Blizzard Talks Striking 1080p on Xbox One Version of Diablo 3

‘Microsoft told us 900p is unacceptable.’

Posted By | On 19th, Aug. 2014 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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The console wars continue on, and, perhaps more egregiously, so do the attached resolution wars. Seriously, gamers these days seem more concerned about what resolution the game runs at rather than, you know, how it plays.

One instance of this was Diablo 3- it was confirmed to be 1080p on the PlayStation 4, but only 900p on Xbox One, before the recent SDK updates made it possible for Blizzard to hit 1080p on Xbox One too. As a matter of fact, going by preliminary impressions on Digital Foundry, the Xbox One version may now somehow be better.

Speaking to Gamespot, Blizzard talked about the game’s j0urney to 1080p on the Xbox One.

We did have 1080p, but we were finding it challenging to keep our frame rate. Because Diablo’s so much of an action game, we wanted to have a responsive feel–especially with four players. When you get four witch doctors in a room full of demons, that’s probably the worst case scenario for us because we have effects going off everywhere. We want to make sure that it still feels very glassy, very responsive, and that’s why we dropped resolution down on it,” they explained.

What followed thereon was news that the PS4 version would be graphically superior, coming at a time when more and more multiplats were showing a clear advantage on the PS4 version.

“Microsoft was just like, ‘This is unacceptable. You need to figure out a way to get a better resolution.’ So we worked with them directly, they gave us a code update to let us get to full 1080p,” Blizzard concluded.

Alright. As of this point in time, it appears both versions hit 1080p, so if you really care about that kind of thing, go nuts.

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  • Reinert

    You should read the updated DF article, it was updated with info from blizzard, the glitchy framerate on ps4 was a bug and was fixed on a day 1 patch.

  • Vious

    this is weird, in this article you site gamespot as the source that blizzard talked to etc, but in reality and truth it was eurogamer.

  • Stephane Vaille

    Good news : MS is taking seriously the performance issue and I’m sure that any difference in the future will be really difficult to spot, so it’ll be more a geek preocupation than a gamer preocupation.
    Bad news : Lot of gaming website are still making a lot of noise with this ‘resolution gate’ ridiculous trend … instead of focusing on gaming infos.

  • Michael Norris

    I haven’t notice any frame rate drops on the Ps4 version.


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