Did you know Mafia 3 got a PS4 Pro patch? Check out the “perceptible upgrade”

By Brenna Hillier, Monday, 9 January 2017 05:33 GMT

Mafia 3 now supports PS4 Pro, and you’ll see definite improvement on the beefier console.

Mafia 3 has PS4 Pro support now, although 2K and Sony don’t seem to have told anybody it was happening.

In the video above Digital Foundry goes over the PS4 Pro build of Mafia 3, noting a “perceptible upgrade” for those with access to the more powerful hardware.

It’s not at all clear when PS4 Pro support was added to Mafia 3. The latest update (1.05) and released on December 20 – it’s the one that added races and car customisation to Mafia 3 – but the patch notes make no mention of PS4 Pro support. Nor do earlier ones.

Why wouldn’t 2K and Sony advertise this patch given how much interest there is in PS4 Pro support – especially as Mafia 3 was advertised as a day one PS4 Pro title? Maybe PS4 Pro support was in there all along and nobody bothered to check because Mafia 3 hasn’t gone down especially well? Perhaps we’ll never know. I’ll ask 2K, anyway.

Here’s a summary of the what you’ll get in the PS4 Pro build of Mafia 3, as noted in the video and summarised on NeoGAF:

  • Resolution bumped to 1440p in 4K mode
  • 1440p resolution downsampled to 1080p on non-4K output
  • Improved spotlight shadow quality in dark scenes
  • Improved motion blur
  • Frame rate drops dip deeper than the base PS4, but less screen tear due to v-sync

On the subject of frame rate dips, it seems to happen during firefights, which is unfortunate as this is a core competent of Mafia 3’s gameplay. Most of the time, however, it holds steady at 30fps on PS4 Pro.

Base PS4 owners also benefited from the patch, with fixes for Mafia 3’s frame pacing issues, adaptive v-sync and improved frame rates only getting as low as 27fps.

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