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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I'm really starting to think that Sony cares more for its 1080p PR crap rather than favoring gameplay.

I mean, everyone has been saying that playing at 60fps is a game changer, mostly people playing on PCs, so I would like to think that developers believe the same, that 60 fps is a better deal, but they seem to be forced to make every single game on the PS4 to run at 1080p no matter the performance and game experience.

I can say, that playing DS2 on pc at 60fps for the first time was incredible, the game felt so responsive.

I would like to imagine how responsive would've Bloodborne felt if it was locked at 60fps too, but Thruth is, that no matter how brilliant Miyazaki is creating games, his team always struggle with frame rates.

Anyway, I'm not a fan of the Uncharted Games, I only played the Zombie version of it, and while I loved the story, the gameplay wasn't really amazing, but that's just my opinion and I'm sure a lot of people are going to enjoy the last adventure of Nathan Drake.

Cheers.

Edit: Lol, I never noticed this...

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I really want to be angry at the devs for making the environments so detailed that they can't pull off a better framerate. But, in their defense, they have to make the games look so amazing for the wow factor at shows like E3. The devs really can't win.

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I think anyone who complains that its 30fps obviously hasn't seen how good the game play looks, No console game will look that good until naughty dog make another game, Last of us 2 maybe?.

It isn't just about graphics but naughty dog get everything right too and their games are worth the wait as nothing else compares to them, the last of us was the best game of last gen and uncharted 4 will likely be the best game next year.

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@xxdavidxcx87: Tomb Raider looks better than uncharted 4 that's a fact

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@smackdowner360: I think you need to get your facts straight because your "fact" is straight up opinion.

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Previous Uncharted's were 30fps. Why did people think this would be different? If they used the PS3 graphics they could get 60fps. They are obviously upgrading everything(polygon counts, textures, scale, particles etc) so not sure why people are acting like its a big deal.

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Preorder cancelled , can't go back after the last of us, just do the same again, **** graphics, damn PlayStation Elistest ruining gaming with their pixel counting all they care about.

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@namitokiwa: care ? I don't want mor0n affections nor did i ask for it.

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@BabeNewelll: So Stay at home okay. I don't want you get infected by full of Mor0n out here :(

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@namitokiwa: stay at home yourself wouldn't you spreading it outside, keep it contained.

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@BabeNewelll: wow really you cancelled your pre order cause its not running at 60fps, you might wanna play Bloodborne and re think your logic. Not that there is any point in pre ordering at the moment as its a long way off.

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@BabeNewelll: funny thing is the last of us looks great

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@nic332: Exactly , I don't see the point of 30 fps when TLoU looks so good.

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@BabeNewelll: Really? c'mon! the last of us looks great by last gen standards but as a current gen game its a mere average. Yeah sure the game runs great(60FPS) but that's about it. Uncharted 4 on the other hand... Is something else. This is the kind of graphics and experience we were promised when next -gen was first revealed( back in 2012-The star wars 1313 first reveal) And I'm REALLY excited that its finally happening. That other developers out there working on the current gen platform will see that Yes! it can be done, and stop being lazy and making excuses that the hardware is too weak and that the best we can get are only slightly improved textures, resolutions and only a few FPS Counts to what we already had.

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To be honest, I wasn't really expecting Uncharted 4 single player to be running at 60fps from the start. 1080p/30fps is okay but like I said, I just want to have a satisfying single player gameplay that I can enjoy from the previous Uncharted, I'm okay not having 60fps. Please see Infamous: Second Son since that game was fun and it was beautiful.

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@davillain-: yeah, but it wasnt 60 fps either though and u4 looks far more amazing then infamous does. hell do you remember what infamous ran like before it was patched?

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@davillain-: like

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Edited By WookiePower4K

So the game is running at normal console framerates... I think I'll save my heart attack for something else.

As staggeringly beautiful as Infamous Second Son was, you will forget about framerates the moment you play this.

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Could you give us an option for 720p/60fps? It's about the same number of pixels per second and I'd much prefer it.

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@Naylord: they could've probably done it with 900p 60fps but they feel people care more about 1080 likes it some magic number

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@iammcgruber: If they didn't make it 60 fps what makes you think they could have at 900p. That wouldn't have changed much..

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@iammcgruber: "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."

Please, people: read.

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@Arkhalipso: or in short there is no way we could make this run on an under powered £350 games console at 60fps it just doesn't have what it takes. That would have being more accurate.

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@dockgamer36: I wounder what it would take to run U4 at 60 fps on PC.

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@Arkhalipso: Or they could have just lowered the resolution; 720p at 60fps involves pushing the same number of pixels per second so the same amount of graphical work is done. 60fps is much more beneficial to most games than 1080p but 1080p is just too damn much of a marketing buzzword.

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Wow. Can't even reach 60 fps on a first party exclusive. That's disappointing. Now if any future games are 1080p and 30 fps on both consoles no one can say the X1 is holding the PS4 version back. And if they do, we just need to reference this article to know that they're simply misinformed and talking nonsense.

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@moose-fitz: Jesus.. You're one of those people who care about graphics more then gameplay...

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@moose-fitz: It is publishers that are holding gaming back. They insist games are pushed out at certain times with strict deadlines just to meet their sales figures for that year, which leaves the developers scrambling to finish and give it an "Eh, good enough" attitude. They said in the article that they didn't have enough time to really optimize it to the systems full potential.

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So basically they aren't making the game optimized at 60fps because they didn't have time?

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@NorseLax09: no, the ps4 couldn't handle the sp component at 60

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@nic332: It literally says in the article that they didn't shoot for 60fps because it would take too long...

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@nic332: That's not what the article said. They said it could, but it would take optimization that they don't have time for.

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Edited By quebec946

im not buying a ps4 or xbox one if they only aim at squeezing out graphics juice at an unplayable unstable 30 fps downing to 20 fps instead of performance which is stupid because the hardware using low end cpu is not made for pushing the graphics

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@quebec946: Yup,its disappointing. Ive never really been a huge fps/graphics guy because i value gameplay over the visuals of a game but i feel we should have both at this point.

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@seco_the_2nd: If you value gameplay you should value framerate too.

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@beepbep: Yea, I guess.

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I don't think they could maintain 60fps with the amount of detail in this game. Locked 30fps will have to suffice.

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@GamerYnoX:

I don't think they could maintain 60fps.

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Edited By Billzihang

Console gamers should make their voices heard.

Do you want lesser graphics, but 60fps? Or better graphics and 30?

Me personally on PC prefer to sacrifice some of the visual niceties to get that 60-ish fps.

I'm sorry but 'variable' 60fps.. yea, maybe when you look up at the sky it goes to 60.

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@billzihang: Im primarily a PC gamer but I was really looking forward to this. Knowing the benefit of 60fps. Id much rather have the graphics take a hit!

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Obviously.

Who actually thought that this would be 60fps?

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