Heavy Rain PS4 Improvements Detailed, Launch Trailer Released

Available today in North America, with Europe getting it tomorrow, Heavy Rain on PlayStation 4 includes 1080p visuals, improved lighting, and multi-threaded rendering, with developer Quantic Dream saying, “We have focused on improving the graphical fidelity.”

Here’s what you can expect from Heavy Rain on PS4:

Heavy Rain on PS3 won three BAFTA awards and follows the dramatic story of a father, Ethan, on a desperate hunt to find his missing son. You will decide how far he goes to save his family. Ethan is joined by Detective Scott Shelby, FBI Agent Norman Jayden, and photojournalist Madison Paige. Their fates entwine as they seek out the mysterious Origami Killer.


  • Increased resolution from 720p to 1080p
  • Increased the number of available shadow maps from 8 to 12
  • Enabled multi-threaded rendering
  • Added post-process: HDAO and MSAA
  • Improved lighting for scenes and objects
  • Improved reflections

In North America, Heavy Rain is $29.99 USD on its own, or $39.99 USD in a bundle with Beyond: Two Souls. If you already own Beyond, Quantic Dream said, “You can purchase Heavy Rain at a discount on PS Store – which we think is a fantastic value.”

In Europe, you’ll have to check the PlayStation Store for Heavy Rain pricing in your area. If you own Beyond: Two Souls though, “SCE is offering Heavy Rain at a big discount as an upgrade – which we think is fantastic value!” You’ll also be able to purchase a retail bundle of the two games later this week.

[Source: PS Blog (1), (2)]