Xbox's Spencer on 1080p/60fps: Developers Decide Resolution and Frame-Rate

Phil Spencer adds, "There are already 1080p games on Xbox One.

According to Microsoft's Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, the Xbox One is fully capable of delivering games at 1080p/60fps, and it's up to developers to decide the final resolution and frame-rate that's best for their game. Spencer's comments came in response to a fan who asked him on Twitter if there would be 1080p games coming to Xbox One in the future.

"Devs will decide res and fps but yes, there are already 1080p games on xbox one," Spencer said. Turn 10's Xbox One launch title Forza Motorsport 5 runs in 1080p/60fps, while Microsoft just this week confirmed that another entry in the Forza series for Xbox One, Forza Horizon 2, would also run in 1080p. But since it's an open-world game, frame-rate will be a locked 30fps.

Immediately following Microsoft's announcement last month that Kinect would be removed from Xbox One bundles come June 9, it was reported that the system might see better technical performance because developers would no longer be limited by the rumored Kinect graphics resource reservation. However, Spencer has downplayed this suggestion, telling multiple fans on Twitter that they can keep their Kinects plugged in and still see optimal performance.

"You don't need to unplug anything," Spencer said. "Kinect will work great when it should and games will do what they need to do to use GPU."

Many multiplatform games, including Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4, output in a higher native resolution on PlayStation 4 compared to Xbox One, but it may not be this way forever. Earlier this 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.

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Discussion

318 comments
t0taldj
t0taldj

Btw don't hate on Phil Spencer...He is just cleaning the crap Don Mattrick left behind.

t0taldj
t0taldj

To everyone who says resolutions does not matter: 1080p is the standard these days (even mobile devices), 4K is already becoming popular. Technology is advancing and I want my games to live up to the standards. And there is no way 720p won't hamper your experience when your eyes will get used to everything 1080p and up.

itsjesterhead
itsjesterhead

Phil Spencer and team xbox lost this war. They are becoming sore losers and can't admit that xbox one is wanted by no one with the decision model they chose to go with a year ago. Their only hope is exclusives which they love to reuse the same franchises that are becoming stale and uninteresting or they have a game that has a tv show in it and an Infamous clone with graphics that looks like a kid's Pixar movie that is developed by a failing studio. Yeah xbox one lost.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

"there are already 1080p games on xbox one,"

[Forza]

That's ONE game. 

NeoBillbine
NeoBillbine

I think you mean the hardware decides everything Phil, just like my wife.

KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

Cant believe anyone judges if a game is good based on its resolution and framerate kinda stupid really. 

Blazen702
Blazen702

Lmfao they are demoing project Morpheus on Jimmy Fallon and it's using Kinect 2.0 cameras

bakasora
bakasora

Sure the developers can make magic happen. 1080p/60fps on even floppy discs!

Mommas_b_o_y
Mommas_b_o_y

just stop bringing it up. the x1 is bad in terms of graphics. steer the focus more to how great your console is to use watching tv. 

trackles
trackles

They could at least give us the option to turn off motion blur it causes so many issues on console.

ctlaltbatman
ctlaltbatman

By "it can do 1080/60, depending on developers", he's saying this:


Fez= 1080/60.

Watchdogs. Arkham Knight, GTA6, Red Dead 3, MGS5= (maybe)1080 upscale/30fps.


So yes, it depends on the developers... more specifically, the type of game the developers are making.

metallinatus
metallinatus

OF COURSE ARE THE DEVS WHO DECIDE THAT....

It is not their fault if they have to choose between 1080/10 or 480/30, through....

rasterror
rasterror

In time both consoles will once developers get used to working with them. It's like that with every console.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

No Phil..developers don't choose "30fps 792p" unless the hardware they are working with is complete shiet.


All developers would love to have the freedom to make their dream game and not have to work with locked down console specs.

major_retard
major_retard

@t0taldj 4k is in no way "popular" as the market share of displays that can even render 4k is minute at best. Will be ~5yrs before that starts to saturate the mainstream.

fearthedaemon
fearthedaemon

@itsjesterhead Sony do the exact same thing..If MS was failing so hard then why is it they have the highest online base..The One is 2million consoles behind when only being sold in 13 countries it's really not failing as you put it..it's actually selling faster then the 360 did..You need to grow up buddy and stop fluffing on with this fan war crap we're all tired of that more than any game Sony or MS will ever recycle bring out..and wanna talk recycle games it's okay for Nintendo hey? Get off the hipster wagon..They're all just as guilty as each other for trying to rip us off, trying to screw us over, giving us less for more and recycling games and Nintendo are the #1 for that..

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@PeterDuck hummm... wolfenstein? forza, ryse, child of light, rayman legends, super time force(lol but yes its 1080p) that new ufc fighting game, forza horizon 2 will be, you guys are morons look at the mgs4 and grounds zero how did that become any better graphics on ps3/360 and a better example is gta V and max payne 3, the graphics are insane and it proves that they just need to get the full potential

itsjesterhead
itsjesterhead

Yeah and it's a racing game which this resolution should be expected not appraised for on a racing game.

Blazen702
Blazen702

It still has better gfx then the PS4

metallinatus
metallinatus

@rasterror Nope, it *was* like that with every console, but since PS4 and Xone are just low end PCs with an architecture that the devs have been working on for decades and know very well.... there is nothing really to learn or improve there.

That is why I once again claim that Wii U is the only real consoles in this generation....

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

If your gonna state supposed facts, at least provide some form of evidence, otherwise stop living out your elaborate facade.

@fearthedaemon 

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

@isane-bishop @Tiger_Ali better than being a douchebag who likes to be fed garbage, I'd rather hate all day than to accept insipid mediocrity.

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

@Blazen702 Its the bodies natural response when something too embarrassing or soo frustrating too deal with presents itself.

Blazen702
Blazen702

Xbox stands for directx box. The X1 has relied on old directx 11 for games but with new dev software kits and directx12 we will see a significant jump in the X1 hardware. As been told to us since the beginning, the X1 was made with the future in mind hence the stacked die that most refer to as the "secret sauce". This is not opinion it's fact and nothing you say can be more powerful then what AMD has said about directx12.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@sladakrobot @Darkhol0w It's not about flaming..all of the games that were released (the AAA ones) were all higher resolution on PS4 and lower on X1. 

Devs are not doing that on purpose to "stick it to MS", they are doing it based on what the hardware can take.

metallinatus
metallinatus

@Blazen702 So what? MS updating the platform with better software != Devs discovering nonexistent secrets about the hardware.

metallinatus
metallinatus

@sladakrobot @metallinatus Nobody was saying that before the consoles show how underpowered they were in real life, everybody was saying "it is easy to port from PC because is the same architecture".... and they were right.

Blazen702
Blazen702

And with that said most cross platform games still look better on the X1

rasterror
rasterror

Higher resolution maybe, but the effects on the PS4 were on the low settings the One's were on medium or high. It's like the megapixel argument. A higher resolution doesn't necessarily mean a better quality picture.

Blazen702
Blazen702

No it doesn't take a genius to understand but I don't want to over estimate your intelligence.