Diablo 3 for Xbox One Could Hit 1080p Someday Thanks to June SDK, Blizzard Says

Developer says it might be possible for Xbox One version of dungeon-crawler to see a boost from 900p to 1080p thanks to the latest software development kit.

Right now, the Xbox One version of Diablo III runs in 900p, and it's likely that will be the resolution come launch in August. But it's possible that the game's visual fidelity could be bumped up to 1080p to bring it on par with the PlayStation 4 iteration sometime down the road, Blizzard Entertainment senior producer Julia Humphreys said in a new interview with AusGamers.

How could that be? Humphreys said "it's possible" that, thanks to the Xbox One June SDK (an update for developers that boosts console GPU power), resolution could be improved later on through a patch. "We'd just need to look at what that would require, and we've actually [talked to] Microsoft about that," she said.

It's not an unprecedented move for a game to see its native resolution increased via a post-launch patch. That was the case for the PS4 version of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and the Xbox One version of Trials Fusion.

As for the PS4 version of Diablo III, Humphreys again confirmed that the game runs in native 1080p at a "super-solid" 60 frames-per-second; that's the same frame rate as the Xbox One version. Diablo III's textures and "everything else" are also the same between platforms, senior level designer Matthew Berger added.

Diablo III comes to PS4 and Xbox One in August through the Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, which includes the main game and the Reaper of Souls expansion pack. The Ultimate Evil Edition will also be available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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hypgnosis
hypgnosis

I can't wait for all xb one games to be 1080p and for dx 12 to be released. Then every one can whine about something else.

memenotu
memenotu

Someday, perhaps...maybe, the One will be able to display an old game, at expected resolutions.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Question: when You have the Choice of a PS4 for the same price as a PS4 Jr why would you be satisfied with the PS4 Jr?

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

The title sounds like its patting X1 on the back.  lol


"Dont worry boy, one day you'll be as good as the PS4".  *Pats X1 on the back

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

lets hope that soon the xbox one can run all games at 1080p i need to boost my xbox one game collection (to include the multiplatform), my ps4 is getting the most use (multiplatform games indie titles and the few exclusives) and wii u (exclusives) pc for my fps gaming.

ABIBASS
ABIBASS

Xbox one sdk: excuse to upscale the res

eternity888
eternity888

i know,this is what i said b4,they built the game with old SDK tools

sammoth
sammoth

Eddie you try to hard to be a serious journalist. You simply cut & paste other article from other sources and call it your own.

charlievo
charlievo

this just to show you people how shitty consoles are and AMD junk.  D3 is not even a graphics heavy game. Epic fail

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Just came to my mind a kinda crazy idea, provably wrong, but here it goes:

I played on consoles las gen, and I also played on PC. I have a quite good PC (Upgrading later this year) and still got both consoles because I care about the exclusives that will be released on them. You know; only the exclusives because, (and this is were things get really crazy) if you care so much about graphics that it takes the sleep away from you, you buy a PC. If you don't care that much about looks that much (or it's more confortable for you) getting a console is cool. The more systems the better after all: more games and more choice alternatives.

Crazy. huh?

exanorize
exanorize

@Warlord_Irochi @exanorize I looked it up and found that it was a game. (I though it was an anime at first) XD . Did you play the game? If so, how was it?

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@exanorize It has an anime too, but didn't check it up yet.
Well... you need to like NIS America a lot and be used to their humor. After that first game is horrendous, second is ok and third is as good the second plus a few tweak for the better here and there. There are remakes coming to PSVita in the near future (for the first and second games) and and forth game coming to PS4.
There is also an idol-making game for the Vita, but didn't tried it either.

As always, your best option is checking youtube to see how combat and the stuff goes (games are named "Hyperdimension Neptunia", "Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2" and "Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory", the remakes have the sub names "Re;Bitrh 1" and "Re;Birth 2")

There you go!

exanorize
exanorize

@Warlord_Irochi You're right! It is an anime! I guess I just didn't look hard enough. The first time I looked it up was after you gave me the name of it. I googled it and I clicked the Wikipedia link and the only thing listed was a game. However, when I read "It has an anime too, but didn't check it up yet." I was like "Wait. Let me look again..." lol. When I typed in "Hyperdimension Neptunia" for a second time in the seach bar, I looked at the suggestions and saw "Hyperdimension Neputnia anime". I clicked that and it brought me to a different Wikipedia page dedicated to the anime. It is actually a recent one too. It started airing on July 12, 2013 to September 27, 2013. There was also an OVA that came out like 4 months ago on March 26, 2014. I will definitely check it out! Here is the link to the wiki page so you can check it out too:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hyperdimension_Neptunia:_The_Animation_episodes


I also have to get my hands on a PS Vita and PS4 because ever since I got into anime, I have wanted to play some anime related games. However, I am an Xbox gamer. :( You can see where the problem is with that. Lol XD But I will definitely play this game if I ever get the chance to. It sound pretty cool to me. I am taking note of this name so I can watch the anime and also play the game. I must remember this name! Lol. XD


P.S: THANKS FOR ALL THE INFO MAN. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT! :D 


P.S.S: What consoles do you have?

tansei
tansei

Consoles are really pathetic. I would prefer $600 consoles with better GPUs...

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

@tansei if they are so bad then why is console game sales far above pc? even wii u games sell more than pc

memenotu
memenotu

@willjohnboy @tansei They aren't.

Minecraft just topped 16 million copies for the PC.


No console game has ever come remotely close to the top 30 selling PC games of all time, in fact you have to combine the top selling console games to come close to the top 10 PC games.


Hell, The Sims 1 & 2 topped over 50 million copies each.


World of Warcaft sold more copies than the 15 best selling games on the One.

inynja
inynja

@memenotu @willjohnboy  @tansei  Wii Sports = 84 million. What were you saying again? You might want to check your facts again.


Minecraft sold 16 million on PC...it sold 17 million on consoles. In the top 10 best selling games of all time, Windows PC only sits with 2 games which are combined with combined with consoles; Minecraft (#3) and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (#9).

fredwv
fredwv

did this game get a lot better or something?  I played it for a couple months on the pc when it was first released, and it was crap.  There also wasn't any pvp.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@fredwv PvP is still monstly mising (You have a "brawl" option and little else) Game improved a lot since patch 2.0.1 It's a lot better now.


corb77
corb77

Great news for Xbox fans, shows the new update helped with game development.

I think in 12 months time these kind of issues should be ironed out and we'll be seeing more 3rd party games having the same FPS / resolution on both system's.

It'll be more down to the exclusives you prefer and which console your friends own.

Good news.

isshiah
isshiah

Big woop, wanna fight about it?

RhythmAndBlues
RhythmAndBlues

@isshiah Yeh. U fuken wan dat extra 180p lol,, lik ur mum knos wat 2do wiv it hahahhaha...



Actually, on reflection, I don't want to fight about it. Thank you for asking, though.


WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Hilarious statement for a console that is buzzworded to the rafters as "next-gen". lol My 5 year old laptop can run this game no prob at 1080p.

thegroveman
thegroveman

Riiight. 1080p on low at 20 fps. Also, all " next gen" means is a new hardware standard by which to develop games, not some revolutionary technical marvel. Medium to high end Gaming PCs have always outperformed new consoles.

4kgamer_lmxxx
4kgamer_lmxxx

@thegroveman It's a pretty ugly game, i wouldn't be surprised if it even runs at 60fps on his lappy, but that also depends on the specs of his lappy.

redskinStu
redskinStu

I honestly thought this was a joke story when I read the headline. Why do I keep coming back to this site. I need to go talk to someone.

oflow
oflow

1080p cant make D3 a good game.

charlievo
charlievo

@oflow 

yep and stupid kids still playing this horrible game.  Remember the auction house and gold bugs Blizztard did ?  and they made gamers paid for it instead of owning up to it. 

oflow
oflow

@charlievo somebody gets it. Every seems to have forgotten all the nerdraging going on by pc gamers when this game first dropped.  I have the game on pc and for as long as it took to come out it plays like a game made 10 years ago.

I'd chose Divinity, PoE or Torchlight 2 over D3 by a long way. But Blizzard fanboys are some of the worst almost as bad as SWTOR fanboys.

rasterror
rasterror

I think it's more of a development curve with the Xbox One's setup rather than a power deficiency. So many other games have reached 1080p on the platform but developers are still trying to figure out their way around the ESRAM. With the new dev kit updates and more familiarity with the system this will be a non issue in the near future.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

@rasterror So many? How many is so many? I think two games hit native 1080p on Xbox1. Peggle and Forza..

thegroveman
thegroveman

Ports with other systems as lead platform always suffer. The PS3 versions of almost all multiplatform games performed worse than their 360 counterparts, even it it was technically more powerful.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

wow, this is the biggest piece of troll bait article i've ever seen in my life. the title in itself either makes people who don't like Microsoft want to come in and laugh, or people who do upset and want to defend their purchase. 


they aren't even trying to hide it when they do post the troll bait articles, the subtlety of a jackhammer these guys

XxAK47xX
XxAK47xX

I walked in my local Fry's and game stop. I asked where the ps4 games were and I walked up to the wall consisting 1\4 of a standard 5 foot planogram. It was mostly filled in with duplicates of the Sony camera . so we will be waiting fro a long time before they even anounch anything exciting.

rasterror
rasterror

And waits, and waits, and waits.

deadpen
deadpen

"Diablo 3 for Xbox One Could Hit 1080p Someday" and I could hit the lottery someday...........Which do you think has a better chance of happening? 

thegroveman
thegroveman

A third option. That this dead horse of fanboy nonsense becomes amusing.