Trend — MGS5: Ground Zeroes Runs at 720p on the Xbox One
In the build-up to launch, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One’s specs were compared ad nauseam. Now that the consoles have been in the wild for a few months, we have a clear idea of what really makes them different: one runs most games at 1080p resolution while the other struggles to top 720p.
Konami has posted a Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes current/next gen comparison, detailing how Snake’s upcoming adventure runs on Microsoft and Sony’s consoles. On the PlayStation 4, Ground Zeroes is a buttery smooth 60 FPS in 1080p. On the Xbox One, it hits 60 FPS, but only at 720p.
While arguing frame rates outside of the twitchy first-person-shooter genre is silly, resolution can make a noticeable difference in visuals in any type of game. Thus far, the Xbox One has fallen behind its nemesis a number of times, including:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
PS4: 1080p Xbox One: 900p
PS4: 900p Xbox One: 720p
Call of Duty: Ghosts
PS4: 1080p Xbox One: 720p
Even with a major system seller like Titanfall, Respawn has stated it expects it will run at 900p on the Xbox One before upscaling. Add Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes to the list and you’ve got an established trend.
It’s still extremely early in the life cycle for this generation of consoles, but at this point it’s clear developers are having trouble getting their games to run smoothly at 1080p on the Xbox One.