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access_time November 26, 2013 at 9:47 AM in Features by Dragos Dobre

Why there aren’t many 1080p/60 FPS games on next-gen consoles

Now that both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are available in most territories (except Europe for the PlayStation 4), we can at least try to identify the main reason why next-gen games aren’t in fact “real” next-gen titles as they don’t run at 1080p video quality or 60 frames-per-second.

While there are at least ten launch titles for every consoles (some of them are exclusives, and some are not) we can only identify a few titles as being true next-gen games. We have, for example, Assassin’s Creed 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts. Both games are available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but they are only running at 1080p/60 FPS after several patches and only on one console.

The majority of so called “next-gen” games are in fact 720p/900p that run at around 30 FPS and believe me, it’s shameful for a new generation of console to start right where last-gen left off, with not real big differences.

I strongly believe that I found the tiny/ big issue that generates all of this madness. We now have two new systems, which are way more accessible than the older generation of console but they are still NEW. Meaning that developers didn’t have enough time to invest and make the full hd games that we all have been waiting for.

The fact that they are changing the hardware they are working on after a lot of years (for example, Microsofts’ Xbox 360 was released back in 2005) is the main reason that this “problems” occur. They now have the technology to work on, but they still haven’t had enough time to get accustomed with them.

If we look back at the beginning of both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, we can observe that the majority of games are looking much worse than the games developed in this last quarter. And it’s basically the same hardware, but the time showed it’s face in the development process.

Sure, we expect from next-gen to deliver everything we’ve been waiting for, but we can’t expect for this to happen in no time. So, if you are a graphics or FPS enthusiast, I believe that you should postpone the purchase of the new consoles for at least one year.

More than that, 90% of the games available now on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are ports from the last-gen consoles. Meaning they were not developed exclusively for the new consoles, and they were adapted to run on both generation of consoles without having problems.

We can hope that throughout time, developers will get more accustomed with the new consoles and with each and every game we will see a difference that will slowly get us there, at the 1080p/60 FPS mark.

When this will happen? Soon enough.


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