How does Destiny 2’s Xbox One X upgrade compare to its PS4 Pro one?
Destiny 2’s Xbox One X enhancements don’t do anything you wouldn’t have expected. It’s a pretty routine affair, and the upgrades that have been made are the ones that should have been made. The end result is that while it’s not the kind of upgrade that will make you stand up and take notice, it is a very effective one. The enhancements that have been made have been implemented very well, and in practice they work great, so that Destiny 2 on the Xbox One X looks significantly better than the game’s base console version does.
The most notable thing to talk about here is the resolution. Destiny 2 on the One X is rendered at a native 4K resolution, which is an impressive feat. On the PS4 Pro, the game was able to hit 4K resolution, but it wasn’t native by any means, and was only done by means of checkerboarding. This immediately gives rise to a much better image quality on Microsoft’s latest machine.
There are, admittedly, areas where the One X version shows improvements in quality over the Pro version, such as in details in the environments, or the textures, but such improvements are, as you can imagine, relatively minor ones. The one difference that has to be commended is that while the pixel count on the PS4 was a non-native one, thanks to its use of checkerboarding, the One X version outputs at a native pixel count.
Thankfully enough, the high pixel count doesn’t mean that sacrifices had to be made in the game’s performance. Destiny 2 on the Xbox One X runs at a locked frame rate of 30 frames per second, just as it does on all the other consoles as well, be it base or PS4 Pro. Of course, if you’re looking for 60 frames per second, PC is still the way to go.
And that’s about it as far as enhancements for Destiny 2 on the Xbox One X go. The resolution has received a major boost, but outside of that, there isn’t much to talk about. This is where the major disappointment comes in. It’s an upgrade that does its job, but that’s all it does- the bare minimum.
Ultimately, Destiny 2 on the Xbox One X is largely similar to the PS4 Pro version. Resolution has been improved, and Bungie deserve props for that, especially since it is outputted at native 4K, but the lack of any other real improvements is a disappointing one. PC still remains the definitive way to play this game, but if you’re looking for a definitive console experience, then we would recommend the Xbox One X version but 4K is all you are going to get.