Horizon: Zero Dawn may effectively be PS4 Pro’s much-needed killer app

This recreation seems ridiculous. Yowzer.


We can’t name this one a hands-on, sadly. Let’s name it eyes-on. We bought to look at as Sony reps performed, however that was maybe higher, since we may actually give attention to the visible side of issues. The rub: Horizon Zero Dawn seems wonderful on PlayStation four Pro. Of all the brand new and upcoming stuff for the Pro proven at Sony’s launch celebration occasion, it was by far probably the most visually spectacular.

“HDR’s vastly superior colour range is what really hits you first and foremost about Horizon running on the ludicrously lovely and expensive screens Sony is using at the event.”

While Gran Turismo Sport’s ridiculously lovingly detailed picture mode is an ideal place to see a flat-out comparison between the visuals of a PS4 Pro recreation with and with out the increase HDR visuals provide, Guerrilla’s newest providing isn’t only a nice instance of what the package can do: it simply seems ludicrously gorgeous up-close and private.

Just as with Gran Turismo I’d finally say that HDR’s vastly superior color vary is what actually hits you before everything about Horizon working on the ludicrously beautiful and costly screens Sony was utilizing on the occasion.

The wealthy color palette and color tone Horizon typically has actually appears to swimsuit these high-end shows with HDR particularly. There’s plenty of vibrant greens and earthy browns within the atmosphere, however they’re supplemented by blooms of vibrant, usually orange lighting and loads of glowing blues across the electronics that fill the sport’s curiously ruined world.


I’ve at all times been a fan of Guerrilla’s technical work however from a creative perspective Killzone by no means fairly did it for me. Horizon appears to be taking among the greatest parts from that collection in a brand new course. In some bizarre means I can’t clarify that is nonetheless artistically a Guerrilla recreation that clearly shares lineage with Killzone, however it additionally couldn’t be extra totally different.

So, sure, HDR in Horizon seems ridiculous. That’s changing into a theme in all HDR-supporting video games, and never simply on PS4 Pro. Gears of War four and Forza Horizon 2 profit equally on the Xbox One S. With that mentioned, the serving to hand the additional energy the PS4 Pro machine affords to the sport’s visuals is way extra pronounced right here in Horizon than in Gran Turismo, with any time heroine Aloy clambers as much as a excessive spot a specific spotlight.

“This is the type of game where a casual player could see it and be sold on needing a Pro based on an in-store demo or the like. It looks that immediately impressive.”

It’s a type of moments the place one has to threat trying only a bit silly: I step nearer to the display. I get stupidly shut, propping my face proper up in opposition to it to examine every thing; laborious edges round characters, simply how crisp the HUD is – all that stuff. Honestly, even below that foolish magnifying-glass degree of scrutiny, Horizon stays fairly laborious to fault.

There are imprecise indicators of some standard-issue open world roughness in regards to the edges – this isn’t the tightly-scripted and managed world of Uncharted, in any case. Even so, the sport seems remarkably good. It feels a little bit of a marvel. On PS4 Pro it’s working at 2160p checkerboard because of the PS4 Pro’s built-in upscaling gear. It seems beautiful.


One of the most important obstacles for PS4 Pro that we’ll be speaking about within the subsequent week or in order we evaluation the is the problem of 4K and HDR TV set penetration. I don’t assume 4K alone is sufficient to justify the acquisition of a brand new TV, which suggests those that at the moment have 1080p units that have been effective and top-of-the-line at the beginning of the era face the prospect of shopping for an costly set that makes use of each HDR and 4K to actually make the Pro shine.

Horizon, nonetheless, is a recreation that appears so good on these large screens one can’t assist however ask: how good is that this going to look working by means of a Pro on a 1080p display? This is the kind of recreation the place an informal participant may see it and be offered on needing a Pro based mostly on an in-store demo or the like. It seems that instantly spectacular.

Guerilla has defined in blog posts and the like that the sport will nonetheless render at these increased resolutions when plugged into a daily TV, however the system will then downsample these photographs to a 1080p sign. I’m extraordinarily curious how good this may look, as a result of if it captures half the element that’s seen on Sony’s costly occasion screens, Horizon may very well be a PS4 Pro killer app. Fingers crossed.

Oh, and the sport bit seems sensible, too. Roll on February.