It appears the debate over frame rates and resolutions will not be ending any time soon, as Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games confirms its upcoming Marvel collaboration will not run at 1080p and 60 frames per second. According to Insomniac, 1080p60 is “not really an option” as far as the PS4 and the PS4 Pro are concerned.
This most recent revelation regarding Spider-Man comes by way of a Twitter Q&A. One fan asked whether or not the game would take advantage of the power of the PS4 Pro, and Insomniac suggested that it won’t in the way the fan expects.
nope, not really an option there. We will optimize for best experience on PS4 and PS4 Pro.
— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) June 18, 2017
That being said, Spider-Man will support 4K (via temporal injection) on the PS4 Pro. However, it will only run at 30 frames per second at that resolution.
No doubt this news is sure to be disappointing to some PlayStation fans, especially those that picked up the PS4 Pro console in the hopes of seeing drastic improvements in their games. Sony’s upgraded platform was supposed to be a step forward for the PlayStation brand, but it appears that the focus is on resolution and not always better performance. There are some games that offer the option of choosing better performance or better visuals/resolution, but that apparently won’t be the case with Spider-Man.
While the debate over the importance of frame rate will likely heat up once Microsoft releases its Xbox One X console, for now the status quo seems to be games that run at higher resolutions but stick to the traditional 30 fps. This has obviously led to some gamers questioning whether these new, half step consoles are worth the money, which is an issue in and of itself.
As far as Spider-Man is concerned, players can expect a game that runs at 30fps and is capable of 4K on the PS4 Pro. Personally, after seeing that game at E3 2017, it’s safe to say that Spider-Man is plenty impressive at that resolution and frame rate, even if 60fps would have been an added bonus.
Alongside other revelations from Insomniac was confirmation that the first person sequences in the game will be situational and are not part of general combat. And that combat apparently has deeper layers than were revealed during Sony’s E3 2017 Press Conference.
Gamers will be able to find out for sure what Spider-Man has to offer when the game releases in the first half of 2018. This according to Sony boss Shawn Layden, who confirmed that every 2018 game shown during the press conference would release sooner rather than later.
Spider-Man releases in 2018 for PS4.