Spencer Clarifies His Statement About 1080p Resolution, Talks About New IPs, Gears of War & More

Spencer on resolution, frame rate, 4K gaming, Gears of War, new features and new IPs.

Phil-Spencer

Ever since Phil Spencer has taken over the Xbox brand, Microsoft’s latest console has seen nothing but an upward momentum. Their presentation at Gamescom was nothing short of amazing and was filled with games that were actually playable, not to mention the timed exclusivity of the next Tomb Raider was a megaton.

In an earlier report, Spencer stated that he prefers a higher frame rate rather than a higher resolution. He has now further clarified his statements on his Twitter feed that he was not downplaying the importance of 1080p. “Clearly 1080p is a thing, I’m just saying I trust creators to make the right decisions for their game,” he said. He also disagrees that games are all about resolution and frame rates. “I guess we will just disagree. I don’t think great game design is defined at one rez and fps,” he said.

He also confirmed that they are working on a share feature for the Xbox One but don’t have any release date for the same. “Working on screenshots, lots of requests for this feature. We’ll get it done, just not locked on when.” He also revealed that they are working Xbox One’s plans for TGS, as the system is launching this September in Japan. He also believes that 4K resolution won’t happen this generation and they need to work on new IPs. “I don’t think we’ll see full 4K games this generation in traditional console genres. Agree on IP, we need to own more.”

And finally, gamers can expect new information about the next Gears of War in 2015.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments section below.


  • ineedgames

    Prefers a higher frame rate rather than a higher resolution

    -Phil Spencer

    • Guest

      And he’s right. Framerate is more important than resolution. But at least it’s not Sony’s ignorant 1080p 60fps or give me death.

    • DA-ROOSTER

      Yeah Sony even lies about their games running at 1080p

    • demfax

      Wrong.

    • BlinkFandango

      Yeah, they lied about Killzone MP.

    • Zohak Diaz

      They lie about everything

    • Guest

      Like you are right now. And MS lies about everything.

    • Guest

      They lied about Ryse, DR3, KI, TF they were all supposed to be 1080p, heck they even lied about Forza 5, they had to downgrade those graphics and and took everything the systems got.

    • Lag-Fighting Tactics

      We knew Ryse was going to be 900p, we actually asked for and recommend this resolution. So at no point we thought
      it was always 1080p.

    • Head Blackman

      they never lied about that stuff. they only said that 1080p was the target that they was gunning for. but they told the truth every time the was asked about every one of those games that you just mentiioned. so what are you talking about???? sony is the only liars in this generation and you know it but being that you’ve already invested your 400 bucks you have to try to save face by putting sony’s faults on microsoft because you know for a fact that you’ve made the wrong choice in a games console.

    • John Doe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp9jycSIOs8

      Where has Sony lied lied about the PS4? Give us proof.

    • John Doe

      You Xbots are very desperate and sad. Allways trying to put a spin on it. Where did Sony say 1080p 60fps or give me death?

      Microsoft and you Xbox fanboys were allways bragging about graphics during the Xbox and Xbox 360 lifecycle but now that PS4 has better graphics than Xbox One, you Xbots can’t handle it.

      Here is an interesting read for you… http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1323339

      Look at all the Xbots praising 1080p 60fps.

    • John Doe
    • BlinkFandango

      Uh, yeah, that’s on the back of every Xbox game, is says it works on a 1080p TV, not that the games is 1080p.

    • Vious

      they’re getting sued for lying about that.

    • demfax

      Sony did not lie. The lawsuit is entirely frivolous with no case and will be thrown out of court.

      Anybody can sue for any reason, the fact that someone was sued for something IS MEANINGLESS and only brought up by hateful and malicious fanboys.

      Killzone: Shadowfall Multiplayer outputs a 1080p native image with no upscaling.

      Temporal reprojection is significantly more advanced than interlacing and no pixels are upscaled, so it’s not 1080i or a lower res upscaled to 1080.

      “In both SP and MP, KILLZONE SHADOW FALL outputs a full, unscaled 1080p image at up to 60 FPS. Native is often used to indicate images that are not scaled; it is native by that definition.

      In Multiplayer mode, however, we use a technique called “temporal reprojection,” which combines pixels and motion vectors from multiple lower-resolution frames to reconstruct a full 1080p image. If native means that every part of the pipeline is 1080p then this technique is not native.

      Games often employ different resolutions in different parts of their rendering pipeline. Most games render particles and ambient occlusion at a lower resolution, while some games even do all lighting at a lower resolution. This is generally still called native 1080p. The technique used in KILLZONE SHADOW FALL goes further and reconstructs half of the pixels from past frames.”

    • Crusina .

      > Sony did not lie. The lawsuit is entirely frivolous with no case and will be thrown out of court.

      Complete and utter bullshit. The only people who want you to believe that all of these lawsuits are frivolous are corporations. Remember the coffee scandal with McDonalds? They downplayed it as much as they could to make her seem like a whiny entitled person but when the actual details came out, it wasn’t even close to be “frivolous”

      That’s not true as class actions aren’t about the money in many situations. When a judge makes a ruling on particular practices, such as stating a game runs in 1080p when it actually runs in 720 upscaled is misleading and deceptive conduct, it forces other publishers to adjust their behaviour accordingly. That’s called establishing a precedent and class actions have been imperative to establishing consumer precedents.

      So no, I don’t agree with your typical anti-lawyer this guy is greedy/whiny circlejerk because class actions are a fundamental tool of changing corporate behaviour. It’s not all about the money even though lawyers make a killing off of it.

      Many clients I’ve come across don’t even care too much about the money, to them they want the class action to stop what happened to them from happening to other people.

    • demfax

      It’s frivolous because not only does he not have a legal leg to stand on, but because he reportedly bought Killzone well after Guerilla Games came out explaining temporal reprojection.

      We already know the details of what’s happening with Killzone technically, there’s no chance of “surprise evidence”.

      No pixels are upscaled, and temporal reprojection is more advanced and process intense than interlacing. By any reasonable standard (especially legally), it’s 1080p.

      It’s not 720p upscaled, you simply don’t understand what you’re talking about.

    • Guest

      Every Xbox 360 case is a pure lie as they always state the game does 1080P. Hmmm

    • Head Blackman

      the ps3 boxes say the same thing sir, but it’s always been know that the xbox360 was upscaled and not native, but sony constantly touts 1080p native and kill zone sf. was one of those games touted as 1080p native which makes it a lie, because it’s not.

    • Zohak Diaz

      Expect more lawsuits

    • Guest

      Yeah, against MS. I think i will sue them for claiming that Ryse and DR3 and KI were going to run at 1080p and showing them on PCs.

    • Head Blackman

      they never claimed that ever. they only said that 1080p was the target. never what it was. so get your crap right sir!

    • Agent_Blade

      From one man in California over Killzone MP resolution…yeah such a big deal.

    • Vious

      so does that make it not true….is that what you’re saying?

    • Guest

      It doesnt make it valid. And i hate to break it to you cuz its obvious you aint smart enough to see it. But the game is 1080p, 960×1080 is still technically 1080p. And why do all you xclowns suddenly care so much about res? You dont care when the X1 game is a low res, framey mess but then are wanna talk junk about the superior PS4 version.

    • You are flat out wrong’s mom

      960 x 1080 is 1080p? you sir are full of sheeeet. and TECHNICALLY you are a sony loving idiot.

    • Guest

      Frivolous lawsuit that will be laughed out of court along with your frivolous opinion that is just laughable. Alot of mad, delusional fanboys in here. Why are you all so upset? Is it cuz the X1 is a disappointing underperforming, underpowered and under selling POS?

    • Whatthehecklol

      Pretty sure they’ve lied, only blind fools will look the other way.

    • Zohak Diaz

      You mean only Sony fans

    • Guest

      No, he means xtard fans

    • Guest

      Who Ms? yeah, i agree, they did lie, they claimed Ryse, DR3 and KI and TF where gonna be 1080p and all of those games ended up as 720p. LOL! And i agree that only a blind fool would look the other way on that.

    • Head Blackman

      ryse 900p dr3 720p get it right and it was never said that it was 1080p. only 1080 as the target. target doesn’t mean fact. get it right!

    • Guest

      Yeah and MS lies about their systems performance, which is even worst. Underperforming POS.

    • Head Blackman

      where did they lie about any system performance sir??? stop spewing out bs just to start a conversation. go and make some friends so you’ll have someone to talk to so you don’t have to keep doing this, because you’re not good at it at all. :-/

    • demfax

      Nobody at Sony ever said that. You are wrong.

    • John Mumpitz
    • demfax

      He said 60 fps. Not “1080p 60 fps”.

      You are blind and reading “1080p” in that tweet when it doesn’t exist.

    • JerkDaNERD7

      Hey, it’s DERP!

    • Zohak Diaz

      Lol

    • Guest

      Moron.

    • Guest

      hey, its JerkDaNERD7!

    • JerkDaNERD7

      Yup, that’s me and the ONLY username I’ve used.

    • Guest

      Xbox One ignorant give me lower res and worst framerates or give me death. And i’ll give you a bunch of dumb fanboys. Oh look 52 dumb fanboys who all hate better performance.

    • Ryan_McN

      That is the problem with this gen… everyone has turned into resolution wh*res. Sad really.

      I have said it before… Super Mario World runs at 256×224 resolution, and it is still better than any PS4 game available today.

    • Tony G

      I’d rather have a game at 900p/60fps than a game at 1080p/30 fps. The difference in Ps is nearly unnoticeable, unless you are actually sitting there looking out for minute differences. Whereas 30 – 60fps is highly noticeable. Heck I’d rather have a 720p/60fps than a 1080p/30fps.

    • Guest

      So you definitely rather have forza on 360 (720p30fps) then Ryse on X1 (900p/15-30fps). You’re a moron. see how stupid idealism makes you look? Dont make blanket statements.

    • dmeador

      I think you are the moron who doesn’t know what a blanket statement is, he made an opinion on specific rez/fps. Learn better

    • Ryan_McN

      I would rather have an enjoyable game REGARDLESS of resolution than some 1080p clusterf*ck which sucks.

  • http://www.sypher-design.co.uk/ David Robinson

    “Agree on IP, we need to own more.”
    No Phil, you need to CREATE more.

    • xbox1rules23

      I’m sure he meant both. when you create you own it, right?????

  • Goodacre

    lame, only news on Gears in 2015? looks like a 2016 title. maybe the Xbone will be $299 by then

    • Jack Joyce

      Certainly not a new one.

    • demfax

      $300 new by 2016 or earlier seems likely.

    • Jack Joyce

      Seems quite unlikely actually…While AMD is exploring more cost efficient products…
      Only delusional individuals like yourself would see it become that cheap.
      They’ve sold 5 Million units in 13 countries…And will be in a total of 42 markets by September.
      There is no desperation to make that type of price cut anytime soon… So not within 2 years.
      2018 or 2019…MAYBE.

    • demfax

      No. I’m constantly right and knowledgeable about sales. You are constantly wrong and delusional.

      Tier 2 countries will do very little for Xbox sales. An extra 5-10% a month at most after the launch month. Xbox has almost no presence outside of the 13 countries they already launched in. The global picture is accurate as-is.

      The 13 countries Xbox One already launched in account for 85-90% of 360 sales. The remaining markets are tiny and PS3/PS4 dominated.

      ms will almost certainly drop the price to $300 in 2016 if not earlier. It is selling less than the 360 month to month for the last 4 months, at this rate it will sell under the 360 total.

      Xbox One sales in the July NPD are back down from June. The $400 SKU was only a temporary sales bump.

      That is reality. Sorry if you’re having trouble accepting it.

    • Jack Joyce

      Yeah you clearly don’t know much. Well you’ve proven that to me with your baseless statements that you love to flaunt.

      Here’s the thing you don’t get buddy. MS has been increasing their relationships with Square Enix and EA to help with their global presence. Stuff like Legends in Europe is pretty big for people who only buy consoles for Fifa(Yes there are a lot of them).

      You got any facts for that, 5-10%…Because that statement is pretty weak if you don’t have any NON VG-Chartz links. Because just saying it’s accurate doesn’t make it so.

      “The remaining markets are tiny and PS3/PS4 dominated” That’s where you’re wrong and clearly didn’t do your homework. Those markets were PS2 dominated, and Sony couldn’t get anywhere near PS2 numbers after the PS3 launch which made them lose a lot of their fanbase. 10 Million PS4s in 70 countries…that’s not very “Dominating”.

      You think they will drop the price of the X1 that low?
      And again you’re wrong the X1s are selling more than 360s over the course of the X1s lifespan. WoW your facts are all wrong aren’t they?

      The Kinectless SKU “Sales bump” isn’t going to matter until games like Sunset Overdrive or Halo MCC launch because they are GAMES people want.

      Bundles sell systems, MS will be pushing more bundles as games come out.

      I’m done arguing with you because you’re proving my point…You’re severely delusional and need to see someone about it.

  • Volpejr

    Microsoft owns a ton of IP’s that they should be rebooting. Crimson Skies would be awesome on their dedicated servers. and all the Rare IP’s like Banjo, Conker, Viva Pinata, Perfect Dark, Jet Force Gemini, Battletoads etc. They own over 150 IP’s

    • Agent_Blade

      I know. Its one of the reason why I don’t want a XB1 right now. And hoping Sony does the same for PS4 because Sony has a truckload of IP’s through the history of Playstation. And so does MS

  • JerkDaNERD7

    As a PC gamer that is what we all strive for, the highest FPS at the best resolution before beginning the game.

    • Guest

      You’re a ms fanboy, you’re no PC gamer. Real PC gamers care about both.

    • JerkDaNERD7

      Real PC gamers care about both?!

      A gamer is a gamer ya dim-witt!! I have a high-end PC with a youtube channel gameplay…

      …If you asking for proof??

    • Ryan_McN

      Real gamers aren’t resolution wh*res, they dont care aslong as they are enjoying the game.

      Your post indicates that there were no real gamers before PS3 or 360.

  • http://www.techreviewshop.com/ JP

    Pretty much confirms Angry Birds will be the first 4k game on the Xbox One.

    • Guest

      i doubt it, i think at best they get it to run at 900p/60fps

  • TristanPR77

    They are working on a Share option? Like PS4? I didn’t knew x1 didn’t had that feature.

    • wickshot

      Share was on MS original plans along with DRM but was scrapped when the media kicked up a fuss about DRM

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    early 2015 hopefully

    • Guest

      it will always have res problems. As a matter of fact, as the gen goes on and the graphics get pushed (and they will) the res’es will struggle even more.

    • slumdog hundredaire

      The Order has rez problems….

    • demfax

      The Order is 1920×800 (6.7% more pixels than 1600×900)

  • Thinkaboutit

    All this 1080p talk is sonys pr bs. The less powerful console won the last 2 gens. If youre so worried about power then build a pc. That being said im pretty sure those consoles were also cheaper.

    • Guest

      No its not! What an idiot you are. The whole 1080p/60fps was what both sides said the minimum this gen should be. BOTH SIDES!!! then as it started to become more obvious that the X1 was a seriously underperforming disappointing piece of crap, dumb fake lying fanboys like yourself, started changing thier tune to res dont matter, framerates do. Then when they saw that it wouldnt even be able to run every game at 60fps, then they turned to gameplay does. And since the PS4 was better at achieving both higher res and better framerates, Sony fanboys started rubbing that in the fake MS fanboys faces. Get your facts right, you dumb bot, think about it.

    • Ryan_McN

      PS2 vs Original Xbox – PS2 wins the gen (lower specs)
      PS3 vs Xbox 360 vs Wii – Wii Wins the gen, debatable with 360 (lower specs)

    • slumdog hundredaire

      Who said that?

    • Thinkaboutit

      Lol why so mad? You sound like a baby. Get laid child.

    • demfax

      It seems most console gamers are ignoring attempts to downplay PS4’s stronger hardware and buying PS4s anyway. Sorry.

    • EmpeRawD

      It seems that after this account of yours gets banned again…you will just created another to continue your little silly crusade to please your god Kaz Hirai!

    • Guest

      He’s a poor loser. The ultimate loser of current society.

  • Zohak Diaz

    Phil for president

    • Guest

      Loser!

    • Zohak Diaz

      Blind PONY

  • jacksjus

    Did they really ask him about 4k when the X1 is still dealing with 1080p problems on average? Lmao!

    • Guest

      Yes, yes they did, thats how dumb people are. But remember some dumbnut said that the X1 could output in 4K so as usual the dumb and delusional fanboys believe everything their corporate lords say. Especially the Xbox crowd. They are the dumbest of the lot. You’d have to be to spend more money on a inferior system with no games. Luckily the world sees that and the PS4 is outselling the X1 buy 2 to 1.

    • slumdog hundredaire

      Every console manufacturer is dealing with that problem. Just look at The Order…. ;) PC Master race

    • jacksjus

      That’s not what I said. I said on average. Here you are mentioning one of like 3 PS4 games that were under 1080p. Btw, The Order’s resolution was a design choice, not a technical setback.

    • slumdog hundredaire

      So you are drinking that Kool-Aid for The Order now….? Design choice? Because we are watching a movie and not playing a video game? Perhaps they should lower the framerate to 24 FPS for that true cinema feel :P

  • Lag-Fighting Tactics

    Microsoft have decided not to release the unlock codes for the second Gpu now and keep with 720/900p.
    We are OK with this now.
    We were expecting 2017 for 2nd layer unlock.

  • Failz

    Sony have pressured all there developers to achieve these high standards which now they have to sacifice things in there own games just to keep the sheep happy (Killzones multiplayer) while MS allow developers to make there games however they want, if they can do more at 720p then games like Dead Rising 3 will continue to exist. This guy isnt just the face of Xbox but his becoming the face of gaming.
    Glad his the head of Xbox.

  • Mark

    @Rashid. Hey man Phil didn’t say we won’t see 4K gaming this generation……he said, “I don’t think we’ll see full 4K games this generation in traditional console GENRES”. He said genres. That means traditional console genres. What’s a non traditional console genre? An mmo, or maybe an RTS? My point is u gotta be a bit more careful about these tweets. Not attacking u man. I enjoy ur gaming coverage. But I wonder what he’s gettin at? Could be some surprises with 4K gaming in some years.

  • Rubix99

    The real problem at the moment is this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVCgvnUC4fA

    • Thinkaboutit

      lol cant even get mad at ya

    • Guest

      Yep, so desperate.

  • Convergence87

    lol it was only after massive scrutiny that they admitted that tomb raider was a times exclusive and not the exclusive they soo insidiously attempted to trick gamers with.

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