The Evil Within 2 Doesn't Appear to Support the PS4 Pro [Update]

The Evil Within 2 Doesn't Appear to Support the PS4 Pro [Update]

The Evil Within 2 does run way better than the first game.

Update: An administrator at the official Bethesda forums confirmed that patches are currently in the works for The Evil Within 2 to work with both the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.

The Evil Within 2 comes out tomorrow, and according to early reviews the game is shaping up to be much better than the first. While our full review will dive into the ways the sequel improves upon the first Evil Within, our friends at Digital Foundry broke down how The Evil Within 2's graphics and performance are miles ahead of its predecessor. Be warned however, while The Evil Within 2 looks better, there's no graphical bonuses for the PlayStation 4 Pro version.

Both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 4 Pro runs The Evil Within 2 at a native 1080p, 30fps. As a reminder, when the first Evil Within launched back in 2014 there were noticeable framerate issues across versions of the game that caused the game to dip regularly below 20fps. It not only made the game difficult to play, but undermined some of the striking visuals and art design.

That's not the case here where Digital Foundry reports mostly stable 30fps across both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 4 Pro. And while there are no "pro-specific" features for The Evil Within 2, Boost Mode on the PS4 Pro helps maintain the game's 30fps through most of the game, even during graphically demanding situations.

It's unclear why The Evil Within 2 doesn't offer PS4 Pro specific visuals, especially since art design is one of the most important parts of the game. Based on my own preview a while back at least, it feels like The Evil Within 2 could be a real treat for the eyes if given a chance to spread its graphical wings. We've reached out to Bethesda for an explanation for The Evil Within 2's PS4 Pro compatibility and will update the story as it develops.

In the meantime, check out our review-in-progress of The Evil Within 2 before it launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC tomorrow, October 13.

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