PlayStation 4 features hardware upscaling chip for HD

PlayStation 4 hardware upscaler

Previous generation consoles upscaled standard definition games to HD either via software (bad upscaling) or hardware (good upscaling). Now Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed (via Twitter) that the PlayStation 4 will feature hardware upscaling to HD.

This means, in addition to improved visual quality, that the GPU won’t have to do the extra lifting by upscaling the image to HD, or from 720p to 1080p.

For example, Call of Duty Ghosts will run at 720p natively on the PS4, but will be upscaled to 1080p. Battlefield 4 runs at 900p, but will be upscaled to 1080p as well.

Hardware-based upscaling means that there is a dedicated chip that’s optimized to deliver the best performance and visual quality. Upscaling is also used to show standard DVD videos in HD, as well as older games from previous generations, such as the PS2.

By comparison, the PS3 added scaling as a software update, while the PS4 will have a built-in hardware scaling chip from the get go.

UPDATE: As one commenter pointed out, Call of Duty Ghosts will run in 1080p natively on the PS4.

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  • Chris Aita
    • The Clockwork Being

      Same for Wii U. X1 on the other hand…

      • Mark Thom

        lolz

      • Ducked

        That’s true, but the Wii U has current gen console version

        • The Clockwork Being

          No it is native at 1080p. The XboxOne version is 720p but up scaled to 1080p.

          • Luca

            wiiu il 880×720
            xbox one is 720p
            ps4 is 1080p

          • Gamer Mania

            So both the XBox One and Wii U are 720p.

            Oh well

          • PS4,WIIU,XBOXONE

            There actually all able to natively run 1080

          • Gamer Mania

            Nah, its been confirmed that the Wii U version will run in 720p but not upscalled meaning it will still look good even though it might be a few pixels out while the Xbox One is just upscalled into 1080p

          • PS4,WIIU,XBOXONE

            Yeah for ghosts maybe but the WIIU xbox and os4 can all natively run 1080p if programmed to

          • Rinslowe

            If Wii U version is indeed native 720p this time around, with or without hardware up-scaling to 1080p this is good news and a step up from Blops 2 which ran at sub HD 880×720 resolution up-scaled to 720p…

            Are there any reliable sources to confirm COD Ghosts resolution for Wii U?

  • Gamer Mania

    Call of Duty: Ghosts has already been confirmed to run native 1080p on the PS4…

  • PS4,WIIU,XBOXONE

    Um yeah call of duty ghost is native 1080p but with this chip does it mean future games could be 4k up scaled before you say sony ruled out 4k they never ruled out 4k up scaling so let’s all wait and watch. it would be cool to upscale to 4k and with 4 k TV starting to break through there starting to get cheaper and cheaper so hmmmm ……

    • The Unknown Legacy

      Good remark!

  • krayzielilsmoki

    This could be a reason to why there is not as much of a focus on native 1080 for next gen, since there is hardware that will upscale it and make it look just as good without sacrificing performance.

    • bizzy gie

      No. Native is always better than upscale. Always.

  • Mark Thom

    Sweet!!!!!

  • Ghostdoctor081

    all he says is HW nothing about COD Ghost being 720 upscale to 1080p. You were kind enough to link where he says it’s HW ( HArdWare ). Could you please linke where it says COD Ghost is 720p upscale to 1080P on the PS4 cause i can’t find it any where?

    • Rinslowe

      As far as I know, COD Ghosts on PS4 is native 1080p.
      Xbox 1 has been confirmed to have 720p resolution, but still unsure if that will be hardware up-scaled or not…

  • bizzy gie

    This is good, but most PS4 games are native 1080p and I expect the number of native 1080p games to only increase in the coming years.

    • Madmagican

      …actually there’s only 5 confirmed native 1080p games for PS4 right now
      but in the years to come? sure.

  • Rinslowe

    This is why comments from Eurogamer about PS4’s less than capable BF4’s 1080p up-scaling results were a wee bit sketchy.

    This confirmation makes it doubly so…

  • PS4THEWIN

    Call of Duty Ghosts is native 1080p on PS4.

  • sd

    I thought BF4 was also 1080p native on the PS4. is this not the case?

  • Richardo

    There isn’t a dedicated chip for upscaling. All modern gpus have scaling engines.
    Your assumption that “ps4 features hardware upscaling” does not mean that there is a seperate chip. Similar inaccuracies are floating around Xbox One. With the Xbox one there is no seperate chip either; its scaler engine is part of the gpu which is part of the APU chip.

    • companyoflosers

      dont things like upscaling dvd players have dedicated chips though? 0.o maybe it could have been incorporated for better power management?

      • Richardo

        With all modern gpus the upscaling engines for quite a while now. A simple device like a dvd player with upscaling probably a chip or 2 that facilitate every function of the dvd player. THey tend to consolidate chips into a smaller chip to reduce manufacturing costs. The 1st upscaling dvd players on the market probably had isolated chips, but DVD players don’t ahve the luxury of having super compex costly gpu chips that cost more than the upscaling dvd player itself.

  • companyoflosers

    i think any game at this point not running at 1080p is just a console launch fomality. when the wii u came out all its games were native 720p but every game outside of launch window is confirmed 1080p. its not like it couldnt handle it, it was just a launch formality to get the feel of how the system handles out in the wild. same for xb1 and ps4. im sure they can both more than handle native 1080p with any launch game, they just wont because sony and microsoft want to gauge performance and start safely by nt pushing any limits whatsoever.

  • Colin Parks

    wrong as so many have stated it is 1080p native, some reports suggest the wii u is also 1080 but xobx one 720, that would be a turnaround!

    • Rinslowe

      I doubt the Wii U is 1080p, but seeing as though the U also features hardware up-scaling it could be 720p up-scaled to 1080p. But even then I’d have to see that in writing by a reputable source…
      There’s no doubt that Xbox 1 is the more powerful out of the two systems (Wii U & XB1), so no reason to believe the U has an advantage here. Not only that but I’m sure the Xbox 1 version also features hardware up-scaling for this game and incorporates better use of advanced effects, textures and geometry over the Wii U version.
      Not to sound like a fan of the Xbox 1, I’m not really impressed by the whole package MS is selling but facts are facts when comparing the capabilities of the two systems.
      It’s obvious though that PS4 has the most brute force this gen…

      • Colin Parks

        Totally agree with all of this.
        I am going ps4 wii u this gen, best of both worlds.
        I have a feeling whatever you chose xbox or ps the wii u will be everyone’s 2nd console.
        I love mine and this Christmas it has the best line up of games,
        On ps4 ill grab killzone that is it.
        On wii u, mario 3d, cod ghosts, mario sonic winter olympics donkey kong just got zelda.
        Not sure whether to get ac4 on wii u or ps4 yet.
        So its a great time to be a gamer whatever camp you fight for

        • Rinslowe

          I agree except, I’m PC + Wii U…
          I’m surprised to see COD Ghosts on your Wii U list… Why not just wait for the PS4 version?

        • PS4,WIIU,XBOXONE

          I’ve had WIIU for launch it’s a recommended console it’s simple it works well it’s fun and of course as Nintendo always has been, innovative. I will be getting a ps4 and maybe JUST maybe an xboxnone

      • Gamer Mania

        Actually the Wii U is full HD….

        • Rinslowe

          What are you talking about? lol

          Don’t just say something without at least substantiating it. If you don’t have a link or proof of that comment. Piss off.

          • YogiGRB

            he is saying that the WiiU is 1080P native also

          • Rinslowe

            Just to be clear. I’m a Ninty fan self confessed. But seriously guys, I don’t think the Wii U will be 1080p native… If you could provide the source that would be splendid. But again, is there anyone who thinks Xb1 is going to be out-performed by the Wii U on a purely technical level with a game like Call of Duty?
            I can believe 720p up-scaled to 1080p sure. And in light of the Xbox 1 version being native 720p with likely hardware up-scaling then I’d say this is all but guaranteed.

          • PS4,WIIU,XBOXONE

            Does this mean it’s up there with xb1 and ps4? No but it’s a native 1080p console

          • Rinslowe

            Are you an idiot? Everybody knows the Wii U can output to 1080p…
            Also, did you even read the posts above for context? Because this is a discussion about COD Ghosts… Not “CAN THE WII U OUTPUT TO 1080P”!!
            fckn fanboys.

          • PS4,WIIU,XBOXONE

            are u a fckn swag fag ?? yes you are i comfirmed what u asked jo ur the lil fan boy im defending consoles ur defending ur rep ur only in the group of trash of this world go joing u #obay swag fag groups ur too immature for this site

          • Rinslowe

            You made my point….

            Why is there a need to defend Wii U in this discussion? It’s about COD Ghosts you absolute twat! Not ‘CAN THE WII U OUTPUT TO 1080P”!!

            In fact every post you have replied to here has been a waste of time, because not a single individual has claimed Wii U is not capable of 1080p output.

            I wont bother replying again to you, obviously you can’t read, you’re an idiot.

          • PS4,WIIU,XBOXONE

            this wholes firking news posts has been about upscaling and resoultion nativity!!!! if u wanna friking call about codghists and is crap take it to the ghost posts!! ur just a disrespectful ignorant person with no hope for a good future

          • PS4,WIIU,XBOXONE

            but what ever man my bad this was a pretty worthlees fight that went no where wasnt worth it sry

          • PS4,WIIU,XBOXONE
      • Hugo Stiglitz

        ACtually, if the Wii U was basically a direct port of the Xbox 360 version, it could easily be native 1080p.

    • PS4,WIIU,XBOXONE

      All consoles are 1080p native!!!!

    • Chris Aita

      Sadly, Wii U Ghosts isn’t 1080p… I wish it was because the system is clearly more capable than the PS3 and Xbox 360.

  • REALOG

    DUMMIES BOTH MACHINES r 4K RESOLUTION, BOTH R 1080P , ITS THE GAME THAT NATIVE 720P (upscaled to 1080p) or 1080P, – BUT XBOX ONE HAS PLENTY OF 1080P GAMES, that dont mean the SYSTEM is 720P

    • rsco6969

      in english?

      • REALOG

        IF YOU CANT READ YOU R A RETARD

        • rsco6969

          if you cannot type correctly then your monkey getting raped by a piece of broccoli

    • PS4,WIIU,XBOXONE

      HAHAHA YOU THE DUMMY NON OF THE CONSOLES ARE 4K there all 1080 that may be able to be up scaled to 4k get your crap right

    • Guest

      Not really, PS4 and XBOX ONE will support 4K video playback and native 1080P games output but depends on the games 🙂

    • Guest

      Not really bro, PS4 and XBOX ONE will support 4K video playback and native 1080P games output but depends on the games 🙂

    • Hugo Stiglitz

      Xbone has 2 games that are above native 720p, and only 1 is 1080p native. PS4 only has 1 game out of 33 that isn’t 1080p, and it’s 900p (BF4)

  • Hugo Stiglitz

    You’re misinformed. Call of Duty is confirmed to run at native 1080p. This is old news. It’s Xbone that’s 720p native upscaled, not PS4

  • Loui2

    Herp derp all consoles 4k, herp derp all consoles 1080p. *Bitch Slap*
    No. The hardware’s performance will decide whether it can provide native 1080p when doing something or not.

    4k resolution will be for videos/movies/w.e, you won’t find a native 4k game in neither consoles life time.
    So far it seems most games run at native 1080p or 900p on the PS4, while the Xbox One has only about 2 games that are running native 1080p.

    Don’t talk about upscaling… Anything can be upscaled to what ever resolution… The fact stands that a game being upscaled from 720p to 1080p looks crap (Crap level differs by tv size and distance) compared to a native 1080p game.

    In conclusion:
    Stfu and buy what ever console you want, they both have their benefits and disadvantages but don’t go shitting out and throwing misinformation you monkeys.

  • Kim Sanderhoff

    Erm…. this so called dedicated chip is not as good as whatever MS is doing. Despite BF4 running in 900p it looks surprisingly blurry compared to the xbox version upscaled from 720p. Just saying…