Xbox One Countdown: You Say You Want Resolution

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call-of-duty-ghosts-aliensThe announcement that Call of Duty: Ghosts would run at 1080p on PlayStation 4, but a native 720p on Xbox One upscaled to 1080p has created a bit of a controversy. In an interview with Eurogamer, Infinity Ward Executive Producer Mark Rubin said there were a lot of challenges getting this game ready for launch. He didn’t rule out the possibility that future CoDs could run at 1080p natively.

It’s OK, I’m sure the internet will be rational about this.

The Call of Duty franchise is the biggest bestseller in gaming, which is why Microsoft paid to get content such as map packs as timed exclusives. Players don’t like waiting for that kind of stuff. Will the higher resolution on PS4 be a bigger draw than exclusive content?

Graphics aren’t always the deciding factor. The Nintendo Wii had far less under the hood than the PS3 or Xbox 360, but was able to connect with gamers who don’t care about resolution and frame rates. The Wii U’s lackluster launch had more to do with a lack of compelling games than any hardware limitations.

Of course, there is the concern that this won’t just be a CoD problem. Reports are coming out that Battlefield 4 will run at a higher resolution on the PS4 as well. If this happens with a large number of games, Microsoft will have a harder time justifying a console that is $100 more expensive.

This is another reason why I don’t blame anyone who doesn’t rush out and buy one of these consoles at launch. Developers don’t know the full power of either machine yet, a fact Rubin is freely admitting. It’s not just with consoles, the first run of anything electronic usually has growing pains. It’s hard to fault anyone who thinks their $500 might be better spent on say, seven or eight new titles.

I enjoy message boards almost more than playing games at this point. Everyone is an expert, and is certain about which console will dominate and why. I get paid to do this and I’ll tell you honestly, I have no idea if “Resolutiongate” will have any impact beyond the arguments it starts and the articles it inspires.

What do you think? Has this changed your mind about which version of Ghosts you want?

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