Middle-Earth Shadow of War Xbox One X Will Run At 4k/30fps, Load Times Are Drastically Reduced Compared To Xbox One

Microsoft’s new powerful console being put to good use.

Posted By | On 30th, Jun. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


One of the most anticipated games for this year isΒ Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to Monolith’s 2014 fresh take on theΒ Lord of the Rings universe. The game is also being billed as one of the flagship titles for Microsoft’s Xbox One X, which will be the most powerful console ever made when it releases- presumably because it will leverage all that power, and put it to some good use.

When we got the chance to chat withΒ Middle-Earth Shadow of War‘s Design Director Bob Roberts, we decided to ask him some questions about what the Xbox One X version of the game will be like. Can players, for example, expect 4K and 60fps?

“4K, I think it will be 30 frames, not 60,” Roberts said. “But we’re pushing the graphics as far as we can. It’s still plays really smooth it 30. So we do kind of tests where things break down frame-rate wise. It plays great. It doesn’t seem to have issues at 30. We’re putting all the power in to HDR at 4K graphics.”

Generally speaking, I don’t agree with the mentality of pushing resolution over graphics- but I recognize each game has its own different requirements, and if Monolith feels that the game is best served at 4K and 30 frames per second, I will take their word for it.

We also asked Roberts how the Xbox One X is, especially given just how much of a leap its GPU is over any other console on the market.

“I personally don’t have a dev kit at my desk, but I know the people that do have Xbox One X dev kits and are testing on those,” he said. “We spread the consoles out around the team so people are testing on different devices. The guys who have the X, the biggest thing about it is the load times. On the normal Xbox dev kit, it will take us a few minutes to load one of our worlds. It’s pretty big and takes a while to rev up. The X loads in a few seconds. So that’s a big deal if you’re trying to iterate quickly to get more cycles on something.”

Microsoft has crafted a powerful and well made machine – there is no point in denying that, no matter what you might think of Microsoft’s exclusives lineup – and it will definitely be interesting to see how games and developers leverage all that it has to offer. The Xbox One X will launch on November 7;Β Shadow of War, meanwhile, launches on October 10 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.


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  • Mr Xrat

    0p 0 fps on the S**tbox, Ploppy. Better get those petitions ready. πŸ™‚

    “True HDR,” is that another marketing term? HDR is on the original PS4 and I love how this fact winds up Xgimps. But hey, at least you’ve got that movie player! Gives you something to do instead of wait for games and annoy your family.

    More downplaying of the fact that even with a botched launch and a year’s delay games and no gimmicky garbage the PS3 still put the 360 into third. Keep clinging to those Ls, Ploppy. πŸ™‚

    Anyone with eyes knows S**tza 7 looks like cold trash, Ploppy. πŸ™‚

    Drink more bleach. πŸ™‚

    • plop6759

      Classic deflection tactics born of desperation. It’s out in December for Xbox One, moron. The biggest PS4 game of 2017 is one of the biggest games of 1997. How utterly embarrassing!

      You need HDMI 2.0 to do HDR, fool. Xbox One S has it, PS4 Slim doesn’t. It’s essential to output 4k which the Slim can’t do. Sony has a garbage filter effect which cons idiots. Well done idiot, you’ve been conned. As I said, 607 games compared to your….?

      Who’s downplaying? Sony sold PS3 for a huge loss for years. Anyone with both systems only used it for blurays and exclusives and most of those failed to sell except for your interactive QTE stories that you need so much now that your mother no longer reads to you at night. How sad.

      Wow. You’re bringing the hard facts to the racing debate now. How can I even argue against the rock solid claims you’ve made there? Well done!

      Is there a reason that you smile at the end of every paragraph, other than to confirm that you’re a simpleton?

    • Mr Xrat

      You hope. Of course, that’s all Xgimps have ever had, hope that one day they’ll get sloppy seconds from PC and PS4. At least the PS4 gets big games. All you get are flops. πŸ™‚

      Yes, the Slim does. So does the OG PS4 because Sony put those specifications in before they became officially standardised. Whoops! It helps to be informed instead of damage controlling 24/7.

      “Who’s downplaying?” You are. 360 d*ad last, just like the Xbox, just like the S**tbox Done. Hat trick!

      “How can I even argue against the rock solid claims you’ve made there?” You can try being a sarcastic loser grasping at straws, Ploppy. Oh wait, you already are. Good job!

      Yeah, it winds you up. Cry more, Ploppy. πŸ™‚

    • plop6759

      Yes. My whole gaming enjoyment experience is based on whether or not I can replay a 20 year old linear platformer. NOT! What big games? The biggest title this year is PUBG and we know which of us won’t be playing that this holiday, by which time Crash will also be out.

      My bad, then again I’m not obsessed with a system that I’ll never own unlike some. Considering the system launched in 2013 with the ability and yet currently supports TWO games on the system. You just need Sony to activate 4k streaming and the 4k bluray playback an you’re all set to sit back with your headphones and, oh wait, they still removed the optical port on the slim so no headphones. Never mind. Which 2k HDR TV do you own by the way?

      PS3 – 80 million units shipped as of November 2nd 2013.
      Xbox 360 – 84 million units shipped as of June 9th 2014.
      Do you really thing that in the first seven months of the PS4 being on the market, that over 4 million people picked up a PS3. Regardless the Wii won last generation so you should be salty on Nintendo articles instead.

      I hope you enjoy your GT Sport when it eventually releases. I think you will because you’re obviously easily pleased. That game looks dogs hit. I’ll stick to the sarcasm, you just carry on being a loser.

      No. You’re just a simpleton who consistantly gets beaten down on every Xbox article comment section. If you had “great games”, you wouldn’t have to!

    • Mr Xrat

      Brand new game built from the ground up, Ploppy. I understand Xgimps not being understand a remake and a remaster. Replaying decades-old games is stuff like Phantom Dust. Oh wait, that’s not all, Xgimps are also clinging to a PC early access game that doesn’t even have a release date yet. It pays to know what you’re talking about. πŸ™‚

      Damage controlling third place like a true Xgimp loser. Such a shame all that market share MS tried so hard to claw fell away a few short years later! Get used to third place, loser. πŸ™‚

      “Dogs hit” is another derivative S**tza, Ploppy. Funny how hollow and soulless MS’ worthless first-party games are.

      Back to your hole, Ploppy, go annoy your family there. πŸ™‚

  • Mr Xrat

    Hahahahaha Ploppy melting down because of all his worthless bluster all he gets is sloppy seconds off the PS4 and PC. PUBG play is free on PC, and it’s available to play right now. When you’ve understood and respected the big difference between a remake and a remaster, then you can post, loser. πŸ™‚

    Third place for you, Ploppy. Damage control that all you want. πŸ™‚

    Funny how you losers always think that justifying that online fee is the only thing that decides replayability. It’s no surprise that everyone thinks you’re the cancer of the industry, Ploppy. πŸ™‚

    Back to your hole, Ploppy, go annoy your family there. πŸ™‚

    • plop6759

      Ratty is losing it big time. His posts are just irrelevant fanboy gibberish. Carry on playing Cack 2 & GT port. Hopefully Sony will release some more interactive stories for you. Nothing screams gameplay more than a QTE marathon. A remake is like Gears Of War Ultimate or Halo 2 Anniversary with all new assets and extra features. A remaster is a cheap upscaled cash in like God Of War 3, Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls along with all the other PS3 morsels you were forced to scavenge for THREE SPARSE YEARS.

      The PS3 was an absolute failure finishing in last place. A glorified bluray play with an architecture that every developer hated.
      I’m glad that you strangely feel like a winner. Enjoy your burger whilst I’m dining on steak.

      What’s the matter Rat? You can afford to waste your “life” contaminating forums but can’t spare $60 to help save poor Sony. Is that too large a chunk out of your busboy wages?

      Oh look Ratty, a rock. Why don’t you crawl back under it, Maggot?

    • Mr Xrat

      Meanwhile all you get is trash like Crackdown and another boring Forza. Even the premise of another Knack is more exciting than that guff you spent nine long months waiting for.

      “A remake is like Gears Of War Ultimate or Halo 2 Anniversary” LOL you mean glorified remasters that maintain the same engine and physics but slap up new walls as well as a new coat of paint. An actual remake is Ratchet and Clank, another game which looks and plays better than your trash lineup but that’s another argument.

      The 360 was the last place finisher, Ploppy. Get excited for that hat trick, it’s the only victory you’ll get. Calling that “steak,” ahahahahaha! Well done steak slathered in ketchup. πŸ™‚

      Keep justifying that online fee, Ploppy. Maybe beg Uncle Phil to put Netflix behind the paywal again, loser. πŸ™‚

      Back to your hole, Ploppy, go annoy your family there. πŸ™‚

    • plop6759

      Ratty’s getting excited for Knack 2 and a GT demo that ten years ago, would have come with a magazine for FREE! What a nightmare holiday line up PS4 has. The last time Sony underdelivered this badly was 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, take your pick.

      Getting excited for Ratchet & Clank as well as Knack 2? Are you five years old? Does your mommy still hold your hand when you cross a busy road? Are the shooty shooty games too violent for your delicate little eyes? Awww bless you child.

      Last gen, Sony sold less consoles, less games, less subscriptions, less peripherals and lost money at every turn. A glorified bluray player with regurgitated Wii tech, terrible online sevices with substandard security and a controller that gives you carpal tunnel syndrome within half an hour of use. Sony flung feces at you like a chimp in the zoo and you just braced for impact.

      Is Sony’s online fee too much for you or does your mother not let you online? What a depressing picture you paint of a lonely boy with no friends playing Knack 2 on christmas morning. Thanks for proving that the PS4 really is the console for solitary paupers. Would you like to borrow some piano wire to fix things permanently?

      Ironically the most annoying person on the internet gives pointers on annoying others. What a joke you are but then considering you’ve no friends, no games and no life, what else can we expect of you.

    • Mr Xrat

      Them and the dozen other games coming out while you have PS4/PC sloppy seconds as you’ve already admitted. You know things are bad when you’re resorting to trying to talk up development hell-ridden trash like Crackdown 3 and the yearly rehash racing game half-outsourced to Vietnam that no one cares about anymore which GTS and PC2 is mocking. Time to move on, Ploppy. πŸ™‚

      Why would I get excited for something that came out a year and a half ago, Ploppy? Time to improve your reading comprehension so you can actually address the argument instead of making up new tangents because you get owned so hard.

      Third place, Ploppy. Having difficulty with that reality? Better get used to it for the sake of your family so they don’t have to put up with your rages when they tell you they don’t want to play Kinect trash anymore.

      Come on, Ploppy, at least try and justify that online fee in a semi-competent way other than “I can do it so I’ll spread my cheeks for Uncle Phil willingly!!!” You’re not even trying at this point. πŸ™‚

      Back to your hole, Ploppy, go annoy your family there. It’s amazing just how many of you Xgimps are bitter overweight middle-aged losers still upset Sega got owned. πŸ™‚


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