Posted on October 28, 2014, Marshall Lemon Far Cry 4 Dev: Most Gamers Don’t Care About 1080p
Now that we’ve finally moved into the latest console generation, I would have hoped that 1080p debates would largely be resolved. But it turns out that’s not the case, as multiple next-gen releases can’t cut the resolution mustard. But setting aside the matter of whether 1080 is possible, another issue is whether 1080p even matters. On that score, Far Cry 4 creative director Alex Hutchinson is of the opinion that most gamers don’t care as long as the game is fun.
“It’s certainly not something I care about in a game,” Hutchinson told OXM. “It feels weird to me that people are cool about playing a sort of retro pixel game, and yet the resolution somehow matters. It’s like: is it fun, is it interesting, is it new, is it fresh, are there interesting questions?”
To be clear, Far Cry 4 largely avoids the issue, since the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions will play in full 1080p. But Hutchinson takes things a step further by suggesting that most gamers don’t even consider the matter in their purchases. “It’s a rare question for you to ask now about resolution or something,” he explained. “It’s [only brought up] because of the disparity, the idea that one version is being held back. I don’t think that has sold consoles for a while now. I think experiences have been selling them, and that’s your challenge … like Call of Duty to Crytek’s games, one sells a metric s**t-ton and the other doesn’t.”
There’s a couple of ways to look at Hutchinson’s comments. First of all, those retro pixel games he refers to (Fez, Super Meat Boy, Legend of Dungeon, etc.) don’t count, because they fully support 1080p. And that’s not getting into actual 16-bit consoles that don’t look nearly as good when you try to play them on an HDTV. That being said, he raises a fair point that resolution probably doesn’t matter to a significant portion of gamers. The average console buyer isn’t necessarily a tech enthusiast dissecting every game on internet forums, and it’s not unusual for such debates to be dominated by a vocal minority.
That doesn’t mean you have to agree with Hutchinson however; after all, even if these vocal gamers were the minority, they’re not wrong about 1080p either. What do you think?