[RUMOR] Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 720p, versus PS4′s 1080p

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[RUMOR] Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 720p, versus PS4′s 1080p

As is the case with the start of every new generation, the upcoming eight generation has been met with the resurgence of the “console wars”, with gamers filling online forums with bickering over which hardware is superior for gaming. With the Wii U essentially out of the race by default, the race this time around has been between Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4. The consoles feature similar hardware, but major differences such as Sony’s choice of the faster DDR5 RAM over DDR3 and Microsoft’s unusual eSRAM-based system architecture have led many to speculate that the PS4 will have an advantage in the coming generation. Today, an increasingly credible looking rumor circulating on Neogaf seems to confirm this; if the rumor is confirmed, gamers can expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to run at just 720p on the Xbox One due to limitations in the system’s hardware. The title is expected to run at 1080p on PS4.

The speculation started with a Neogaf thread about Infinity Ward’s decision to use PS4 footage of Ghosts in videos posted on IGN, a peculiarity considering the close ties between the Call of Duty series and Microsoft. Later in the thread, Neogaf user famousmortimer posted that he was looking for a second source to confirm a rumor about Call of Duty: Ghosts before posting it  on the site. Several more posts are exchanged between users, before a second person steps in with acommentsuggesting that Infinity Ward chose to feature PS4 gameplay footage because the Xbox One version will run at 720p and the 1080p PS4 version of the title looks significantly better.

After contacting famousmortimer (seemingly to verify his sources), a forum moderator posted something suggestive of a confirmation:

…oboy. **** it, I’m out. See y’all later. It’s been real.

*closes fallout shelter door, locks it firmly*

If the rumors are credible, and they appear moreso with each new page of posts, then it seems that limitations with the Xbox One’s architecture and development kit have forced Infinity Ward to reduce the platform’s version of Call of Duty: Ghosts to 720p. Running the game at 1080p allegedly results in operating system and UI instability. Additionally, an anecdotal account from E3 reports that while the PS4 port of the title took three weeks to develop and ran at 90 FPS unoptimized, the Xbox One version took four months to achieve just 15 FPS due to the hurdle posed by the eSRAM architecture.

Now a rumor on top of a rumor may not sound like much, especially in the gaming industry where things are subject to rapid and unannounced changes, but the NeoGaf community has never been one to take kindly to unfounded claims; the fact that the thread has been allowed to amass comments and attention for dozens of pages is in itself a near-confirmation. At this point, it seems that unless there have been some serious upgrades to the Xbox API, developers may struggle to achieve performance comparable to the PS4 in many multiplatform games.

Until now, 1080p resolution was expected to be pretty much standard for next generation games. The fact that developers are already having trouble reaching that target with a cross-generationaltitle on the Xbox One doesn’t seem to bode well for future multiplatform comparisons.

SOURCE Neogaf

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Re: [RUMOR] Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 720p, versus PS4′s 1080p

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Interesting post.

Doesnt sound to good for xbox, then again rumours are rumours and should always be treated as such until officially confirmed.

Even if it did turn out to be true, i doubt it would effect xboxs sales, not this late in time.

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Re: [RUMOR] Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 720p, versus PS4′s 1080p

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In the end Xbox 360 players will buy the Xbox One no matter how the game runs or in which resolution the game will be. With the new generations the tables have turned. Sony is ahead of MS. Glad that I preordered a PS4 back in June.

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Re: [RUMOR] Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 720p, versus PS4′s 1080p

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Not always. I have a 360 (no PS3).  I preordered PS4 in June the day after both systems had been shown at e3.  So no $10 upgrade deal for me.

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Re: [RUMOR] Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 720p, versus PS4′s 1080p

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For what its worth way back in June    Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 1080p and 60fps on Xbox One and PS4 • News • Eurogamer.net  Mark Rubin said Ghosts runs at 1080 on both the xb1 and ps4 so make of that what you will.

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Re: [RUMOR] Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 720p, versus PS4′s 1080p

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For what it's worth most ppl can't tell the difference between 720p or 1080p, especially on small TV 42 & below. As long as the games run smooth, I really don't care if it's at 720p or 1080p. I rather play a good game at 720p than a terrible game at 1080p.

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Re: [RUMOR] Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 720p, versus PS4′s 1080p

in reply to PUR4IDO

Considering my TV is only 720p anyways I could careless either way. 

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Re: [RUMOR] Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 720p, versus PS4′s 1080p

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PUR4IDO wrote:



For what it's worth most ppl can't tell the difference between 720p or 1080p, especially on small TV 42 & below. As long as the games run smooth, I really don't care if it's at 720p or 1080p. I rather play a good game at 720p than a terrible game at 1080p.


exactly.. its driving me mad atm that people on the interwebz are making this about ghosts and not the console its "rumored" to be running on at a lower res.

there's a massive difference between 720 and 1080 res to run at that res so many sacrifices have to be made as its really taxing to process. I totally agree give me smooth gameplay and all the whizz bang effects than something 99% of people wont notice or care about

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Re: [RUMOR] Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 720p, versus PS4′s 1080p

in reply to PUR4IDO

This is a lovely answer. It's not like going from regular def to HD. Not even in the same category.

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Re: [RUMOR] Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 720p, versus PS4′s 1080p

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true that brother

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