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MLB The Show 20 Graphics Comparison (4K) - PS4 Pro on 2160p 'Sharper' Setting Vs. PS5 (With HDR On and Off)

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MLB The Show 20 Graphics Comparison (4K) - PS4 Pro on 2160p 'Sharper' Setting Vs. PS5 (With HDR On and Off)

We did our NBA 2K21 next-gen graphical comparison yesterday, but one other sports game that has had some buzz to it was MLB The Show 20. Even though it’s not “next gen” yet, The Show has received some performance and load time boosts on the PS5. Our buddy Samit Sarkar over at Polygon showed this off in a 4K full-game video that showcased the HDR, improved load times and 60 FPS upgrades on the PS5. Our MLB The Show 20 graphics comparison sets out to do a couple very basic things to fill in the gaps remaining.

In this brief comparison, we put all three versions of the game side by side to show off how The Show looks on the 2160p (“sharper”) setting. We did this because we wanted to show how noticeable it is for the PS4 Pro to struggle to even consistently hit 30 FPS on this highest graphical setting. Anyone who has played a lot of The Show usually will avoid this setting because the graphical punch just is not worth the performance hit. Most people instead go with the “balanced” or “faster” graphical settings, which bring the game’s visuals down but lock in better frame rates.

Well, now you don’t need to make that choice, and you can see the clear difference in FPS here, as well as just seeing how the game looks on the PS5 with HDR on and off as a little bonus.

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  1. What TV are you using, I have a Sony 900e and with HDR on, my picture is considerably darker than with HDR off. I did not have this issue with my PS4 Pro? Any suggestions?
    trusaleen1
    What TV are you using, I have a Sony 900e and with HDR on, my picture is considerably darker than with HDR off. I did not have this issue with my PS4 Pro? Any suggestions?

    Hmmm odd, I am using a Samsung but dunno why HDR on would lead to darker image. I would assume a calibration issue so maybe check your PS5 HDR settings first since it seems like the TV should not just change between consoles that much.
    tnixen
    Why no PS4 Pro (HDR On)?

    The PS4 Pro has HDR on, sorry if that is not clear. The HDR pops a bit more on the PS5 with similar settings, which maybe could go to the question above where it depends a bit on where you set the manual HDR settings on the console.
    Either way, my point was more to show the "chugging" of the PS4 Pro on the sharper setting vs. it looking much smoother on PS5 even from just two basic clips of pitching and a hit to the outfield.
    LastActionHero
    One word: smooooooth
    Unfortunately I’ve never gotten HDR to look good in HDR game mode on my LG Oled C7. Standard HDR mode looks beautiful but has too much lag.

    That's a bummer, is it just an older TV or what?
    Chase, that's all CPU vs CPU gameplay right? I definitely remember the "watch mode" behind the pitcher view on the Pro running exactly like that in Sharper mode. Absolutely night and day difference on the PS5 in performance, and honestly I thought the framerate in the CPU-only games in that camera was just limited to 30. The PS5 disproves that theory.
    And, as I mentioned in another thread....it's locked 60 FPS (or so close to that as to not be noticeable) in RTTS Fielder view too, which has previously only been possible at low-poly count stadiums like many of the minor league stadiums and perhaps Kauffman, given the right conditions. Getting called up to the bigs usually meant you heading into framerate hell when the ball came your way in the field - but not anymore!
    This game benefits GREATLY from the PS5's extra horsepower, and it's because it's never locked to a framerate below 60 FPS. Madden CAN do something similar, but to enable the functionality across the whole game the system resolution has to be dropped to 1080p.
    I hope this kind of performance isn't sacrificed too much for better visuals in '21 when it's actually developed for the PS5....but we'll see. Honestly hard to go back to a version with framerate dips after playing it like this.
    bcruise
    Chase, that's all CPU vs CPU gameplay right? I definitely remember the "watch mode" behind the pitcher view on the Pro running exactly like that in Sharper mode. Absolutely night and day difference on the PS5 in performance, and honestly I thought the framerate in the CPU-only games in that camera was just limited to 30. The PS5 disproves that theory.
    And, as I mentioned in another thread....it's locked 60 FPS (or so close to that as to not be noticeable) in RTTS Fielder view too, which has previously only been possible at low-poly count stadiums like many of the minor league stadiums and perhaps Kauffman, given the right conditions. Getting called up to the bigs usually meant you heading into framerate hell when the ball came your way in the field - but not anymore!
    This game benefits GREATLY from the PS5's extra horsepower, and it's because it's never locked to a framerate below 60 FPS. Madden CAN do something similar, but to enable the functionality across the whole game the system resolution has to be dropped to 1080p.
    I hope this kind of performance isn't sacrificed too much for better visuals in '21 when it's actually developed for the PS5....but we'll see. Honestly hard to go back to a version with framerate dips after playing it like this.

    I figured this would be the case. I don't remember what version it was, maybe 16? They did something to the game graphically, to the dugouts or something. Like they gave them more texture or something like that. Ever since that happened, I've had some really crappy experiences with MLB the Show and it's framerate. The only thing I could ever guess was that maybe the PS4, even the Pro I played on, just wasn't powerful enough for everything the game was trying to do. Glad to hear it runs so good on PS5. Can't wait to get one.
    This was called PBR.
    IHateDuke32
    I figured this would be the case. I don't remember what version it was, maybe 16? They did something to the game graphically, to the dugouts or something. Like they gave them more texture or something like that. Ever since that happened, I've had some really crappy experiences with MLB the Show and it's framerate. The only thing I could ever guess was that maybe the PS4, even the Pro I played on, just wasn't powerful enough for everything the game was trying to do. Glad to hear it runs so good on PS5. Can't wait to get one.
    Well after many attempts, I somehow scored a PS5 in today's Sony Direct drop. So in about a week, I'll finally discover the level of performance that MLB the Show has been trying to run at for years lol. I can't wait!
    IHateDuke32
    Well after many attempts, I somehow scored a PS5 in today's Sony Direct drop. So in about a week, I'll finally discover the level of performance that MLB the Show has been trying to run at for years lol. I can't wait!

    Congrats man!
    trusaleen1
    What TV are you using, I have a Sony 900e and with HDR on, my picture is considerably darker than with HDR off. I did not have this issue with my PS4 Pro? Any suggestions?

    I had this 65" Sony 4k HDR TV and honestly the HDR sucked, I played with HDR off and any 4K content from Verizon FIOS with HDR looked dim and not good
    https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/sony/x900c#page-top
    I just bought this 65" LG OLED and oh my god the difference is absolutely night and day.....television shows, movies, 4K content and most impprtantly gaming is 100x better
    https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/lg/bx-oled
    I will never buy anything other than a LG in the near future.....the BX is the same as CX just has 2 HDMI 2.1 port instead of 4
    If you want to get the right TV for PS5 - look here
    https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/best/ps5

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