Quantum Break Won’t Receive A Graphics Update Patch, Spencer and Remedy Comment On Game’s Resolution

The 720p drama.

Posted By | On 21st, Mar. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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On Saturday, news broke out that the hotly anticipated Xbox One/Windows 10 exclusive Quantum Break will run only at a resolution of 720p on the Xbox One- something that came as a bit of a surprise to a lot of people, who have been sold on Quantum Break over the last two years based on its promise as a graphical showpiece for Microsoft’s new console.

Upon hearing these reports, we decided to contact Remedy to confirm with them what the final game’s resolution on the Xbox One would be; however, Remedy refused to confirm or deny the reports, simply giving us a standard ‘no comment’ response.

Xbox fans, meanwhile, decided to take Phil Spencer up to task on Twitter, where they asked him why the game, which was billed as a graphical showcase for the Xbox One, will render at 720p on the console. Spencer, too sidestepped confirming (or denying) the final game’s resolution, saying only, “I encourage you to try a game before you make any pre-judgements about what makes a game good or bad.” He added, “I think you’ll enjoy it.”

Amidst all this furore,a few reports popped up that claimed that the game will be getting an a day one patch, so the resolution could, in fact, change by the time most people got their hands on the game. However, this rumor was quickly shot down by Remedy’s Thomas Puha, who confirmed that while there will be a patch on day one, it will not be improving the graphics. In the process, they also studiously avoided confirming or denying the game’s final resolution.

Overall- what a mess. To hear, right before release, that the promised premier Xbox One graphical exclusive will be playing second fiddle to its allegedly eleventh hour PC port, has undoubtedly got to be disappointing for a lot of people. But, as usual it’s the gameplay that should come first and judging by pre-release footage, the game is shaping to be quite amazing.

Quantum Break launches on the Xbox One and on Windows 10 PCs on April 4.

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  • michaelknight31

    Im still getting it 720p or not idc long as the game is good

    • One With Shadows

      Ooh, better wait until the reviews hit then.

    • Mark

      I enjoyed Ryse, but it got terrible reviews lol.

    • One With Shadows

      I hear ya. I don’t trust reviews either. If I see something I like I go get it.

  • WEL

    getting this on PC for sure but only after price drop.

    • slasaru

      This one doesn’t have jaggies and blurred image, surprise, yes?

    • tanis8585

      at 720p it will have either jaggies or a blurred image due to AA. Either are unacceptable this late in the game. Don’t kid yourself into thinking otherwise.

  • WEL

    lower resolutions mean more jaggies and blurred image. That alone is already a hard pill to swallow when you consider that this is an Xbone game and not an X360’s

  • copycat

    There’s nothing wrong with 720p, nothing wrong with 900p or 1080p. The problem is, is that it’s 2016 and the Xbone is running a game in 720p. CmonBruh

    • Mark

      Well u know man it’s actually about a graphics budget. Initially Ryse was 1080p, but was dropped to 900p toward launch to add more graphics effects. To me the final version looked better. Crytek chose to drop the pixel count for a few other graphics effects the gpu had to render. So basically Remedy’s choosing to have a ton of effects going at the cost of dropping resolution. And as we see, Naughty Dog chose to drop UC4’s mp resolution as well. So we have to take into account everything going on in the screen.

  • Michael

    Looks better than anything on ps4 by a mile. Journalist doing the usual downplaying
    anything xbox. This game looks good up against anything sony has. Yes, it looks just as good if not better than uncharted 4 in certain aspects.

    • One With Shadows

      I’m guessing you chose Xbone over PS4 and now (or months ago) you’re regretting it so you spin facts to try and make yourself feel better.

  • Mark

    Ok first, it’s funny how people have seen the game already and said, “The graphics are phenomal”. But when they heard it was 720p, went “It’s only 720p”? Lmao. Wow. Second, SHOULDN’T the X1 version play second fiddle to a more capable PC? Haha. Ahh well I’m gonna have fun wit Qbreak either way.

  • John Tambanillo

    Whatever happened to DX12? I thought this game supports it?

    • Mark

      I think it does. Although DX12 does save performance better than DX11, it isn’t geared simply toward allowing for a higher resolution. It’s more ambitious than that. For example, Rise of The Tomb Raider uses Async-Compute for light reflections, which is a big feature in all new APIs (DirectX12, Mantle, PS4’s GNMX, Vulkan). So I’d say, let’s focus on what we actually see from Quantum Break graphically. So far it looks phenomenal!

    • John Tambanillo

      What you said makes sense and I completely agree with you. Ironically, Microsoft seems to push people away from buying an Xbox One since they made this game available on PC as well. Maybe they should’ve made it less graphical and 900p resolution? Regardless, it would still look phenomenal on PC anyway…

    • Guest

      “So far it looks phenomenal!”
      Meh, its looked better before, now it just looks soft/low res and teary as heck.
      It’ll look a whole better on the PC. Which the version I’ll be getting.

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    • Mark

      Well PC should always look better. If u think it looks “meh” on the One, then hey, whatever lol. What u eat won’t make me……

  • Allandor

    Well, actually, it seems more to be 900p while some effects are 720p.
    Also, resolution is not all, the pixel-counters have problems to find those “pixels” 🙂 well at least aliasing.
    Image quality of QB is superb. But much more relevant is, the games seem to be really really good.

  • No one seemed to notice before….ODD

    • Guest

      Really? Because many people were saying it looked awful soft. And btw, a lot of those old videos weren’t even the X1 one build. So stop being in denial.

  • Guest

    The game looks good, but the tearing looks horrendous and the image does look way to soft.if they could act least fix the tearing and the framerate (keep it at a steady 30fps) then I could maybe overlook the res, but right now its got issues I don’t like.

  • Riggybro

    It is 2016, a supposedly “next-gen console” and its 720p at 30fps.

    I think that is the main issue here.

  • Jeronimo66

    Lol! You guys actually paying attention to this guest character. I have seen his type over and over. He is just another PlayStation fanboy pretending to be an Xbox One owner disappointed in an Xbox One exclusive resolution.

    I don’t get the disappointment? The last time I checked 720p is high definition. Yea I know this may come as a shock to many, but yea 720p is HD.

    1080p is just a finer image by comparison. 1080p is better for computer monitors 24 inch, but for TVs 32 – 42 inch the difference between 720p and 1080p is barely noticeable it is more noticeable on computer monitors.

    When it comes to graphics, texture detail, shadows, fog, and smoke, frame rate is of more importance than 1080p, that is why ryse on Xbox One a 900p game is still one of the best if not the best looking games on console this generation.

    Uncharted 4 isn’t even 1080p for the PS4, it will be 900p because graphical effects like smoke shadows fog and spot lights all have framerate. A developer can get more graphical effects going at a higher framerate just by reducing resolution. Going below 720p would be bad, but the standard for consoles this gen is 720p.

    Last gen PS3 and Xbox 360 were running games at 540p and 640p few games were running at true 720p, so I don’t know why people expect the PS4 and Xbox One to be 1080p as standard, sub 1080p or 900p should be the expectation, heck I honestly expected 720p to be the standard, honestly.

    Once again 720p is high definition. If you don’t believe me go look it up. 1080p will give a finer image that’s all, and is more noticeable on computer monitors 24 inches than TVs 32 – 42 inches.

    • Guest

      Wow, I didn’t even bother reading most of that nonsense. But I hate to break it to you, im not a phony X1 owner, I do own one. But just aint a fanboy like you and can see its flaws. But I love how you wrote a book trying to downplay the fact that its only 720p with tearing and wobbly framerate. 720p is last gens res.

    • Jeronimo66

      Lol, anyone can say anything on the internet, but that

    • Jeronimo66

      Lol! Anyone can say anything on the internet. You probably own just a PS3 Iol!

      QB has been in development for years running on an engine that was developed before the Xbox One was released, which means the game was not built to take advantage of the Xbox One. So it comes as no surprise the performance of the game. The good thing is the game is being well received by the media.

      If you are going to respond to my comments, I recommend reading them, it makes no sense you respond and don’t read my comment.

  • otherZinc

    Maybe they should do a The Order 1886!
    800p with Black Bars on the top & bottom of the screen!:
    Have the same enemies
    Have awful wack-a-mole AI
    Have terrible blurry backgrounds
    And a Walking Simulator

    No media bothered that pos!
    Inconsistent Media, all day.

  • Cenk Algu

    Lol people the game is runnin at 1080p confrimed by a dev and appareantly DF editor’s jaw is broken haha


  • Mr Xrat

    “But they’ll patch it!!!”

    Oh well.

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      PC gets 1080P 60FPS and the best looking game of the year

      PS4 gets a crap looking dude raider rehash

      When’s Uncharted 4 getting a patch to not look like a PS3 game?


    • Counterproductive

      You’re awfully busy seeding salty comments through console articles. Who are you trying to convince exactly? Isn’t there anything good enough to hold your attention on PC that you have all this time to troll forums to claim your superiority over consoles?

      (You also brought up a lot of anti-Playstation sentiments in an article about Quantum Break. Careful, your agenda is showing.)

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      Lots of conspiracy theories when the fact is Quantum Break is coming out on PC, will look and run better on PC and sonyscum will NEVER EVER get to play it.

      Xbone is a dead console. No point talking about it. Where is the agenda?

    • Counterproductive

      The agenda is that you use words like “sonyscum” in most of your manifold responses to this post, either trying to convince yourself or others that PC offers a better experience. I don’t think anyone is disputing that fact. That doesn’t make it a zero sum game, however. I’m a big fan of Sony and the PS4, and guess what? I’m still going to be playing Quantum Break.

      I could play it on the Xbox One, but that isn’t my only option, so I too will be playing it on PC. It’s not as though the Xbox One version of the game will be less enjoyable for those who don’t have the option of playing it on PC, and certainly doesn’t warrant your derision in a dozen responses to this article. Bringing unrelated discussions and screenshots of Uncharted and Infamous glitches just paints your posts as little better than trolling. If you’re genuinely trying to have a discussion, you’re undercutting your own points. If not, I have to question why you would spend so much time making these posts.

    • aaronf44

      Dead console. Ahahahahahah…… ahahahahahahah.

      Oh man, I hope for your sake you work in comedy, you should be making an absolute fortune.

    • Cenk Algu

      it is already 1080p big Rat.Devs already clarified it.

    • Mr Xrat

      Turk wrong again. It’s 720p. Devs actually clarified it. 🙂

    • Cenk Algu

      Arab eedeeot again.It is 1080p but your little brain can not accept it.Devs actualy confirmed!

    • Mr Xrat

      They confirmed it was 720p. Look it up and try harder. 🙂

    • Cenk Algu

      Lol delusional fantard hah

    • Mr Xrat

      “Quantum Break’s 1080p output is a temporal reconstruction from four previous 720p 4xMSAA frames.”

      “Quantum Break’s 1080p output is a temporal reconstruction from four previous 720p 4xMSAA frames.”

      “Quantum Break’s 1080p output is a temporal reconstruction from four previous 720p 4xMSAA frames.”

      “Quantum Break’s 1080p output is a temporal reconstruction from four previous 720p 4xMSAA frames.”

      Learn to read. Whatever happened to DX12? 🙂

    • Cenk Algu

      Go watch NXGamers video trollboy!

  • AlexeyBaka

    worse than day one games?? pathetic

  • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

    PC version is 1080P 60FPS for any xbots who want the true, uncompromised version of quantum break

    Sorry Sony shills. We get to laugh at your downgrade in May 🙂


    • Counterproductive

      You’re calling out shills? Ironic.

  • Dirkster_Dude

    If the game looks good and the gameplay is there it shouldn’t make any difference what the resolution is at. Maybe the people who care so much should switch consoles or game on PCs because it is so tiresome listening to a rant that really means nothing.

    • Guest

      F-that! Im definitely going to play it on the PC and get the much better visuals, framerate and no tearing. Why would I want to subject myself to an inferior experience just because of some pathetic fanboy loyalty to some company that obviously doesn’t even care about you, they’ve sold out all their X1 exclusives to the PC. Whats tiresome is listening to fanboys talk their nonsense.

    • Dirkster_Dude

      How would it be inferior experience? Do people really notice graphics all that much when they are playing?

  • Nictophile

    This whole fiasco over resolution quite honestly just amuses me. It’s like watching a bunch of spoiled brats whine about not seeing The Force Awakens in IMAX, when most people would be perfectly content watching at a regular cinema.

    It’s entertainment, lads; don’t sweat it too much.

  • Jeronimo66

    Last gen was 540p not 720p.

    This gen is 720p as games are struggling at 900p on both consoles.

    Next gen will be 1080p 60fps on all games.


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