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PS4 modder gets Bloodborne to run at gorgeous 60 FPS

Published: 09:36, 29 April 2020
picture showing charachter from bloodborne walking towards a lighthouse

Lance McDonald, a well known PS4 tech modder and Bloodborne enthusiast has patched FromSoftware's title to run at 60 FPS on PlayStation 4 Pro. The game's resolution has been downgraded to 720p though, for a stable frame rate.

Bloodborne is one of the best games from FromSoftware's portfolio but it is not without its flaws. Poor performance on PlayStation 4 is one of the main setbacks. The game runs at 30 FPS which of course is not the issue at all but the constant frame rate drops during boss fights can be pretty annoying and game-breaking especially for a title where timing is crucial. 

However, thanks to Lance McDonald, a well known PS4 modder and Bloodborne enthusiast, these issues may have been solved. In a series of tweets, McDonald has shared Bloodborne gameplay, running in glorious 60 FPS. As you can see in the Father Gascoigne boss fight below, the game maintains solid 60 FPS most of the time thanks to the mod.

McDonald explains that in order to achieve such a buttery smooth experience, he reduced the resolution from 1080p to 720p while running PS4 Pro's Boost Mode enabled.

"I went one step further and patched Bloodborne to run at 720p instead of 1080p. It seems to hold 60fps really nice this way. Once again, this is all captured on a PS4 Pro running with Boost Mode enabled," McDonald wrote on Twitter.

An earlier version of the mod was not playable since From Software games' physics are usually tied to framerate so this caused all sorts of issues with timing as you can see in the tweet below.

All in all, it is an excellent piece of work from the modder but sadly, it is unrealistic to expect that this mod becomes ever gets the official support. There's a reason why FromSoftware capped the game to 30 FPS after all. 

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