Which platforms runs Star Wars Battlefront the best?

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Well apparently none of them, because right now you’d need something just shy of a miracle to even connect to a game. Wrap it up, we’re done here.

Star Wars Battlefront is out today and when it does work, it’s pretty damn gorgeous. We knew as much from the beta, which also revealed the resolutions that both PS4 and Xbox One would run the game at. It’s a tale of stories told, with the PS4 only managing 1600×900, while the Xbox One is subjected to 1280×720. But according to the more nit picky minds at Digital Foundry, DICE manages to make sure that image quality isn’t compromised.

In simple terms, Battlefront uses an advanced method of anti-aliasing to smooth the image out and retain some of its most crisp elements –so much so that it almost negates the resolution not being native. Almost.

In both cases, improved anti-aliasing does a better job of masking upscaling artefacts resulting in a soft, yet cleaner overall look. On PS4, the 900p resolution combined with the excellent anti-aliasing solution results in something that manages to look surprisingly clean for a sub-native game.

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Part of the reason why the framerate was scaled back was because Battlefront is shooting for the divine 60FPS – a must have for an online shooter of this kind. The beta showed that for the most part, both consoles flirted fairly closely to that number, but took sharp dives downwards when too much was happening on the screen. Reflection heavy scenes also burned the framerate, with the hanger on Hoth dipping the Xbox One into the 40s. That’s had a hell of an improvement in the final build.

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With the Xbox One running with a full 40 players, there were some notable improvements.

Areas that gave both consoles issues in the beta, such as the hangar bay on Hoth, continue to challenge Xbox One with dips into the mid-50s. However, there’s still a positive to take from this – looking back at our footage from the beta, the minimum recorded frame-rate was in the 40s – something that we never ran into in the final game, no matter how much we tried to stress it.

Their PS4 tests were a little compromised due to the fact that the review event only allowed 30 out of the 40 player cap, but the PS4 still came out on top with regards to an overall higher framerate.

Regardless, the results in this situation are promising: looking through all of our captured footage, we have just a small number of dropped frames in total – Star Wars: Battlefront manages to deliver a very steady 60 frames per second for the vast majority of the duration. Even when particle effects are filling the viewport, the game just doesn’t slow down. It’s a level of performance on par with the likes of Halo 5 and Metal Gear Solid 5 – no mean feat.

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Of course Battlefront also suffers most of the same issues that Metal Gear Solid V and Halo 5 both had to maintain this high framerate, some of which can be extremely jarring when viewing long distances.

Battlefront aggressively culls objects and crumbs from view while level geometry is dynamically adjusted based on proximity – a situation that applies to both console versions of the game. It can appear distracting at times, particularly with a higher vantage point, but it’s the kind of trade-off necessary in order to hit the target frame-rate.

Still, it seems both consoles do an admirable job of running the game better than the recent beta, and looking as sharp as all those gameplay videos suggest. It seems for now the PS4 is a clear winner, but a more in-depth analysis of the game in a more public environment will confirm that later this week.

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Last Updated: November 17, 2015

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • BakedBagel

    and here i am, limiting my fps to 120 and setting my custom resolution.

    • HAHA,, mine is limited to 145 for my refresh rate, these kids and their toys

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Now if only you could play the game. 😉

      • BakedBagel

        Now if only i had purchased the game 😉

        kek.

        • 54nakaD

          So what you’re doing is lying? You say you are prepping for the game but now you say you don’t want it. Such a troll.

          • RustedFaith

            You know there was a beta not so long ago right ?

          • BakedBagel

            I said im limiting my fps to 120 and setting my custom resolution. What does that mean? It means i play PC.
            Oh and i dont pre-order video games 🙂 Thats why i dont have the game 😉

            And yes. I do enjoy the odd troll!

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        If only I wanted to.

  • Pieter Kruger

    Xbox one looks amazing and is really smooth but still a shitty game, if you want to know which platform is best and like counting pixels I suggest getting into PC gaming real quick!????

    • CaptainNemo42

      The Developers will get better at it, on both consoles as time goes by. I’m sure we will see them closer to the 1080p 60fps mark at some point, at least on the PS4, with the Xbone doing it maybe at 900p. Not that it really matters. I don’t always get the pixel counting. It plays good, it looks good. Who cares?

      • RustedFaith

        Yes the developers will get better but each game requires more processing power. They will never be able to make a game look good and run at 1080p 60fps on any console.

        Will have to wait for next gen to get 1080p 60fps.

      • b1nd3r

        By the time they get better, your console is out of date the next gen has launched and will still be behind the PC.

        • CaptainNemo42

          @JohanduPreez:disqus I’m not arguing with any of you about the merits on how far consoles are lagging behind PC, that was not even what I was trying to say. Yes, they’re using older techniques, but the games still look good. As good as PC? no. Does it matter? Depends who you ask.

          All I was saying is that if you look what developers, especially 1st party developers was able to squeeze out of the previous consoles, then you have to think they might be able to do the same down the line. They will probably never reach that magic Full HD 60FPS number, but they will get close, no matter what techniques they employ to get there.

          • Gareth Smith

            Agreed. They probably will get there eventually. Once 4K is mainstream on PC.

  • Jac7

    I’d like to take this moment to say that I believe Mad Max to be the most underrated game of the year. Well worth the price tag, because I have poured hours into it. Yes, it is repetitive, but it reminds me very much of the very first Assassin’s Creed game; it’s a huge world, but you kind of do the same things over and over. That doesn’t deter from the fact that it IS an awesome game. Spectacular graphics; crazy car battles and very enjoyable hand-to-hand combat. Rather spend your money on a full game than on one that comes in bits and pieces and at a higher price tag.

  • Frik van der Hewerskink

    Why is the PC not considered a platform ? should they not rather have said console then ? this is stupid

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I think we all just assumed it doesn’t work on PC.

    • RustedFaith

      Well we all know compared to the PC the consoles looks like a calculator. No use comparing a calculator with a computer.

      720p at 60fps dipping down to low 50’s what’s next Mount Welfare ?

      144fps at 144hz at 1440p on Ultra running on PC.

      • JuneMas

        I think they only did that because of its X86 architecture not so much on capabilities. Microsoft screwed up big time forgetting that people bought it for games first media uses second. Worrying more about a media centric device and slumping on a better gpu and ram type resulted in a over priced (at launch) underpowered system. I think they’ll need to lower the price to $300 since Sony just matched them in pricing.

  • oVg

    these

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    Which platforms runs?
    Also, shouldn’t it be which console runs it better? No mention of pc here.

  • DrKiller

    Its nice that you guys compared which platform runs best? But how many hours have you guys played already? ooooh wait, you guys don’t have Xbox Ones 😛

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      1. Comparison comes from Digital Foundry, as linked above
      2. Four out of the seven employed writers here have Xbox Ones 🙂

      • DrKiller

        Glad to here you guys have good people in there too 😛

        But I was actually talking to the PC guys below 🙂

        • Alessandro Barbosa

          Ah I see! XD Read it badly

        • RustedFaith

          if I unlock my fps i get an average of 164fps on 1440p. Why would I need to compare it to a 720p sub 60fps Xbone ?

          10 hours in already you can unlock the game via vpn …. any more questions ?

          • DrKiller

            Because then we could already talked on how you enjoyed the game 🙂 I’m like level 15 already, and you? 😛

          • RustedFaith

            I am level 8, it ok for a quick distraction but I can see it getting old quick not much depth to the game or mechanics.

          • DrKiller

            oh I see the game came out today.. My bad.. Should’ve had this conversation a week ago 😛

          • RustedFaith

            Haha ooh didnt know that 🙂

  • Fluffy

    Is this seriously even a question? :p

  • 54nakaD

    So Xbox can’t even play games in 720 at a stable 60fps? What piece of junk machine. I can’t believe 15 million idiots were duped into buying this trash.

    • Francois Knoetze

      Oi! I am one of those idiots and one game doesn’t hold true for any of the others. So it Runs at 720 for Star Wars and 900 to 1080p for others. One game doesn’t set the bar, the developers do and what they do with it is up to them with the finished product.

  • 720p in 2015. Much wow, very like.

    *chuckle*

  • Francois Knoetze

    And here the rest of us are sitting on our couches enjoying games on whatever platform we choose while the PC fanboys sit and count pixels…My eyes are screwed anyway. When I put on glasses and play on XB or PS the bloody images look high def anyway.

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