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New Killzone PS4 footage is download-only to show off its 1080p, 60 FPS gameplay

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

In an effort to give fans a better sense of what Killzone: Shadow Fall will look like running on PlayStation 4, developer Guerrilla Games released new "ultra high bitrate" footage of the game that it's asking Killzone fans to download, because streaming online video doesn't do its visuals justice.

Michiel van der Leeuw, technical director at Guerrilla, wrote on the PlayStation Blog that "there are limitations to streamed video on the internet, and many of the clips and trailers we've released thus far aren't being viewed in the best possible fidelity and framerate."

Killzone: Shadow Fall is rendered at 1080p resolution natively, he explained, and targets 60 frames per second, details that can be compromised with web video.

"In order to properly demonstrate the framerate and resolution we achieve in Shadow Fall's multiplayer, we've captured and lightly compressed new footage that we're not offering through a video sharing service," van der Leeuw explained of the decision.

The multiplayer footage offers a minute-long look at the next-gen Killzone and requires a 541 MB download. The Killzone website is understandably slower due to the stress that comes from distributing a half-gigabyte video file, so give it some time.

Killzone: Shadow Fall has an official release date of Nov. 15 in North America, but retailers are selling the game right now.

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