Planned for November 10.
The Witness will receive a patch to add PlayStation 4 Pro support that, “if all goes well,” should go live on November 10 when Sony’s new HDR and 4K-ready PS4 model is available, game director Jonathan Blow told IGN.
Since The Witness already runs at 60fps on current PlayStation 4 consoles, the focus of the patch is “increasing visual fidelity.” According to Blow, the patch will allow The Witness to render at 1440p “or possibly higher” on a 4K display, while maintaining a consistent 60fps. You can read a full post with more technical details on The Witness blog.
Blow mentions that the specifics of the patch are not absolute promises, stating, “Things might change by release. But [this is] what we are aiming for.”
Blow and his team at Thekla, Inc. are also working on adding HDR support to The Witness. During its September 7 press briefing, Sony revealed that all PlayStation 4 consoles — not just the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro — are set to receive a firmware upgrade to enable HDR.
To experience The Witness with its upscaled resolution, as well as the many other games receiving PlayStation 4 Pro forward compatibility, you will need a 4K display.
Last month, Blow also revealed to IGN that The Witness is heading to Xbox One, with a proposed launch date of September 13. An iOS port is also in the works.
Chloi Rad is an Associate Editor for IGN. Follow her on Twitter at @_chloi.