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The Last of Us Remastered Gets HDR Patch Ahead of PS4 Pro Release

The HDR's for Us.

The Last of Us is widely regarded as one of the best looking games of the last generation and was one of the first to be remastered/ported to the PS4 back in 2014. Now it gets to look even better with a new patch going live last night to prepare the game for running in 4K on PlayStation 4 Pro hardware. It also adds HDR into the mix and, thanks to the most recent PS4 firmware updates, that’s something every PS4 owner can use (you know, as long as you have a HDR TV).

The patch weighs in at 355.6MB – weren’t those the days when that was considered a big patch, eh? – with the three changes listed as adding PS4 Pro support, High Dynamic Range support and improving stereo audio quality.

Various NeoGAF members took to the forums to share comparison shots, and just one of these comparisons coming from someone named bananafactory. Obviously, these are off-screen photos taken by a camera, uploaded onto the internet and then you’re quite likely to be viewing them on a non-HDR screen… So, take them with a pinch of salt, but you get the general idea, I’m sure.

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via NeoGAF

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7 Comments
  1. beeje13
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    So, as there are no (afaik) 1080p HDR TV’s. The HDR support for standard PS4 is for people with a 4K HDR tv who won’t get a PS4 pro?

    Apparently HDR can even more impressive than the jump 4k, so I suppose it can make sense.

    The problem at the moment is, a TV that is ‘HDR compatible’ or ‘supports HDR’ will accept a HDR signal, but the presentation can be no better than SDR. No TV is bright enough to display true HDR in daylight. Even the best sets cannot cover the full colour range. Add a format war (HDR10 vs Dolby vision), and generally poor at best game mode support.

    On a positive note, the results can be stunning.

    Comment posted on 01/11/2016 at 17:17.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      Getting a HDR TV is a bit of a minefield at the moment. Some have rudimentary support using backlights that only do a third of the 1000 nits that are enough to meet the defined standards, others have 8-bit panels, but fake their way up to 10-bits with dithering, there’s TVs with next to no input lag when using HDR, others that add a lot… and even then, as you say, nothing is covering the full Rec. 2020 standard, let alone DCI-P3 which is the subset that Apple have been pushing.

      But yeah, HDR’s a very noticeable improvement, regardless of the size of your TV, while 4K is less tangible in certain circumstances.

      Comment posted on 01/11/2016 at 17:25.
    • Avenger
      Member
      Since: Oct 2012

      The best of HDR really can only be found in TVs pushing into the thousand pound mark. The majority of lower end HDR TV sets not only lack the nit count, but also the processing power to produce full HDR 10.

      Presumably the Ps4 can do some enhancement regarding HDR, but as far as I can make out it lacks 4K upscaling and on the older ps4 hdmi 2.0.

      It does seem full HDR is worth it though. Looks gorgeous.

      Comment posted on 01/11/2016 at 20:45.
  2. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Nov 10th Hurry the hell up yo…

    Comment posted on 02/11/2016 at 19:40.
  3. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Guess I best get a HDRDVDADEXMELOLDAOOE TV when I have the funds for a PS4. Chances are, every game will have a patch for it by then and probably be a split market by then.

    Apart from looking better, i don’t see much difference.

    Seriously, people are refusing or demanding better graphics and refuse to play games for their gameplay? Still?

    Comment posted on 02/11/2016 at 19:56.
    • Avenger
      Member
      Since: Oct 2012

      Had to read that last sentence again, but yeah, I guess the desire for really good graphics more than anything else like gameplay still exists out there. I personally wouldn’t revisit a game I had played previously just purely for the better graphics. Maybe for a five minute novelty thing, but I’d be more interested in the actual game if I revisited it.

      I’d take those screenshots with a pinch of salt though, full HDR can’t really be showcased properly unless you’re there in person.

      Comment posted on 02/11/2016 at 20:51.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        Yeah, tis seems to be a common thought. I doubt the average person would even give any PS1 game a chance because of graphics. :-/

        Comment posted on 02/11/2016 at 21:20.

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