Alien Isolation's Graphics Have "No Noticeable Change" on PS4/Xbox One

The two current-gen versions will look identical, according to the game's developer.

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The versions of Alien: Isolation being developed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are largely identical, at least in terms of visuals, according to lead game designer Gary Napper.

Speaking with Official Xbox Magazine, Napper avoided getting into a discussion about resolution--the game has already been confirmed to run at 1080p on PS4 and Xbox One--instead suggesting the major differences are merely platform-specific features involving Kinect or the DualShock 4. "That's actually not something I get that into, because we build it on one central engine and then kick it out to different versions," he said when asked about visual differences.

Enjoy the beauty of fire on your platform of choice.

"So when I think about working on the game it's almost platform agnostic because I only think about the differences between platforms and the different mechanics we can use like the light on the PS4 pad and the stuff with Kinect 2.0," he added.

As for the frame rate, Napper didn't provide any specifics, but suggested you won't get a superior experience in this regard on one platform or the other. "So I think with frame rate it's pretty comparable," he said. "There's no noticeable drop or change in graphics between them."

There have been a number of games that run at a higher resolution on PS4 than Xbox One, including Watch Dogs and Call of Duty: Ghosts. Some gamers aren't able to distinguish between the two versions, while others feel these differences makes the PS4 versions superior. This is something we may see less of in the future, however, as developers were recently granted access to more power on Xbox One by allowing them to disable select Kinect functionality.

Alien: Isolation is in the works for five platforms in total--PS4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC--and, as you'd expect, it sounds as if the PC will ultimately be the superior option in terms of visuals, provided you have capable hardware. Napper noted, "Obviously there are a lot more options to tweak and scale up on the PC." At E3, it was the PC version of the game that stood out thanks to the presence of an Oculus Rift virtual reality demo.

Isolation had a strong showing at E3 despite being a first-person game from a company in The Creative Assembly that is best known for its Total War strategy game series. Its new stealth/horror Alien game will be released on October 7.

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Discussion

130 comments
christiaan1996
christiaan1996

Gonna buy this on PS3 and 360...own both so then I can see the comparison in graphics on the older gen...need Rise of The Tomb Raider for PS3...it's a shame I have to wait till 2015...

wooblestation
wooblestation

But really, I hope it's not a game where I'm crouching for 2 hours, just to get around a alien..hopefully they boost the ammo as well, I kinda don't want to play a alien version of outlast.

wooblestation
wooblestation

Nice demo for the Xbox 1. Oh wait where's the wobblestation demo, ahhh yes must be that little screen shot of the fire.

justerthought
justerthought

If they do look identical then the graphics will be crap with a ton of PS4 hardware grunt going to waste. If it tuns out that the dev has deliberately gimped the PS4 to match the XB1, then the dev will be blacklisted by PS4 players. Let's hope they have not been tempted or they will regret it when a major segment the market deserts them forever.

doublelayer26
doublelayer26

I soooooooooo want this game to be what it seems to be.  I don't know if I'll be able to play it or whether it will be to dark and stressful to play like Amnesia is for me. I so want a new Aliens game worth playing.


There hasn't been a great Aliens game since AvP2 imo.  AvP2010 had potential but was too dumbed down, limited weapons, too many locked doors, no real exploration, synthetics AI atrocious, no crouch on vent crawling. .


I  remember all the hype for Aliens:CM and the actual game ended up being a  turd. and not even close to what was hyped. A perfectly good story ruined by halfassed development.  Even DNF was a better game than Aliens:CM turned out to be. 

SOLDIER-No2
SOLDIER-No2

Any low-spec'd game will look equivalent on next gen consoles. Just because PS4 and Xbox1 can play Pong equally as good doesn't mean both consoles are equal.

lewishim666
lewishim666

This game is going to be awesome or another Prometheus. I don't think this will disappoint though.

mcmesk99
mcmesk99

What want to know is how will it look on playstation 3 and xbox 360?

johnnycontardo
johnnycontardo

Holy....


I got scared when the Android came after the player!


This game is gonna be awesome!

memenotu
memenotu

This basically tells me that the game developer is not a good one.

2 different systems. 2 very different hardware capabilities. Exact same everything? Someone is not programming according to hardware and is just making 1 game on 2 platforms without actually coding it for each specific platform.

lubbalots
lubbalots

but ms is evil. Them and the founders don't donate a dime to charity or good causes. Ms, you evil basterds!

isshiah
isshiah

Will it be a scary Alien game? It seems so. Therefore, I am interested.

kahnseal
kahnseal

why is it that when a xbox one game gets the same specs as the ps4  you ponies wanna complain about it? Im very curious. I own both so you cant use the fanboy talk with me.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Ok; cool-- less comparison videos on Youtube.

Martyr77
Martyr77

I am shocked they would say something like that to an Xbox magazine!

Razor10000
Razor10000

of course he said that. he wasn´t goint to say the xboxone version looks worse to an xbox magazine. there is alot more that goes into graphics than just resolution. digital foundry at eurogamer is pretty good at telling wich version is best for those that have both consoles.

sampson3121
sampson3121

i hope they all don't scale down because of the shitbox 1...oh well we still have ps4 exclusives that will get the most out of it's power.

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

In other words, we gimped the game, so it would be 1080p on both consoles.

lewishim666
lewishim666

@mcmesk99 If you really want to see what this game will look like on ps3 and 360 just make the video HD and fullscreen and then smear vaseline all over your screen and watch it like that. It will be a perfect representation of what the final product will look like. It would be nice though to see actual footage but I believe they said in interviews that it will look almost the same only with lower resolution textures and some effects missing. It will also be very fuzzy from the upscaling like all ps3 and 360 games are. The environments are supposed  to be just as cluttered and look lived in as the next gen versions though.

wooblestation
wooblestation

Maybe...could it be...no or it is true..its the all the same shit to this dev team. I could have sworn I heard him say they've play this game for a YEAR. Just..just go away

kahnseal
kahnseal

@memenotu  basically you're not very smart. only difference between the systems are the API and GPU. and they all work the same just one slightly more juiced but not by much as devs have already stated.

kahnseal
kahnseal

@lubbalots  well I guess the fact Bill Gates has given over 100 billion to charity and will pay for anyone's college if they have a 3.75 GPA and wants to work in the computer field is selfish as well huh?

mixmaster1995
mixmaster1995

@kahnseal Because they want something that enables them to talk down to Xbox players. Without it, the only thing they can whine about is that Xbox One is steadily reaching PS4 standards. It's like they believe that Xbox One isn't allowed to improve.

kahnseal
kahnseal

@mixmaster1995 @kahnseal  well ps4 is slightly more powerful but not by much. some games on xbox look better than ps4 and vice versa. Its all about what the game devs got going on on screen. examples is infamous and dead rising 3. though infamous is amazing with the graphics and particle effects it doesn't have that many characters on screen, where as DR3 has thousands of zombies on screen. but it doesn't look bad for a 720p game. If it was on ps4 sony wouldn't be able to do it at 1080p either. Maybe 900 or below, but not 1080p. Bottom line, both systems are great, but they are NOT a Super computer. PERIOD.

Jasper_73
Jasper_73

@Benny_a  do you know what that even means?

kahnseal
kahnseal

@Benny_a @kahnseal @memenotu  yeah in THEORY. Numbers mean nothing, because the ps3 was way more powerful than 360 and it was always at the back, until the end of the generation when devs finally figured out how to use the hardware. The only people that have said its 50% more powerful are SONY devs. Im not saying that the PS4 is not more powerful system, but it is NOT 50% more powerful. If that was the case EVERY game would be 1080p 60 FPS, that's a FACT.

mixmaster1995
mixmaster1995

@kahnseal @mixmaster1995 I'm not saying that the PS4 is less powerful by any means, but the PS4 fanboys love to use specs to rationalize mistreating Xbox players and that's all they'll ever refer to when dissing any xbox players. Without that leverage, what could they possibly use against Xbox players? Exclusives? That's all opinion. The UI? That's also an opinion. Controller design? Again, an opinion. So what do they have to resort to in order to make sure Xbox players feel bad about their console choice? Complain about any improvements that could close the gap between Xbox and PS performance, of course! Either way, after this year's e3, I think it's pretty obvious that Xbox One is quite capable of higher performance in games given the transfer of power from Kinect to developer usage and the upcoming DX12.

kahnseal
kahnseal

@Jasper_73  He is only going off whats been said before the systems even came out. There was always the highly touted PS$ is so much more powerful and blah blah blah, yet now that devs are getting into the heart of the systems plenty of devs are not saying that same statement. as I said BOTH systems are GREAT and both have advantages and disadvantages.

andystephenson
andystephenson

Well that's not correct at all as it's a mathematical certainty that the ps4 is 50% more powerful it has been well documented by everyone from Indy devs to AAA devs to tech comparason sites. You can't argue with the math dude. And the ps4 version better look better.. If it's not there's somthing seriously wrong with the way the do buisness.. The ps4 is more powerful FACT.. It's should perform better on the more piwerfull console FACT if not the ps4 version must have been crippled

Benny_a
Benny_a

@kahnseal @Benny_a @memenotu do you know the meaning of Theory? I stated a technical FACT! As in both GPUs are identical, one has 12 CU and another 18CU, is there a difference?


PS3 was more powerfully and Exclusive games showed it but it has nothing to do with PS4.


Both PS4 and X1 have the same x86 identical hardware! with 2 main diffrencex, PS3 has 18 CU vs 12 in x1 and faster GDDR5 RAM vs DDR3.


Nothing in theory here, its a technical fact, especially because both systems are almost carbon copies with these differences I stated above, if one is "complicated" to code on then its same for the other.

suprsolider
suprsolider

@mixmaster1995 @kahnseal


I will rationalize mistreating Xbox players because they bought a system that is garbage. That is not my fault now is it? They bought a system from a corporation that made all of it's money by screwing over the consumer and other business partners and even other programmers who they stole code from. Microsoft is a crap company and the sooner it and Apple goes out of business the better the world would be.

kahnseal
kahnseal

@mixmaster1995 @kahnseal  oh I understand. The problem with ponies is that they cant accept that the ps4 is not that much powerful than xbox one. BOTH have strengths and weaknesses. Now the good news is that optimization will correct current issues hindering BOTH systems. Its a win win situation for REAL GAMERS, those being the people that own PS4 and XBOX ONE.

memenotu
memenotu

@kahnseal @Jasper_73 ESRAMs capabilities are THEORETICAL and everyone has stated that even if achieved, cannot be sustained.

Actuality always proceeds potentiality and designing hardware that you yourself say is a 10 year system, based on a possibility...wow, that's stupid on a whole new level. But then again, its MS...and they have been achieving new levels of stupid every year for 5 straight years.

Benny_a
Benny_a

@kahnseal @Jasper_73 Listen kid, im talking about technical specs of both systems, both consoles were dissembled as soon as they were available in shops and their FULL REAL specs posted online, if you dont want to bother looking, good people already updated the Wikipedia page for both systems you can find the full hardware details there, no point arguing.

kahnseal
kahnseal

@Benny_a @kahnseal @memenotu  Ok if you want to go off numbers then xbox is more powerful. because the ESRAM is capable of 204 GB/s compared to PS4 172 GB/s. It can also read and write to the DDR3. Can store 6GB of tiled resources to be instantly accessed by the GPU.

mixmaster1995
mixmaster1995

@suprsolider @mixmaster1995 @kahnseal

1. You basically admitted that you are nothing but an asshole.

2. MS is a greedy company and Sony isn't? Dickriding a company makes you irrelevant in any argument.

3. You do realize that there's always another option besides taking a stab at Xbox players, right? It's called keep your fingers off the keyboard. So, yeah it is your fault for insulting someone. No one else's.

4. You may think that the Xbox One is garbage, but the millions of others who actually own one and used it disagree, so again, you are irrelevant.

5. MS and Apple going away? Are you prepared to live in a world without computers? Are you really that prepared to let go of your mouse and your internet ego? Will the world actually be better if computers are no longer here? It would help not to overlook the outcome of two large computer making companies disappearing.


You are pretty much an insult to gaming in general by admitting that you are a biased jerk and, in a way, proved my original point. The Xbox One is nearing closer and closer to the PS4's capabilities and now the only thing you have to use against anyone who plays on Xbox is a difference in opinions.

coinsage46m3
coinsage46m3

@kahnseal @mixmaster1995  Here's how your last sentence should have read:  "It's a win win for REAL GAMERS, those being the people that don't harbor asinine blind hatred toward a competing console."  I'm in complete agreement with you and mixmaster1995's conversation FYI...but doesn't your conclusion sound a little less assholey? I thought so too!

kahnseal
kahnseal

@Benny_a @kahnseal @Jasper_73  Yeah they were taken apart and looked at. If the PS4 was 50% more powerful as SONY told us then please explain WHY HIGH END GAMES are not 1080p 60 FPS? You may not want to accept the reality but these consoles are NOT Gaming computers. As I stated they BOTH have advantages and disadvantages. And Wikipedia is NOT a reliable source of information. Anyone can go on there and make up anything. So try other sources like Nvidia, digital foundry, Intel.

Benny_a
Benny_a

@kahnseal @Benny_a @memenotu LOL, I have no words.

I have to correct you on specs, its peak theoretical speed is 192 GB/s and PS4 GDDR5 176 GB/s.

No it cant store 6Gb of anything, its only 32MB, its the sole reason why optimizing games to X1 is complicated and harder to achieve full HD because its just not enough .

Also 32MB even if it was ten times its real speed wouldn't help it, becuase you also need to write back and from the much slower DDR3.

Also, its much faster and easier to work when you have one fast memory instead of two.

Benny_a
Benny_a

@kahnseal You know resolution is actually very simple, it depends on your memory and your load. We had a couple of 720P and 1080i games on PS2 (GT game and you needed component cables).

whats im saying is that you can load the game so much that even most high end PC with 4 1000$ video cards wont run it in full hd, or you can have so little load that even games consoles that never meant to run HD games like PS2 and wii to have full HD image.


The reason not every game is 1080P/60 (IMHO im Ok with 1080P/30) is that because the devs choose to have more stuff on screen, more special effects' and sacrifice resolution.

Another reason is that they use cross generational game engines that have to work on old gen consoles and so they are not fully optimized.


Most Nintendo made games on wiiU are 1080p and some even 60FPS does it mean that wiiu is more powerful then X1 and PS4? or maybe nintendo games are extremely simple and thats why they can run at such resolution and speed!


hey im no fanboy, nothing wrong withX1, i also have one but the truth is that its in fact slower then PS4 and of course PC rapes PS4 but that's obvious.