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Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes - PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One

"Anything you can do, I can do better."

If you’re already planning on purchasing Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes but you aren’t sure which platform to get it for (you lucky multi-console owner, you), there are two primary factors that are worth considering: graphics and exclusive content.

Ground Zeroes Graphics Comparison

The arrival of next-gen consoles spurs next-gen console wars, with manufacturers and loyalist fans alike fighting to defend their territory. Typically, this argument ends up being about graphics. Depending on who you ask, Xbox One has the best looking games in Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza Motorsport 5, or, it’s Killzone: Shadow Fall that gives PlayStation 4 the lead.

Given the similarity of the CPU architecture in both consoles, one of the best ways to compare relative performance is by looking at cross-platform games. So far, PlayStation 4 has taken the lead in this category; Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag all run at higher resolutions on PlayStation 4 with frame rates equal to or better than their Xbox One counterparts. Now, Sony can add Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes to its list of bragging rights as well. Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima confirmed that the PlayStation 4 version of Ground Zeroes runs at 1080p, and the Xbox One version at 720p--luckily for Xbox One owners, their version still hits 60 frames per second.

I've had firsthand experience playing Ground Zeroes on both consoles, but before I weigh in on the differences that I noticed, here’s Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes graphics comparison video for a bit of reference:

You can also direct download a less compressed version, available on Konami's website: http://www.konami.jp/mgs5/gz/en/products/compare.html

While the above video clearly distinguishes the resolution and frame-rate differences between current and next-gen platforms, there's very little time spent comparing the PlayStation 4 version against the Xbox One version. We already know the PlayStation 4 version of Ground Zeroes is technically better than the Xbox One, but Kojima cited the difference as "slight" in a tweet from a few weeks ago.

Let me be clear: the PlayStation 4 version is noticeably better, and when you compare it against the Xbox One version in person, there's more than a slight difference. I played both consoles on a ~ 36-inch LCD monitor from three to four feet away, and the impact of going from 1080p to 720p was obvious and pronounced.

Ground Zeroes on PlayStation 4 fulfills every expectation I have for next-gen games: full HD resolution (1080p), 60 FPS, detailed models, and advanced lighting. Eventually, I hopped onto an Xbox One. I was immediately struck by the downgrade in visuals. The frame rate and lighting effects were as impressive as the PlayStation 4 version, but everything looked rough around the edges. "Did they turn off anti-aliasing?", I asked a nearby Konami employee. "No," he said. When I continued to push for some sort of explanation, I got the answer we've heard time and time again since the consoles launched last year: the Xbox One version is only 720p.

I don't want Xbox One owners to feel like they're getting a poor version of Ground Zeroes, because it still looks impressive; it's just not as impressive as the PlayStation 4 version. There aren't many games that look this good, period, so you should still expect to be impressed by Ground Zeroes at 720p. However, if you have a choice, and graphics are of the utmost importance, the PlayStation 4 version is the one to get.

Platform Exclusive Mission Comparison

Graphics aside, the platform exclusive missions in Ground Zeroes are very different. Your preference for one or the other depends on the type of gameplay you prefer; the PlayStation mission is stealth oriented while the Xbox mission puts an emphasis on speed and action.

Here's footage of the exclusive PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 mission, titled "Deja Vu", designed to appeal to fans of the original Metal Gear Solid:

Alternately, Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners get to play an exclusive mission as Raiden, the series' favorite cyborg-ninja from the future, in the mission titled "Jamais Vu."

In Deja Vu (PlayStation), you have to reconstruct scenes from the original Metal Gear Solid for a cameraman onboard a nearby helicopter. This requires you to lure guards to specific areas and move vehicles, among other tasks. It's slower paced than Jamais Vu (Xbox), which puts you in Raiden's super-charged shoes. He may not wield a sword like he did in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, but he's noticeably faster than Big Boss, the main character in Ground Zeroes. Raiden's mission is more action oriented, too; intelligence reports indicate that some soldiers in Camp Omega are cyborgs, aka "snatchers," in disguise. Using Raiden's X-ray-like optical enhancements, you have to search for and destroy the snatchers on base while maintaining the usual level of stealth.

The preference for one mission over the other comes down to your personal tastes. Neither alters the overall story, existing purely to mix up gameplay and to offer a little fan service for Metal Gear veterans. The real question for anyone deciding between the two next-gen versions of Ground Zeroes: Will you be swayed by the PlayStation 4's superior graphics, or do you find the chance to play as Raiden so appealing that you're willing to overlook the Xbox One's inferior visuals?

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Discussion

617 comments
vickissv2
vickissv2

If anyone has been able to catch the actual Xbox one version on twitch or youtube, it will become obvious that the  comparison video is slightly biased towards the PS4 in highlighting the generational graphics difference. 

braster25
braster25

wtf don't tell me the ps4 getting the crappy dejavu while xbone gets to play as raiden? Gdi....

EatShanna
EatShanna

I wouldn't worry about the XBox One version, once Microsoft unleash their cloud on us, resolution will go up to 1080p with 4x MSAA.


Major Nelson promised, and you don't reach the rank of Major by lying. 

fersay777
fersay777

X box one just looks a bit better than 360. Lol.   microsoft fail.

Zonelezz
Zonelezz

well overall this game looks amazing . ill probably get it for the ps4. look foward to more next gen goodies. 

Cruisemissile
Cruisemissile

Is it me or do they all look similar the ps3 just has a lower res textures to the ps4.

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

Just buy the game on which console you have. Let the P.C gamers complain about the graphics

smelly_boob
smelly_boob

my only comment is the ps3 version looks pretty freakin good for a ps3 game.... the ps4 version did look better, but not by as much as I would have expected.  didnt the xbox 360 version clearly look the worst?

GezForce
GezForce

Guess not enough "rocket science" was invested into the xbox720p afterall. Here's hoping dx12 or the cloud can bump up that resolution a tad.. LMAO #dealwithit

kalipekona
kalipekona

I will wait for the inevitable PC version. Konami has started bringing more and more of their games to PC. Just like Castlevania Lords of Shadow and Metal Gear Rising Revengeance it's likely they will also bring Metal Gear Solid 5 to PC.

ZellyPoof
ZellyPoof

People want to play the consoles go for it, but honestly there's nothing keeping you loyal to whatever console you desire.  There are almost zero console exclusive titles anymore, about the only thing that made me buy a ps3.  With the possibility of this title coming to pc, well, my mind's made up there.  But honestly, why would you want to pay for something that will degrade worse than most pc's will, are barely upgradeable, have almost no exclusive titles, and make you pay to use them?  Regardless of what people think, pc gaming is making a comeback.

http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/97705-pc-gaming-vs-consoles-the-infographic

Get a system that'll play almost anything in high definition, definitely stronger than current console systems, can be upgraded multiple times, doesn't charge you for their psn or xbox live nonsense, has all the bells and whistles as consoles do.(And has for some time.)  And huge libraries of games to play at affordable and competitive prices.  I used to be all about consoles too, but their madness will be coming to an end eventually.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

i dont care im getting an xbox because the silly ps4 controller is for people who dont even lift

tansei
tansei

It's actually very simple, 

one has DDR5 ram with a better GPU,

the other one has DDR3 ram with an entry level GPU.


Just like a high end PC performs better than an average one. 


FighterforJC
FighterforJC

PC gamers, nobody cares about you or the PC.  Your attempt to stay relevant is pitiful and pathetic.  The consoles have dominated the gaming scene for the last two and a half decades and will continue to do so.

taker254isback
taker254isback

I honestly thought this was the game that was gonna make me RUSH for a "Next-Gen" console, but it didn't. This game was clearly made for current-gen and the XBONE and PS4 versions are mere tweaked ports.  I guess I will be playing it on my PS3 and when Phantom Pain comes out, DEF on a PS4. I guess waitin' a lil longer wont kill me... yet.

wallacom
wallacom

As a multi-console owner, I wont be getting this game anyways. I rather spend my money on better games.

IndependenceYou
IndependenceYou

Seriously. Like you can see a clear improvement over visuals from last gen to this gen (nothing crazy). But who the hell cares. Start using the power to impress me with both visuals and expansion.

Im holding off on next gen and this game is gonna be good, but why would i need next gen for it. Same with titan fall haha. I got a ps3 and xbox 360. I think ill be good for a while longer. I still got games unopened. How much time you mofos got on your hands damnnn.

See you in 2 years next gen.

blacksheperd
blacksheperd

@fersay777 you are correct. but if you were to place the 360 side by side with the ps4 you wouldnt notice much of a difference either. The shading quality for the 360 is a lot better then the ps3. Hence why you notice less of a difference.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

@kalipekona I would be careful with the word "inevitable" when it comes to a potential PC version, as has been said, you're best with the PS4 version.

GunEye
GunEye

@kalipekona if you own a PS4 - I don't see any reason to wait for a PC version. At 1080p and 60 FPS - and with Kojima mind especially focusing on the PS4 and praising it as he does: the PS4 version is just as good as any high-end PCs for MGS V.

The PS4 can handle the new Metal Gears better than most PCs.

Of course if you don't have the PS4 - you might want to wait. But since MGS V GS is short - I would get it anyway on other platforms if possible.

blkstallion86
blkstallion86

There is always a PC troll trying to tell people that PC is better. My truck is better. Ok I got a truck and a car, so what?

ZedFragg
ZedFragg

@ZellyPoof

Um, that infographic is from 2011 and if we are going to get technical then mobile phone "casual gamers" sell more than PC and Consoles combined!

PC gaming isn't making a come back, it never bloody left.  Just PC gamers and console gamers generally keep separate communities for some reason (I'm a half/halfer.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@ZellyPoof  but honestly i wanna sit on the couch and press 1 button and just start gaming i dont wanna sit on a stupid computer chair in a room. stop thinking like a really tastless young adult

mjonk2pc
mjonk2pc

Says the guy that's probably 98 lbs and walks like he has milk jugs under his arms. Beast mode!

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@tansei dosent make sense bro, then splain to me why forza 5 is like a gazillian time more awesome than your mom

blkstallion86
blkstallion86

I don't go on PC forums, but I would imagine you don't see shit about consoles being better. So why come hear and say PC is better?

kalipekona
kalipekona

@FighterforJC  


Only in the minds of clueless console fanboys who don't have a grasp on what is really going on. 


PC gaming is bigger than any other platform. You would have to add all consoles together to beat PC gaming in revenue or number of gamers.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

@IndependenceYou I can see clear diffrence between 1080p and 720p and majority of last gen was 720p or less and upscaled.

Texture wise there wont me much diffrence bettweem xbone or ps4 but there ius huge diffrence between 720p and 1080p even 900p scaled to 1080p more pixels = less jaggies.

starofdelorian
starofdelorian

@GunEye no next gen console can handle ANY game as well as a high end PC...typical confused console gamer...

ZellyPoof
ZellyPoof

@gunnmetal @ZellyPoof If you've never heard of steam, you're out of the loop.  And the lil jab? Irrelevant.  You can do the same with any pc since they use the same connections to your graphics card.  Stop thinking like a brainless zygote.

ecter1216
ecter1216

@gunnmetal @ZellyPoof  Uh, I sit in my nice Lazyboy recliner with my drinks to the side with my PC hooked up to my 55 inch plasma. Wireless keyboard and mouse if I needed it. My PC even has a wireless card if I so need it. But I can move it anywhere and still hook it up like a console. 

dominoodle
dominoodle

@gunnmetal @ZellyPoof  I have my PC plugged into a 37 inch tv. If i had a couch in my bedroom i would also be sitting on it. There's also Big Picture mode on Steam that is simple and designed to be used with a controller.


Don't tell someone to "stop thinking like a really tastless young adult" when you yourself are being incredibly ignorant. People have such weird, outdated views of what PC gaming is.

tansei
tansei

@gunnmetal @tansei  It's a very hard task to explain something to an idiot. Go to a pharmacy and get a cream for your back. That might easy your pain.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

@torrne667 @Wej_accept_it@kalipekonaStill talking about a hypothetical game though rocky (see what I did there!)
I'd rather buy a real game then wait for one that at this point exists purely as an item on Kojima's maybe/maybe not list of possible projects.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@tansei  that is the lamest comeback i have ever heard i didnt even mention my back so thats wierd but anyways i dont need cream bro i can deadlift your bunkbed with your mom on it.


MRainzo
MRainzo

@tansei @gunnmetal One uses "GDDR5" the other uses DDR3. There's a difference between GDDR5 and DDR5. Heck, DDR5 doesn't even exist. DDR3 is better for multitasking, GDDR5 is better for gaming.

Don't go calling people idiots when you don't have full knowledge about the topic either

dlewis587
dlewis587

@tansei That comeback might have been better if the word "ease" didn't auto-correct. Just something I thought you should note. No offense, bro.