Anthem At E3 2017 Used 2160p Checkerboarding on Xbox One X

EA says the game was running real-time on Xbox One X.

Posted By | On 16th, Jun. 2017 Under News

It’s easy to think that Bioware’s Anthem, the upcoming shared world online third person shooter that turned heads at E3 2017, couldn’t possibly look that good. But no, it’s true, at least according to EA’s Patrick Soderlund.

Speaking to Digital Foundry, Soderland said that Anthem was running in real-time on the Xbox One X. Digital Foundry for its part analysed the demo and found that it used 2160p checkerboarding. With that kind of resolution, which Frostbite is capable of on consoles, it is indeed possible that Anthem was running on the Xbox One X.

We don’t know much about Bioware’s Anthem at this point aside from it having a huge open world to explore, co-op support for up to four players and a collection of exo suits called Javelins that players can use to venture into the world. It’s slated for release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC in Fall 2018.

What are your thoughts on Anthem, especially with regard to its Xbox One performance? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Troy Marcel

    It can only get better the closer it gets to release, in buying it.

  • Poseidon team

    Sony fans will freak out with Xbox X using Dynamic 4K… thing is, Anthem is using Dynamic resolution (DF mentioned this). And some areas are rendered in true 4K, but in the open world areas with large distances it’s lowering the resolution to keep the frame rate.

    Meanwhile PS4 Pro is checkboarding many games up to 1440p or 1800p and upscaling to 2160p. It’s basically upscaling games TWICE. That’s pretty ridiculous. I would be ashamed of support PS4 Pro and this huge 4K falsification scheme.

  • Ocelot forgot his meds

    Oh my…Xbox one X is the real deal.that footage was Fing gorgeous.

    • Mark

      It was INCREDIBLE

  • Pazz

    With 4k assets of the pc version

    • Mr Xrat

      The last hope of Xgimps, isn’t it?

      Not been seeing any impressive textures from this “beast” but you need that after an embarrassing E3 for MS.

    • Smart guy

      Actually it was much better then sonys lol they reserved all that floor space to rehash last year’s lol

  • Sp4ctr0

    – PS4 PRO: checkerboard 1800p
    – Xbox X: checkerboard 2160p
    – PC: native 2160p

  • Riggybro

    It’s ok Phil has effectively thrown the developers under the bus by saying it’s up to them what they do with the.. ahem… “power”..

    • Gamez Rule

      I think most devs will stick with the larger install base when it comes to using console hardware and giving deals with exclusive content?

    • Alistein

      I don’t think install base was the sole purpose of Cliff going ps4 word is there was money involved.

    • Gamez Rule

      Well he stated install base in video so that’s a factor on why Xbone hasn’t been included as yet for his game

    • Alistein

      I won’t argue about what he said but I did hear there was money hatting. Going ps4 first could be a good choice if the game gets well promoted.

    • Gamez Rule

      I agree. I still think his game will make it to Xbone but time will tell I guess.

    • Dougdec92

      yhp, Phil is one talented damage controller, it is one nice superpower to have when the dragonian beast turned out to be grass fed.

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  • Mark

    Wooow, I will be playing THIS THING next year?! Daaaam Anthem looks incredible

  • Dougdec92

    yh, more like a ps4 pro in green minus the games…lol

  • jayflow

    The Cloud, DX12, True 4K Gaming, and people are going to continue to eat up all that PR bologna from Microsoft. They’ll gladly spend $500 for it too.

  • Gary

    Who gives a fk LOL! I don’t own a 500 inch TV or sit my face right in front of the tv to play games. Only abasement dwelling no life idiot who claim to have superman would think they can clearly spot the difference between native and upscaled when you play from a distance. Anthem’s demo looked even better HZD, either there’s going to be a massive downgrade, or I doubt any consoles can run it at 4K native, not even the scorpio. Dynamic 4k, yeah sure, but native? No way.

  • Mr Xrat

    After the last E3 I don’t want to see a single Xgimp ever downplay or disregard checkerboarding ever again.

  • Orion Wolf



    This supposedly looks better than Forza 7, but it’s true that it does look better than GT Sport at least… you know the game that can’t do native 4k albeit looking like a ps3 port.

    “The same as the ps4 pro”


    • Ocelot forgot his meds

      There are YouTube videos up showing driveclub vs Forza 7. Its hilarious. GT sport was reported to be very disappointing by quite a few at E3.

    • Orion Wolf

      At least GT sport might be a good racing game unlike Driveclub. People were saying that F6 was sh*t visually compared to DC, where are they now with GT Sport? But I guess that’s what you get when you push gfx at the expense of everything else aka Driveclub.

    • Orion Wolf

      The real comparison

    • Ocelot forgot his meds

      Lol…using the washed out forza videos that Digital Foundry already admitted were released in “error” .

    • Orion Wolf

      I know I know, but was looking for something where there was a comparison with no rain…. Driveclub doesn’t look all that good without half of the screen being blurry.

      Btw got any HQ version of the “mountain” part? Just amazing.

  • Ocelot forgot his meds

    Yup 2160p checkerboard on Xbox one X is quite a bit superior than 1440p or 1800p checkerboard on PS4 pro.

    Especially when the X gets the PC textures and assets.


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