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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OMG IT'S THE 30 FRAMES!!! OH SWEET JESUS! WHY HATH THOU FORSAKEN US??

*pours gasoline over face and lights a match.....then gets reincarnated into a homeless guy in a 3rd world country*

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@edant79: +1

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@edant79: lol

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Either way, it's gonna be an amazing gaming experience. U gotta wonder why only FPS seem to be able to reach the 1080p 60 fps goal tho.

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@chris120379: temporal reprojection is why

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What's next? 900p/30fps? never played any uncharted, and probably this won't be the first I'll spend 60 bucks in.

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@DeathCrusher91: flagged for neglecting good games

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Really disappointing to hear this. The Last of Us Remastered on PS4 was so much more fun to play than the PS3 version because of the 60fps gameplay on PS4. This is taking a step back from that. At least the multiplayer is still 60fps, but this definitely lowers my excitement for this game.

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@Gunmaster51: It's a balance between graphics and performance.

It seems people must prefer higher fidelity over framerates.

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@billzihang: those people are retarded

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cant wait to see what the specs will be on xbone.

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@Mr_Mark_Legion: The framerate will be so high, nobody will even be able to perceive the picture. It will be like the game isn't even running.

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@Mr_Mark_Legion: You do realize that Uncharted is a PS4 exclusive, right?

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@TexasStuBaby: I thought it was sarcasm. We all know its a PS4 series.

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@bdrtfm: lol, yeah after I saw his Tomb Raider icon, I got it!

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@TexasStuBaby said:

@bdrtfm: lol, yeah after I saw his Tomb Raider icon, I got it!

Her. Legion is a female and I can confirm this.

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@davillain-: We need proof...

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@TexasStuBaby: u are a fool if u think this isnt a timed exclusive.

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@Mr_Mark_Legion: yeah tell him! because he should know that when Sony has the IP rights it is always a timed exclusive. Look at Bloodborne that is also coming to PC and x-bone at 4k infinite framerate and... Oh wait.

/sarcasm

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@Mr_Mark_Legion: haha yea I can't believe Sony stole this franchise from Microsoft by buying timed exclusivity.

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@Mr_Mark_Legion: wat...

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@Mr_Mark_Legion: wat...

You miss the joke son.

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This game looks more interesting and enjoyable than the previous 3 combined. Wish I could have gotten into the series so I could partake in the hype but whenever I try to force myself to play the series those endless waves of goons spawing out of the ground and rocks just make me quit every time.

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@bdrtfm: They are all available on the PS4 via their PS Now gimmick. I suggest you go play Uncharted 2 it was phenomenal. I'd say play all 3 but if you have to play only one, play 2.

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@theninjaguydon: Actually I already have all 3 games. I just can't get into them. I like to play games in order but, just can't get past the awful goon spawns in Drake's Fortune. Many people have said to give Among Thieves a try as its a little better but, as I said, I like to play series in the proper order. One of these days I'm hoping I'll get the patience to stick it out.

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@bdrtfm: Too bad the remastered aren't coming out until October. I wasn't too thrilled about playing last gen games when I have next gen consoles last year, but last summer i dug out the PS3 and bought all 3 Uncharted games and played them all over the next week or two. I enjoyed them thoroughly although I found the shooting mechanics in 3 a little clunky / un-smooth. Other than that, glad I played them all. For what it's worth. If you can't get past that, maybe just pick up the remastered in October.

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Consoles never cease to amaze me. I bet it enhances the "cinematic" feel of the game.

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The PS5 is going to be a pretty great console if this game, Ratchet and all the other 30fps PS4 exclusives will be remastered at 60fps

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How can you have a game like this run at 30 FPS???

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@Pelican170: Predictably, that's how.

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And no one was surprised that day. With the visuals they're trying to pull off, 60fps is impossible on PS4.

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Remember what they said about The Last of US Remastered when it came to 60 vs 30? They said going back to 30fps felt broken. Now they pull this ****

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All that marketing hype only to be stuck with 30fps.

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Useless

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Damn, gamers bitching about no 60fps is so old now. You don't like it, then stop playing video games. You guys are so ungrateful it's not even funny.

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@matt1williams: Or just play Phantom Pain - open world and 60fps

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@matt1williams: Or just play on PC.

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@twisted_outlawI have both PC and Ps4. I played batman arkham knight on PC and It was very good experience :p I have ps4 for exclusives, I played bloodborne, infamous with 30 fps and i felt nothing wrong. I think 60 fps is must for only Fighting, FPS, and Racing games. Not a big deal for 3rd person action-shooter story driven games.

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@onemanarmyasd: The gaming community needs more people like you.

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@matt1williams: It's a justifiable gripe though. When the PC has been able to run games at 60fps since the 90s, you'd think consoles would finally be able to match that performance by now.

No, 30fps isn't "game-breaking" as so many senselessly claim, but 60fps should have been the norm during the PS3/XBOX 360 generation.

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@Xirtahm: well good PCs cost a lot more than consoles so its justifiable but then again i still want 60fps

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@matt1williams: Ungrateful?? Lol, are they giving this to me for free? NO!! We are a consumer and we have a right to complain about a product if we feel its not up to standards.

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Can someone please explain or refresh my memory...

When the hell did anybody ask for photo mode in games?

I mean WHY?

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@juancho: I agree. Can you ever view your photos on the PS4? I tried this once or twice and it seemed the only option is to upload it to some social media type garbage.

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@juancho: Yea i dont see the point either. Honestly, I never even press the share button on my ps4 controller. Then again, im pretty unsociable online, and I rarely would ever use those screen capturing features.

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@uncha1n3d: I've pressed the share button about 3 times since I bought my ps4. Two of those times was by accident, the third was the initial "what the hell does this do"

Hear you about unsociable online, same here...

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Ahahaha they act as if they even had a choice.... It's either you dumb your graphics down to make it a fun, smooth experience, or give the peasants a choppy experience that they'll buy into. And we know which they'll choose.

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