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PS4 Pro boasts a number of great enhancements for August's best games

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As a PS4 Pro owner myself, I get pretty excited every time there is a new game installing on my console. The thing about the hardware is that you never know what you are going to get from new games. Sometimes the games have minimal enhancements for the console, and sometimes they really push the power of it and deliver a huge difference over the original. 

With the power of the PS4 Pro and the HDR capabilities of both the Pro and the standard PS4, gaming is truly magnificent on the console if you have the right hardware. However, these enhancements need to be implemented by the devs before the hardware can shine. In the recent week, Sony has highlighted some of the upcoming games on the PS4 and PS4 Pro and just what Pro owners can expect from the enhancements over the standard console. 

Agents of Mayhem

Agents of Mayhem, which releases this Friday on consoles and PC, has quite a big jump in quality between the PS4 and PS4 Pro. While the game renders in full HD across both consoles, the Pro sees a significant jump in visual quality which boosts the game's level of detail (LOD) and increases the anisotropic filtering from x4 to x16, refining texture quality. The Pro also sees a boost in shadow quality and texture resolution for particle effects, and there are plenty of those. Seoul, the city where the game is based, also sees an increase in pedestrians and vehicles throughout. Last, but not least, the game's frame rate has been boosted up to 60FPS at maximum over the 30FPS found in the standard version, all this comes together nicely with HDR support for both consoles. 

Sine Mora EX

While Sine Mora is an older game, it will see some fantastic improvements on the PS4 Pro. Firstly, the game will run at a native 3840x2160 which will look even better in 60FPS. There are also various improvements over the standard PS4 when it comes to the quality of particle effects as well as other texture and filtering enhancements. 

F1 2017

F1 2017 is out on 25 August and PS4 Pro owners can look forward a fantastic 4K driving experience on their console. Outputting at a full 4K resolution of 3840x2160 achieved through checkerboard rendering, Sony says that the paddock comes to life like never before. The game supports HDR output which will bring a new colour experience to the game and make it look as realistic as ever. All this will be rendered at full 60FPS. Other tweaks in the game include improved environment reflections, shadow precision, higher-quality environment shaders, and improved filtering. 

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

While Sony has not officially shared the details on the latest Uncharted game releasing on 22 August, I did some digging and it seems that the Lost Legacy will see the same improvements which we experience in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. According to Digital Foundry, the game renders at a 2560x1440 resolution which is basically 1440p. However, the game's overall visual quality has seen a boost in improvement and it is all finished off with HDR, which will bring the world to life like never before. 

Matterfall

I recently reviewed Matterfall and loved its overall presentation. It is a mix between everything we love from Housemarque and I recommend it if you are a fan of their games. Playing on the PS4 Pro was a great experience thanks to the HDR and increased frame rate. However, when it comes to the resolution of the game, PS4 owners will get a 900p 60FPS experience whereas PS4 Pro owners are in for a full HD 1920x1080 60FPS game. While this is only full HD, it is understandable as there is so much going on at one time on the screen that it is clearly taxing on the hardware. 

Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania is out this week on the PS4 and PS4 Pro and while it is a simple game that goes back to the Genesis roots, it will come with some great PS4 Pro enhancements. Sonic Mania renders at a full native 4K at 60FPS which will make every gamer out there very happy. 

Lawbreakers

Bosskey studios' new multiplayer FPS, Lawbreakers, has some great enhancements on the PS4 Pro. Regular PS4 owners will play the game at 900p which then gets upscaled to 1080p. While PS4 Pro owners get a native 1440p experience. Keep in mind that the game does run at a smooth 60FPS, well smoother now after the day-one patch that fixed some frame rate issues. 

Do you own a PS4 Pro? Which games do you think will look the best in August? Let us know in the comments below.

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