PS4 to Have Resolution Advantage at Launch vs. Xbox One

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
    Anonymous said:
    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
    "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
    "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
    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
    "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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