Just as Ghost Recon Wildlands on the PS4 Pro was a noticeable improvement over the game’s base PS4 version (which itself boasts better specifications than the base Xbox One version), the game’s Xbox One X enhancements are a step above any of the other console versions. While Ubisoft haven’t added in full native 4K support, they’ve made enough tweaks and changes in almost every other aspect of the game to deliver an end result that, even at first glance, seems like a major leap forward.
Let’s get something out of the way right off the bat- as previously mentioned, Wildlands on the Xbox One X doesn’t do native 4K. On the Xbox One, the game was rendered at 900p; on the base PS4, it the resolution was a solid 1080p; on the PS4 Pro it was outputted at 1440p. On the Xbox One X, there is yet another jump forward, and though it isn’t full 4K, the updated resolution of 3200 X 1800p is still an improvement. However, the game doesn’t just rely on a better resolution for its enhancements. Improvements have been made in a lot of other areas as well, such as improved level of detail, draw distances, shadow quality and texture filtering.
As a result, image quality on the Xbox One X is much better than the game’s PS4 Pro version. Visuals are sharp and detailed, and everything from reflections and foliage to the shadows even something like the dirt roads are rendered a lot more convincingly.
It’s ultimately a matter of a lot of small but vital improvements and upgrades coming together to make for a game that looks much better. There’s a lot more detail, a lot more definition. The PS4 Pro version of Wildlands was a notable jump over the game’s base console versions, but there was a feeling that it didn’t take full advantage of the console. On the Xbox One X, Ubisoft have done just that, by rendering the game at a higher resolution, and combining that with improvements in a ton of other areas as well. As a result, while the resolution itself isn’t quite 4K, all the improvements coupled together come very close to providing a similar visual boost.