The SweetFX mod for Star Wars: Battlefront has been making the rounds. Some people claim it makes the Frostbite 3-powered first (or third) person shooter look like a movie. You can see for yourself how the mod runs, thanks to a video that puts together various instances from gameplay to showcase the mod.
Comic Book spotted the video from popular YouTuber JackFrags, which contains three and a half minutes of Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay featuringt he SweetFX mod with the settings turned up to 4K resolution. Check it out below.
The video above is actually paid for and sponsored by the EA Ronku program, as indicated in the video description. This wasn't just a grassroots viral video of a mod that got popular from out of nowhere.
The SweetFX mod has been available for a while and is easily compatible with a number of different games. The actual effects of the mod on Battlefront are difficult to spot out. While media are claiming that it makes Star Wars: Battlefront look “indistinguishable” from real life, that's technically the part of the 4K resolution, which is a native feature in the game that allows PC monitors to display the game at 3840 x 2160, or 8.29 million pixels per frame.
Some websites have also stated that the SweetFX mod increases the frame-rate to 60fps, but once again that's incorrect. The SweetFX mod doesn't affect frame-rate, since the game already runs at 60fps on PC. In fact, we knew that the game ran at 60fps as far back as May 19th, 2015, as reported by GameSpot.
The big question becomes: if SweetFX doesn't affect the resolution and doesn't affect the frame-rate... what does it do?
Well, as per the official website, it's normally used for improved anti-aliasing, which usually doesn't affect games running at 4K. However majority of its focus is on post-processing and shader effects. To be honest it's hard to spot out exactly what the SweetFX does for Star Wars: Battlefront that the vanilla doesn't already accomplish at 60fps and 4K. In fact, the 60fps and 4K video from Thirty IR below that isn't running the SweetFX mod looks about par the course with the modded version of the game above.
A few commenters pointed out across the web that the SweetFX mostly just altered the color correction and saturation. At 4K and with the SweetFX mod on you can definitely see the tessellation more clearly, but beyond that the changes aren't entirely apparent.
The SweetFX from ReShade definitely seems to work the magic with more pronounced differences in games like Fallout 4 and Grand Theft Auto V, where the manipulation of the shaders are exaggerated to a greater extent. In the case of Star Wars: Battlefront I can't really see too much of a difference from the vanilla game when both the modded and unmodded versions are running at 60fps and 4K.
Nevertheless, if you want the mod you can grab it from over on the ReShade website.