Unofficial PS5 ‘FPS Boost’ mods are radically improving PS4 back compat

January 12, 2024
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Whether it’s via FPS Boost or bespoke software upgrades, backwards compatibility on the current-gen consoles delivered an unexpected delight – the ability to liberate older console games from their 30fps limits, running them at 60 frames per second or even higher. FPS Boost did the business for Xbox Series consoles on an impressive range of titles, but there was always the sense that PS5 could do more. It’s a hunch that checks out as a range of frame-rate unlocks are available for PS5, covering many must-have games – the major caveat being that only exploitable consoles running on older firmwares are invited to the party.

We’ve talked about Bloodborne running at 60fps in the past, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Games like Red Dead Redemption 2, DriveClub and Batman: Arkham Knight are transformed via this very unofficial form of FPS Boost, and you can get an idea of how these games look and run via the video I’ve put together below in collaboration with illusion, the modder who’s done more than anyone to unlock performance on older PlayStation 4 titles.

Watching the games play out, it’s hard to believe that Sony and third-party publishers did not do more to unlock performance on a wider range of legacy titles. Red Dead 2 would make millions, Arkham Knight is revitalised and even less prolific games like Just Cause 3 are transformed thanks to the sheer horsepower of PlayStation 5. In releases like Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy and Crash Team Racing Nitro Fuelled, 60fps is the final piece in the puzzle in making these remasters truly shine.

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