Infamous: First Light & Second Son’s dazzling PS4 Pro enhancements detailed

Sucker Punch returns to its superhero series to add some extra visual sheen

When we started working on PS4 Pro, we knew the inFamous titles were going to be an amazing showcase for HDR and 4K.

If you played either of the titles, you know that inFamous: Second Son and inFamous: First Light were a spectacle of vibrant superpowers and explosions inside a rainy Seattle cityscape.

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It all started with Second Son where we first introduced our incredible particle effects as Delsin discovers his own set of powers. Then in First Light (which is still one of my favourite projects we’ve made at Sucker Punch), Fetch had a style all her own, fast and deadly, with incredible neon powers.

With our new patch to take advantage of the PS4 Pro, those effects have never looked better. There are numerous reasons to return to First Light and Second Son with PS4 Pro, but let me dial into the three big ones.

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First up is HDR. When we re-worked our engine to create inFamous: Second Son for the PS4, we had a strict focus on realistic lighting and exposure. We wanted the art direction and tech to reflect realism in a way that immersed players in the damp, rainy streets of Seattle. We did a lot of work to ensure our sky, sun and light sources felt like the real thing.

So why is HDR such a big deal now? This patch, along with an HDR capable TV, pushes those crazy bright values even further. Yes, that means looking at the sun or sky in our game feels extremely bright, providing a level of contrast I’ve never seen in our game before. The vibrancy of the sky and lighting creates some really striking and beautiful moments. Furthermore, this particular feature will work on the standard PS4 as long as you have an HDR capable TV.

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The second reason is in the smaller details. In both games, the Seattle city streets are filled with incredible art from our hard working art team. Signs, coffee cups, puddles, fall leaves – this world is filled with little touches waiting to be noticed. With PS4 Pro’s increased resolution, those touches are even more crisp. You can see detail on bricks and signs that previously went unnoticed.

When we created the Seattle landscape, we had a goal to make everything wet. That means reflections of those details on every surface. It also meant a fair amount of specular aliasing. The increased resolution improves this and many other alias issues. And if you don’t have a 4K TV, you’ll still see a smoother image as the PS4 Pro will scale down to match your 1080p TV.

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The third, and best, reason to revisit the inFamous games on PS4 Pro is simple: the powers look amazing. Delsin’s smoke powers and Fetch’s neon powers are particularly impressive. Watching the original effects now in 4K and HDR, I notice details I didn’t even know existed.

For example, when Fetch does a ground pound, waves of brilliantly flickering particles erupt in all directions. We even improved photo-mode to let you pause on powers. My favourite is winding up Fetch’s ultimate neon bomb and then quickly activating photo-mode to pause and observe the thousands of emissive particles bits forming around her.

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As a developer, it’s great to see games that we released two years ago come to life in ways more dazzling than we ever thought they could be. The increased power, resolution, and HDR capabilities of the PS4 Pro breathe new life into every corner of the game. If you’re into lighting, rendering, or VFX, I would encourage you to check it out. Second Son and First Light are beautiful games on the PlayStation 4, but on PS4 Pro, they’re an exciting window into the future.

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Could you please put links to the original 4k screenshots?, because in flicker I get reduced ones.


And ignore my comment :) I saw the download button with the original resolution :P

What about framerate, still unlocked ?

Wait what? inFamous gives you both options: locked and unlocked.

Yes, but maybe they lock framerate to 30fps with that upgraded graphics.

I hope it will be running at 60fps I don’t got no 4K tv right now

So 1080p gets supersampling or what? its all a HDR talk.. more technical details would be appreciated

Screw all that (love this game though) but what have you guys been up to? Will we finally get a reveal to something brand new at the PlayStation event in a few weeks?
Its been over 2 years since First Light now, usually you guys at Sucker Punch are quite good at the 2 to 3 year dev cycle but not even a peep yet on a new game so that means its still a long time away now. :(

Prem-aka-Prince 06 November, 2016 @ 11:35

Spider-man, Spider-man, does whatever a spider can…

VenomousAlbino 06 November, 2016 @ 15:26

Except be developed by Sucker Punch. You’re thinking of Insomniac.

Carnivius_Prime 04 November, 2016 @ 18:07

I was surprised to see these on the list of Pro enhanced games due to their age but I’m still very fond of them so welcome the upgrade when/if I buy the PS4 Pro. :)

Thanks for the work! Chance of getting a 60fps lock for 1080p? Leaving it unlocked will still stutter when frames are varied, inconsistent, and not in sync with standard 60mhz displays. If the game is going to hit above 60fps at 1080p then a lock would be appreciated. Many gamers prefer the gameplay responsiveness of 60 in lieu of a resolution bump – if there must be a tradeoff. Just some feedback.

Love the game by the way and played it twice (good and evil). Ready to dive in 2 more times again!

Now all we need is a 3rd inFamous with Cole.

Those screen look gerogoues on my 1440p screen so can’t wait to see how they look in tiger Rez.

Just picked p the game as I never got through it so a treat along what my 3rd play through of last of us :-) think ill be set until horizon zero dawn releases :-)

lets ope laugh goes smooth now and my console doesn’t have any issues at launch.

It’s great that you take your time to patch these great games, but I think the HDR mode is too dark, Uncharted 4 and Ratchet & Clank both look fine.
But maybe this varies between TVs as well (more than non HDR input).


Thanks a lot for the pro enhancements i’m enjoying the both games all over again

Upscaled 4K, not a word on locked 60 fps, HDR available on the PS4 Cheapo…

That PS4 Pro really proves useless.

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