Assassin’s Creed IV worse on Xbox One?

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It looks like Resolutiongate is set to continue. Rumours have started circulating that the Xbox One version of Ubisoft’s plundering pirate simulator Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag runs at a sub-1080p resolution as well, while its PlayStation 4 counterpart runs in full HD glory.

That’s according to Marcus Beer, otherwise know as the “Annoyed Gamer”who affirms that the Xbox One version of Assassin’s Creed’s return to form on the Xbox One “fuzzier” and “strained” compared to the PS4 versions which is “sharper”, “crisper”, and has “better draw distances”.

Funnily enough, when I spoke to Assassin’s creed IV’s game director, Ashraf Ismail off camera about which system to get the game for, he quite diplomatically said that he’ll be playing it on a PlayStation 4.

In the end though, it’s not resolutions that matter, but the game’s themselves. It does, however, sting a little that games on the more expensive system are running worse. that itself all sounds a little familiar.

It’s really starting to look like the Xbox One is the next generation’s PS3. The 32mb ESRAM that’s there to make up for the slower DDR3 is technically lightning fast stuff, but it’s taking developers quite some time to wrap their heads around how to use it – much like they did with the PS3’s notoriously tricky Cell processor.

It seems though, that Microsoft’s tools just weren’t quite mature enough for this launch period. I have no doubt, however, that second generation Xbox One games will run and look better once developers are more familiar with how the console works.

Last Updated: November 11, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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