Why The PS4/Xbox One Resolution-Frame Rate Difference Matters For The Gamers

Another age, another set of consoles; another day, another blunder.

Posted By | On 03rd, Feb. 2014 Under Article, Editorials


Consoles have had a pugnacious past, way before even some of us hatchlings were born. But those times are long past. A time when a bunch of companies vied to get the gamer’s attention in cut throat competition with the developing prowess of the gaming industry, console wars have come down to two major players: Sony and Microsoft. Some would want Nintendo to be there with those two but I suppose all of us have more than a little space reserved just for them; since whenever any of us got hold of Mario.

But, now that only two competitors are there to try and claim the sweet trophy, it doesn’t mean that the war has lost its charm. It has actually gained a little lustre and attention. And all that intensity has left us all to debate and speculate more. With the new generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft, one of the burning topics that has come to the front is about the differences in the visual aspects that both the consoles promise. And, it has become quite a thing for discussions. Rightly so.

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"Of course it’s not really plausible to boast about either’s exclusive games here. Killzone: Shadowfall looks beautiful on the PS4 with it’s 1080p resolution and 60/30 fps gameplay. But by no means does it undermine other games like Ryse: Son of Rome, which looks absolutely gorgeous and awe-inspiring at 900p and 30 fps."

The launch of the Xbox and the PS4 had put us in an iffy situation. But then again, they ought to, that’s why they’re competitors. Anyhow, that initial tizzy that the manufacturers of both the consoles had us in has died down a lot. But not entirely. In fact, one of such differences in the consoles’ working has been doing the rounds in forums, discussions and articles quite busily for some time. It’s almost like the war days again.

No matter how clichéd, ‘console wars’ still has that nice ring to it. Now what caused people to fervently take up this discussion, is the disparity of the resolution and frame rates between the two consoles. Does it really concern any of us? Well, yes. Mostly because the PS4 – Xbox One resolution and frame rate difference is quite noticeable.

Given the belligerent months since the two consoles were loosed upon the world, save Asia and a few other regions, it has been evident that a number of titles common to both the consoles run at a higher resolution and with higher frame rates on the PS4 vis-a-vis the Xbox One.

Of course it’s not really plausible to boast about either’s exclusive games here. Killzone: Shadow Fall looks beautiful on the PS4 with it’s 1080p resolution and 60/30 fps gameplay. But by no means does it undermine other games like Ryse: Son of Rome, which looks absolutely gorgeous and awe-inspiring at 900p and 30 fps. Hence, we got to find the middle ground. And there’s plenty of that to chuck our sandwiches across.

Starting with the multiplatform mainstream games like Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Assassin’s Creed 4 brings out the evident. Battlefield 4 runs at 720p @ 60 fps on the Xbox One while the PS4 handles it at 900p @ 60 fps. Even though the difference in running Battlefield 4 on both the consoles may not sound like much, it doesn’t take a very keen eye to find those little differences irksome. The Xbox might have you fall for the ebullient colours and catchy textures, look closer and you’ll see in the following picture that the screenshot on the right in fact, has serrated and saw like edges which is from the Xbox while the PS 4 one on the left is more even and has a smoothness about it. As said before, minor, but irksome to some.

Ps4 vs Xbox One

Image Credit: EuroGamer

"Ryse is a great looking game, like heck it is! But isn’t that the exact reason why we had expected more from the Xbox One? Isn’t Ryse proof enough that the console is way more capable than it has let on with games like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed and the like?"

Assassin’s Creed 4 has a similar story with the PS4 giving a better visual treat. Speaking in numbers, Black Flag runs on the same frame rate on both the consoles but on the Xbox One it runs at 900p while Sony’s console churns it out in Full HD. Moving on to Call of Duty: Ghosts, the difference become a little more stark. Now on the Xbox One, the colours of the game are more vivid and vibrant while the game’s graphics on the PS4 seem a little washed and drained but the difference in detailing shows up once you compare the game on both the consoles.

There are lots of videos doing the rounds on the internet that portray the difference of resolution between various games available on both the consoles but videos aren’t always the most reliable source especially with respect to the difference in the graphics on two consoles. Having both the consoles at your disposal isn’t always possible either so digging deep enough might help you arrive at a conclusion as to which aspect of the game is better on what console and even help you decide which to buy. Obviously the graphics part is only one aspect of the respective consoles.

People with big TVs who sit farther back from their TV sets while playing games might not notice any difference owing to the resolution but not everyone has a 60-inch TV set and sits back 8+ feet from their sets. And that’s just the difference in the resolution we’re talking about. With the release of Tomb Raider: Definitive edition, the Xbox One lags behind in frame rate deliverance. While the re-engineered game looks stunning on both the consoles, the PS4 version seems to emerge as the winner in certain respects.

The 30fps experience coupled with 1080p output ensures a much smoother gameplay on the PS4 than on the Xbox One. And we aren’t just number crunching here. PS4 wins the race numerically, yes, but it also seems to be the better player with the respect to the actual experience of playing the games. Save Need for Speed Rivals where the Xbox One scores with its vivid and more consistent visuals even though both consoles run it at 1080p @ 30fps.

Very recently Albert Penello, Microsoft Director of Product Planning, said that the difference between the consoles is not that great and that “Ryse is still the best looking game on any platform. Period. End of story.” That latter part had PC users fuming over his statement. He later on clarified that he was referring to to game consoles and not PC.

But what’s of paramount importance is that Albert did admit that there is quite a difference albeit he deemed it “not that great”. If it were not “that great” a difference, we wouldn’t be discussing this on forums and I wouldn’t be writing this article. The fact of matter here is, that there IS a significant difference in the way various games look on the Xbox One and the PS4 and it has been noticed by more than just a few. Ryse is a great looking game, like heck it is! But isn’t that the exact reason why we had expected more from the Xbox One? Isn’t Ryse proof enough that the console is way more capable than it has let on with games like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed and the like?

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"Why the Xbox One should be rapped with respect to the visual respect can aslo - in fact, SHOULD also - be blamed on the upscaling used in some games. The upscaling causes tearing and jagged edges, loss of detailing and dullness of textures with the depth of field becoming laughably weird. This is most evident in Call of Duty: Ghosts."

Something that has to be borne in mind is that the issue of the difference in resolution and frame rates between the Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4 is very subjective. One aspect of it doesn’t define and justify abhorring the whole lot of work put into the consoles over the years. Okay, some games look better on the PS4, but then look at the Xbox One.

It has its own kitty bunch full of goodies too. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition makes use of Kinect to let the player issue voice commands and let them use the camera to lean and look past walls at some instances in the game. The Xbox One definitely has more vivacious graphics on many games. But that often comes at the cost of crispness and sharpness of detail. Hence, the preference of one console over the other becomes very relative.

Some of us want to enjoy a good game with an engaging and intuitive story and be done with it. Ofttimes we’re frustrated that developers focused on the visual aspect of the game so much that they forget we gamers were actually looking forward to a story. But when they don’t give enough attention to the graphics is also when gamers are abraded of their calm. It doesn’t matter that there are denials and agreements on the differences in the two consoles or not.

What matters is, even if by happenstance, people noticed that Microsoft’s console was dawdling behind the PS4 – no matter how minutely – is de facto pointing towards the fact that Microsoft hasn’t given enough attention to it’s console. Seeing how games look on the PS4, I’d prefer that over the Xbox One.

Why the Xbox One should be rapped with respect to the visual respect can also – in fact, SHOULD also – be blamed on the upscaling used in some games. The upscaling causes tearing and jagged edges, loss of detailing and dullness of textures with the depth of field becoming laughably weird. This is most evident in Call of Duty: Ghosts.

xbox one vs ps4 Ghosts

Image Credit: IGN

"The new generation consoles have a kindled new hope and expectations in our minds from the two stalwarts in the gaming industry and it pains when either disappoints. Ryse: Son of Rome shows that the Xbox One is capable of a lot! But what’s of consequence is that the Sony throttled opportunity by its throat when it came rapping at its door and boy! Aren’t we happy."

It’s not that the Xbox One is a ‘bad’ console per se. It’s nowhere near what the word connotes. Microsoft didn’t hit some of the right marks with its new console. There are problems with certain games on the PS4 too. There were reports of consistency issues in Dead Rising 3, COD: Ghosts and Need for Speed: Rivals. But they were fixed so we can’t blame them anymore.

The new generation consoles have a kindled new hope and expectations in our minds from the two stalwarts in the gaming industry and it pains when either disappoints. Ryse: Son of Rome shows that the Xbox One is capable of a lot! But what’s of consequence is that the Sony throttled opportunity by its throat when it came rapping at its door and boy! Aren’t we happy.

The Xbox One is a very capable system and there’s a bright future standing with open arms at the end of the sunlit field. For goodness’ sake Microsoft, it’s not even a dark dank tunnel with a loose roof that you have to run beneath to get to the other end of to rendezvous with the bright shining and hopeful light. How hard is it? You already have a bright glowing field of gleeful gamers glowing with hope and enigmatic belief! It may be too early to judge them but save the trouble of weeping and cursing now than later.

Does it matter that the PS4 offers better frame rates and resolution in a number of games that are also there on the Xbox One? Yes, it does. It concerns no small number people out there. Some people have for the precise reason of the disparity between the visual performance of the two consoles preferred Sony’s progeny over Microsoft’s and that lot is rueful and miffed at the latter’s past tardy and remiss behavior. Microsoft better make sure to get wind of this lot and amend the issue. And soon.


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  • d0x360

    This is a fairly futile argument right now. We had the same one with ps3 and 360 in regards to multiplatform titles. For a long time the ps3 versions looked worse had less effects and run at a lower and less stable frame rate. As time went on things got better. The difference isn’t so wide that its obvious. Yes 60 fps is certainly better but when did 30 become so awful? People are acting like a game running at 30fps is unplayable which just isn’t the case. All that matters is if a game is fun.

    • Mikesims Sims

      Aaaaand PS4 version just outsold Xbox 2 to 1. Sorry, looks like your keyboard warrioring didn’t pay off.

    • Adamphetamine

      Most likely sold like that because people on xbox one have games they already want to play and weren’t desperate for a tomb raider last gen port. Move along, it looks like your keyboard warrioring reply failed miserably lol. Do you know why I bought it on ps4? Because there wasn’t any games for the system that I wanted, fact, you fail.

    • Mikesims Sims

      LOL. How’s life in bizarro world?

    • Gerry Gantry

      That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. You don’t want AC4, Resogun, BF4, COD, NFS-Rivals, Warframe, WarThunder, NBA2k12, Fifa, Killzone:SF… just shut up. You sound pathetic. Xbox is inferior and people know this. PS4 is selling more and the gap in sales is getting bigger. Infamous 2nd Son WILL outsel Titanfall, coz Titanfall is on PC AND Xbox 360.

    • Matthew Bryant

      I’m sure that’s why the best selling exclusive for the Xbox One was Dead Rising 3 at 1 million copies, while Killzone Shadowfall for the PS4 sold 2.1 million copies. You can try to pretend that your argument has some validity, but the data doesn’t support it. Sorry, but you’re wrong.

    • ipeedonyou

      Lmao denial is a stinky cologne Adam. U mad?

    • hello

      hahaha tomb raider outsold xbox 2 to 1 thats because its a stupid game that no one cares about., You sony fanboys are something else.

    • Rokell

      This is a good point you’ve made d0, but you must also take into account that if a company (in this case Microsoft) is going to require customers to pay premium prices for a product, then it is reasonable to expect premium performance from said product. The last part of your comment implies that consumers should just accept things as is. This is of course your right, but shouldn’t we all expect as much as we give? If you pay top prices, you deserve top performance…

    • agentbb007

      The market will decide. If people feel the PS4 is better value for the money they will sell their xbox one and buy a PS4.
      My opinion is the differences aren’t big enough for the majority of people to notice. So they will just buy what their friends or family have.

    • Rokell

      Wassup agent?! Thanx for the reply! What you have said essentially sums up peoples’ buying decisions: THEIR opinion. You made your cash, and you are the only one who will determine which one is best…for you. I say this because there are too many reputable tech sites which have demonstrated the differences between Sony and Microsoft’s consoles, from price to the actual boxes they came in! I’ll be honest agent, I thought the PS4 would pump out a little more horsepower, but seeing the same games side by side was really a surprise for me personally. So like I mentioned before if I am going to be asked to pay a higher price than a competitor, I want to be able to know with confidence that I have the better device and not with just opinions but with visual evidence with my own eyes.

    • Gamez Rule

      “I want to be able to know with confidence that I have the better device
      and not with just opinions but with visual evidence with my own eyes”

      PS4 has shown evidence of the above, but even when they have done so some people just don’t want to see it. The hardware is better as well as games running better than other consoles.

      Example Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV, as well as Battlefield 4 perform and look worse on Xbox One than PS4. And now MGS V looks slightly better on the PS4 compared to the Xbox One ( straight from the devs themselves )

      To be honest PS4 has started to steal this gens market, with PS+ giving games out for the console at no extra cost to the gamer and IMO that’s a better deal than Xbone and it’s offerings. So by buying a PS4 you know with confidence that you have the better device.

    • Gamez Rule

      I’ve posted once I’ll post it again☺

      Last Gen Xbox fanboys = “360 multi-plats have better resolutions,frame-rates, so PS3 multi-plats suck!”

      Now it’s ☺☺☺

      Current gen Xbox fanboys = “I can’t even tell the difference between
      720p & 1080p multi-plats, we play games and don’t care about
      resolution, or frame-rates, it’s not a big deal”

    • Axe99

      I wouldn’t call it a futile argument, as it’s a very different story this time around. Last gen, the PS3 was technically more powerful, but had an overly complex memory solution and ridiculously esoteric chip. The 360 started stronger, but as developers learned how to use the PS3, and the drivers/dev tools improved, it ran over the top of the 360 to provide the strongest games, technically, last gen.

      This gen, the PS4 has the more straightforward memory solution, the more straightforward OS solution, a significantly stronger GPU and a similar CPU.

      As for whether this is important, yes it’s clearly a first-world problem. People can still enjoy themselves on the PS2 and original Xbox – but the reason we have new generations of consoles is to push the boundaries, and it’s clear that of the two current-gen consoles, one is more capable of pushing the boundaries than the other (although both clearly are a decent step above last gen). No-one should take this argument more seriously than climate change or global poverty, but if we are talking about whether frame rate and resolution make a difference to the gaming experience, it’s pretty clear they do – if they didn’t, we’d still be playing 15-20 fps games in SD ;).

  • Belazur

    d0x360

    The difference is a lot bigger than PS3/3630.

    The PS3 had the better CPU, the X360 the better GPU, better memory solution and the easier-to-develop-for architecture.

    This time, the PS4 has a much more powerful GPU, better CPU ( http://gamingbolt.com/substance-engine-increases-ps4-xbox-one-texture-generation-speed-to-14-mbs-12-mbs-respectively ), more and better memory (reserved only for gaming) and the easier architecture.

    The gap will only get bigger.
    The tools/drivers of the Xbone will get better.
    Just like the PS4 tools/drives.

    The PS4 simply has the much stronger and easier hardware.
    The PS3/X360 saga is a completely different story.

  • DURANDALL

    First wave games are mostly unoptimized in console world, and fanbois think it’s the End of World.

    Sensational aritcles are hunting for hits, it seems.

    • Counterproductive

      So you think that developers programming for the Xbox One will optimize, and those programming for the PS4 won’t? The gap is a fact of life. Best learn to accept and move on.

    • Mikesims Sims

      PS3/360 is nothing like the PS4/XB1 situation. Keep being delusional and ignorant, though.

  • Escopablobar

    I will concede, to a degree, that the conversation surrounding the differences between resolution and fps on competing platforms does deserve consideration. There are people who own multiple consoles and deserve to be informed of which experience is the most technically sound as it pertains to multiplatform titles. So there is validity in these comparisons…to a degree. This debate holds no relevance for those out there who own one console. They will simply play the version of the game that is available on their platform. They will not be making side by side comparisons.

    • Gerry Gantry

      Yeah, but they’ll be pissed and want to know why?

  • Adamphetamine

    I swear ten of these articles pop up a week trying to encourage trolls to fight and come to their website for hits, it’s such a joke. The world knows the ps4 is stronger, we knew it from the start, that’s why I bought one. I don’t see why people feel the need to write BS articles about it every week when it’s something that’s been known from day one. All the sony fans are going to say the same BS, the difference is bigger then you think! All the xbox fans going to say they don’t care and the difference isn’t that big. Get over it, if xbox one owners don’t care I don’t see why you ps4 owners care so much. Just shows how immature and apprehensive you are about sonys ability to keep “winning”. I say this every day, it’s embarrassing being a ps4 owner on forums and comments due to stupid writers like this and idiot sony fans who perpetuate the stereotype of us being sony ponies. I’m done, I won’t reply, it’s not worth it, I can’t stand the sony fans who I know will reply, angry defensive teenagers.

    • Mikesims Sims

      Time for your meds.

    • IndubitablyMe

      Excellent post. If more people felt like you and I then perhaps the comment sections underneath these redundant articles wouldn’t be overflowing with constant bickering and hate-spewing. It’s like some people actually want there to be only one choice in video game console. That just sounds… horrible.

  • datdude

    The fact is people don’t like being told the truth. They would rather live in a world of rainbows and cloudddzzzz. These people have a hard time dealing with the fact they payed more to get less. The truth hurts. So now, not only does Sony have the best roster of first party developers churning out goty winner after goty winner, they also have the more capable hardware with better performing multiplayer titles, all while costing significantly less than the competitor and offering free games with psplus that xbox live gold isn’t coming close to matching in quality. That is a tough pill to swallow for those averse to the truth.

  • Matt

    My PC plays any game maxed out in 1080p/60, doesn’t require any subscription fee’s to operate and I have a back catalog of games that takes a minute to scroll through. I win.

    • Gamez Rule

      Your PC doesn’t play any game maxed out. Example can you play Uncharted series, or the Gears Of War Series on PC,( Nope ) that’s why I own a PC as well as consoles so really ( I win )☺

    • Matt

      All the good games I meant.

    • Gamez Rule

      So consoles don’t have good games ( is that what you’re saying )☺☺☺

      Please, it’s funny that PC gamers that have played GTA V want it on PC? As well as PC gamers that haven’t played it yet. Why is it that PC gamers make petitions for console games IF they wasn’t any good?

      http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/rockstar-release-gta-v-on-pc

      There’s great games on consoles that have won many awards like the Last Of Us that got over 40 awards alone and guess what a petition is up from PC gamers trying to get it on PC http://petitionbureau.org/thelastofuspc

      So you carry on with just your good PC games while gamers like myself get the best of both worlds.

    • Matt

      GTA V was all hype… I’ll admit I want it on PC but I’ve already had my way with it on a borrowed PS3 so I can be patient and wait for the superior version. Even in some wild alternate reality where it doesn’t eventually make it to PC I can already mod GTA IV into V.

      As for console first party exclusives… I’m not sold and never will be. Sony exclusives focus to much on the narrative while forcing you through small sections of repetitive gameplay with a couple set pieces here and there. Microsoft exclusives are just the same game over and over again with a new number in the title.

      All I’m saying is that I can live without Microsoft and Sony muddying my life. I have access to all the games I really care about and I’m not bogged down by subscription fee’s to access what I’m getting on PC for free.

    • Matthew Bryant

      Hey, guess what? I own a gaming PC too. It can play most games maxed out at 1080p/60 fps too. Am I still going to buy a PS4? Yep. There are too many great games that don’t ever make their way to PC. The difference here is I game because it’s fun. Apparently for you it’s just a contest of who has the most powerful hardware. Who cares? No one. Just play what you like. Stop comparing a PC to a console. It’s an obvious fallacy of false analogy and makes you look like an idiot.

    • Matt

      Says the guy throwing around a pretentious insult.

  • Evan

    What need for speed rivals problems? Neither drop below 30fps ever and the same stutter problem happens on both, while the Xbox one version is missing depth of field and using a much less performance taxing so effect to keep up with the ps4. The battlefield 4 pic is the demo version for retail they removed the detail enhancing upscale on Xbox one because it made the jagged edges too bad and textures are now basically equal with just a solid 10fps lead for the ps4 version. Tomb raider also sees the Xbox one version drop down to 900p to keep it’s frameraste up in some situations and also displays its alpha effects like explosions at half resolution compared to ps4. Assassins creed also the Xbox one is the only version that drops below 30fps ever. The ps4 maintains 30fps even on the biggest battle scenes while clearly looking better with its higher resolution.

  • ipeedonyou

    You have to feel for the guys that stand behind their Xbones, so loyal. They sit there hoping that microsoft will do something good so they can rave about it,

    Since the launch of xbone, i cant recall any impressive news about it, just microsoft trying to make it faster with bandaids.


 

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