Call of Duty: WWII is aiming to be one of the biggest first-person shooters of the year. Marking the first return to World War II since Call of Duty: World at War, there is a lot of pressure on Sledgehammer Games to deliver. While there have been some notable changes to the overall gameplay, many will be wondering if there are any differences between the PS4 Pro and base PS4 versions of the game. Thankfully, it appears that the game will be taking full advantage of the two different system’s hardware.
Here’s everything we know so far:
First off, both versions of Call of Duty: WWII will feature dynamic resolution, but what that actually is will depend on which system you are playing on. For the original PS4, you are looking between 960×1080 to 1920×1080 while the PS4 Pro can go as high as 2880×1660. The game will run at 60 FPS just like in the multiplayer beta. However, if Digital Foundry’s beta tests are anything to go by this framerate will dip a little during the most chaotic moments.
We also know that the engine has been vastly improved to have better facial animations and material-based lighting. Sony has also listed on their website that Call of Duty: WWII is “PS4 Pro Enhanced” If you’re curious what the game looks like in 4K, IGN has released a brief video showing off the first 15 minutes of the campaign.
In an interview with PlayStation Official Magazine, Sledgehammer Games’ Michael Condrey touched on using the PS4 Pro for the game.
“The new facial system, the new animation system, the new rendering physics system, (PS4) all brings that to life. This power, you know, we’re taking full advantage of the PS4 Pro and everything it’s doing to really bring that fidelity out. It’s also evident in Headquarters, he explains, with the 48-player space also taking advantage of what the supercharged console can do.”
The space he is talking about is a new social hub that is being introduced into the franchise for the first time. It’s an area where players can open loot crates, test new weapons, compete in 1v1 matches, and try different scorestreaks. Sledgehammer Games is clearly trying to have the community connect more outside of simply shooting one another in fevered rage.
In another interview with Condrey and Glen Schofield, they were asked if the PS4 Pro version would offer a “bigger experience” to which Condrey answered, “Yeah, absolutely.”
However, the real console competition will, of course, come from Microsoft’s Xbox One X. While some of these details are still being kept under wraps, we do know that Call of Duty: WWII has been added to the Xbox One X Enhance list. The box art for the Xbox One version of the game does confirm that COD will feature 4K Ultra HD and HDR.
If you are looking to pick up Call of Duty: WWII keep in mind that the Xbox One X version will be superior on a technical level. However, if the content is more important to you then consider grabbing the PS4 version of this title. Once more, Sony’s system will receive DLC content for this game first. However, it won’t be a huge wait as non-PS4 owners will need to wait 30 days. None of this should come as a huge surprise since Activision is also giving Destiny 2 players exclusive content on the PS4.
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