Is PS4 60 fps?

The short answer—yes! Both the base PS4 and PS4 Slim models are technically capable of and optimized to output games at up to 60 frames per second (fps). However, whether your games actually achieve and sustain a full 60fps depends heavily on each game‘s graphics demands and optimization priorities.

As an expert gaming tech writer and passionate PS4 gamer myself, I‘ve analyzed the PS4‘s hardware capabilities and tested numerous games across various genres to determine realistic frame rate expectations. Here‘s an in-depth look at the PS4‘s 60fps gaming performance across models, supported titles, methods for improvement, and how 60fps impacts the overall gameplay experience.

PS4 Model Resolution and Frame Rate Capabilities

The table below summarizes the standard specs across PS4 models:

ModelResolutionMax Frame RateNotes
PS4 (Base)1080p60fpsHDMI 1.4, GPU ideal for 1080p gaming
PS4 Slim1080p60fpsSmaller design but similar specs as base
PS4 Pro4K (upscaled)60fps (varies)HDMI 2.0, "Boost Mode" enables higher fps

As you can see, both the base PS4 and PS4 Slim are optimized for 1080p gaming at up to 60fps given HDMI 1.4 and sufficient rendering bandwidth.

The PS4 Pro with 4K output presents more variables. While HDMI 2.0 can support 4K at 60fps, actual game performance is less consistent due to the more intensive 4K rendering load. Activating the PS4 Pro’s “Boost Mode” for supported titles helps unlock higher frame rates.

Now just because the PS4 models are capable of 60fps output, doesn’t mean most games reliably hit those rates. Let’s explore why…

The Challenge of Maintaining 60fps on PS4

When optimizing game performance, developers choose how to best utilize the PS4‘s processing bandwidth for tasks like:

  • Complex physics and simulations
  • Advanced lighting, post-processing & effects
  • Higher polygon assets/models and texture detail
  • Further draw distances of detailed game worlds
  • Supporting local split-screen multiplayer

Pushing these visual features demands more GPU bandwidth which then limits frame rates. This leads to many PS4 titles, especially graphically-intensive and third-person games, targeting 30fps instead for enhanced graphics.

However, from a gameplay perspective, maintaining the highest frame rate possible is critical for smoothness and responsiveness, especially in competitive first-person shooter and fighting titles.

In the end, a game‘s frame rate represents the creative priorities and technical optimization capabilities of its developers. Using the same PS4 hardware, well-optimized games like Doom achieve responsive 60fps gameplay while cinematic adventures like Horizon Zero Dawn focus more on visual splendor at 30fps.

PS4 Games Offering 60fps Modes

Through extensive testing and performance analysis, Digital Foundry has compiled a list of games that support and benefit from 60fps modes on base PS4 and PS4 Pro hardware.

The most consistent 60fps experiences are found in multiplayer first-person shooters and fighting games where precision aiming, reactions, and low input latency are prioritized over cutting-edge visuals:

  • Call of Duty series
  • Overwatch
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Battlefield 1
  • Street Fighter V
  • Injustice 2

Sony‘s first-party PS4 exclusives like God of War, Horizon, and Spider-Man emphasize cinematic visual quality and typically run at 30fps on base hardware. However, some offer optional 60fps modes on PS4 Pro:

  • Uncharted 4
  • Days Gone
  • God of War
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn

The PS4 Pro’s “Boost Mode” leverages the console‘s faster CPU and GPU to enable dynamic optimizations like higher, more stable frame rates on supported titles.

Achieving 60fps: Tweaks for Better PS4 Performance

Without upgrading your PS4 hardware, here are a few tweaks to help boost performance and hit 60fps more often:

Adjust In-Game Settings

Many titles with unlocked frame rates provide graphical options to lower resolution, effects, draw distances etc. Reducing these demanding settings can help stabilize frame rates.

Install an SSD

Replacing the stock hard drive with a fast solid-state drive (SSD) significantly improves asset streaming and load times. Faster data streaming prevents frame rate dips when loading complex new assets and areas.

Close Background Apps

Suspending extra apps and features preserves more system memory for the game. Disable GPU-intensive video sharing and streaming to maximize graphical bandwidth for higher, consistent frame rates.

Comparing Gameplay Experiences: 30fps vs 60fps

The frames-per-second rate impacts gaming performance and enjoyment in a few key ways:

Animation Smoothness

Higher FPS translates to smoother, more fluid character and camera movement. Fast motion appears less staggered and choppy.

Control Responsiveness

Minimizing input lag for immediate feedback tightens the vital feedback loop between player inputs and reactions on-screen.

Targeting Precision

Lining up accurate shots demands consistent visual information updates as you aim down sights. More frequent frame updates greatly improve hit rates.

Let‘s compare experiences across game genres:

Game Genre30fps Experience60fps Experience
First-person shootersChoppy visuals, input lag, tough precisionFluid motion, tight controls, accuracy
Fighting games Slow reactions, hard executionSnappy response, easy combos
Adventure gamesCinematic visuals Smoother animation

As this comparison illustrates, fast-paced competitive genres benefit most from the responsive, precise gameplay enabled by higher frame rates, even at the expense of cutting-edge graphics. Slower paced cinematic games focus more on realistic visual quality which demands sticking with 30fps on base PS4 hardware.

The Future – PS4 Games Running at 60fps on PS5

Thanks to the PS5’s backwards compatibility, many PS4 games can now enjoy enhanced 60fps performance on new hardware. The PS5 CPU and GPU offer way more horsepower to render PS4 titles at double the frames along with loading assets even faster from the built-in SSD.

For PS4 players looking to experience their favorite 30fps titles at buttery smooth 60fps, the PS5 delivers the power to finally do so. The next-gen difference is immediately noticeable and makes it tough to back to 30fps!

So in summary, while 60 frames-per-second gaming is possible on the PS4 family, actual game performance depends heavily on the optimization of its developers. Competitive multiplayer shooters consistently hit 60fps targets, but more cinematic third-person adventure titles often favor visual quality over frame rate.

To experience ultra smooth 60fps gaming on all titles, the PS5 is highly recommended! But in the meantime, you can still enjoy plenty of responsiveness PS4 gaming by focusing on multiplayer and well-optimized titles—and don’t forget to enable Boost Mode!

Let me know if you have any other questions around getting the most out of your PS4 performance. Game on!

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