Call of Duty: WW2 showed up in Sony’s PlayStation showcase at E3, with Sledgehammer Games co-founders Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey offering details about the game. One subject that got brought up was how the game would be enhanced for the PS4 Pro and whether it would get 4K support or not. The answer was somewhat vague.
Sony and Microsoft are competing madly to offer the best gaming consoles, and Sony’s PS4 and PS4 Pro have had the lead in terms of graphical performance, but that may change. Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One X boasts impressive specs that will likely see it gain a substantial lead in performance over the PS4 Pro. With AAA games like Call of Duty: WW2 pushing console performance to the limits, Schofield and Condrey’s answer to questions about 4K support on the PS4 Pro may bode ill for the console’s longevity.
Since the discussion took place at Sony’s PlayStation showcase, the host asked the Sledgehammer co-founders what kind of enhancements Call of Duty: WW2 would have for PS4 Pro, specifically whether it would be running in 4K resolution. Schofield responded, “Yeah, I mean, that’s what we’re planning on. But I don’t know how much we’re talking about.” When the host asked further if it would at least be “a bigger experience on Pro,” Condrey answered, “Yeah, absolutely.”
Condrey’s answer should come as no surprise, as the PS4 Pro’s graphical power should all but ensure that it offers a higher resolution experience for a new AAA game than the base PS4. However, the answer Schofield gave raises the question of whether it will be a native 4K experience, upscaled to 4K, or simply some resolution higher than what the base PS4 will run the game at.
It won’t be good news for PS4 Pro owners if soon-to-be-released AAA games aren’t going to run in native 4K. The mid-cycle update to the PS4 was meant to keep the console alive as technology advanced, but this news is a sign that it may have done too little, too early. With the Xbox One X on the horizon, critics will likely be pouncing on every instance of the PS4 failing to match the Xbox in game performance and visuals.
Of course, not everyone concerns themselves so much with resolution, frame rates, anti-aliasing, HDR, and all that jargon often relegated to PC gamers. Many people still won’t even have 4K TVs when Call of Duty: WW2 comes out, so the issue of PS4 Pro running or not running a game in native 4K could end up as nothing more than an ignored bullet point in a list of cons about the console.
Call of Duty: WW2 launches on November 3, 2017, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.