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Xbox 360 Games no longer have to be HD

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Black Rock Studios, the devs behind ATV, Split/Second have revealed that Microsoft have relinquished certain guidelines pertaining to the resolution output of games made for their Xbox 360. Since launch, developers have been constrained by having to make sure their games output at least 720p. Those developmental shackles are no more.

What does this mean? Well, for one it means developers can release their games at sub-HD resolutions if they want, or need to. It also means that the PS3 is the only real HD console left…

Of course, it doesn’t really matter. Call of duty 4 – which is a gorgeous game – runs at a sub-HD 600p on both consoles. Halo 3, one of the 360’s flagship titles runs at 640p. Both of these titles regularly feature in Xbox Live’s most active games, perhaps a testament to the fact that resolution isn’t everything.

The 360’s built in scaler does a fantastic job of upscaling the image to fit your screen making this mostly moot. It’s been confirmed that Call Of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 will also be running at the 600p resolution of its forebear, and it looks jaw-droppingly beautiful. In a bleak, kill everything in sight kind of way.

Source : Joystiq

Last Updated: September 3, 2009


  1. eXp

    September 3, 2009 at 14:43

    Do you think any game devs would even dare publishing a game that could only do 480p?


  2. Geoff

    September 3, 2009 at 14:57


    (but only on the Wii)


  3. al360rulz

    September 3, 2009 at 14:59

    so when can we expect to see HD as being standard and finish no more excuses for sub par games expecially at the price point that they pushing because i can’t see how they can justify exorbintant prices :getlost:


  4. Geoff

    September 3, 2009 at 15:03

    You could either wait for the next generation of console, which I’m sure will have everything rendering at 720p minimum. Or buy a PC. Where everything is HD, right now.


  5. easy

    September 3, 2009 at 15:16

    didn’t the guys in this weeks podcast have a few things to say about a certain game running @ 720p, stating something about it not being hd, or proper hd?

    anyway, this is such bs. we are three+ years into the next gen and now it looks like we going backwards. and if you can’t run a game @ 60fps (give or take 10fps) in 1080 or even 720 glory, then you not doing it right.



  6. Geoff

    September 3, 2009 at 15:19

    Possibly, but who listens to that garbage? :biggrin:

    I kid, i kid. I only get to listen to the podcast on Saturday mornings.


  7. Nick de Bruyne

    September 3, 2009 at 15:20

    Bastard! Why don’t we have 10 000 000 listeners yet Geoff, because of you.


  8. janrik

    September 3, 2009 at 15:28

    ANA makes it moot.


  9. WERR135 ZA

    September 3, 2009 at 15:29

    Total BS in my opinion and too be quite honest doesn’t really make a diffs to me. Like you said most active games running sub standard and still pawning all.

    Where and how do I access the podcast? :whistle: Keep telling myself to remember but always end up forgetting about it.


  10. Geoff

    September 3, 2009 at 15:36

    Top left corner – there’s an icon for the podcast section. All previous podcasts, as well as this weeks are available there.


  11. Nick de Bruyne

    September 3, 2009 at 16:04

    Maybe i need to make it flash yellow and read like those internet popups lol


  12. janrik

    September 3, 2009 at 16:10

    Dudes make the podcast a .zip to dl, not .mp3.
    Damn proxy servers at work don’t like / allow .mp3…


  13. Q121

    September 3, 2009 at 16:14

    Make it a beautiful set of breasts,



  14. Flamebaitboy

    September 3, 2009 at 19:45

    And it’s on iTunes as far as I know.


  15. SlippyMadFrog

    September 4, 2009 at 11:56

    COD4 is sub 720p and looking awesome.

    Think about it this way. DVD’s are 480p. Games doesn’t look as good as DVDs. I’d rather have DVD movie quality game visuals than 720p non-movie visuals. The lower the resolution, the more processing power they can use on increasing visual quality instead of just cramming in more pixels.

    There was an article on this a while ago.


  16. Nick de Bruyne

    September 4, 2009 at 15:15

    Yeah I remember reading that guys article, he made some very valid points.


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