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PS4 to Have Resolution Advantage at Launch vs. Xbox One

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The PlayStation 4 will have slightly better looking graphics than the Xbox One at launch.

On the eve of the launch of the two next-generation consoles comes fodder for technical comparisons between the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts will be running at a higher resolution on the Sony platform.

Hey, been on the road last couple weeks so haven’t had a chance to update, but wanted to confirm that for Xbox One we’re 1080p upscaled from 720p. And, we’re native 1080p on PS4.  We optimized each console to hit 60 FPS and the game looks great on both. Still on the road, but glad to see the great reception to Extinction.  Can’t wait for next week's launch.

Despite the PS4 and the Xbox One sharing a more similar technology platform than ever before, early analysis concluded that Sony's design has a little more graphical power. Before one jumps to the conclusion that Infinity Ward simply isn't putting in the requisite effort into the Xbox One version, it's worth mentioning that DICE encountered technically challenges between the platforms for Battlefield 4 as well.

According to a Digital Foundry comparison, the Xbox One version of Battlefield 4 runs at 1280x720, while the PS4 version is at 1600x900. Although the Sony hardware has the technical lead, a less than perfect software scaling up to 1080p has handicapped its expected lead over the Xbox One version, which in some cases has it looking slightly crisper, if more aliased.

The PS4 may have a technical lead out the gate, but it's too early to hand it the decisive victory. The PS3 at launch faced a similar deficit against the Xbox 360, but the differences eroded with time.

Besides, those who are truly after the best technical experience out of these games should be playing them on a PC.

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    kinggremlin , October 31, 2013 5:32 PM
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    Listen up game makers, make good quality games and you won't have to worry about people downloading them illegally.


    Really? Is this your attempt at a joke? You can't seriously be trying to make the claim that good games get pirated less than bad games. That is a totally ridiculous and factually inaccurate statement. A couple minutes of browsing any torrent site will demonstrate how stupid this is.
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    tbake , October 31, 2013 2:59 PM
    "Besides, those who are truly after the best technical experience out of these games should be playing them on a PC."

    NUFF SAID!! PC FTW :-)



    Unfortunately, some of the titles aren't available on PC.
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    tbake , October 31, 2013 2:59 PM
    "Besides, those who are truly after the best technical experience out of these games should be playing them on a PC."

    NUFF SAID!! PC FTW :-)



    Unfortunately, some of the titles aren't available on PC.
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    iam2thecrowe , October 31, 2013 3:00 PM
    Why the hell cant the ps4 run bf4 native 1080p? Would rather slightly reduced visuals and have it run at 1080p. They could optimize it to run at 50fps/hz if need be. But whatever, this rubbish is why i have a PC.
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    PraxGTI , October 31, 2013 3:12 PM
    "Unfortunately, some of the titles aren't available on PC. "

    Unfortunately, this is because the people driving the console market want to take away the PC because it is too open. Instead of focusing on making a good game, they focus on DRM and Copyright. Listen up game makers, make good quality games and you won't have to worry about people downloading them illegally. You better believe after the SimCity 5 launch that I would never pay cash for another EA game before having at least 2 weeks to play it and try it out first.

    As a side note, boooooo EA...boooooo...
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    basketcase87 , October 31, 2013 3:17 PM
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    Unfortunately, some of the titles aren't available on PC.


    So skip them. Console exclusives are just a scam to make you buy that console. If there weren't a ton of idiots who buy into it, it wouldn't happen.
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    garrickaking , October 31, 2013 3:25 PM
    Wow... I went to give tons of praise to this single statement and find I've already been beaten to it.

    "Besides, those who are truly after the best technical experience out of these games should be playing them on a PC."

    This is the smartest thing ever said in any article about any console / game.
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    southernshark , October 31, 2013 3:58 PM
    Quote:
    "Unfortunately, some of the titles aren't available on PC. "

    Unfortunately, this is because the people driving the console market want to take away the PC because it is too open. Instead of focusing on making a good game, they focus on DRM and Copyright. Listen up game makers, make good quality games and you won't have to worry about people downloading them illegally. You better believe after the SimCity 5 launch that I would never pay cash for another EA game before having at least 2 weeks to play it and try it out first.

    As a side note, boooooo EA...boooooo...


    Not totally true. keep in mind consoles actually predate the PC. My first at home video game experience was on a Sears Pong system. Then I moved to the Atari 2600. A lot of us old guys have fond memories of the console. More importantly though the console is cheaper/ smaller and comes out of the box with controllers which are very ergonomic. Thus it fills a role in the gaming market which would otherwise not be fully serviced.
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    soldier44 , October 31, 2013 4:10 PM
    So much for so called next gen consoles lol...Try gaming at 2560 x 1600 all ultra in BF4 - thats me.
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    heero yuy , October 31, 2013 4:19 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    "Unfortunately, some of the titles aren't available on PC. "

    Unfortunately, this is because the people driving the console market want to take away the PC because it is too open. Instead of focusing on making a good game, they focus on DRM and Copyright. Listen up game makers, make good quality games and you won't have to worry about people downloading them illegally. You better believe after the SimCity 5 launch that I would never pay cash for another EA game before having at least 2 weeks to play it and try it out first.

    As a side note, boooooo EA...boooooo...


    Not totally true. keep in mind consoles actually predate the PC. My first at home video game experience was on a Sears Pong system. Then I moved to the Atari 2600. A lot of us old guys have fond memories of the console. More importantly though the console is cheaper/ smaller and comes out of the box with controllers which are very ergonomic. Thus it fills a role in the gaming market which would otherwise not be fully serviced.


    consoles are pcs...
    consoles do predate the IBM standard (a computer by one company would not work with bits from another company think of it today as being dell computers can only have NVidia cards and HP computers can only have AMD cards)
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    jhansonxi , October 31, 2013 4:35 PM
    It will be interesting to see how the Steam Box platforms match up.
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    darkchazz , October 31, 2013 4:45 PM
    "Although the Sony hardware has the technical lead, a less than perfect software scaling up to 1080p has handicapped its expected lead over the Xbox One version, which in some cases has it looking slightly crisper, if more aliased."

    IMO, the Xbone seems to apply some sort of sharpness filter. Very clearly seen in the BF4 comparison shots. While the PS4 doesn't.

    Aaaaand, we all know Frostbite 3 is still using the shittiest AA mode in existence: FXAA
    Which applies Vaseline blur on the display. So that might explain the soft PS4 shots.
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    hapkido , October 31, 2013 4:49 PM
    So these next-gen consoles that there was all this talk about matching high-end PCs still can't even run games that are specifically optimized for them at native 1080p (and probably using lowered settings)....

    Can we as a gaming community finally stop drinking the "next-gen" kool-aid? My biggest concern is they're going to KEEP holding back the advancement of monitors and GPUs made for higher resolution gaming.
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    pcegamer , October 31, 2013 4:51 PM
    Framerate>textures>res. Well, depending on the style/genre of the game.

    That said, I looked at the side by side comparison pics of the XO and PS4 versions of BF4. If they claim AA in either game, they're full of it. I can see jaggies in both pics. The difference in resolution appears to be very little (although in motion it could be bigger. Hard to tell with pics), but the difference in the crispness of the textures stands out between the two console versions. The XO version has much crisper textures and the look higher res as a result. More pronounced bump mapping on the XO textures too. That gives it a better visual pop than any res difference between the two (900p vs 720p isn't that great of a leap). I hate 'vaselne' texture look. I'd take a drop in res as a trade off to better/shaper textures any day. So the XO version looks better overall IMO.

    That said, both versions look fantastic for these new consoles. The $400 price tag of the PS4 makes it as pretty decent option IMO. Of course, I'll be playing this on PC :)  (fps games with gamepads sucks)
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    clonazepam , October 31, 2013 5:03 PM
    Oh no! I'm worried about who's going to get my viewership on youtube let's plays! Hah!

    I don't make a habit of gaming on the llano system, but I do prefer 720p with better effects and more fluid frame rates versus trying to play at higher resolutions and turning things down.

    As long as the gameplay is good, its fine.

    The latest PS4 FAQ suggests keyboard/mouse support may be up to the game devs.
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    kinggremlin , October 31, 2013 5:32 PM
    Quote:
    Listen up game makers, make good quality games and you won't have to worry about people downloading them illegally.


    Really? Is this your attempt at a joke? You can't seriously be trying to make the claim that good games get pirated less than bad games. That is a totally ridiculous and factually inaccurate statement. A couple minutes of browsing any torrent site will demonstrate how stupid this is.
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    leaderWON , October 31, 2013 5:36 PM
    *sigh* megapixel myth applies to game consoles now? i'll take sharp '720p' over blurry '1080p' anyday. fortunately i dont have to make that choice on my pc. "next gen" is looking like a stinker already. slighty off subject: gta5 was painful to play at 30fps on 360 after enjoying gta4 on pc. my next gen will be a new gpu...
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    weatherdude , October 31, 2013 5:54 PM
    Damn right that people looking for the best technical doodads be playing on the PC.
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    Truckinupga , October 31, 2013 6:10 PM
    With the NVidia and AMD price wars, $400 to $500 will go a lot further towards buying a better video card or even a second card and give me lots more for my money than a throttled down game console struggling with 720p and 1080p at medium res. Thanks but no thanks, I'm sticking with the PC.
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    computerguy72 , October 31, 2013 6:24 PM
    The announcement today that the PS4 has no DLNA, no ability to play MP3's, cannot view a JPG, cannot play a CD does not bode well. I have both a PS3 and XB360. What a cool DLNA box the PS4 would have made with all that power to process codecs. Terrible when they **arbitrarily limit the capabilities of such a powerful device.
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    leaderWON , October 31, 2013 6:29 PM
    "$400 to $500 will go a lot further towards buying a better video card or even a second card and give me lots more for my money than a throttled down game console struggling with 720p and 1080p at medium res"

    i've been trying to convert my console playing friends based on variations of this argument for years. especially considering several of them already have decent PCs minus the gpu. i guess its just human nature to stick to what you (think you) know...
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    Truckinupga , October 31, 2013 6:32 PM
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    The announcement today that the PS4 has no DLNA, no ability to play MP3's, cannot view a JPG, cannot play a CD does not bode well. I have both a PS3 and XB360. What a cool DLNA box the PS4 would have made with all that power to process codecs. Terrible when they **arbitrarily limit the capabilities of such a powerful device.


    Your right about that, Its going to be pretty much just a gaming machine that plays BR disks. I know I may catch it for this statement but If I was to consider a console in the future it will be an XBOX One, I like the media features on it. I'm beginning to see there is a lot to loose for the 100 dollar price break on the PS4.

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