Outlast On Xbox One: eSRAM Is “Small” For 1080p But Devs Achieved It With Occasional Frame Drops

And is not gimped in anyway compared to the PS4 version.

Outlast

The Xbox One has been subject to much debate and controversy regarding its inability to output 1080p resolution. Even in less taxing games like Trials Fusion, the Xbox One version was running at 900p. The eSRAM has been long touted as the reason behind the lack of 1080p games, however Microsoft seems to be working hard to resolve this issue.

The June SDK update allowed games like Destiny to run at 1080p on the Xbox One and games like Sunset Overdrive will push for better effects, instead of a higher resolution using the latest update. Having said that, the Xbox One version of Outlast still managed to run at 1080p without using the SDK update.

So how did they managed to do it without using the SDK update? “It is true that the eSRAM is pretty small for 1080p, you never seemed to have enough of it,” explains Philippe Morin who is the founder of Red Barrel Games. “But since Unreal Engine 3 is a good old forward renderer, we did not need as much as some of the other games using deferred shading,” he said to GamingBolt.

Philippe also confirmed that the game runs at 1080p and 60fps on the Xbox One. However, “there might be a few frame drops occasionally.”

But is it gimped in anyway compared to the PS4 version? “No, it isn’t. Actually, because of the additional time development, we were able to fix additional bugs and do further optimization,” explains Philippe.

It has to be added that Outlast is not a taxing game and most mid-level gaming PCs can easily max it out. Outlast also ran at 1080p/60fps on the PS4, so it seems they have achieved parity between the two systems.

Outlast is now available for the Xbox One along with the Whistleblower DLC.


  • PC Elitist

    Outlast isn’t such demanding game really, not even in the realms of “next-gen” with its graphics either.

    • Reddz Foxx

      Consoles should get better as time passes and at least for Xbox with DX12 developers should get some interesting tools which might be less GPU and CPU intensive and hence make better use of the resources given. On PC the same idea where $1500 graphics cards shouldn’t be needed for the best experience.

    • Oranji Juusu

      This generation of consoles are just cheap computers with shiny little boxes. Their GPUs are worth less than $110. You can only do so much with software optimization. You need to realize that, with this generation, what optimization you’re getting right now will be it. It’s all happening in the very first year and you’re not going to get more from the hardware.

      Both M$ and Sony are selling the consoles at a profit. They cost ~$380 for them to make them and sell them for $400. The PS3 cost Sony more than $700 to make and then sold it at $500-600 as a loss leader because they felt they could recoup the loss when you bought games since they earn a $10 license fee for each game sold.

      This generation just isn’t the same as the last one and it’s a shame. It’s going to hold the whole gaming community back. I wish they’d committed to pushing the industry ahead, but they chose to go with a safe business strategy and we the consumers are the only ones losing out in the process. The hardware companies, developers, and publishers still get their profits and we get less capable products.

    • bigshynepo

      Scared the daylights out of me!

  • Illusive Man

    Why does GB constantly take quotes out of context? It’s amazing you guys even get interviews.

    • Guest

      And what are you whining about now?

  • ilovegoogleglass

    Impressive.

    • Guest

      Yeah, no, not really. Pathetic really, that a game like this should have to be confirmed 1080/60fps when a next gen system should be able to do this game no sweat. Not just barely make it. Weak!

    • ilovegoogleglass

      Talking about the devs, what a way to be pessimistic.

    • Ritsujun

      What did you expect from the b0ne?
      http://i.imgur.com/FHLgmd2.jpg

    • Failz

      The Game is 1080p and 60 frames, Deal with it.

    • Fay_Z

      wow sony fangirls are the worst, if you’re not getting paid to hate then why waste your life on it?

    • Guest

      Whats the matter you ms fangirl, you mad? cuz you sound hurt. like god forbid I put down your beloved x1 toy. You poor baby. Im sorry baby. Also, I hope you’re getting paid for your hate otherwise why even waste your time on it? Toodaloo, sweetheart. Btw, PC master race here you console peasant

    • Fay_Z

      lol why are you so mad, are you upset xbone is finally catching up with more 1080p games? are you upset ps4 will only be able to talk about it’s vast indie collection & poor voice chat quality lol i own both systems yet i feel ps4 features are inferior to the bones,

  • http://glassed.co.vu/ Deeboy

    This and Contrast turned out better on Xbox because of additional time in development.

    • Michael Norris

      The only reason this game runs at 1080p is because of UE3 is a forward render.If this was running on a deferred render you would be looking at 900p even with the 10% GPU regain.

    • Level Zero

      turning out better than it would have been without the additional time, the end result is identical to the pc and ps4 versions.

    • Failz

      Visualy the same but with less bugs.

    • Level Zero

      less bugs… compared to the launch version on the ps4, but compared to the current version exactly the same, (outlast has had two patches since launch on ps4)

  • Fay_Z

    thats impressive, before the sdk update too, games like forza achieved 1080p 60fps without drops

    • Guest

      “With a occasional frame drops”…

      Next gen baby. Im so impressed.

    • Oranji Juusu

      You should be call it last gen because PCs have been there and moving on.

    • Michael Norris

      Forza 5 had some major cutbacks to achieve that 60fps 1080p.I think PD will go balls out on GT7.Just look at the reveal trailers of Forza 5 and look at the end product.Turn 10 made huge cutbacks to the environments.I can’t shake off the fact the game can look this bad.

    • Failz

      Lol what’s wrong with you? Forza 5 looks outstanding and is one of the best looking racers to date. Infamous SS went thought the same stages where they cut back lighting and dynamic daytimes. Its a process they take, and don’t forget FM5 is a launch title, system hardware could easily achieve more just look at FH2. Turn 10 more likely ran out of time.

      Very bias pic you posted. what car game doesn’t look great with an imagine taken like that. Here’s a better one.

    • Guest

      Wow, talk about deluded, infamous had absolutely no downgrades. Forza definitely did. FACT!!! And no amount of lying you do will ever change that fact kid. Btw, nice PR shot of the game before it was downgraded. And the game has no AA.

    • Failz

      Lol sad thing is, you just admitted how delusional you really are. Thats what FM5 looks like and you said its nice pic, and guess what? Its not a PR shot lol. Maybe you should play the game before you start criticizing it with pics with nothing in the screen lol. Delusional fanboy at its best, keep up the good work. Infamous was downgraded but take Sonys spin all you want. Just like The Order not running at 1080p, they spin it to make you believe its cinematic quality BS lol just like Killzone SF when they claimed 1080p MP.

      Sony Make.Believe

    • Not_true

      Infamous was not downgraded.

      That Forza 5 picture you posted is obviously from the reveal trailer, not an in game shot.

      The Order is running at 1080p native with 1920×800 visible pixels.

      PS4 is more powerful than Xbox One for gaming graphics. You are lying, wrong, and malicious.

    • GK15

      Lmao! Thank you for setting the hater straight. He cherry picked probably the worst looking pick from a great looking game to try and hate. Actually, I think that’s a popular pic amongst haters. I’ve seen the same one a few times.

    • Not_true

      That Forza 5 picture Failz posted is obviously from the reveal trailer, not an in game shot.

      Infamous was not downgraded.

      The Order is running at 1080p native with 1920×800 visible pixels.

      He is lying yet you maliciously cheer him on.

    • GK15

      This is an actual in game shot of me playing Forza 5 on my XB1. I have it, it looks great. Tell you what, I’ll keep enjoying my XB1, you keep hating on it ;)

    • Not_true

      You ignore the fact that the microsoft shill is blatantly LYING, spreading LIES and start flinging fanboy feces and taunting like a child. L-I-E-S.

      That Forza 5 picture Failz posted is obviously from the reveal trailer, not an in game shot. L-I-E-S.

      Infamous was not downgraded. L-I-E-S.

      The Order is running at 1080p native with 1920×800 visible pixels. L-I-E-S.

      He is lying yet you maliciously cheer him on. L-I-E-S.

    • Guest

      Next gen baby!

    • Ritsujun
    • Fay_Z

      wow give it a break sony but licker, driveclub is essentially a downgrade from the start since it runs at 30fps, and forza isnt a significant downgrade to e3, i still think it looks pretty good, i’m pretty sure forza horizon on the bone will look even better at 30fps,

      luckily i own both consoles but i’m pretty proud that new xbone games are coming out in 1080p

    • Guest

      So now I know your dakan45. Jesus Christ kid, just how many accounts do you have? 100? a 1000? more? You must have no life whatsoever. I bet you are a 40 yr old virgin. And every game on the X1 is a downgrade from the PS4 version. The X1 itself is a downgrade from the PS4. Hence why it had to drop price. Next stop $300-350. Cuz the POS/piece of junk still aint selling. MS but licker, youre proud that the X1 games are just now finally starting to run at 1080p? but I thought res didn’t matter to you bots. You fanboys are such fakes.

    • Fay_Z

      i have both consoles… why u cry for? not enough money for lady/guy love tonight? you can make love to your ps4 but it’s the same as what you usually do, pay for something and make love to it.

    • Guest

      Sorry to burst your bubble girl, but PC master race here. I don’t have to worry about lower/inferior res’es and framerates. Missing or lowering texture quality/effects. Now run along and stop defending your toy. You immature manchild, its pathetic.

    • Ritsujun

      He can’t even afford a cheaparse chromebook.

    • Ritsujun

      You’re just mad that I have more Xbox gamerscores than you.

    • Not_true

      Typical microsoft fanboy replying to legit arguments and facts by flinging feces and lying.

  • Rooster41

    The extra development time should give the Xbox One more polish over the PS4 version

  • chrisredfield31

    Completely delusional fanboys. First of all, this is a DL title that doesn’t take much to run. Just because they can polish this one and make it run 1080p with 60fps doesn’t mean that translates over to full games.

    Second, extra development time does not = more polish than PS4 version, especially versions that are already running perfect due to the superior hardware.

    Xbox got the short end of the stick, it’s all in how you see it/cope with it. I’d be mad at the fact that it took them this long to polish something that’s already on PS4 on a DL title no less.

    • Michael Norris

      Just shows how easy it is to code on Ps4.DX11 is well known and most developers can run code on that API easy but MS goofed up the hardware.As you put it Ps4 is a superior machine,that is why the game runs near perfect on it.

    • Failz

      If you didn’t read, the games are identical, no one got the short end of the stick, in fact all console peasants did because I was running this game 6 months before it was on PS+. Now if you haven’t notice games like Destiny and Forza Horizon 2 are 1080p and look amazing. Stop crying over someone else’s choice.

    • Oranji Juusu

      You realize this game uses Unreal Engine 3, right? The same engine used for many titles from the last generation like Gears of War 2. Unreal Engine 4 is meant for this generation of consoles… Obviously this is not a next gen title and shouldn’t be used to make preconceptions of any other title set to launch in the future.

      The game has you so tightly boxed into rooms and corridors the whole time, and uses heavy use of fog and solid darkness in the distance, to hide unbelievably short render distances as well. It frees up a lot of resources when the game only has to display what’s immediately around you.

    • Failz

      No PC uses 8 gigs of GDDR5 ram and PC / XB1 are very similar in architecture plus the XB1 uses a modified version of Windows 8 and both will be using the DX12 update so if PCs can look outstanding with 2gigs of GDDR5 and 8+gigs of DDR3 then the XB1 is as good as any.
      It also depends who has the better developers behind the console. Forza Horizon 2 is a good example of a game designed using the potential of the XB1 hardware. Halo 5 will also look as good as any game on release. Power does not make the games good if the developers who make Killzone and Knack aren’t up to standards with gameplay.
      If I want visuals I go PC if I want good games that depends what I want to play.

      Example –
      Turn 10 for Racing.
      343 for FPS
      Rare for Nostalgia
      etc

    • Oranji Juusu

      The GDDR5 in the PS4 acts both as video ram and system ram. It’s handling textures and application instructions under a unified memory.

      GDDR5 is DDR3 with higher bandwidth, but with the caveat of having higher latency. The PS4 has a memory controller that allows it to somewhat limit the negatives of GDDR5 being 32-bit, but performance is still impacted.

      As for PCs, they have dedicated DDR3 system memory to handle application instructions and anything else fine to be passed to the CPU to be computed linearly, and their graphics cards have dedicated GDDR5 video ram to handle textures and anything else that needs to be handed to the GPU to benefit from its parallel compute.

      DDR4 support is coming very soon (September) for high-end CPUs from Intel. Next year it goes mainstream with Skylake. Pair that with the upcoming Tonga and Maxwell GPU releases next year and consoles will be behind even more.

      The fact of the matter is game engines will begin to roll out features that these consoles won’t be able to leverage and they’ll be able to pack more models and polygons on screen and the consoles will look the same as they will this year.

  • Ritsujun

    Xb0ned.

  • http://photovoltaik.bandcamp.com/ Ujn Hunter

    Great story. Let me know when this game + the DLC is $10 or less for the whole experience on PS4.

  • xeela sunston

    because i call out the one i replayed too talking about res and graphics on two games not out yet in a semi sarcastic tone? I’m stupid?.

    are you secretly a touchy autistic kid that sneaked on to your families computer???.

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