More PlayStation 4 Titles Run At 1080p Than XBox One Games…But Why?

Disparity in the graphics of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One doesn’t seem to be coming to a halt anytime soon. Naturally, the mention of next-gen hints at amped up resolution and textures. Arguably, it’s technically incorrect to term the latest consoles next-gen when they manage to run a number of titles at resolution lower than what smartphones these days are capable of. This holds true more so in case of the Xbox One than the PlayStation 4. Odd figures such as 792p (Titanfall) and 882p (Advanced Warfare) only add fuel to fire. Sniper Elite 3 developer, Jean Baptiste Bolcato believes the Xbox One’s small eSRAM has a big part to play in this problem.

PS4 vs XBox One


“I think eSRAM is easy to use. The only problem is…part of the problem is that it’s just a little bit too small to output 1080p within that size. It’s such a small size within there that we can’t do everything in 1080p with that little buffer of super-fast RAM. It means you have to do it in chunks or using tricks, tiling it and so on. It’s a bit like the reverse of the PS3. PS3 was harder to program for than the Xbox 360. Now it seems like everything has reversed but it doesn’t mean it’s far less powerful–it’s just a pain in the ass to start with. We are on fine ground now but the first few months were hell.”

PS4 and XBox One resolution


Bolcato believes that Xbox One is slowly and steadily catching up with the PlayStation 4 but it will take time. He admits that the developers were quite worried about the Xbox One last year but the two systems are starting to become more comparable as time wears on. PC users would argue that both consoles lag a fair distance behind when put up against a mid-ranged gaming computer and somewhat rightly so. However, that’s a debate for another time. Fact is that with the current hardware that consoles contain, there needs to be a balance struck between resolution, frame rate and game detail. PS4 makes it a tad bit easier to manage with its beefed up processor and graphics card but there is still hope for Xbox One. Let’s see what the future holds for the two.

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