"Call of Duty: Ghosts" is set for release tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 5. The latest edition to Activision's blockbuster franchise "Call of Duty" has been greatly anticipated but a bit of controversy has cropped up due to how the game runs on the Xbox One vs. the PS4. While the PS4 version of the game will run at 1080p on the Xbox One will only be at 720p.
The difference in performance isn't developer's Infinity Wards fault. It's just a difference in the consoles. Infinity Ward representatives have been making numerous statements about the difference in quality, ensuring that the difference is more of a matter of a opinion and not a failing of theirs or Microsoft's.
Infinity Ward's Executive Producer Mark Rubin explained to multiple sources that the reason "COD: Ghosts" has a lower resolution on the Microsoft console is a result of getting the game to run at their goal of 60 frames per second. Explained as a difference in the consoles "allocation of resources" the PS4 was able to achieve 1080p will hitting 60 frames per second but the Xbox One could only get to 720p.
Rubin explains why the difference isn't a big deal in an interview with IGN saying, “There’s no maliciousness, there’s no specific reason why one’s 720p, one’s 1080p," he said. "That’s just the way the optimization came out to. To keep a smooth frame rate we needed to be 720p on Xbox One. That being said, it is being upscaled to 1080p, so it is outputting 1080p on your TV, and for the most part the game does look really good. Some people actually think the textures look a little bit nicer maybe on Xbox than they do on PS4. You’ll hear a bunch of opinions back and forth, but that’s all they really are. They’re opinions.”
Infinity Ward exec was optimistic about the consoles technology improving over time saying it was possible the next version of COD will be running at 1080p for both consoles. The last COD game hit the billion dollar mark in sales just 15 days after its release. Similar success is expected for the highly anticipated Ghosts which will allow players to play online, and extend their game involvement to smart phones, tablets.
"Call of Duty: Ghosts" takes place during a fictional conflict between the United States and a Southern invader. The shooter has unique environments from a decimated Las Vegas, to arctic tundra and even outer space as shown in the upbeat trailer. The controversy over the games console resolution of course has little to do with the game itself.
Yet it has sparked more online arguments over whether the PS4 or Xbox One is a more powerful consul and whether it will affect the longevity of the devices. The latest in the military shooter franchise, "Call of Duty: Ghost" will be available midnight on Nov. 5. The game is available for PC's, Nintendo Wii U, PS3 and Xbox360. The game will later be available for the PS4 and Xbox One.