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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Zzzzzzz..... Linear. QTE and scripted event ridden corridor shooter with some of the worst AI ever in video games and a generic rehashed story, Uncharted in a nut shell. Naughty Frauds care less about interesting game design and mechanics and more about giving Nathan Drake 300 different ways to scratch his ass.

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all games should try to have a photo mode. really dissapointed the witcher 3 didnt have a photo mode gotta settle for crappy angles when i do something worthy of capture or when you come across great scenery.

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HOW BOUT 60 MAIN GAME??MP 30??ITS A SINGLE PLAY GAME since 07??God of War SINGLE play game??Multi KILL it??Soooo if Naughty learn frm Santa Moni da MAIN focus is SINGLE PLAY??60fps Main game 30 Multi PERIOD??

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@lilj2626:

You're a fool with no sense of the technicalities. Shouting won't get you what you want. Reality determines that you get. If they went for 60fps they would have to lock the levels down to a linear restricted on-rails style of gameplay. Bad. Avoiding 60fps means they can make larger sand box levels with multiple routes to give the player more freedom and choice. Good.

Gameplay always rules over graphics. Naughty Dog understand that which is one of the reasons why they are the leading game developer in the world with The Last Of Us being the best game ever made on any platform.

They can still do 60fps in the multiplayer because multiplayer maps are smaller in size to focus the action and to make the thing work smoothly on a network. Playing Uncharted coop would be no good if your pal goes down miles away with you unable to reach him in time before he bleeds out. That's not coop is it. The reason why Uncharted coop is so good is because it generates genuine coop even with complete strangers, unlike other games. Multiplayer maps have to be focussed, so the small size benefits the frame rate.

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@justerthought:Naughty Dog understand that which is one of the reasons why they are the leading game developer in the world with The Last Of Us being the best game ever made on any platform.

Thats what I've been saying !

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I don't mind if it's 1080p and 30fps if it sticks to that. Some PS3 & Xbox 360 games were 720p (or lower) and struggled even with 30fps.

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i do like 60 fps but the game is still gonna be awesome. finally a game that wont be an over-hyped disappointment

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Would you rather have 900p 60fps or 1080p 30fps for this game? I think I'd pick the higher frame rate personally. Regardless… I can't wait for this game.

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Just make it 40 fps game it would be great.

And I request to develop that game without any issue and fps drop. Please!

Just release it in 2017 but release fix one don't make it like normal game. Make it deadly exclusive. Make PS4 Proud ;)

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Peasant Mode

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@bruta: lol

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Its sad they have to lock to 30 FPS this early into the life of the nextgen consoles.. there is no way we will ever see anything above that on these consoles.

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@Etagloc: Agree with you mate. Ubisoft now a days not releasing fix games. Exclusives don't have these kind of issue. 30fps is an issue for us but graphics are next gen also.

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I was really happy to have The Last of Us PS4 graphics and 60FPS. It really changed the whole responsiveness and liveliness of the game. 30FPS would definitely better for in-between cut scenes though as it does feel more cinematic (especially when letterboxed like how MKX does it).

Well, I am pretty someone is going to tell me to be happy that we got Uncharted 4 at all. So just FYI, take my money anyway.

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"To me, a locked 30fps is way better than a variable 60fps."

Hmm or you could drop the graphics and have solid 60fps.

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@Dannystaples14: but lowering it to 720p might not secure a solid 60fps. They would probably have to take out some of the physics as well. Which is what I'm guessing they're doing with the multiplayer. Less physics based environments.

I would rather have it like the demo they showed. Great resolution, awesome physics, and a solid 30fps.

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@merimack: I'm almost certain with games this gen they could boost from 30fps to 60fps just using the graphics. Most PC games see similar differences just when you tweak the graphics settings. So I'm sure the devs can mange it.

People are so obsessed with the shiny shiny this gen. Uncharted 4 looks great graphically but if it doesn't do something more than just going down a pretty linear path mowing down enemies, boring ass platforming and easy as hell puzzles I might just give it a miss all together.

I know they said they have tried to open it up more but in that demo it didn't seem very open at all. Basically you can flank right now as well as left and climb on a small veranda. Great so it is basically now a slightly wider corridor instead and still closed as hell.

I mean Uncharted has always been an aesthetically pleasing game series, and yet I don't get where the hype comes from. The story is pretty simplistic and at times straight boring. The gameplay is also pretty simplistic as most cover based shooters are. I'm also bored of the cliche 80s action hero one man army BS.

The summary of Uncharted:

Treasure, blah blah, island, shooty shooty, island, shooty shooty, treasure, blah blah, shooty shooty, slight twist, shooty shooty - Script for Uncharted 1 - 4. Death count 3000 men per game!

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Rather have 920p and 60FPS

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Just want to point out that in the stupid battle between 30 and 60 frames, 45fps is sitting on the sidelines and nobody wants to pick him for their team. I understand that you can't lock it down at 60 all the time, but surely 45 is a better compromise than 30 (unless frames are dropping immensely on certain scenes, at which point you should spend at least enough time to optimize those scenes anyway). In any case, they've got my money since the first announce

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@leopteryx: 45 will still give screen tearing on a 60Hz screen though. V-sync is a waste of power. Much rather lock a game at 30fps.

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But I thought this is "the mightiest console ever" and it can run all games at 1080p/60 fps. I am looking forward to this game, just wanted to remind PS4 fanboys of some facts.

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Ideally 60fps across the board, but PS4 is not powerful enough to handle everything going on with this game, but 30fps is OK for single player games, i'm pleased they're targeting 60fps for multiplayer, as that is a must...Destiny, please do this for Destiny 2...

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One day 30fps is horrible, the next day it's awesome. I wish people would just make up their minds. Obviously it's never really mattered and just used to fuel these stupid fanboy wars.

The worst thing though is people who don't stick to their guns. People who will say for example, that 30fps is unacceptable and when a major game is released on the platform of their choice at 30fps then they change their mind and say it's absolutely fine and doesn't make a difference anyway. It's either unacceptable or not. I find this a little sad and weak.

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Fine with me.

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I am surprised it's not 20 fps or less with these graphics. Ps4 surprises me every time. And shut up about crysis please.

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@tinoush: yeah, was you surprised with Driveclub too? Bloodborne?

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@makiq: I have played Driveclub, The order and bought Bloodborne yesterday (Have to start playing it yet). Till now the order was best looking game i have ever played by far. The thing is all these games are not that demanding like uncharted video is saw. Driveclub and the order are in one long tunel, so ps4 has to render only so much of that tunnel at time. There is nothing behind does walls and trees. Not to mention does black bars in The Order. Uncharted is different. From what i have seen it's not an openworld game but it has a very long draw distance. So yes i think what ND did is impressive with the ps4 hardware.

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Personally I do not have one single problem with 30fps in this kind of games. 1080P at 30fps is fine. 60fps is just some magically figure that stick in some people's heads.

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Haters gotta hate

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PS4 game comes out with 1080p/30fps, no one cares and everyone shouts praises...Xbox does it and everyone losses their minds and shouts hate

Anywho, game looks good, if I get a PS4 this will be the first game I buy

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@silentrambo: Xbox came out with 900p/30fps. Not being able to hit 1080p, which I dare say has been the TV standard for at least 7 years, is pretty odd. And yes, I can tell the difference. I have a big screen and I sit close.

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@mozvial:

Forza 6, Forza 5, Horizon 2, FIFA, Destiny, GTA V, Wolfenstien, Diablo, Fallout 4, Shadow of Mordor are all 1080.

BTW Forza 6 is 1080p/60 fps while Driveclub is 30 ;)

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@mozvial: You'd have to wouldn't you chink eyes?

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Did anyone watch the E3's second part ? I suggest you to go and watch, make sure to have few pair of pans close to you... ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB0xy74Zrj8

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@techs3ek: It's mentioned in this article "During a Q&A session today following an extended gameplay demo,"

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Console standard is 30 fps. No big deal. I'm sure it will be great.

... praise Gaben.

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@EmericaCky2K: Still Better than 0fps and 0p on PC.. right?

In Naughty Dog, We Trust

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uncharted 3 and the last of us were both 30fps and they played great... a steady 30 is good. 60 is ideal, but if they would have to make cuts to achieve it I'm fine with 30.

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@plug313: I agree. Most people are thinking PS3 30 fps. But PS4 has a steady 30. This means that for this type of game, which is a third person shooter, you're not going to even need the fast twitching 60 fps motion that a 1st person shooter will need.

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who cares,,,the game is stunning

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@jeffreybernabe: You sir, are correct

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i can only imagine nathans strong gripping hands on my twins.

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Hopefully the difference in framerate doesn't make it weird to switch back and forth between single player and multiplayer.

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@rasdorx: I agree.

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