Xbox One vs. PS4 Resolution: Microsoft Challenges You To Spot The Differences on TV Smaller Than 60"

UK marketing executive acknowledges, however, that Microsoft faces a "perception challenge" against the PlayStation 4 as it relates to power of the console.

Microsoft has yet again weighed in on the 1080p/60fps debate that is circling around the Xbox One. UK marketing executive Harvey Eagle says in a new interview that gamers would be challenged to see the differences in resolution and frame rate for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games on a 60-inch or smaller TV.

"If you put third-party games side-by-side that are running at slightly different resolutions or frame rates, then unless you are using a screen that's more than 60 inches big, I defy you to really see the difference," Eagle told CVG. "I personally struggle to see the difference."

Though Eagle maintains that he doesn't really see the difference, he did acknowledge that the widely held belief that Sony's PlayStation 4 is a more powerful console than the Xbox One is a challenge that Microsoft needs to overcome.

"I think it's a perception challenge, absolutely," Eagle said. "It's important, certainly. It's something the media has certainly picked up on. If that leads to the perception that one machine is more powerful than another, then it's important, and we're trying to allow developers to bring games to Xbox One at the highest resolution and frame rate as possible."

There has been no shortage of examples of high-profile multiplatform games running in higher resolution on PS4 than Xbox One, but it may not always be this way. One way that Microsoft is tackling this issue is through the recent Xbox One June SDK, which boosts console GPU power, Eagle said. "There is some GPU power that can be allocated to Kinect that we're now freeing up for developers if they want to increase the fidelity of their games," he explained. "I want to point out though that this is absolutely up to the developer on how they deploy the power."

If over time more Xbox One games run in 1080p/60fps and PS4 titles continue to hit that mark, what then will separate the competing platforms? According to Eagle, one way the Xbox One will stand out is through exclusive content. Some examples he gave were games like like Sunset Overdrive, Ori and the Blind Forest, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Eagle added that Microsoft needs to ensure that it's relationship with third-parties remains healthy.

"The next thing you have to do is make sure all the third-parties are partnering on your platform, and try if you can to either make those exclusive to Xbox or coming first to Xbox," he said.

Other differentiating factors for the Xbox One, Eagle said, include Microsoft's ID@Xbox program for indie games, voice and motion control through Kinect, and Xbox Live. "We believe it's the best place to play games with your friends, and I would argue it still is today," he said.

Microsoft started selling a Kinect-free Xbox One bundle in June, and the company plans to offer the camera technology by itself later this year. Eagle said, "standalone Kinect will be out before Christmas, but we aren't yet ready to announce price or release date details."

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mr_nee
mr_nee

I sit <1,5m away from my 42" and I can easily spot difference between 720p and 1080p. Specer should check his eyesight and maybe stare at screen less

diegomireles
diegomireles

I just bought a 46" Sony 46w950a for gaming, previously I had a LG 32" 720p TV that was OK for ps3/360. On my Wii U is easy to spot now which games are runing 1080p and which ones don't. 

toophat2014
toophat2014

LOL I would not believe much of what Microsoft tells you I mean we are talking about same people that said Xbox one one and Kinect could not be separated and are one, it is now LOL. Also third party games are usually made in a way where they try to keep graphics and performance the same across all platforms therefore not using the full potential of every console. But things like whether or not games can run at 1080P on all games, the FPS, and load times are things where you can really see the difference in. Also Fact still remains that the PS4 has the better ram (GDDR5) and better GPU, (Something like Sony's 1.84TFLOPS to Xbox's 1.34TFLOPS) that gives it 50% more power then the xbox one in terms of GPU power. so in the long run it will make a difference and PS4 is more future Proof. In fact owning both consoles I would say xbox one compares to a low end gaming Pc while the Ps4 would compare closer to a mid end gaming PC. Anyone who knows hardware knows this and many developers do as well with some even saying so and as developers get to know and learn to make games for each console they will see it more.


The truth is though no matter who has better Hardware the games are what sells consoles and Nintendo is proof of how a strong lineup of first party games can make all the difference. So sony having stronger first party lineup when compared with Microsoft as well gives it another edge. Microsoft only has itself to blame since they shot themselves in the foot from before xbox one even launched and that alone along with their lies really pushed fans and gamers away period never mind the higher price tag and who has better hardware and I am sure people still hold that against them. Fact is Sony learned from past mistakes with PS3 and did it right this time around while Microsoft switched places with Sony and is now learning from their mistakes. Its funny I play xbox 360 more then I do xbox one and I know plenty others who do same while for next gen I mostly play my Ps4 and Wii U for its 1st party games. People hate DRM on PC and its no different for consoles so shame on Microsoft for trying to force that crap onto consoles, I am very glad everyone spoke up before it could stick XD.

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

@watts1204 The irony is that, the bigger TV you have, the larger the pixels have to be to fit the screen. So technically you have about the same pixel density as a regular sized standard definition tv.

Say there is a screen the size of a football field that supports 1080p.. Thats not high definition. Each pixel is the size of a damn basketball. So the term high definition needs to be taken with a grain of sailt.


To me its all about pixel density. if you want to see the highest definition screen ever made look at an iphone lol. 336 pixels per inch. Thats nuts

UberMan5000
UberMan5000

I'll tell you the difference: one has No Man's Sky and The Order 1886, and the other doesn't. You have to look pretty close to spot it, but it's there.

Bloodklot73
Bloodklot73

lol such a sad attempt at trying to say to the audience. "really you can't tell that much!"  The fact is, even if there is not that much noticeable difference now, (i can tell the difference)  there will be in the future.  The gap is only going to get larger.  PS4 built their machine with gaming being their utmost priority and there is still a ton of room to expand the capabilities.  

m3atshi3ld
m3atshi3ld

Nothing like using an absolutely weak argument to distract from the reality. XBox One is underperforming in comparison to the PS4. Period.


To say that the difference isn't that noticeable is Microsoft attempting to deny that fact. Nobody wants to hear excuses from them that don't actually matter and anybody intelligent will definitely not want to hear Microsoft telling them they shouldn't complain because you can barely tell the difference. That statement is perceived as Microsoft denying the truth based on a belief that the consumer's valid and factual points don't matter.


That seems to be the trend in relation to Microsoft and their products being substandard.

bigrod69
bigrod69

I like my XB1's more than my PS4, it just does so much more and I love the cable/voice integration, it's truly impressive and feels next-gen. 


However, MS should avoid this argument. The best looking game for either title is still Forza 5, they need to just stand on the quality of the games, not make nonsense statements like this. I have 65" TV  in my living room and a 100" screen in my theater room and Forza still looks the best on those screens as well. Just continue to optimize your software MS and making games run and look fantastic and just ignore the resolution question. My understanding is that the Forza runs at 1080p/30 when in menus and tuning - and it looks photorealistic. Then in the action part of the game it runs at 1080p and is locked at 60fps, which is done by cutting down the details - which in motion don't make a difference anyways. So MS has the ability to make it work and these are still G1 games, so just ignore it for now and make games like Ryse and Forza that look amazing. Anyways, if all I care about is resolution then I'll go to my PC and play on my 1600p 30" monitor. 

cubesthegamer
cubesthegamer

If you were to compare car games on the two consoles, the PS4 car game would look better. Sayig a car game looks better than a shooter game is saying that you're ignorant. Car games can cut down on detail while at high speed. So once Drive Club comes out, we can compare it to Forza. Drive Club will look better and at the same resolution/framerate.

toophat2014
toophat2014

@bigrod69  Does much more lol let me ask do you own or have played both consoles? Because this ain't xbox 360 vs Ps3 , a lot has changed and cable/voice integration is not a feature that is limited to xbox one only. But one thing we both can agree on is that MS should avoid this argument for sure and work on more effective ways to promote the xbox one and rebound because facts are facts and hardware wise they lost that battle but like I said before games sell consoles something they should already know. So if your normal gamer not speaking of fan boys of course you will buy whatever console has the games you like at the end of the day,  just like I for example buy every console so that I can play every game especially the exclusives/1st party games and personally don't care about what console is more powerful and will speak facts.

buckeyes2587
buckeyes2587

You really can't tell a difference unless you play PC gaming because PC gaming for years have been the best graphic s and most powerful system in gaming history; PC can run 4K gaming consoles can not xbox one has the ability too. Xbox one is bettr than ps4 better hard ware and better overall. Console vs consoles you can't tell a difference; but console vs PC you can tell a difference because PC is better

toophat2014
toophat2014

@buckeyes2587  You can't compare a console with a Pc for the plain fact that a PC can be fully upgraded and a console cannot plus theirs the OS difference as well and really those 2 things alone are what separates the 2 platforms. Gaming Consoles are meant to be simple, compact, easy to access, affordable, and easy to play and all those factors help give consoles the funnier experience while also making it easier to make games across multi consoles without much worry about requirements like you do on PC. If power was what games were about then PC would have lead and taken over the market long ago but that's not the case. Remember that not everyone that owns a Pc has or can afford a high or even mid end gaming PC either. Fun games will always be what people want at the end of the day not what's better looking or most powerful.

cubesthegamer
cubesthegamer

Are....Are you retarded? Autism to the maximum? Downs, maybe? The PS4 is more powerful and this isn't a war between consoles and PC. PCs have their place and consoles have their place. Not everyone wants to deal with driver issues and not everyone wants to sit really close in front of a small monitor like you. I personally like to sit close in front of a monitor and play PC and consoles but I know a lot like to play on big screens. Get out of here PC master race asshole, nobody invited you.

magickalman
magickalman

Yes, I and most others can tell a difference, it's not even remotely close. 


Hey Microsoft, instead of insulting everyone's intelligence and making ridiculous "challenges" why don't you actually fix the damned problem?

bigrod69
bigrod69

@magickalman I can tell the different, however 'it's not even remotely close' is a vast overstatement and I would say most people can not tell the different. When they watch the NFL on ESPN and it's in HD, it's 720p, when they watch the NFL on CBS, it's 1080i. 99.9% of people have no idea of that and wouldn't know from looking at the screen. I don't think MS is making a false claim, most people can't tell the difference without someone pointing it out - however it's a lazy argument to make. MS should stick to making fantastic looking games and not worry about it. I have both consoles and Forza 5 is still the best looking game for either.

cubesthegamer
cubesthegamer

I can tell the difference. It's easy to tell the difference between interlaced and progressive scanning. That'd not even close to the same battle of 720p vs 1080p. 1080i is trash.

doublelayer26
doublelayer26

If I can tell the difference on my 23" PC monitor between resolutions and fps then I sure as crap can on a big TV. where the pixels are so very much larger.  M$ blowing smoke again or probably inhaling smoke considering where they are located. I  love my 360 but M$ screwed up bad this go round and now is playing catch up.  1920 x 1080 resolution has been a standard available resolution for games for over 5 years and to produce a next gen console not able to perform at that resolution out of the box was lazy and insulting to their potential customers. Not quite as bad as Nintendo's fake next gen, the WiiU which is no better hardware wise than a PS3/360, but still insulting to  potential new  XB1 customers.

deestin
deestin

@doublelayer26  It is true even on 23" monitor you can see the difference. But, I have to say BUT, with less than half of a half decent PC's performance on these consoles, does that difference even matter? On your comment of insulting, I personally think the processing power any console is insulting the game industry today.

Forgot to mention, 1080p@60fps ? Who are these company kidding with? SLI GTX770 struggles to keep 60fps on highest settings for some of the games on the market today. Consoles probably do 1/3 of the perf of dual 770

bigrod69
bigrod69

@doublelayer26 Forza 5, among other games, run at 1080p. Additionally, when you're watching TV can you tell which station is broadcasting 1080 vs 720? Almost certainly not, 99.9% of people don't know ESPN is only 720p. It's not just the resolution, its what you do with it. While I believe Forza is the best looking game on either console, I'd say Ryse is probably second and that runs at 900p. Meanwhile I have a Ps4 as well and while inFamous looks fantastic and is clearly running at a higher resolution than Ryse, it doesn't look better. It looks cleaner, but it also looks more fake. They're different games so it's hard to do a head to head on them, but to my eye Ryse looks better. It's not just the resolution, but what you do with it. Way back on the PS2 you could run Gran Turismo 3 I believe at 1080i. I had an early HDTV and was able to do so. The game was running at high resolution, but the textures, the atmosphere was terrible and the game actually looked better at a lower resolution. 1080p is great if you can do it with all the effects and realism needed to make it work. These are G1 games, both systems will improve dramatically. However if all I care about is resolution I'll play on my 1600p 30" monitor for my PC.

cubesthegamer
cubesthegamer

Comparing football fans to gamers is ignorant beyond belief. Also, football is not interactive. Also, I noticed it's in 720p and not 1080p. Also, Forza is a car game so of course it's running at 1080p60 because it doesn't require a whole lot of details. inFamous is supposed to have that fake look to it. Ryse is cool and all but doesn't look as amazing as everyone says. Its all a matter of opinion and how trained your eyes are.

suchet9
suchet9

The difference is clear and you can easily see it when switching from console to console - Microsoft have made a mess - they are now admitting to giving the illusion of having next gen graphics because they have charged equal or more amount for their XBOX ONE compared to the PS4 which has more raw power - this Microsoft SDK update while it will improve the console graphic power to some extent -it won't magically improve the hardware or make it equal to PS4 purely because the PS4 just has better hardware incorporated into it from the start.  And do you think SONY aren't going to update their consoles firmware and software to improve it?  If you pay for a next gen console you want Next Gen graphics and not the illusion of the next gen graphics and a lot of gamers do use 60" screens.

Let me explain an example you have just spent £400 on a console which you thought was equal to the competition - you then find out you could have brought the cheaper console for £350 which has more raw hardware power - No software SDK update is going to fix that poor feeling that the customer/gamer is feeling now.  It's a shambles!


buckeyes2587
buckeyes2587

Finally somebody that spoke the truth. Xbox one you can snap apps while playing you"re games including watching tv while playing you"re game too.

godaintr3al
godaintr3al

When the ps4 can multitask like the xbox then you can call it a powerful console. If you buy a phone just to make calls buy a flip phone. If you want a phone that can do more than just do phone calls get a smartphone. Ps4 is good for just single player gaming as of now.

buckeyes2587
buckeyes2587

I have a ps4 kid the ps4 is just a Xbox 360

With party chat.

godaintr3al
godaintr3al

People use apps netflix more than they game on consoles FYI :)

ramtracker42
ramtracker42

@buckeyes2587


YES!!! exactly!!!.... A GAME MACHINE!!! ... Xbox is what my tablet & smartphone already do KID!!

ramtracker42
ramtracker42

@godaintr3al

Games are all that matters!....this is not a smartphone.  PS is great for all gaming, not sure where you get the singler player only BS.  If you are a casual gamer that cares about facebook get the Xbox, yes its more diverse with social media.

ramtracker42
ramtracker42

@godaintr3al


Not anymore!... all new games are being shown on PS4...xbox1 is no where to be seen.  Just deal with the fact Sony improved from the Ps3 and xbox took a step back!.  PS4 new controller is amazing, and the online is much improved.  You are basing your opinions on last gen with the 360 which I agree the online and controller where better.

suchet9
suchet9

@buckeyes2587 I think you have just confused the PS4 with XBOX ONE - PS4 is nothing like the XBOX 360 - It's excellent graphical power is way ahead of XBOX ONE - you only need to compare the same games on it to know that - MGS5,  ASSASSINS CREED,  CALL OF DUTY GHOSTS etc when compare the games on screens next to each other the PS4 versions totally look better and are smoother and faster. 


I'm not into this XBOX vs Playstation war I'm just looking at the facts - the GPU on the PS4 is much bigger and handles more calculations than the XBOX ONE GPU you only have to look at the articles going around on the web to see that XBOX ONE is already having problems just displaying things in PREVIOUS GEN HD 1920 X 1080P resolution. 

godaintr3al
godaintr3al

Not really. Especially if you own netflix or like to use YouTube or need help with a trophy/achievement. Xbox is for everyone while the ps4 is just for single player gamers. Because anyone with a brain would choose xbox live over psns multiplayer services anyday. Hence why most mlg players play on the Xbox over the ps4. Dont get me started on the ps4 controller. If you're looking for just power and graphics PC is the way to go. Lol.

softwaregeek
softwaregeek

Once developers start utilizing Microsoft's cloud and that becomes the norm, the PS4 is going to feel like an old, out-dated relic of a by-gone era. Those who have both will soon find themselves discarding their PS4 into the ash heap of inferior online gaming systems. It shall become nothing more than an expensive, decaying remnant of over-hyped garbage. Microsoft will have the best online games and will be the only logical choice for online gaming. If you live under a rock and do not have an adequate internet connection or do not have one at all, stick with your 2nd rate next-gen online-gaming system also known as the PS4. But fear not, because it will assuredly have some great games that you can enjoy playing. By yourself. And there's nothing wrong with that. If you want true next-gen online gaming there's only one ... Xbox One.

LightninLew
LightninLew

@softwaregeek "PS4 is going to feel like an old, out-dated relic of a by-gone era."


You mean like both consoles are right now? The glorious PC master race titters at your petty squabbles.

softwaregeek
softwaregeek

@LightninLew 

You'll be replacing it in 3 years...expensively I might add. What really sucks for your PC boys is that most games are going to be optimized to run at the lowest common denominator...so that means if it runs slowest on a console, then the visuals optimized for that console is what you're going to be seeing on your fancy PC. Now you might be able to run it at a little higher resolution and maybe the frame-rate will be a little better. But the overall visuals are going to look about the same. Because you're ate-up, you're going to spend a boat load more money for a little tiny bit better graphics. 

You can tell me your PC runs this fast and that fast and blah blah blah. It don't matter. Developers don't spend a lot of time optimizing the graphics for EACH system. They spend time optimizing the graphics for ONE system and then go from there. They don't spend a lot of time improving/tweaking the graphics for one system over the other. Why? It's not worth the investment. They won't see a significant spike in sales of games for a system they spent months improving the graphics on. History proves that it's normally about the same amount of sales they'd garner for that system without all the extra graphic tweaking. Now occasionally you'll get a game that takes advantage of your glorious PC power. Occasionally. But that's not the norm. Want proof that it all looks about the same? Go look at the tombraider video that shows the diff between xbox one, ps4, and PC. They all look about the same. The PC has a slight advantage with environment textures. Otherwise, all 3 are really close. Also be sure to view that video in 1080p.

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

Switching from 30fps to 60fps is like the difference between driving on rubble vs fresh pavement.. smooth sailin baby.

Dem frames jockin dem frames yo, what of it?? pshh shiettt

softwaregeek
softwaregeek

I think you fanboys are getting a little too ate-up with the whole graphics thing. Great graphics does not a great game make. The visuals were supposed to be largely in the ps3's favor over the 360 and we saw how that turned out. In the end, the graphics were about the same. I owned both. My ps3 recently bit the dust or I'd still be playing it. I still have a 360 I enjoy playing.  I also have a ROG laptop that's about a few years old. Honestly, I haven't played any games on the ROG that the consoles couldn't match as far as visuals are concerned. That's a testament to how the developers manage the resources on the console(s). One of my top 5 games on the 360 is Daisenryaku 7. The graphics on it suck but the game itself was loads of fun. I played that game for over a year. It was an original Xbox game so I was happy when the update came out that allowed me to play it on the 360. I have an x1 and will eventually get a ps4. I also find it hypocritical of PC enthusiasts to complain about the allocation of resources dedicated to the Kinect, since after all, your PC is managing your OS, and a whole bunch of other crap that runs in the background and not just your game. At the same time, it's also cool of MS to now allow developers to free up those Kinect resources if needed. At the end of the day, it comes down to games. Those shunning one system in favor of another are the only real losers because they are the ones that are shutting themselves out of great games.

bilalmvw
bilalmvw

Mate, I think I could marry you if was a.......

Anyway you hit the nail on he dot. Everyone is so worked up about the new gen- that both companies are too scared to talk about the last gen.

I'll take a ps3 and may have enough money to buy a chipped wii as well!! "I don't care bout none your new techno tunes, classics they can cut!"

jhebbel
jhebbel

@softwaregeek A game does not need great graphics as long as its not designed to be one of the key aspects of the game. Nidhogg, HammerWatch, BroForce being a few examples. But when games are using the graphics as part of the selling point then they obviously and rightly make a huge deal. Because of this people have an absolute right to be upset when these so called next gen consoles have taken an apparent step back and are no sub par with the now considered industry norm. Also PC enthusiasts have every right to be critical of the XB1s allocation of resources because I have never had my OS get in the way of my PC experience, But for a gaming console to fall short of par on what is accepted as the now industry resolution and framerate norm, while also dedicating a chunk of its processing cycle to run hardware that most gamers do not want, is just ridiculous. I find it hilarious how much of a hypocrite you are, and how you refer to anybody willing to call MS on their BS as fanboys.

softwaregeek
softwaregeek

@jhebbel

Nothing I've said is hypocritical. Graphics are secondary. They are a luxury really. That being said, It is great to have awesome looking graphics. I believe that by the time developers really learn to utilize the cloud infrastructure that MS has built, the hardware advantages that the ps4 currently is enjoying will evaporate. 

softwaregeek
softwaregeek

@bilalmvw 

Yeah, it really is too true. However, I do like stirring things up a bit with my other posts. lol. The ps4 fanboys are easily angered.

gavin_ff
gavin_ff

I can tell the difference on a 32 inch nevermind a 60 inch lol. I had both consoles hooked up to it, playing cod ghosts, and kept switching the hdmi to see the differences. It wasn't that obvious but u could definitely tell the difference.

softwaregeek
softwaregeek

If you don't think there's a difference then you're mistaken. The ps3 is more powerful than the ps4 and x1 because it can play 3d blu-ray movies and the others can't.

jhebbel
jhebbel

@softwaregeek This is so wrong its actually hilarious. The only thing keeping both consoles from doing this yet is the software has not yet been released for it, and rightly so, both consoles have far more important things to focus on. You are clearly very mislead.

andystephenson
andystephenson

Haha ridiculous.. The others can they just don't.. Yet.

Reap3r_X17
Reap3r_X17

Just keep in mind, everybody... Just because YOU see a difference, doesn't mean most other people can see a difference. You are the minority. If you think Microsoft is wrong, you're in for a surprise.

jhebbel
jhebbel

@Reap3r_X17 Actually I would think that people who can tell the difference between 720/900p and 1080 are in the majority, 1080 is what every modern TV and computer display uses, and switching to anything lower stands out like a sore thumb even on 22 inch displays.

Reap3r_X17
Reap3r_X17

@jhebbel @Reap3r_X17 Except most console games for the past 6 years have been using 720p, some of which were UPSCALED to 1080p, and not everyone owns a 1080p television.... A lot of people are still playing their games on older televisions, many of which aren't even up to 720. Just because it's available doesn't mean everyone is using it.