More Xbox One games will run in 1080p over time, Microsoft says

Development director Boyd Multerer says he "fully expects" more developers to be able to reach 1080p resolution over time.

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More Xbox One games will run in 1080p...eventually, Microsoft Xbox director of development Boyd Multerer has said in a new interview. Speaking with TotalXbox, Multerer said he has no doubt that developers will be able to reach that resolution as they discover and improve upon development techniques.

"I fully expect that to happen," Multerer said. "The [graphics processing units] are really complicated beasts this time around. The hardware is basically baked, and what comes next is people discovering better software techniques to take advantage of it, especially in the ordering of the data so it flows through all the caches correctly, and I think there's a lot of opportunity there."

Speaking about the Xbox One's ESRAM specifically, he said: "this is where tuning your data set becomes super important.

Multerer said some developers of Xbox One launch titles didn't have a real opportunity to focus on boosting visual performance, but this will change, he said.

"Once these engines--the engine developers like Frostbite [Battlefield 4] and those guys--they really wrap their heads around this particular GPU architecture, then all of the titles coming out of that studio will take advantage of it and get better," he saod.

Overall, Multerer said Xbox One owners can expect "fairly large improvements in GPU output" over time.

Much has been made of the fact that right now, more high-profile games run in 1080p on PlayStation 4 compared to the Xbox One. Sony responded to the 1080p/60fps debate last month, saying better performance on PS4 over Xbox One is because Sony's console is "performing and packing the punch that developers want." Meanwhile, Microsoft previously contended that "these little things get way overblown" concerning the Xbox One's library and what's truly important to players.

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I could care less about having 1080p and 60fps. All I want from a game is a good story and gameplay...

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I have no doubt developers will be able to get 1080p out of the XBOne eventually, once they've had a decent amount of time to play with it. But Microsoft really should have helped the developers out with the early games. Releasing a next-gen console with games that can't meet basic next-gen standards is pretty poor.

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If a game can hit 1080p on a PS4 and NOT on the Xbone..... something tells me this ISN'T the developers' fault. And yes maybe in time the Xbone will run 1080p... you know when they scale back games to be closer to the Xbox 360...

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Microsoft has a little bit more of a complex system this time around, I do believe developers will get the hang of it as well. I do agree, this is waaaay overblown though.

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So its developers fault that they cant make 1080p games on your console? But they have no problem on the PS4. At even your studio owned developers cant make 1080p games on Xone.


Why is this system $500?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The system is a little more complex to use. But some devs have gotten the hand of it, and more and more of them will in the future. Also note Killzone Shadowfall's multiplayer was slightly above 720p, but no once noticed until Digital Foundry pointed it out. If they hadn't, none would be the wiser. That and Ryse looked fantastic at 900p on the xbox one. These two games should prove that you don't need 1080p to make a great looking game. All a higher native resolution does is make the image clearer. Not saying that's bad, it's good, but it's not as important as aesthetics. That's why games from years ago can still hold up. You can make a game with the highest resolution, but if it has bad aesthetics, it'll look like crap that's clearer to see.

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Because it's a complete system and PS4 is way under develops no first party title unless you consider knack and kill zone games lol.

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Maybe the newest Angry Birds, that would be killer.

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I'm really not concerned. Use this as a reference: Compare the graphics of Splinter Cell Double Agent and Splinter Cell Blacklist. Both of these games are running on the exact same hardware. Give the devs time with the hardware. They always find ways to make things look better and better and run more efficiently. I'm confident both PS4 and XB1 will be pumping out amazingly gorgeous games in the coming months/years

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I really do not need and all in one device, i mean my cpu, phone, smart tv, dvr, and tablet are enough as it is. I would really prefer a gaming device or console to do just one thing, play games. The bottle necked RAM reserved for constant video capturing, Social OS apps, and to see of someone had a good bowel movement that day on your friends list is NOT that important to me when I just want to play a damn game. I sure some people need a web browser, app player, social site babysitter device, but really one that put more performance to just one thing - the game I would be happier.


In all honestly none of this will matter a few years down the road, it will be all about the exclusives and the games. As it always has been and always should be.

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Kinda lame they don't run in 1080p now...


I also suspect the 1080p on future XB1 games is come at the cost of scaling back the quality of graphics/AI/other...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> No No, it will run 1080p sometime next year. Dont worry.

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Everyone knows graphics are the only thing that matters.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I can't tell if you're trolling or you're dumb.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That was complete sarcasm. I may be a bit stupid, but I try not to troll on purpose.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Believe me I know and I am glad I don't think that way. I also have trouble telling if someone's being sarcastic sometimes, especially since a lot of times just the tone of voice can give away whether they are being sarcastic.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Sorry. I can never tell on this website. There are people who truly believe what you just said sarcastically.

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The xbox one PR team is the worst they need to keep there mouths closed they hurt sales every time they say something

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Greatness is coming!!

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MS engineers should be ashamed of themselves for trying to pass this farce off as next gen....

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<< LINK REMOVED >> i have owned both consoles in since launch. PS4 does not compare with xbone tbh, snap kinect and the games simply give you a better all round experience. Ive never heard of anyone who owns both that does not think like this. PS4 is not bad dont get me wrong but now the hype is gone i feel like i bought a ps3.5.... ps4 has less features than ps3, no usb media or audio cds etc etc but it does have better graphics, its like 1 step forwards 1 step backwards. People should try xbone for themself before judging it by the online hate. Its actually a much better device than the PS4. the sony fanboys are only robbing themself of a great experience if they like console gaming. Most people who can afford one can afford both over time. their is room for 2 consoles. i dont thin graphics are the important any more. I was happy at the end of last gen both 360 and ps3 have some really nice graphics. I do how ever like been able to take a skype call when watch T.V or having a blue ray player snapped to 1 side when you hit an ingame grind spot... or sky sports in corner to keep an eye on the scores. The graphics when put side by side are just not worth worrying about... the features you loose by choosing ps4 are

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<< LINK REMOVED >> As they did with Windows 8.1

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Yeah and pigs will fly to at the same time...

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I no one came honestly say PC has a better game then Forza 5, PS4 can't come close that y there game went back to the drawing board. So all this 1080p bs save it cause the games that need it have it. Forza 5 anyone it's the same gamer tag tricks

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Why does every Xbox One fan jump on the Forza 5 bandwagon? Cause it's the only non Kinect Sports title that you've got that runs at 1080p? I've played it, and it's not that good. Are you saying that it has superior graphics or something? Sure the cars are nice and shiny, but they have aliasing all over the place, and the cities you drive through look like pixelated cardboard cutouts from a South Park episode! Hardly anything worth bragging about, as I'm pretty sure the 360 could run it without too much effort. Maybe you're thinking of the Forza game that they were showing off at E3, but the game you bought is nowhere near that level of detail.

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@lifegee13 It's rather difficult to understand you.

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<< LINK REMOVED >>infamous second son is better then forza 5 so is just about every single PS3 AAA exclusive and so will just about every PS4 AAA exclusive

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>LMAO!! Knack? No KZ:SF? No. Get lost biased fanboy.

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Sounds like a 'square peg - (small) round hole' scenario to me. I got tired of the excuses and limitations a while back, built a new PC that crushes both PS4 & X1 combined, job done.

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The thing that I want to know, btw I'm not a tech guy, is that how much more potential can be unlocked out of the ps4 vs xb1? People say that once devs get a grip on the esram in the the xb1, the ps4 will be easier to work with as well. But if the ps4 is already easy to work with, wouldn't there be less room for improvement unlike xb1? Therefore we may see a larger improve from xb1 vs the ps4 possibly making them basically equal except in a few areas. Again, I'm no tech wiz so if someone can clarify and avoid a fanboy type of response then that'd be great

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The technology in these consoles are already well known, so basically we will see more ambitious games when the install base become larger, only then the big publishers will have a confort zone to invest on bigger projects with bigger chances of profit.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Not true. People seem to think that because both consoles are x86 that developers instantly know how to maximize their potential. That's nonsense. It will take years for developers to learn the true potential of the low level API, and some developers will learn it better than others. The low level API is always where consoles shine because their GPUs are capable of far more efficiency than PCs (though PCs overcome that as technology becomes cheaper). Still, both the Xbox One and PS4 are considerably more powerful than their hardware if it were in a PC. You can't compare directly. Developers already knew how to use the Power PC architecture.

You don't really gain anything with X86 other than faster port development and the ability to use a lot more development tools that were previously only for the PC. It will still take years for developers to learn how to use the GPU properly. It's not the same as developing for the PC. GPUs inside consoles allow for a much more direct interface between the code and hardware, but it also requires a lot more effort on the part of the developer. Developers can use the API wrappers (DirectX and OpenCL in this instance), but they'll get a lot more power from using the low level API. The engines don't use it properly yet, however, and developers are still learning how to use it properly. So, no, the consoles aren't well known.

I'm done rambling now.

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Maybe the case but in terms of PC efficiency, mantle and direct x 12 is reducing the gap between console and PC optimisation.

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the same can be said for ps4 development

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Sure lie to your customers. You cant have all the nice next gen graphics and 1080p at the same time.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Its because they want to make a huge profit. the system should have been called X720.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 1080p was on the last generation of consoles the PS3 and the 360! It was just that the makers of games did not fully utilize the hardware for the games that were being made for those platforms the PS3 is the big one because of it's Cell based CPU. Not giving M$ a break though!! If they do not have 4k in the next 10 months, they will be effectively done as a console for SP gamers that are not into Halo, or Titanfall.

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So much rage. I do wonder why the gaming community is just so f*cking angry, literally all the time.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Welcome to the console wars! Anyway that new VR headset from Sony will start the next generation of hardware wars between Sony the makers of the Rift VR headset. Consoles will slowly become more and more obsolete when the VR headset technology becomes cheaper to produce and market to movie and game makers in general.

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Due to low resolution text, a word is omitted from one of his comments. In higher resolution it reads "The hardware team is basically baked, ...".

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