Infinity Ward’s Mark Rubin has spoken out about why the Xbox One and PS4 versions have different native resolutions.

Mark Rubin: In a way. I don’t know if I can point to one particular cause. Early on, we didn’t know where exactly the resolution of anything would fall because we didn’t have hardware or the software to support it. We tried to focus in on 1080p, and if we felt like we were on borderline of performance somewhere… We tried to make the best decision for each platform that gives you the best-looking game we could get and maintains that 60 frames a second.

There’s no specific, oh, well, the VO chat on Xbox took up so much resources that we couldn’t do 1080p native. There’s no definitive one to one per se cause and effect. It’s just an overall thing. We took each system individually and said, ‘okay, let’s make the best game for each system.’

I think both look great. Some people might notice if they had them right next to each other. Some people might not. The Xbox One is 1080p output, it’s just upscaled hardware wise.

It was a late decision, too. That call wasn’t made until a month ago.

It appears that the OS issues is responsible for some of the disparities between resolutions.

Rubin further confirmed that it is possible for a Call of Duty to run at 1080p natively but it may compromise the Frames per second.

Mark Rubin: It’s very possible we can get it to native 1080p. I mean I’ve seen it working at 1080p native. It’s just we couldn’t get the frame rate in the neighbourhood we wanted it to be.

And it wasn’t a lack of effort. It wasn’t that it was like last minute. We had the theoretical hardware for a long time. That’s the thing you get pretty quickly and that doesn’t change dramatically. It was more about resource allocation. The resource allocation is different on the consoles. That huge web of tangled resources, whether it’s threads-based or if it’s GPU threads or if it’s memory – whatever it is – optimisation is something that could go theoretically on forever.

SOURCE: EuroGamer

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  • Zpr4y

    Well… I dont rly care… XD i’m buying xbox one but not for Ghost! I’m buying xbox cuz i want a consoles to play with buds at home! I got the pc for these games… No Fanboy wars and NO need for struggling with these problems!

    Hope they get it to 1080p cuz the EYE cant see more than 48 or whatever… XD i guess it’s just for competition and fanboyism!

    • Cell

      Got my respect !! xD

    • Jive

      You’re gay

    • TheManlyHe

      The eye can see 100+ for sure, you can tell if you compare CoD to a TV show on a TV with trumotion (or some such FPS enhancing program), you can definitely see more than the 60 that the console supports, it’s just that you can’t tell the difference between the (probably) 45-50 FPS that it would run on 1080p and the 60 it runs on 720.

      In short, is there a smoothness difference? Yes, Is it large enough to actually notice? No. Did IW make their stupidest decision to date? Yeah probably.

      • Zpr4y

        I didnt rly wanna point the framled per sec that the could see! I was clearly wrong since your sources seem VERY reliable… Kidding but i ONLY wanted to point out that the console fanboyism War is going to go INSANE now! And that if you get PC you dont need to worry about the native 1080p up or down shit piss! Well i’m of to the new posts!

    • Kosmic

      You are very off my friend the human eye can see 200 fps and I notice fps a lot between 30 and 60 and even 120 and 60 I myself play on 120 on black ops 2 it feels so much smoother to me I would gladly give up 720p for 60 fps on xbox one.

      Here’s proof http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=327353

  • ARK

    I’m getting pretty pumped for tonight, got my cotume all ready! Have a great day guys! Just enjoy the game and ignore the drama!

  • I think the only thing that matters right now is getting the game tonight and waiting an extra 10+ days to see how it really plays out on both Next Gen consoles. Until then, I will enjoy it on current gen in all it’s 10 year old glory

    • Sentrymann

      You’re getting it for current gen and next gen? I considered that, but then I realized I was being silly and could manage to wait 10 days. Of course, if you’re not switching console families then I guess there’s no reason not to just get it tonight and upgrade later.

  • Cell

    I’m glad to see some real mature guys since I read this article. No one matters to resolution but for a very balanced game. xD

    • Zpr4y

      It’s because the fanboys and 12 yearolds havent commented yet… Wait a couple of hours! Trust me! The War is upon us!

      • Im17iswear

        STFU u STtupid fagg i fuked ur mum

        • Zpr4y

          You just prover my point! An WHY would you ever FCKING ever FUCK my mom… I’m 24 and my mom is 30 years omser than me… Hope you know simple math?! Your weird!

          • Sam Smyly

            its hard to tell buts thats sarcasm. he wasnt contesting your point he was agreeing with it

          • Im17iswear

            glad to see somebody got it, hahaha i thought my name was the big giveaway but aparantly not

          • Kirk

            somebody didnt get the joke

          • Kirk

            you have bad spelling for somebody that claims to be 24 hahaha, take it easy man

    • Just wait bro…just wait

  • IamConnolly

    Nice to see a developer actually explaining things to us instead of ignoring it. All we want is a great game if we have that, then resolution is just a small matter.

    • VAQnotVAG

      Mark Rubin has been incredible for the COD community. I really respect the guy a lot

  • Abhishek Jain

    enough of ur lame excuses mark rubin..stop saying what MS told u to say to us..its not gonna help u or MS to repair damage…1080p in any circumatance looks 2 times bette then 720p..we all know it ..so stop explaining it..so may tech guys will be laughing at u right now

    • TheManlyHe

      The point isn’t that it’s not running 1080p, it’s not that it can’t (without a software patch from MS) handle 1080p and 60 FPS. The point is that they sacrificed a huge amount of extra clarity for a couple of frames per second (that NOBODY cares about). MS can always patch the OS and fix this, but that won’t fix IW’s idiocy, I highly doubt that there are more than a couple of hundred fans in the world that would actually say, “forget visual quality, I want the slightly smoother picture that I get on BF4 (which has WAY better graphics already).

      • Alex

        I’ll take a smoother gameplay over slightly better visual quality all day and stop saying that most fans want it otherwise cause u don’t speak for everybody

    • TheManlyHe

      For the record, I am NOT laughing at them right now. I am facepalming and weeping for the Call of Duty that was, this story has made me lose all hope for the franchise. Bad move IW, bad move.

      • VAQnotVAG

        weep somewhere else then

      • Siftblade of Rivia

        Not their fault. They were hoping to utilize the cloud so it can take some of the heat off the system and run 1080p 60 fps on xbone, but apparently that didn’t work.

    • Avery Horton

      sometimes it doesnt make a difference in a living room setting. If you are sitting across the room on your couch, it is very very hard to tell the pixel difference. This fact has been proven many times before. (95% of the cod players wont be able to tell). They will both look great, not one 2 times better.

      • Abhishek Jain

        i agree with u but there are lot of ppl who plays on a table setup using 2 monitors and then 720p will look bad

        • Avery Horton

          Yah if u sit up close to a monitor, like a computer setup, then yes you can tell the difference, but most people have their consoles hooked up to a tv, which a huge majority are all in living rooms, so the resolution doesn’t really make that much of a difference

          • Zpr4y

            Mostly the TV screen isn’t even that good! Some aint even over the 60hz so the frames are not a problem and same for resolution…

      • TheManlyHe

        1080p has over double the pixels of 720p, it would be very noticeable. The couple of frames per second that they refused to sacrifice, on the other hand, would not be noticeable from any distance.

        • Avery Horton

          Like I said, you can’t tell the difference when u sit away from the tv, like on a couch across the living room, where almost all console players sit, you would only see the difference if sat really close, like the distance you sit away from a computer monitor, but not further away

        • Zpr4y

          Haha i like how you cant solve simple math XD

        • Siftblade of Rivia

          Yes, but it’s not 720p on your screen, it’s 1080 upscaled.

  • Siftblade of Rivia

    See, what we get from this isn’t that Ghosts will run 720p on Xbone, it shows the difference between the two consoles. I don’t care about 1080p upscaled to 1080p native, I would barely notice. But this right here, shows that Playstation can handle more than the Xbox One. And all of a sudden, 1080p doesn’t matter for Xbox fanboys. I remember a few months ago, you were all bragging that all your games would be 1080p. But now, your saying it’s not a big difference.

    • Luke

      I still think it’s a pretty big deal and I would consider myself an xbox fanboy. The main reason I like xbox from a hardware perspective is because the playstation’s controller isnt comfortable to me. I don’t really care what people have to say about either, but the xbox one is better for me personally so I’m getting it. Not gonna get into an argument either way, just do your own thing. No reason to start a console war here….

      • Felipe Rios

        Feel the same exact way!

      • Atrocity

        The dualshock 4 is amazing and this is coming from a 360 gamer

      • Sam Smyly

        im the same way. i think looking at the features, both consoles are pretty much the same(for me where it matters at least i know they have theyre own things). for me im getting the one literally for the controller. the dualshock 4 looks lightyears better than the 3, but the thumbsticks are still together and as a gamer with arthritis, having the offset thumbsticks is a huge deal

      • JustFag

        Why don’t you care? All I’ve heard from people is the DS4 being absolutely better. The X1 controller has gotten very mixed feelings. Why not just go to gamestop or something and try the controller out for a bit?

    • Avery Horton

      Its not hardware, its the OS and the developers havent had time to fully utilize the systems. look at the first COD on 360 and then look at BO2, totally different. As time goes on both, consoles will be able to the same thing. Their specs are so close its not even funny. It’s the launch, so things are not necessarily smooth. look at the ps3. The hardware was so foreign, it took years for developers to utilize the hardware. The same will happen for this gen.

      • VAQnotVAG

        100% agree, the difference between COD 2 and BO2 is night and day. A lot of people don’t think about that I think

        • shanafan

          And the funny thing is.. both games are excellent.

      • JustFag

        But explain, why should X1 owners have to wait? Get a PS4, enjoy 1080p on ghosts and a few CoDs down the line the X1 version will finally be 1080p, and guess what, PS4 owners will have enjoyed 1080p for years. It’s just stupid. If you care about the issue, get a PS4.

        • Avery Horton

          It will only be this cod, because it is the launch of a brand new console, after this all cods will be the same on both, it is just that awkward transition phase, they just haven’t had the xbox kits for as long as the have had the ps4

      • Guest

        youtube.com/watch?v=jzIPyEjt6gQ

    • VAQnotVAG

      so what. PS3 was more powerful than the xbox 360 too. what’s your point exactly? I buy a system to play games on not to brag on the internet. I prefer the xbox family mostly due to controlers and interface. I could seriously and honestly tell you I don’t give a rats ass about native 1080p vs upscaled since the end result is 99% the same

      • Siftblade of Rivia

        I agree, 1080p native is very similar to upscaled. This shows that where PS4 focuses it’s ram on games, Xbox is using it on things like Kinect, ruining the whole purpose. You’re buying an old console with new features instead of a new console with new features.

        • shanafan

          So I guess not letting me play an audio CD or MP3 in a new console is considered a new feature?

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            On what console? Audio CD is an old feature, theyre getting rid of it because nobody uses them. I’m pretty sure both consoles have MP3.

          • Avery Horton

            The PS4 doesn’t support media playback. Actually a lot of people use it, because the console market is mainly casual gamers, and lots people like to listen to their music when gaming. Lots of people used it on the 360

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            I meant CDs. Who owns CDs anymore, I just use MP3.

          • Avery Horton

            Oh gotcha, but still the ps4 won’t support you plugging in your iPhone or iPod, etc. and playing music along side your game, it won’t even sync to your PC and stream music like the 360 could do

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            It has a headphone jack, and the PS3 had MP3, I’m pretty sure they won’t get rid of it.

          • Avery Horton

            No actually, sony themselves confirmed, go to their most recent FAQ

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            Well sucks, but I’m pretty sure they wont get rid of music, that would be a very dumb move on their part.

          • Avery Horton

            Actually it doesn’t even have support to play mp3s, you could use the internet browser and go to pandora or something, but no one would do that. The problem is that they did not make the software with a music player built in at all.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            We’ll see.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            I Iust read an article saying PS is considering adding it in a future patch, which I can see coming.

    • BoundedGabriel

      You clearly have a hard time with comprehension. It’s the allocation of resources. That means that some features on the Xbox One take up more processing power..Just because features running on Xbox take up more ram doesn’t mean that the system is less powerful. On the contrary, the stats show an almost equal capability, the xbox just runs more features while the ps4 is more lean.

      • JustFag

        Wrong. Pure specs have already told us the PS4 is more powerful. Games running better on it are just confrimation of facts we already knew. The X1, according to specs(which don’t lie) is weaker.No debate. It’s weaker, and it shows.

        • Avery Horton

          Yes but the margin is so close, they both use the same chipset, the same amount of ram, same graphics processor. Yes the ps4 is a tiny bit faster in clock speed, but the reason for the resolution is the software and optimization. They haven’t had enough time to work with it and the ps4 was either easier to program for or they had it for longer. Both consoles are completely capable of 60fps 1080p. Forza 5 runs 1080p 60fps, and it is much more graphically demanding than CoD. Next year, they will be completely even in multi-plats

      • Siftblade of Rivia

        That’s what you’ve been told BY microsoft, where is your proof? Why buy a gaming console that uses all it’s RAM on othr features instead of for it’s initial purpose, a better gaming experience.

  • Zpr4y

    Just played!! MY GOD THE STORY IS SO FCKING AWESOME!! SOO MUCH better than the confusing Blackops-BO2 story…

  • Larry

    Resolution suddenly don’t matter anymore!
    The system are pretty much the same!
    I am spending more to get an inferior system, but I don’t care because I am casual!
    You shall not educate me about making a better choice as a consumer!
    Ah, people these days…