PS4 Boost Mode Performance – Worst Running PS4/Pro Games List

ps4 boost mode performance

Though PS4 Pro Boost Mode is performing minor miracles in some games – like getting Assassin’s Creed Unity to a playable state, for one – there’s a swathe of games that, at the time of writing, are adversely affected by Sony’s PS4 Boost Mode performance.

It’s to be expected, too, as this mode is still in beta form and as such will be susceptible to issues before Sony engineers are able to iron out all of its kinks ahead of its official release in around two weeks.

PS4 Pro Boost Mode games list

For the as-of-yet uninitiated, PS4 Pro’s Boost Mode is a feature currently available to beta users of PS4 system update 4.50 that utilizes the added juice of the Pro to retroactively make older PS4 games run better without the need for a developer-mandated patch.

Thankfully, the list of games suffering issues isn’t too exhaustive — only around one hundred titles have been tested thus far, mind — so if you’re planning on playing any of the below games it’s best play them on base mode on a PS4 Pro or indeed an original model PS4, or PS4 Slim.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that these issues could be unrelated to Boost Mode but that seems a little far-fetched given the fact the games run as they always have on a standard PS4.

Tembo the Badass Elephant

This quirky little indie platformer is a favourite around PSU, though if you’re planning on running it on PS4 Pro’s Boost Mode, be wary: multiple users have reported random crashes throughout so be advised.


Much like Tembo – that’s where the comparison ends, sadly – horror offering SOMA has also began to suffer from a multitude of crashes and irregular performance, making a scary experience that much more terrifying. But not for the right reasons.

Grow Home

Ubisoft’s low poly adventure (starring the kick-ass robot B.U.D) had some issues upon its release on PS4 back in 2015 but the implementation of Boost Mode has apparently exasperated the situation, with more stuttering during gameplay being reported by players.

Slender: The Arrival

It may be slight, but PS4 Pro’s Boost Mode has apparently added in some additional lighting issues within Slender: The Arrival. It may sound negligible, but for a game that thrives on darkness and scares, light’s surely important.

Games that run the same:

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Batman: The Telltale Series
  • Dead Island
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • God Eater Resurrection
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
  • Shadow Complex
  • Trivial Pursuit Live!

As more games are tested we’ll update this list in accordance with games that run adversely.