Star Wars Battlefront Beta PS4 vs Xbox One Face-off: PS4 Takes Lead with Better Image Quality And Crisper Details

Despite rendering resolutions woes, Battlefront’s performance on PS4 and Xbox One is rock solid.

Posted By | On 13th, Oct. 2015 Under Article, Graphics Analysis | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


DICE has been a bit of a mix bag this generation. Battlefield 4 was a disappointment overall, although they have managed to finally get the game up and running. However,it’s safe to assume that Battlefield 4 tarnished DICE’s image amongst its hardcore first person shooter community. Gameplay complaints aside, Battlefield 4 ran at 720p on Xbox One and 900p on the PS4. Given that the game launched at the advent of current gen consoles, the sub HD rendering resolution could be forgiven but then Hardline happened. Although DICE did not have much role to play in the game’s development, they were still responsible for the game’s engine: Frostbite. Hardline had the same rendering resolution as Battlefield 4 on both consoles and the trend is continuing with Star Wars Battlefront.

It was recently confirmed that Battlefront will run at 900p on PS4 and a disappointing 720p resolution on the Xbox One. Johan Andersson, the technical director of Frostbite engine explained that they did not want to sacrifice frame rate and fidelity over the resolution. This claim is kind of out of place since several first person shooters in the past such as Call of Duty Advanced Warfare and open world games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt use a dynamic resolution on the Xbox One, allowing the render to display pixels based on freed GPU at any moment. A 720p resolution at this point in the Xbox One’s life cycle is disappointing, especially given the advances Microsoft made in the console’s SDK and quite clearly, it has affected Battlefront’s image quality on the console quite hard.

Head to head comparisons between PS4 and Xbox One. Select 1080p and 60fps option for best possible video quality.

Given that this is an analysis of a beta, we are just going to focus on the core differences between the two versions. You can expect a detailed analysis when the game launches next month. Talking about the differences, texture quality and filtering takes a direct hit on the Xbox One due to its lower rendering resolution. This is especially evident when you take a look at the objects that are located at a distance away from the player, which give off a blurrier or muddier look.  Since the Xbox One is essentially upscaling a 720p image to 1080p display, aliased edges can be witnessed across the level despite the use of a custom post processing AA solution on both versions. Texture geometry, Parallax Occlusion and Tessellation and draw distance details are reduced due to the lower operating resolution.Sadly, texture streaming issues are also apparent on both console versions.

Fortunately for the Xbox One users, that is where the differences end. Other parameters such as texture quality, shadow quality [although generally mediocre], impressive motion blur and depth of field with fantastic physical based lighting look great on both consoles. Performance wise, both versions sport a rock solid 60 frames per second in both the Survival and Drop Zone modes whereas Walker Assault mode had frame drops in the lower 50s. Ironically, both versions run at a locked 30fps at native 1080p resolution in split screen mode.

In the end we can only wonder whether DICE is aiming to do more than these consoles are capable of or is this is merely a case of poor optimization done on the Frostbite engine as far as resolution goes. We will try and find out in our final analysis when the game launches next month.


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  • Guest

    Total laziness or corporate push to have the game out before the movies drop…either way, not supporting it. There is no justifiable reason for such poor performance from either console and it’s clearly a half assed/half finished game especially when you take into consideration they couldn’t even be bothered to add a single player campaign.

    • Guest

      Poor performance and laziness? Try more like denial and delusion on your part. “Poor performance”?! The game runs at a practically locked 60fps on Tatooine and Sullust and only drops to the mid 50’s on Hoth (because its 40 players). And the game looks incredible graphically, much better than 99% of the games out there. Don’t be mad because your beloved POS system, runs it at a worst performance and lower res. Blame MS for making such a shoddy system. Halo 5 drops its res all the way down to 1152×810 with only 24 players and trilinear filtering and it still drops in frames. And that’s MS’s flagship title!

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      I played the beta and the game looks beautiful. If they could not make the ps4 reach 1080p or the XB1 reach 900p that is ok since both versions look very similar.

      What I find unacceptable is that there is no single player campaign, and that is the only reason I am passing on this game. That is far worse and true laziness than the lower pixel count. The good thing is that Halo 5, Rise of The Tomb Raider, fallout 4, Just Cause 3, and AC sybdicate are all coming soon ao we will have no need to “feel” forced to play these half-baked games like Battlefront and Rainbow Six.

  • Kvally

    Why did that add the word “disappointing 720p on the Xbox One” and not in front of the 900p on the PS4. Both are disappointing, especially when there are other games out there with 1080p that look better. This is clearly a failure with DICE developers, DICE engine and EA.

    • Guest

      There is no game out there that looks better than this! Name one?! And I thought you bots didn’t care about res, what now you are going to admit that 900p is disappointing? When so many other X1 games are and you fant’rds argue its fine? 900p looks hella good when its instead of a disappointing 720p. So deal with it kid. Btw, I love your level of denial, so fake, so phony.

    • Kvally

      Lol look at this Sony ponie. Glad I love both my consoles.

    • Guest

      Look at this MStard/bot. Btw, I also own both console. So get the egg off your face.

    • Kvally

      Lolololololol lulz

    • Guest

      Lolololololol lulz

    • Kvally

      Why you mad?

    • Guest

      You must be mad, don’t project.

    • Kvally

      So when you are mad you just copy paste what others post? Most impressive.

    • XbotMK1

      So when you’re mad you just claim others are mad?

      Maybe we’re all mad. It is irrelevant. That is beside the point.

    • Guest

      No, he’s obviously mad, hence the accusation, he’s projecting, but I bet he doesn’t even know what that means.

    • Kvally

      Lol

    • Kvally

      Yeah that’s it 😉

    • Kvally

      Tool

    • Guest

      This is obviously a failure on your part to grasp reality. This game looks GREAT!

    • Kvally

      Yup looks great. Nobody said differently. RIF.

    • Guest

      “Both are disappointing, especially when there are other games out there with 1080p that look better.”
      Sounds to me like you think it just looks “ok”, hence the response. But now that you are claiming otherwise, then ok, at least you acknowledge it

    • Kvally

      Disappointing for this time of gen but still great. Lots of better games out there graphically and performance.

    • Guest

      “Lots of better games out there graphically and performance”
      Like what? Name one game that looks better than this while running at 60fps.

    • Guest

      This troll though…sullying the good name of Guest.

    • Kvally

      More like puest, lol

    • Guest

      This troll though…sullying the good name of Guest.

    • Kvally

      Killzone 4, Forza 6, BF4, Tomb Raider, Halo 5….and more.

    • Guest

      Halo 5 uses trilinear filtering, which is disgusting and if that wasnt bad enough, its res drops all the way down to 1152×810, which only exasperates it further. And the transistions to the lower res can be quite jarring I’ve read. The rest, nope, nope, nope and nope. But now we are getting into the realm of “opinion”.

    • Kvally

      Yes you are. And of course you are in the minority. Nothing wrong with that though. We still respect you.

    • Guest

      Wow, your response makes no sense to what I said. You are so lost now, that you don’t even know what to say anymore. Give it up old man. You don’t even make sense. Oh and I will still respect you too ;-p

    • Kvally

      She’s cute when she’s angry.

    • Guest

      That’s it? that’s the best you got? You’re the one acting like a hurt little b’tch, over video games. Don’t get mad at the facts, girls.

    • Kvally

      You are entertaining we will give you that.

  • Mark

    To me, PS4’s colors are a bit more vibrant. The X1 version looks slightly muddier.

    Still, having seen Star Wars on the Xbox in person, it looks alot better than this video, and it gets the crown for graphics for this generation so far, imo.

    • Guest

      The resolution difference is a lot more apparent in person than on these videos. And the colors, is not a sign of anything, that can be tweaked by your tv. But the X1 version does look a lot lower res than the PS4 ver. in person.

    • Kvally

      In person they look virtually identical.

    • XbotMK1

      Maybe to you, but not everyone.

    • Kvally

      To most of us. I max ranked on both. Got about 20 hours in on each platform and had them up side by side.

    • XbotMK1

      “To most of us”

      Oh, care to show us the proof of data from your survey of everyone who played Star Wars Battlefront on both Xbox One and PS4 side by side?

      Don’t try to speak for everyone. You can only represent yourself.

    • Kvally

      Care to show us your survey?

    • Guest

      You made the claim, now back it up
      Oh that’s right you cant, hence the pathetic response. Nice try, keep trying. Btw, you part of the MDF?

    • XbotMK1

      I don’t need one. I’m not the one who made a claim without data to back it up. You are.

      You’re either trolling out of frustration or you’re just really upset.

    • Kvally

      It’ll be ok man you can be wrong don’t get upset. Happens to the best of us.

    • Guest

      Then you are obviously blind, because you know and I know, that the X1 version is way blurrier (and choppier too!) Fact, kid! Higher res and better overall framerate. But keep trying to convince everyone else it isn’t.

    • Kvally

      Your opinion is duly noted.

    • Guest

      Nope, sorry, my opinion is the fact, you’re the one with a “opinion”. Fact is on my side.

    • Kvally

      Lol delusional you are

    • Guest

      If im delusional then why im I right that the PS4 version is alot sharper and performs better, while youre the one denying the facts? Boy, you’re a doozey. You definitely do not have a grip on reality.

    • Kvally

      Cuz you are not right.

    • Tech junkie

      Resolution maybe better but it is irreverent for most people.

    • Tech junkie

      I’m sure you can tell on your 27″ tube TV poor boy. Maybe you could ask for a flat screen for Christmas,

      50″ tv at 9′ it’s impossible to see the difference between 720p and 1080p with 20/20
      You’re lying if you say you can

    • Guest

      No, they don’t! The difference is even more dramactic in person. Its a fact, sorry.

    • Kvally

      Nope.

    • Guest

      Yup

    • Kvally

      Lulz good one

    • Guest

      Lulz, right, right.

    • Kvally

      Lulz

    • Guest

      Don’t be mad, because the X1 is a lot blurrier and performs worst.

    • Kvally

      Nice grammar lol.

    • Mark

      So I replied but Gbolt has to approve it, if not then I’ll just say I hear u and respect ur opinion but I disagree. Still, hope u like Star Wars, but it’s mediocre to me lol.

    • Tech junkie

      Resolution is nearly impossible to spot without abnormally close viewing distance or very large screens, anyone who says otherwise is either a lying fan boy or falling for a placebo effect.

    • Mark

      Yeah there was just a study done about how gamers see things that don’t exist, because they’re told some propaganda. Red Dragon made a vid about it. Placebo effect is real.

    • Tech junkie

      For sure, I’ve been having this argument longer than the PS4 and Xbox One have been around.

      The human eye is not digital, it it very analogue and peoples vision varies greatly.

      Uncompressed 720p is good enough for most people, given their TV size and viewing distance.

      I’m one of the people that have a setup that requires more than 720p and I can barely tell, it’s nowhere near enough to take away from the game in anyway. Without a side by side you would never know the difference.

      I love the people who call 720p blurry, it really shows they can’t see, 720p to 1080p in a videogame is jaggy and blocky if you really look, if it appears blurry you really don’t need 1080p cause you can’t see well anyway

      4k is a waste of money and arguing over 180 lines of resolution is irrelevant and a waste of time.

      Placebo effect aka Marketing BS is a very real problem in the world today

    • Mark

      Agreed man.

  • jacksjus

    Perception is everything and right now that is killing MS.

    The differences could be extremely negligible but that perception magnifies it regardless.

    • Guest

      Except in this instance the effect isn’t negligible, its blatantly obvious when you see it on your tv. But your denial is bad, regardless.

    • Kvally

      Lulz no

    • Guest

      Lulz, yes. And you’ve obviousy never seen them both in person. I have and I was immediately shocked by how dramatic it actually was. These videos do it NO justice.

    • Kvally

      You must need your eyes checked.

    • Guest

      Because I can tell the blatantly obvious difference? Yet, you who cant, doesn’t? Fantard logic. I love it, it makes me laugh. Make sense dude!

    • Kvally

      You crack us up man. Keep fighting the good fight! Kudos!

    • Guest

      Ditto, if you even know what that means. Youre fighting back just as hard. So you’re just as guilty, hypocrite. Im just stating facts, while youre the one denying them because you don’t like the fact, so are trying to change them just to make yourself feel better.

    • Kvally

      You are entitled to your opinion. We have no qualms with that.

    • Guest

      We? Uh oh, you’re hearing voices. No wonder you argued with me about reality and the facts,…cuz youre crazy!

    • Kvally

      We better cut you off.

    • Kvally

      yeah, we…the rest of the world living outside your fantasy world, lol

  • Guest

    I thought res didn’t matter? I knew you fanboys were a bunch of liars.

    • Kvally

      Yeah you tell them!!!!

    • Guest

      I just did ;-p

    • Kvally

      Good job hope they listened!!

    • Guest

      You obviously are. So I know at least one is listening.

    • Kvally

      Poor chap is talking to herself.

    • Guest

      Not making sense again, you’re coming off as stupid. especially since all you’ve been doing is paying me attention, moron. Learn how to not be stupid. Btw, you look like a middle aged loser.

    • Kvally

      I think we made this chick cry guys. We better take it easy on her.

    • Guest

      You’re the one crying. Crying that his sh’tty box cant handle it.

  • XbotMK1

    Star Wars Battlefront has a better framerate on PS4 and The Witcher 3 has been improved on the PS4. It now has the higher framerate and resolution over Xbox One. What excuses do the Xbox fanboys like Terminater, Ghz, GamerJudge, and Deeboy, have to say, those sorry sacks of sh*t?

    • Mark

      C’mon Bot, Witcher 3? U only waited 6 months for an acceptable frame rate…..u gotta stop the bias son, that’s a bad example.

    • XbotMK1

      Don’t try to sidestep. Most games have better framerates on the PS4. But when The Witcher 3 came out, you Xbox fanboys claimed the framerate difference was because Xbox One has a stronger CPU which we all know was bullsh*t.

      If I remember correctly, Xbox fanboys like to go around claiming framerate > resolution.You just claimed that the framerate in The Witcher 3 is unacceptable on PS4. So what is your excuse now that both Battlefront and The Witcher 3 have better framerates on the PS4?

      I deal with facts. The one who is bias here is you Mark. And we all know you’re using a dupe account. lol

    • Mark

      A dupe account? Nah man u know darn well I don’t troll, I’m an Xbox owner and converse here with fellow Xbox gamers. I don’t run to Dualshockers or Playstation Lifestyle, c’mon man.

    • Fweds

      “XbotMK1” the Sony Lackey has many multi’s and when he Is being proven wrong usually changes over to one of them “Kinect” etc.

      Also notice his Fake upvotes .

    • Mark

      Haha. The time people have on their hands to constantly troll is surprising. Usually I ignore them.

    • jay (Fragnon) stein

      Most are getting paid

    • Mark

      Something’s defenitely goin on haha.

    • Mark

      Also, I said “acceptable”. Meaning if a game runs frames in the teens, that’s unplayable to me personally. Witcher wasn’t unplayable generally speaking on the PS4, but u pretty much had to stay away from bogs and other areas…..so ur bragging now 6 months after the fact? C’mon Bot let’s debate man not try to crap on the rival system. S’all ur doin.

    • Mark

      Last I checked, the Xbox is using a 7th core and all of em run slightly higher than the PS4. Not a big deal, but it’s well known anyway.

    • Mark

      As for the Star Wars beta, both systems generally run higher than 50 fps, which is all that matters imo. If this were not the case on Xbox, and frames averaged 30-40, well I’d acknowledge PS4 for providing a much better product…

    • Tech junkie

      I think you are confused about the definition of facts

    • Mr Xrat

      Just shows that there’s something very suspicious going on with MS’ marketing deals.

    • Fweds

      “Mr Xrat” the Sony Lapdog, Why don’t you use you real name “Revolver Ocelot” is it because your upvoting anti Xbox comments with your Upvote Bot again ? And look at the names you are using now ! how embarrassing.

    • Mark

      Even tho the Witcher ran @ 1080p on PS4? If ur correct, then that was a huge fail by Microsoft, lol.

    • archfiendx

      Well, now that Xbox fanboys can’t cling to the framerate over resolution life line, what will they come up with next to justify paying more for a weaker machine that Microsoft tried to shove down their throats.

    • Tech junkie

      Scared parrot

  • Terminator

    Remember, PlayStation fanboys said that resolution was all that matters and that 1080p was the only resolution acceptable and everything under that was unacceptable/unplayable.

    So now that proof has come out that Star Wars Battlefront has a lower resolution than what the PS fanboys always like to boost about on PS4 they are trying to dodge that fact and turn all their attention to something else. What excuses are the PlayStation Corporate Slaves Hypocrite Fanboys like XbotMK1 with all his alt accounts (Kinect, archfiend etc.), Drjonejr, , Guest, etc. going to say now? Bunch of hypocritical c0cksuckers.

    • Mr Xrat

      It’s got nothing to do with 1080p, Xbox cretin. The PS4 is still pushing 500,000 more pixels with a better framerate, less obtrusive pop-in and better graphical effects.

      Keep hoping for DX12 to bail out the Lemonbox. 🙂

    • Fweds

      “Revolver Ocelot ” why don’t you use your name instead of “Mr Xrat” etc.? Ahh I see why your using your upvote bot again even on your own comments !!.

      You Sony lapdogs are not even confident enough to use one name and even worse use fake upvotes so you must know yourselves just how stupid you are.

  • Hvd

    good lord this is just a ps4 flame comment section…lol

    P.S pc is crisper: even on my low end gpu i can get 1080p ultra testures and high settings at 60 fps…lol

    • Mark

      It’s crazy man cuz all of a sudden, this generation, console owners talk about power and resolution like they have state of the art GPUs, with CPUs and RAM all decked out haha. These consoles are budget gaming machines! You pay three to 400 bucks for a plug n play experience……wow.

    • Hvd

      its the ps4 fanboys i have a 2gb evga gtx 660 sc and ran ultra textures with med/high settings and got 60fps. it dipped at times on the walker assult map.i was seing tests with an r7 370 getting over 60fps and its a $180 card.

    • Mark

      Lol. I hope everyone sees your post.

    • Hvd

      why is that its true.google star wars battlefront frame rate test.
      hey showed a r7 370 with a i7 cpu.its an extremely well optimized game for pc.

    • Mark

      Yeah I believe u, it’s just the fanboys think they have some powerful PC just because one outperforms another..

    • Hvd

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nlMJ7Ysdzk

      thats the video.an i 7 is over kill i got a fx 6350 win 10 8gigs ddr3 1866 and a 2gb evga gtx 660 sc i has was hitting solid 60fps

    • Hvd

      here you go the frame rate test
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nlMJ7Ysdzk

  • Midget

    Name one PS4 AAA exclusive running 1080p 60FPS. Xbox has plenty and Forza 6 did what Sony said couldn’t be done with night and weather driving.

    • Mr Xrat

      “Plenty” = two.

      And they did that by making them look like 360 games.

      LOL Xbone.


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