The Last of Us Remastered 720p vs. 1080p, 30 FPS vs. 60 FPS: Shows More Than A Simple Resolution Bump

The Last of Us Remastered was announced earlier this week for the PS4. Along with this announcement, Naughty Dog were also quick enough to release a short teaser trailer. Unfortunately, this trailer was on YouTube, and hence locked at 30 fps. Naughty Dog have released a brand new 1080p HQ trailer, which also has 60 fps footage of the game.

If you want to download this trailer, you can grab it from here.

The Last of Us Remastered won’t simply offer a bare bones resolution upgrade, Naughty Dog are also targeting 60 fps for the end game, and will be hopefully able to achieve this target. But what about the difference between 30 fps vs. 60 fps? We can see this in the videos below, one of which is running at 30 fps and the other at 60 fps.

The Last of Us Remastered 30 fps

The Last of Us Remastered 60 fps

When it comes to upgrade, the resolution jump is already a big one. But this won’t be the only feature to be upgraded. We have also gotten higher quality textures and character models, improved lighting and shadows, and improvement to the other technical aspects of the game, as per the statement made by Eric Monacelli, Community Strategist at Naughty Dog.

The comparison below demonstrates the difference between 720p resolution of the PS3 versus 1080p resolution of the PS4.


The changes to the character model are pretty much obvious here. Jaggies around character are mostly gone, textures have improved significantly. While this one didn’t really provide a closer look directly at the character models, the improvements are still quite noticeable here.

Naughty Dog had released some pre-release super sampled shots for The Last of Us on the PS3. While releasing higher quality shots of the game before release isn’t exactly something new(or evil), they surely can make a good point of reference for comparing with the PS4 remaster, which is supposed to be running on a much better hardware. So how does that work for the PS4 version, you can see that yourself in the image comparison below.

Just for fun, here are all three character models compared (PS3 vs. Press Shot vs. PS4)

Another image comparison shows added details to the environment and improved geometry, which is clearly missing from the PS3 version of the game. (Image Credit: NeoGAF)


It’s clear even from this little teaser trailer that Naughty Dog are clearly aiming high for The Last of Us despite it being a remaster. From what little we have seen so far, and considering the track record of Naughty Dog, it is clear that they are going to deliver on their word.

What do you think about the difference for The Last of Us on the PS3 vs. PS4? Let us know in the comments below.

Khurram Imtiaz

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  • Martin Elisha

    if you downlownload smooth video project it will covert your 24fps movies to 60fps. making for some good soap oppera effect.

  • Kamille

    60 frames is so smooth! I wish all games were 720p at 60 frames instead of 1080p at 30.

    • Hail To The King

      I wish all games are 1080p 60fps steady.

      • Consoles don’t necessarily do that well in that regard.

  • Pawel

    This is not worth the full price. If they allow a $10 upgrade then I may consider. The graphics change is not significant enough.

    • Zach Lusk

      It’s not geared towards people who bought the ps3 version, its geared towards the people who converted from Xbox 360/Xbox One who never got to experience the game. Like me.

      • Hail To The King

        Are you working for ND? This is geared towards everyone, just because you’re part of a niche doesn’t equal to the game specially made for you.

        • Zee

          pretty sure it does dumb fuck, its people like me who came from 360 to ps4 wholl buy it…. most people who already played it WILL NOT PAY FULL PRICE FOR THE SAME GAME.

          • Hail To The King

            Then you have no idea the impact this game has on people. See, you think about YOURSELF, you think YOUR NICHE is the main target. I can think about my own niche, in fact I know what my market niche is, but I’m not a pompous f-ck like you.

  • Dynasty2021

    60 FPS in one, scripted scene.

    Turn around and start running, shooting etc. Watch the FPS drop, I guarantee it. I love ND and TLOU is in my top 5 games of all time, but I seriously doubt the console’s ability to do a CONSTANT 60 FPS. The only game that does that is MGS 5, and that’s only because the textures are super weak up close.

    • Neil Riley

      MSG 5 looks great on my TV… way better than TLOU on PS3 plus it’s silky smooth 60fps and 1080p as well so I see no reason why TLOU PS4 won’t be too unless they crank the effects up to 11.

    • Hail To The King

      EXACTLY. I was already doubtful when ND said they were ‘targeting’ 60fps, dafuq is that suppose to mean?

      That’s not ensuring at all.

  • PachterStation

    I don’t see the point in getting it on the PS4 if you’ve played it on the PS3. Graphically, there’s not much in it. It’s not as though the PS4 tramples it on the PS3. My biggest gripe is the £60 price, but there’s typical discounting. £50 for this, Sony and Naughty Dog can keep it. New releases are very thin (same with the Xbox One). I hope we’re not going to see a flood of PS3 remakes on the PS4. But it wouldn’t be too bad if they sold for a realistic price. I still say that 2014 is going to be a bit crap for new releases across all formats. I won’t be buying any consoles at launch again.

    • csreynolds

      I paid £38 to pre-order. Where are you getting £60 from??

      • Dynasty2021

        £60 is the RRP that almost no store asks for, but man, have you been to Tesco or Sainsbury’s etc on release days?

        £49.99 easily. GAME as always is like £54.99.

        But he has a point. No way in hell will I pay £40 for a game I’ve already beaten 3 or 4 times.

        If they make an offer of £19.99 or something if you already have the game, and you can then download the PS4 version but require the PS3 disc to play (like AC4 and NBA 2K14 did), then MAYBE.

        This game should be bought by Xbox One converts, new console owners etc. Basically anyone that hasn’t played it yet.

    • Apocolyptica

      Since launch was last year you’re a little late anyways..

  • Failz

    PC gaming offers remastered versions for free with auto updates, Console gaming asks you to pay full price for the same games again for the same differences…

    • csreynolds

      Completely overlooking the fact that you have to update your PC for updated graphics, which in itself incurs a cost, then? Not to mention that a decent gaming rig costs several hundred pounds more than a console…

      Oh, and need I mention that Tomb Raider DE on PS4 was proven to outshine Tomb Raider on PC with high-quality graphics settings? Hmmm. Food for thought.

      • Dynasty2021

        STFU moron.

        Tomb Raider on consoles was proven to NOT look better than the non-upgraded PC version. Fucking console retards. Up close textures on PC outshined the console versions.

        And PC gaming IS cheaper. £20 less per game alone. No yearly payment for online requirement.
        And I love how you forget the £300+ you spent on your TV. Already you’re pushing £800 JUST TO PLAY THE FUCKING CONSOLE AND GET ONLINE.

        You can EASILY build a better gaming PC for that amount.

        So don’t bring cost into it when you’re a retarded console owner.

        • Xtreme Derp

          PS4 Tomb Raider had some extra effects like fog missing from the PC version. Not that the PC version couldn’t do it, but they just didn’t code that stuff in.

          You seem like an angry, irrational, and stupid PC fanboy. 300 pound TV? LOL. 300 pound monitor. You have to pay for a display either way. Keep frothing at the mouth while sounding like an utter imbecile.

          Getting shifty “global” digital discount keys from Russian reseller websites.. good luck with that.

          • Dusted

            AND the chump has got a TV as well I bet lol

          • I hope you know that a great monitor doesn’t cost 300 pounds… more like 75… And the preorder prices he talks about are from Steam or sometimes Origin.

          • TheOtherDude

            Listen up, mate. Just because they have one more setting to play with graphics on the ps4 doesnt make tomb raider better looking on it. I can guarantee you that all settings can be set higher on a pc then a ps4, except the one setting you’re talking about that’s somehow excluded.

            And there is no way a playstation or xbox of any kind could play with TressFX on at all. Which a PC has for tombraider, that allows for hair the move better.

            And yes, a TV costs up to 10x what a monitor costs, without improving technology one bit. In fact, I’d go as far as to say 99.8% of all TV’s has response times that are CRAP, in fact so bad that if you were to play on it with a desire to win, you’d be bummed out when playing against someone with an “ok” monitor.

            And again, tomb raider is locked to a certain fps. A good pc playing tomb raider can reach at least 4k resolution at 60 fps. and thats 4x as many pixels dude.. How can a ps4 even compare with that?

            I got a pc and a ps4, but to shed some light on the case. My custom water cooling costs more then a ps4. Very few games actually play at native 1080 60fps on any console.

          • Sandy Wich

            I’m a year late dear random, but for future plebs who past by, I MUST convert the ignorant.

            Ignorance has always angered the informed, especially when ignorance parades itself around lying to everyone in sight just so it can pretend it’s true to feel better.

            BTW: Average consumer tv is 46 inches, which is over 600 dollars. Average Monitor display is 24 inches, under 250 dollars, and please EVERYONE google Steam/Good old Games, G2A, Amazon games.

            I feel so bad for the 6 inbreeds who agreed with this post, it must be horrible for them. Life as a janitor… well someone has to do it.

        • Sandy Wich

          This is a year late but you give me hope of this human race. Sometimes I really think all people are as retarded as that… oh god… person you replied to.

          I like my ps4 but holy mother of god… to even joke about it being 1/5 the usefulness or quality of just a ~~mid~~ tier gaming pc is… below a standard people should never allow themselves to go.

          Always blew me away how people justify it’s cheap entry point but then pay monthly fees, full price for last gen remasters, overall 70 dollars for it’s games, pay 30 bucks for mods, “DLC”, just to have it under perform and chug in it’s menu’s because they cheaped out on it’s shitty 5400 rpm hard drive. Maybe mainstream doesn’t have the ability to look ahead?

          Thank god after this gen consoles are dead forever, I’m now willing to embrace game streaming if it means never having to see 720p aliased 30 fps pleb garbage again.

      • Apocolyptica

        Of course you don’t have to buy an entire gaming rig every time. Just swap out parts like the motherboard, cpu, graphics card etc. I also didn’t have to update my graphics card when updates to games like Skyrim came out or for graphic mods for GTA 4. That said, while console games are initially more expensive, they are comparable in price to PC when you consider you can trade your console games in. I have all the platforms and they all have their pros and cons

        • Zach Lusk

          the problem with switching out Motherboard + CPU is you have to do a complete OS wipe..

    • Xtreme Derp

      Dumb as rocks and WRONG brainless fanboy imbecile.

  • Svengalis

    hey guys i bought a ps4 to play ps3 ports…. duh.

  • Daniel Lawson

    they clearly used some of their higher end assets on the game and moved over the cinematic models to in-game

  • A_Wise_Man


  • da Boss

    It looks great, but still doesn’t look that much better. Does not warrant another 60$ purchase, but if you haven’t played this before than for sure pick it up. It comes with all the dlc and better graphics.

    • Daniel Lawson

      that would be me… I’m selfishly happy for this

  • Sonicblast19

    I like how they kept the pre-rendered backrounds.

  • sd

    Its funny that this is actually the reason that I will buy a PS4. Looks great.

  • Martin Elisha

    the lord of the rings is shot at 24 frames per second The Tv show Big Bang Theory is shot at 60 frames, Sitcoms are shot at 60 frames per second. soap operas are shot at 60 frames per second. I don’t get how 60 frames is going to not make this game look worse. and the graphics are not different at all. and its too soon for a remaster. this is a scam wtf.

    • christrules0041

      I haven’t ever read about tv shows or any tv related shows being 60 fps. 24 fps is the standard. However movies don’t pan cameras around quickly like we do in games. It always shows angles and instead of panning cameras around, it switches to a different camera angle. It’s also just being captured by the cameras compared to a game has to be rendered while we pan the camera around. It’s a stable frame rate compared to a fluctuating frame rate. It’s too different to compare really.

  • Martin Elisha

    Im sorry guys but these screenshots I cant find a difference.
    Movies are filmed at 24 frames per second and tv shows are 60, why the hell would they make this 60 frames?

    • Natsu Dragneel

      Not true, TV standard is also 24 frames.

    • Starwads

      Not to be a sarcastic asshole, but you honestly need to see an eye doctor. There is a clear difference. I’m being 100% sincere to you. Maybe you aren’t paying attention to detail? Otherwise, if that’s not the case, get some smexy glasses like me 😀


    Never bought it for the PS3 since I was so darn busy with moving all the time… Now that this is coming out for the PS4 I am for sure going to be snagging it up on there.

    • Tim

      I’m 35, been a core gamer since I was kid with a Commodore 64, The Last of Us is probably the best single player game I have ever played. Definitely a game every gamer should experience, the 1080p 60fps PS4 version is like icing on the cake.

      • Dave

        Campaign is the best, but the stealth online competitive multiplayer is really unique and fun.

        • YOUDIEMOFO

          Like I said to Tim you guys have me anticipating this so badly….


        Shoot now you’ve really got me stoked….

        I’m 33 and just got done dropping a “Commodore 64” drop on a retro gaming site that gave homage to Sega CD’s Phantasy Star. Simply saying that my first “video game” RPG” was on my Commodore 64 and how that prepared me for what phantasy star gave up!

        Something told me to hold off on my buddy lending me his PS3 version…….still waiting….

      • DSM

        Well, not EVERY gamer. It’s one of my favorite games of all time, too, but it’s extremely violent. I wouldn’t want my niece or nephew playing it.

        • Joakim Mog R

          well, it’s rated MATURE for some reason…

  • madbads

    Hope these serve to open those peasant eyes who thought this game had good graphics. And that human eye cant differ 720 to 1080p

    • Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

      • madbads

        lol kid why so mad? truth seems to hurt

        • asdasdasd556f

          the atmosphere resulting from the graphics was phenomenomal, no one said the game looks like crysis or whatever.

        • Daniel Lawson

          because the biggest difference is the huge disparity between TEXTURE RESOLUTION not screen resolution

      • jnemesh

        where is the downvote button????

      • Drithe

        Admit it Troopa. This game suxors your buxors.

    • Xtreme Derp

      It had great graphics for PS3’s hardware.

      You must be talking about Microsoft fanboys.

    • frontiermarine88


      • madbads

        lol peasants suck my cock literally , suck it hard you are all stupid as fuck

        • Negi Springfield

          Please shut the fuck up.

          Quit acting like you`re some kind of superior supreme king or some shit , Lay off the Chuunibyou stuff you wanker.

    • Jørgen Fallet Mosand

      u high m8?

    • Negi Springfield

      Are you blind , Mate ?

      How about you get your eyes checked up and proceed to get some sharp glasses.

    • luvthesnapper

      that is 100% incorrect.