Naughty Dog's The Last of Us: Remastered gets an update that provides the game with HDR visuals and preps it for the forthcoming release of the PlayStation 4 Pro.
It's safe to presume that when Naughty Dog put out the upgraded version for its seminal post-pandemic title with The Last of Us: Remastered on the PS4 that the majority of those who purchased it were blown away by the graphical enhancements at the time. Now, with the imminent launch of the PlayStation 4 Pro being just over the horizon, developers have provided the game with an update that adds the capability for HDR visuals, as well as full support for the forthcoming console.
Fans of The Last of Us: Remastered should be able to download and apply Patch 1.07 now on their PlayStation 4 consoles. What's more is that not only will those with HDR-capable televisions be able to immediately switch on the High Dynamic Range display feature and give The Last of Us: Remastered a graphical boost, but also the update improves the quality of the game's stereo audio.
Those interested in seeing how the HDR-enabled version of The Last of Us: Remastered compares to the game without the feature will be able to note the difference in the images below. The first still with co-protagonist Ellie and the first still with the other main character of Joel represent the High Dynamic Range feature being switched off, while the pictures following them will show the improvements.
As seen above, with HDR switched on, The Last of Us: Remastered's environments and textures become much richer, as the shadows around the clouds appear to be more pronounced and life-like. Plus, the depth and variety of the colors definitely become much more noticeable once High Dynamic Range is enabled. Not to mention, even though the fog in the pictures with Ellie make it a bit more difficult to make out the sky, it's obvious that update makes it appear more realistic than in the original.
Naturally, it must be said that these The Last of Us: Remastered screenshots that were made possible with the PS4's share button functionality are a far cry from what fans will experience on an actual HDR-capable TV. Even so, while the difference is subtle, one can still tell the variations being made between SDR and HDR in the game.
So, now that The Last of Us: Remastered has joined the ranks of the PlayStation 4 Pro's library of "forward compatible" games, it will be interesting to see if the Naughty Dog title receives a resurgence in sales once the upgraded Sony console officially hits the market. Of course, it's quite possible that The Last of Us: Remastered might not even make a blip on the charts again when one takes into account the sizeable portion of the gaming community that already owns it. Moreover, with new, juggernaut Triple-A titles like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare coming out around the launch of the PlayStation 4 Pro, the potential for The Last of Us: Remastered to make financial waves again is considerably reduced.
The Last of Us: Remastered is available now for PlayStation 4, and Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro is set to launch on November 10, 2016.