E3 2014: Destiny Xbox One Resolution Increased

Bungie's upcoming shooter getting better visuals thanks to new SDK for developers.

Bungie's upcoming shooter Destiny will have a better final resolution thanks to Microsoft's recent announcement that system resources have been unlocked in the latest SDK.

During Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb's podcast last night from E3 2014 in Los Angeles (via Eurogamer), Xbox boss Phil Spencer said, "Even our friends at Bungie, and I've been spending a lot of time down there, they're going to pick up the June SDK update for Destiny, and they're going to up the resolution of Destiny based on this change. So I think it's just a great sign for us."

Last week, Microsoft announced that a new Xbox One update for developers will boost the console's GPU power. As a result, developers should find better performance and flexibility from the console. Right now, many multiplatform titles--including Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts--run in a higher resolution on the PlayStation 4 than the Xbox One.

The new update arrives as the new, $399 Kinect-free Xbox One becomes available today. Initially, it was suggested that since some of the Xbox One's power is reserved for the Kinect, by removing it, the system might get more powerful. This isn't the whole story, however. You should keep your Kinect plugged in, Spencer said.

"We wanted to give game developers a choice on how much of the reserve, of the Kinect reserve, they wanted to leave in the system," he said. "If they know how they're going to use Kinect, or if they're going to not use Kinect in their game, we wanted them to have the option at a game side to decide how much of that reserve will remain."

"It has nothing to do with Kinect being plugged in; in fact, everyone should leave Kinect plugged in," he added. "Because as soon as the game isn't running anymore, you quit the game, you go back to the dashboard, you are going to have all the great Kinect functionality that you ever had, and you can boot a Kinect game and the Kinect will continue to work--and have no impact on the game that decides on the backend that it's going to lower the reserve that's set in. People should not unplug Kinect."

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58 comments
Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

FFS! Don't waste it on more pixels! It won't make the game better!

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

good. i'd like to see kinect functionality expanded, but only AFTER developers have been given the option to do what they want with it.

isshiah
isshiah

Great kinect functionality? 



Vodoo
Vodoo

Microsoft should've left it up to developers from the beginning whether or not they wanted to use all the available resources in their game. Having system resources locked away for something that isn't used that often is ridiculous. Why wouldn't you want developers to be able to make the best game possible?

All of these dumb decisions wreak of Don Mattrick. He's the genius that heavily steered the XB1 down the TV & Kinect path. And he was fired shortly after last years E3. Unfortunately, things were already set in motion.

The new head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has been slowly trying to undue all dumb mistakes Mattrick inflicted on the machine. Spencer deserves a lot of credit for getting so much done in such a short period of time. He keeps his ear to the ground, engaging the community, and has been rolling out updates every month that improve features and the performance of the machine. Hopefully next time Spencer will be in charge right from the start.

rasterror
rasterror

I can't wait until it gets full DX12 support. Have a better SDK and better tools will make games easier to make and running better.

ABIBASS
ABIBASS

It's called upscaling son.

i hate that microsoft is holding back gaming industry with their crappy hardware and evil PR. 


IndremaLover
IndremaLover

It's good to see they're FINALLY clarifying how the Kinect will continue to work after these changes.  Hope they keep developing and improving it.

-  Last Kinect Fan On Earth 

hahamanin
hahamanin

keep on fighting fanboys i will be playing on both...

prats93
prats93

Lmao, but a lower frame rate. You can't change the hardware Microsoft, lol.

ezioismyname
ezioismyname

in fact everyone should leave Kinect plugged in,


"Yes Dave, leave me plugged in.  I need to watch you.  I wish I could feel you."


--Love, your Xbox One and Kinect

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

Emotional overload. Somebody drug me. Sweet zombie Jesus, I look forward to this all year.... WOOOOOOO!!!

cvantu
cvantu

Here are some legit concerns on this change. Does that mean we can't use Skype or Broadcast video with Twitch if developers choose to hold no reserve?

wdma
wdma

So Xbox is literally better without Kinect 

lol @ MS and the crap they gave us last year about their vision and the cloud BS, keep backtracking your policies while PS4 dominate the world 

brandonmshanks
brandonmshanks

Increasing from what to what? Without that information there is no point to this article. It could be from 720p to 792p..

Foppe
Foppe

@ABIBASS Like how Sony held back the gaming industry last gen because of the hard to work for Cell?

franken_stein
franken_stein

@ABIBASS  Yea the PS4 is way more powerful hahaha, When I think of power neither the XB1 nor the PS4 come to mind. They are both great consoles but to act like the PS4 is somehow way more powerful than the XB1 is ignorant and any comment that contains the words "ps4 rule" should be ignored.

hina_ken
hina_ken

@ABIBASS Oh, look, another ignorant Sony fanboy bothering Xbox One articles, how original.


Hope your mommy grounds you from the internet soon abib-ass.

rolla020980
rolla020980

@ABIBASS 


Where does it say upscaling? Does going to XBOX articles and talking fanboy crap make you feel big?

rolla020980
rolla020980

@prats93 


No, you can't, but you can optimize it, which is what they did here.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@prats93  How do you know it'll have a lower frame rate?  So far, all next-gen multi-plat games have had similar frame rate performances.  Both systems have similarities in hardware.

wookiegr
wookiegr

@cvantu According to Major Nelsons podcast with Phil Spencer last night NO features will be sacrificed and the Kinect can stay plugged in and used just like it always has. All the new SDK is doing is freeing up resources that apparently weren't getting used anyways no matter how much Kinect integration devs were using. 

rolla020980
rolla020980

@wdma 


So you, who obviously is not interested in the XBOX, feel the need to click on an XBOX article to argue with people who are interested in the XBOX... sounds like a mental issue to me. Fanboys suck, but people who do what you do are the worst of the worst.

cvantu
cvantu

@wdma  only crap because you want to believe it is crap, but you're someone who will never get an Xbox One and say everything Microsoft does is crap.

wdma
wdma

@brandonmshanks 900p at best if the game is 30fps if 60 fps then 792p
Of course they can make 1080p games by cutting corners making the game looks like last-gen ala Forza 5

hina_ken
hina_ken

@franken_stein  Right!


It is like someone acting cool because their Kia Rio is better than a Dodge Neon!


No bragging rights there!

Vodoo
Vodoo

He's an a$$... It says so in his name.

hina_ken
hina_ken

@rolla020980  Third to last that is!


Whether I use it for games or not, it sure has shown its worth with other things.  

Skype has never been this good.

cvantu
cvantu

@wookiegr @cvantu  "Because as soon as the game isn't running anymore, you quit the game, you go back to the dashboard, you are going to have all the great Kinect functionality that you ever had"


sounds to me that this could affect SNAP modes.

wdma
wdma

@cvantu @wdma There is no question about it, i refuse to support their sh!tty business practice

cvantu
cvantu

@wdma @brandonmshanks  you're a clueless fool sir. I guess the mighty PS4 has to cut corners to get 1080p by unlocking framerates. These are launch games and in no way display the full capabilities of what each can do.

rolla020980
rolla020980

@ABIBASS

"they're going to pick up the June SDK update for Destiny, and they're going to up the resolution of Destiny based on this change. "

It doesn't specifically state it, but the OS typically does the upscaling, not the game. 

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@sakaixx @Shadowdanc3r @prats93  You're right, I forgot about Tomb Raider, but that's just ONE game.  The new UFC game performs a little better on X1 while looking slightly better on PS4.

wookiegr
wookiegr

@cvantu @wookiegr Skpye and Twitch streaming are functions on the Xbox One and not Kinect exclusive functions like motion gesture and speech recognition. It's going to act as a web cam and microphone only I am guessing.

cvantu
cvantu

@wdma @cvantu  the same business practices that Sony had in plan but backtracked as a marketing leg up?

wdma
wdma

@cvantu @wdma please don't tell me the DRM fantasy that people keep believing Sony had and removed hours before the conference, if so am done here

cvantu
cvantu

@wdma @cvantu @brandonmshanks  I'm happy with my purchase and all the things that my Xbox One can do. I don't have to fight because I'm not an ignorant fan-boy who spouts hate on things I haven't a clue about.

cvantu
cvantu

@wdma @cvantu  it is already known as pure fact that Sony planned a DRM practice as well as wanted to included their camera in the package. Regardless, I still don't understand how everyone loves Steam which forces the exact policies that everyone hates.

brandonmshanks
brandonmshanks

@cvantu @wdma @brandonmshanks For the record, not trying to bash the xbox. Just pointing out that, without providing us with any numbers, this article is retarded. It could be a jump from 720 to 1080, but it could also just be a minuscule increase like i stated before, and xbox is just blowing smoke.   

rolla020980
rolla020980

@Shadowdanc3r @sakaixx @prats93 


Beta... not demo. Betas are unfinished and the fact they are working with a new SDK just proves that the XBOX Beta is definitely not the final product.