As we edge ever-closer to the holiday season launch dates of Sony and Microsoft's new games consoles, the noise from fanboys comparing the theoretical performance of their system of choice continues to grow louder. Today however, they have something a little more substantial to chew on, as the review embargoes for EA's multiplatform shooter Battlefield 4 (AusGamers 9.4/10
) have lifted and the tech-heads at Digital Foundry have published the first of their popular platform face-off articles to feature both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The Digital Foundry article
confirms one of the bigger rumours buzzing around this last week: that the Xbox One version of Battlefield is running at a native screen resolution of 720p, while PlayStation 4 is pushing 900p. However, Sony's additional pixels are the easy victory most would presume, as DF notes the PS4's software scaling to 1080p leaves a blurry after-taste, whereas the Xbox One stays sharp --albeit with more jagged edges.
As you may notice in our screengrabs, the actual results on PS4 lack the corresponding level of crystal clarity we'd expect of such a significant resolution boost. This should surely be a home run for Sony's console, but what is likely to be a software-based upscale to 1080p delivers less-than-stellar returns, and for better or worse leaves the Xbox One with an often crisper looking, albeit much more aliased image.
Both consoles were said to maintain a reasonably steady 60FPS in the single-player campaign, but dropped under quite frequently in large multiplayer matches.
The PC version of course, is the clear victor in all aspects when running on Ultra versus the console's apparent High settings:
On the merits of what we've seen so far, Battlefield 4 is already set to be a formidable launch window effort from DICE. Our observations so far reveal a clear gap in fidelity between PC and PS4, and again to Xbox One, but sub-pixel break-up aside, based on what we've seen so far, the Microsoft console manages to hold up despite the undeniable, quantifiably worse metrics in terms of both resolution and frame-rate.
Check out DF's video comparison below, and read the full article
for a whole bunch of close-up screenshot comparisons.