Uncharted 4 PSX 2014 vs. Retail Version Image Comparison Shows Improved Character Model And More

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was originally revealed at E3 2014 with a real-time trailer that was rendered on PS4. The trailer showed visual quality that was only seen in a pre-rendered movie so far and the quality of visuals, along with the promise of 60 fps led people to believe that it was fake. Now that the game is out and we have our hands on the final retail code, it is time to compare the old footage and see if the game is actually upgraded or downgraded from its initial reveal.

While the PSX 2014 trailer didn’t really showcase the visual quality that we saw at E3 2014, it came very close to it. The final build of the game vastly surpasses the PSX 2014 build and matches the original quality of visuals that we saw at E3 2014 with the closeup on Drake. It is almost unbelievable at times how amazing the game looks, and when everything clicks, it is like a pre-rendered CGI movie even though it is actually running in real-time on the PS4.

Check out the closeup comparison of the scene from PSX 2014 which featured Nathan Drake meeting with his Brother Sam Drake. The scene alone shows us the improvements that were made in the two years of development and there is indeed a huge jump in the character model quality going from the 2014 build to the final retail build, as seen below.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is available now for the PS4. It was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Let us know what you think about the upgraded visuals in the comments below.

  • Curunir

    Are you literally blind? The shading and SSAO are far worse in retail. Oh, wait, you’re console peasants and have no idea what SSAO is.

  • MONKEY.D LUFFY

    upgrade ..nicely done ND

  • mondaymurder23

    why not show the E3 screen shots. why show when the game was already downgraded

    • MS

      So the fact that the game looks this good isnt what matters, no what matters if that you think it was “downgraded”, i swear some of you fanboys and hater are just too much. You miserable sons of b*tches.

      • mondaymurder23

        i’m no fanboy i’m just saying what i see it’s a downgrade best you take your hands off your face

        • MS

          What you seeing is your deluded biases kicking in. It just a different tint filter with different lighting. You’re fooling yourself if you think otherwise. Or seriously trying to hard to see a difference.

          • mondaymurder23

            i dont think people of your kind can tell when something is downgrade because you people sit so far away from your tv. but claims good graphics when you can’t tell what the game really looks like

  • miyamoto

    Great job Naughty Dog!

    I am super happy they took away that ‘yellow filter’ from the actual retail version of the game.

    I knew that was just for cinematic effect but it hid the color range and details from the textures.

    The color corrected retail version shows all the details properly.

  • HAppY_KrAToS

    Not trying to bash the game, my top 3 favorite games ever, but,

    The pax screen shots, stone textures, leaves, etc, are much more crisper than the retail ones, where the background leaves are kind of blurred, less filtered, with much less details.

    Of course, during game play, it will be impossible to spot. But with still images, the retail version had to suffer some small downgrades.

    Naughty dogs can do amazing things with their code. But there must be hundreds of effects, textures, etc etc, where they must do some compromises, in order to maintain those 30fps.

    Tomorrow I will be playing it. Finally.
    But I can’t stop thinking of uncharted 4, running on the ps4 neo, with 2 or 3 times more power: textures, polygons, effects, npc’s, antialiasing, etc etc, ALL MULTIPLIED BY 2, quality wise.

    It could be insane. It could be a way to showcase the power of the new ps4 neo.

    • Guest

      Oh boy, no it doesn’t, they just changed the lighting, So stop being an idiot.

      • HAppY_KrAToS

        there isn’t worse on internet than a blind fanboy.
        i love uncharted more than anybody else, but that won’t make me blind.
        anyone above 10 yo can easily notice the texture filtering on the leaves, on the pax screenshots, have a better quality than the retail ones. and IT IS NOT THE LIGHTS.

        but let us guess, fapboy (if you assume you know me enough to dare calling me an idiot, i will pretend i also know you, right ? ), fapboy, you must spend so many hours watching those Terabytes of pr0n videos, + all the masturbation, no need to be a doctor, to see your eyes are totally fukked up.

        here is a good friendly advice. If you want to have a correct sight, in order to be able to see the differences between uncharted 5/ the last of us 2 RETAIL version and the pax/E3 versions,
        you should reduce the porn movies to only 3 hours a day, and only 1 hour of masturbation every 2 days.

        It’s gonna be tough and painful to you, but we think it is the only way for you to recover your eyes.

        meanwhile, maybe you will find a little boyfriend, and you will then have less free time for your video and manual needs.

        this is the only thing i could reply to you, as an ‘IDIOT’ .

    • Hvd

      watch out they mite start a petition to get you fired…lmo

      • Guest

        You’re corny kid, try again.

        • Hvd

          are you goin to start a petition to have me removed from these forums??…lmao

  • Hvd

    its looks like a downgrade to me from psx 2014 to be honest.

    • Guest

      Really, because I think it looks better, to be honest.

      • Hvd

        the color looks better and more crisp thats about what i see.

    • miyamoto

      I am super happy they took away that ‘yellow filter’ from the actual retail version of the game.
      I knew that was just for cinematic effect but it hid the color range and details from the textures.
      The color corrected retail version shows all the details properly.