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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@lonesamurai1: They're just graphics...

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@lonesamurai1: LOL, graphics are not enough to make it so you wouldn't want to BUY the game... its just 30 fps...

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@lonesamurai1:

"The objective for us is just to make the best experience," game director says.

So it's kinda hard having this big game with 60 FPS, it's like getting F4 to run 60 FPS which is IMPOSSIBLE

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@lonesamurai1: Yes, for this kind of game, the PS4 is not strong enough to run it, perhaps we can see stronger consoles in the future.

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@lonesamurai1: I'd say 5-10...

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@lonesamurai1: If we're lucky, the PS5 will be 4K at last, yet games will still probably play at 30 FPS.

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"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."

Blablabla, all PR talk. Just say the consoles are too weak to handle 60 FPS.

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Of course it is the best decision because you can't deny it, the new consoles are quite weak.

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0 fps on X1

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@repetitious: Just like the PS4 runs Sunset Overdrive at 0fps

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@repetitious: Wow, salty....

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@genocide_223: that's your tears you're tasting.

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@hood_honky: Oh zing! That was a great comeback, you really got me there....

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@genocide_223: it was brought to you in 1080p

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@@hood_honky: Ahh that magic number that gives you fanboys an erection...This game would have been better off dropped to 900p at 60 fps. Instead, ND chose to "break" the game by limiting to 30.

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@genocide_223: keep up them tears and Noah will have to build another ark

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@hood_honky: Jeez, you're a clever one. I saw the gameplay demo for this game...it will take more than 1080/60fps to interest me in this CoD fest of a game.

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@genocide_223: COD? You've definitely ain't even watching this.

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@hood_honky: What did we see in the trailer? Highly scripted action sequences taking place within narrow confines, the protagonist gunning down droves of enemies who proceed to run towards him using boring military weapons, fast recharging health for a common person. Then you have all of the parts where the military car manages to blast through a wall/show up right at the very last minute. This was basically CoD in 3rd person. Looks fun for one play through, though totally useless for a second due to the fact that the game runs on such tight rails.

OHH, I forgot the scripted melee scenes as well. All of it is basically a generic action movie. Aside from polished animations and graphics, the trailer was really unimpressive.

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@repetitious: Who cares, Domino's Pizza tracker runs a flawless 4K/120hz

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Damn. Well, looks like this game is going to bomb because from what I've heard, a game is trash unless it's 1080p/60fps. Or was that just a 2013 thing when everyone thought that's what all the games were going to perform at on the PS4 until reality hit?

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Lol, PS4 can't even handle 60fps in SP

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@FastRobby: OH GOD this is too good to keep it to myself: Fanboy much?

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@Arkhalipso: Did I create this post? Nope I didn't keep salty with the indiestation 4

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@FastRobby: I can't find any reason that could make xshit fanboy like you bragging about his x shit console

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@FastRobby: You're the only one salty here. I'm just pointing out how much of a fanboy you are and how irrelevant is whatever you say.

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@Arkhalipso: Not really a fanboy. I've played the Uncharted series, most overrated series ever... UC1 and 3 weren't great, just OK, and UC2 was a lot of fun. The hype for UC4 would indicate that UC1-3 were amazing, which they weren't. Very mediocre game.

Not even sure how the "bash topic" relates to here... I haven't created this article. So you are wrong on two levels... I feel for you though. Not only did you put so much effort in trying to making me look bad, you also completely failed. I hope life will treat you better in the coming days, or maybe it's just karma.

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@Arkhalipso: How is it a fanboy thing if he is bashing the system?? Or do you go on a wild assumption that he is a fanboy of xbox? or PC?

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I agree a steady locked 30fps is better than 60fps that jumps all over the place causing stutters. I'm playing Arkham Knight on PS4 and its 30fps, but it feels good cause it's very steady, except when driving, but it's incredible the detail Naughty Dog is pulling off with all the physics and there is no stuttering, that's awesome!

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@Kennybob: That's easily the most ridiculous thing I've heard anyone say in these comment sections... You know literally zero about what FPS is.

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@ThatPjYouKnow21: I just don't like console games that have an irregular frame rate, whether it's 30fps or 60fps, I like it when you don't even notice the frame rate cause it's completely steady without a hiccup, although nowadays that's a rarity, unless your gaming on PC

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@Kennybob: ... That has to be the dumbest thing I have read all year. Even worse than the Monopoly Movie tagline.

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30 FPS! I didn't buy a ps4 to play games at 30 fps. If that's the case I might as well get a Xbox one or wii u. All the lies. Sony is awesome at building hype though. Now I bet ps4 owners will say that that stuff doesn't matter -_-

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@Noved23: lol! you are an idiot then! Anyone who cares about 60fps up until this point has been a PC player and back when the hardware specs were released it was obvious 60fps would be rare if at all.

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@Noved23: The funny thing is there are going to be more 1080p/60fps games on XB1 than PS4 by the end of this year.

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@grognard66 said:

@Noved23: The funny thing is there are going to be more 1080p/60fps games on XB1 than PS4 by the end of this year.

I'd watch it with the senseless bragging. As far as this generation has been going, it wouldn't shock me if Halo 5 was released at 900p native at 30fps. Don't put any format above the other. All three have been full of disappointment since 2013.

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@Noved23: At first I thought you were making fun of all the fanboys who say the same thing over and over, and then I realised you were being serious.

Really, who buys a PS4 to play games at 60 FPS? You don't even own one.

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@Noved23: Buddy, if you didn't wanna be stuck with 30FPS or variable resolutions per game, then you should've went with PC. Consoles will always be lagging behind in the graphics department.

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@Noved23: "All the lies".

Yeah, because the XB1 and PC are so much better at maintaining that promise as well? If you're going to bitch like that, you need to attack everyone, and not just a third of the problem.

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