Prototype's HD Xbox One Release Struggles Compared to PS3/360 Versions

Activision's claims of improved frame rates appear to be unfounded.

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Activision this week released a surprise bundle consisting of Prototype and Prototype 2 on Xbox One (and then PS4). Despite the company's claims that these versions offer improved frame rates, evidence suggests otherwise, at least on Xbox One.

Digital Foundry has examined the Xbox One versions of both games and found them generally lacking. Prototype is said to run at 30 frames per second, with occasional dips to the mid-20s. And while it runs at 1080p, it's not as if the game's visuals have been completely overhauled, making it unclear why it doesn't run at 60 FPS. The site calls it "passable in its remastered guise, if a somewhat barebones conversion."

Prototype 2, on the other hand, fares more poorly. DF says it's "among the worst performing games on Xbox One to date," with stutter during cutscenes and a framerate in the 20-25 FPS range while moving around the city. Comparing it with the Xbox 360 version, the frame rate in the Xbox One release is lower in multiple areas. The Xbox One version also has a good deal of screen tearing, something not present on PS3 while still running at a better frame rate.

At best, it looks as if the Xbox One version is fighting to offer an experience on par with that of the last-gen versions, just at a higher resolution--things like texture quality and draw distance haven't been improved.

It's possible the PS4 version handles things better, but that remains to be seen.

In light of this, it's perhaps not a surprise that the Prototype Biohazard Bundle, as it's called, was released so quietly. It's not as if you're getting much of a discount, either--it costs $50 on both Xbox and PS4, though Activision said that it plans to offer each game on its own starting on August 11.


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HermitKiller

I have gaming pc + ps4 and wii u. This kind of failure makes me wanna pass xbone for good.

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drakesteele

Seriously?Watching that I saw a few very brief framerate drops to 28-29 fps... OooOOooh. People expect perfection these days - nothing's perfect... get over it! It sickens me when I see such nitpicking. If you grew up with Pong and Atari 2600 and old 8-bit PCs and went through the various consoles over the years, you should feel blessed that graphics now look almost indistinguishable from movies... and 25-29 FPS is STILL FASTER THAN THE FRAMERATE IN MOVIES - and do you bitch about movie fidelity cause it's not 30+ FPS? If you do, you're an asshat. Just move on and enjoy the glorious graphics and gameplay of modern games, and if you missed out on the classic gen stuff, thank your lucky stars you never had to put up with 320x200 resolutions with stuttering framerates on intense programs being the norm rather than the rare exception. *grumbles as he stalks out* Some people's children... really... I swear...*slams door*

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karlazune

It seems strange but every time I read any comment on the internet regarding games it quickly dissolves into people championing their console over another. Why do this? They are a few hundred pounds each which means given enough money people could buy both. Having an Xbox or a Playstation does not define you as many people have switched between the franchises over the years depending on their desires at the time. However this makes the comments sections utterly pointless on any page because of this behaviour. Actually I think if this had been £15-20 it would have been worth it I have played the first one and maybe half of the second one and I would enjoy going through them again even with slightly unrated graphics.

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NucaCola

I just want Prototype 3 to happen... :(

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Jim_Caviezel

Activision...

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Stonedwolfed

One reason this port is so shoddy is the studio who made the game were closed by Activision. Radical Entertainment, the studio also behind Hulk / Incredible Destruction and Scarface, was basically closed down (reduced to a skeleton support-staff levels).

That means the people who DEVELOPED on Prototype and understood the game and engine were not available to create the HD remaster. My guess Activision used a tiny, inexperienced staff - no real experience of the Prototype games, no next-gen experience as RE have not made a next-gen game either - and gave them a very limited budget and time.

Activision - they're like an evil version of EA.

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santinegrete

@Stonedwolfed: so that's what happened. We should stick to the old releases. They also debuted bug free in their time. This is insulting, it's like Activision is really the Kraft Foods of videogames.

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bunchanumbers

That is extremely disappointing to hear. It sounds like it was not a good port to begin with. I wonder if activision can improve it with some patches. At least enough to lock the frame rate at 30. Dips like this in this generation is tough to see.

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santinegrete

@bunchanumbers:tough is putting it lightly, more like inadmissible .

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KkDrummer

This has nothing to do with the hardware...this is Activision once again trying to sell whatever sh** to gamers...sigh...

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bandcelks00024

@kkdrummer: THIS has nothing to do w hardware. But when people have to explain cutting back to 30 fps or less when they originally said 60 or at least 30 has very much to do w both systems hardware failure. When we buy our next gen by 2020 or before,you'll understand then you got shortchanged. All of a sudden we will have 45 to 60 fps and no nonsense about cinematic experiences. And I know they both lack bc I own both. Next gen should've been a 600 to 700 affair. And they set an arbitrary and unrealistic line of 400, no more. Well then matrick was right. Enjoy your ps3 or xbox 360. Bc you really ain't getting much more right now for your budget.

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virtuaSEGA

@kkdrummer: Yup, bit the moron fanboys on all sides will just continue to be...well...morons.

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Navardo95

The fact that people are actually blaming the Xbone hardware just goes to prove how toxic and downright braindead the gaming community has become.

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xbhonner

@Navardo95 said:

The fact that people are actually blaming the Xbone hardware just goes to prove how toxic and downright braindead the gaming community has become.

you blame gaming community for article about xbone's lack of performance? that just goes to prove how toxic and downright braindead your fanboyism is

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Warlord_Irochi

@xbhonner: I think you did not understand what he said. He's blaming the community's for pointing fingers, not for the article.

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xbhonner

@Warlord_Irochi said:

@xbhonner: I think you did not understand what he said. He's blaming the community's for pointing fingers, not for the article.

he blaming the gaming community for xbox bad hardware capability? that just goes to prove how toxic and downright braindead his fanboyism is

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Warlord_Irochi

@xbhonner: /facepalm.
Ok, whatever fantasy makes you happy to believe, man.

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xbhonner

@Warlord_Irochi said:

@xbhonner: /facepalm.

Ok, whatever fantasy makes you happy to believe, man.

its not fantasy man! its true, just read his comment.

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Feenspear

@xbhonner: well if its in the comments..... then it MUST be true

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mdinger

I suspect a lot of these "remastered" editions for the new consoles are actually, dare I say it, ports of the PC version. So it's no surprises they run badly and are poorly optimised.

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drknessfeeds

This is just sad, I really enjoyed prototype 1. This is ridiculously priced with no new extras and broken I see no reason to repurchase it.

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PayneKiller

$50? Keep it.

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Shouoken4Peace

Wow. What a waste of time and money. Now, can someone release a fully fledged HD version of Zone of the Enders 1 and 2? Yes, I know they already had an HD remaster but.... those also sucked.

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BelaidKL

If there was ever a more appropriate time for the Deux Ex "I never asked for this" gif.... It is now....

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westsiderz28

nobody in their right mind should be buying these games anyway, who wants to play these old games that wernt that good last gen??

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PlaystationZone

Really ea games and activevision are worst game company's ever and there rich for it. Really activevision don't know how to do remastered same go deep silver with saint row 4 . Naughty dog want bring crash in big way but activevision stoping them do so .

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VooDooPC

@playstationzone: Do you honestly think Activision is spelled "activevision"?

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holocam22

@playstationzone: English mother fucker!!! Do you speak it?!?!?!

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PlaystationZone

@playstationzone: all they did copy and paste

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lrdfancypants

Hey look, the comments are busy again.

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sargentpsgamer

The fact that these were kind of just released with no real mention of it means it wasn't meant to be some big release. They were probably just doing it just to have it there for new console owners.

Other HD releases are hyped up like some big new release, this one was just kind of thrown there.

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Reasons I hate the current-gen consoles: constant updates, mandatory installations, expensive DLC announced before title is launched.

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Was there even a demand for theses games to be remastered?

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holocam22

@simon_levane: There wasn't even a demand for the second game.

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Stonedwolfed

@holocam22: There was a demand for the second game, bear in mind the first sold really well, but most PT fans loathed the protagonist and story progression of PT2. The stuff they SHOULD have been doing in PT2 they didn't do.

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santinegrete

@Stonedwolfed: right, I'm one of those fans. Still, have to admit Prototype 2 was fun, finished it very quick because I wanted the story to have a turn that would save it from the abysmal cliche', but it never came. That's the only thing I'm asking in 3... but it will not happen because , you know, this isn't CoD.

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Marky360

I didn't see any difference in FPS on any of the 3 versions even though it said that the FPS was going down it just didn't look any different or seem to affect the gameplay in any significant way. I will say the supposed next-gen version of this game look exactly like the last-gen versions of this game and it seems this upgrade serves no real purpose as nothing was changed.

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mkeezay22

Wow Activision is sure trying to stick it to console owners right now, a port of a last gen game that runs worse on the new consoles than it did on the old ones, with no visual improvements, ugly textures and simple geometry they must have really rushed this for it to run so horribly on the X1 and PS4.

I game on PC right now but I will grab a PS4 soon, but Activision won't be getting my money on any platform.

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xbhonner

@mkeezay22 said:

Wow Activision is sure trying to stick it to console owners right now, a port of a last gen game that runs worse on the new consoles than it did on the old ones, with no visual improvements, ugly textures and simple geometry they must have really rushed this for it to run so horribly on the X1 and PS4.

I game on PC right now but I will grab a PS4 soon, but Activision won't be getting my money on any platform.

its not released yet for ps4, but i believe it'll run better.

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nikon133

@mkeezay22: Yah, that's probably the new low. We already have aplenty crappy, buggy, unfinished new releases on consoles and PC... but now Activision goes one step further (reverse?) and introduces crappy, buggy, unfinished "remaster". I think everything is covered now...

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tommynj

Everything struggles on Xbox One except TV.....

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moloko

@tommynj: Bashing the XBox One is so cool now...well...if you're a mindless nerd.

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Mirimon78

@tommynj: actually, tv has lag and signal degredation.

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PlaystationZone

@Mirimon78: and broadband internet crash sometimes

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Mirimon78

@playstationzone: was referring to the hdmi passthrough, but sure.

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Tony56723

@tommynj: Just Activision proving once again that they don't care about their consumers or IPs

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Marky360

@tony56723:

How can you say that?