The topic of next generation hardware performance has been the subject of debate since the reveal of both the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One game consoles. With Sony touting superior hardware performance with their PlayStation 4 in comparison to Microsoft's Xbox One, Microsoft has had to fend off countless attacks from the PlayStation brand.
Microsoft has done several things to counter this; from reversing pre-planned content policies to upping the performance of both the CPU and GPU, its clear Microsoft is listening to the consumer. Listening may not be enough though, as word of sub-1080p games have been hitting news outlets for several weeks. What started with Killer Instinct as a 720p title has now bled into one of Microsoft's showpiece titles: Ryse: Son of Rome.
This news comes from Aaron Greeberg, who confirmed that, Ryse: Son of Rome was running in Native 900p than being up scaled:
Update from team, Forza 5 is native @1080p, Ryse is native @900p, but Xbox One upscales all titles to 1080p & they look amazing
Now, this is by no means the end of the world, but should provide a good indication of hardware performance. This also goes without saying that as time goes on programmers and developers will be able to optimize their games better on each respected platforms.
Still, it's disheartening to see sub-1080p games being spoken about so frequently on Microsoft's "next-gen" console. Hopefully time will yield higher quality results in the near future.