Some sites have been reporting on the NeoGAF rumor that Call of Duty: Ghosts will be running at 720p on the Xbox One compared to 1080p on PlayStation 4. However, the impact of this news is probably a lot less severe than most are making it out to be. We’re sure a lot of PlayStation 3 owners are smiling because of the inferior ports they went through during the opening years of Sony’s last console, so it’s only fitting Microsoft’s camp receives a little prodding of the stick this time around. Despite this potentially significant difference in resolution, do you think it really matters in the end or do you think it’s just being blown way out of proportion?
David Wales: I really don’t think this is as big of a deal as some people make it out to be. I’m not saying it doesn’t make owning a PlayStation 4 that much sweeter — it does — but most gamers aren’t going to be playing the PlayStation 4 side-by-side with the Xbox One simultaneously, so any difference never really comes into play. Obviously if you play Call of Duty: Ghosts on PlayStation 4 and then switch over to Xbox One to play with some friends on there, you’re probably going to notice the slight difference. Since most of us will be monogamous with our consoles to start this generation, though, this is unlikely to be a problem.
For now, I say get over it. Until developers are limited to offering differing framerates along with resolution, you really have little to complain about. Once that starts happening though, and I’m sure it will at least once, then this is a much bigger deal when it comes down to it than just differing resolutions alone.
Scots: The reality is that the vast majority of people who will play this game would not notice the difference between 720p and 1080p. In general, unless you see the two side by side and on a large TV, it’s simply not that extreme. If you play the game on the Xbox One, I doubt you’ll find yourself saying “Man, this looks terrible – I knew I should’ve bought a PS4 to play this game, because this looks terrible in 720p.” So, in that sense, no, this is not really that big of a deal.
That said, there is a much more subjective way in which this does matter, and that is that this is just another item to add to the list of ways in which one console may be superior to another. This kind of news affects the way consumers view these products. Whether I realize it or not, this news affects my view, whether explicitly or subconsciously. “The PS4 must be more powerful… Once I get a bigger TV, I’m going to want to be able to play games in 1080p… I wonder why the PS4 can support a higher resolution than the Xbox One…”
In short, I think it matters, but not in the way that many would instinctively think. It matters in a much more fluid, subjective way, as opposed to in a concrete way.
Travis Tucker: Is it that important in reality? Probably not. Unless someone has side-by-side TVs comparing 720p to 1080p footage, I doubt most people could even tell the difference between the two resolutions. I feel that most won’t care anyway, as a lot of people buy cheaper TVs that only broadcast in 720p anyway.
The importance of this is how it will be perceived. Sony can easily market the resolution difference as just another advantage the PlayStation 4 has over Xbox One. People could potentially interpret the difference as “Oh… the PS4 must be better than the Xbox One because of this,” and then begin to wonder just how many advantages the PS4 does hold over the Xbox One. Do I think that a drastic number of people will have these feelings? Once again, probably not. However, there will be a few.
Ultimately, there isn’t a big enough difference in the resolution to create any sort of disparity between the systems other than maybe convincing a handful of undecideds. VERY few are going to buy a PS4 based on the resolution difference alone, and I would recommend everyone to consider all features before just buying the one that will provide “the prettiest picture.”