From reports this week, it seems that Microsoft’s Xbox
720 One just doesn’t push out quite as many pixels as Sony’s next-generation console, sparking off furious debate about which is better and just how much that extra resolution afforded the PlayStation 4 really matters.
On a PC, because you tend to be playing with your face nearly pressed up against the screen, resolution is everything. A low res means you have to contend with the jaggies that Anti-aliasing doesn’t fix, and it’s so noticeable because it’s all up in your face.
It’s a different thing entirely on consoles, where players tend to sit a little further away from the screen – so the difference isn’t quite as pronounced.
It’s posited, that should you sit 3m away from the screen you’d need one of 50” or more to actually notice the difference between 720p and 1080p. – and if you were to sit 4m away, you’d need one that was 60” across.
It entirely probable that the general populace will neither know the difference, nor even care – and the resolution differences will be a battle fought by pixel-counters. How much does resolution mean to you? Is it the decider win which next gen console you’d get?
And yes, of course it was a banana.
Last Updated: November 1, 2013