such a big deal about 1080p 60fps..

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@sadisticg: that would be pc elitists and that would be 2008 when they had the newer versions of gpus that went into the then new generation of consoles.

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@leviathanwing said:

@sadisticg: that would be pc elitists and that would be 2008 when they had the newer versions of gpus that went into the then new generation of consoles.

That has nothing to do with console.. A big selling point and bragging point for PS4 fanboys is the 1080p 60p... Thats all you hear from them.. Meanwhile very few games on the PS4 run at 1080p and 60fps..

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@leviathanwing said:

@sadisticg: that would be pc elitists and that would be 2008 when they had the newer versions of gpus that went into the then new generation of consoles.

exactly.

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@sadisticg: haha, true

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@traviekid: fanboys don't make the articles. Blame yourself, you half-wit.

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we could but it'd take too long.....ND seems pretty good at milking stuff these days maybe they'll release a 60fps version later down the road.

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@weFest0507: lets see 2 sequels to one of the very finest series to be released and another on the way and an acclaimed original ip that has a rumored sequel to come out sometime in the future... yep sure sounds like milking to me.

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@weFest0507: Hmmm! Instead of releasing an HD version with higher resolution graphics, you release the SG version with smoother graphics! Brilliant, weFest! I'll email your suggestion to all the major publishers. ;)

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[cinematic gameplay intensifies]

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