Digital Foundry Face-Off:Black Ops 2: Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3?

EG:It's fair to say that Treyarch's track record in terms of cross-platform conversions is patchy at best, especially evident when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of 2010's Call of Duty: Black Ops are compared directly. Lower frame-rates, lower resolution frame buffers, and PSN's online issues gave the impression that the firm's focus had been directed towards the Xbox 360 version of the game, resulting in a sub-par experience for PS3 owners. So how does Black Ops 2 fare?

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NYC_Gamer1736d ago (Edited 1736d ago )

Treyarch= still can't program for the PS3 after all these years

vulcanproject1736d ago (Edited 1736d ago )




When does the HD generation start again?

SilentNegotiator1736d ago

It started long ago. Some mediocre developers just never managed to catch up.

nukeitall1736d ago

Tell me anyone else that has gotten an FPS with 60 fps in full HD 720p that looks better than CoD?

Just FYI: 60fps has less than half the time to render on screen what a 30 fps game has.

Computersaysno1736d ago (Edited 1736d ago )

You need to read the article nukeitall. Black Ops 2 certainly doesnt manage 60fps half of the time especially on PS3, and it isnt 1280 x 720 its 880 x 720 which is only two thirds the resolution.

Anyone else? Treyarch havent done what you said here lol

SJPFTL1736d ago (Edited 1736d ago )

Actually with that resolution they made the most crispiest looking COD according to Eurogamer. Unfortunately not for the PS3 (due to the AA)

knowyourstuff1736d ago

Treyarch is such a crap developer, but really they optimized the engine for the 360, not the PS3, which is surprising that in this stage they haven't updated their engine with a dev team the size of a small country making this game. Ridiculous.

PtRoLLFacE1736d ago

wow i can play games on my cellphone at higher resolution that, that is just sad lol

asmith23061736d ago

I bought it on release but have only had the time for a few games of Zombies. First thing I said when it loaded up was how outdated the game looks. It looks like WaW graphics. I'm on PS3 by the way.

nukeitall1736d ago


Rage isn't full 720p at all times, it is in fact dynamically adjusting its resolution to attempt to maintain frame rate.

Point being, nobody else has done a 60fps second game at full 720p of that caliber.


"You need to read the article nukeitall. Black Ops 2 certainly doesnt manage 60fps half of the time especially on PS3, and it isnt 1280 x 720 its 880 x 720 which is only two thirds the resolution."

I didn't intend to mislead if that is what you got out of my comment. My point was, nobody else has gotten full 720p at 60fps on any console of the same type of game.

Despite CoD failings in graphics as many believe it is selling damn well which suggest graphics isn't that important after all!

KingKevo1736d ago

Check the internet and you'll be shocked how many games still use non HD resolutions and simply upscale it and still only run at 30 fps and I don't wanna go into details with mentionin AA techniques used... or not used. What I want from the next gen is games running at a native 1080p resolution with 60 fps, but I'm afraid that this might still be only a dream.

Gamer19821736d ago (Edited 1736d ago )

"Tell me anyone else that has gotten an FPS with 60 fps in full HD 720p that looks better than CoD?

Just FYI: 60fps has less than half the time to render on screen what a 30 fps game has. "

I have BO2 and it looks like MUD. It looks worse than several PS3/360 launch games. It's not wonder they get it to run at 60FPS as it has horrible graphics. Also look at the review thats not a locked 60FPS it runs at a MAX 60FPS its an average of around 48FPS.

Blackdeath_6631736d ago

as far as PC gamers are concerned that was ages ago. as far as consoles are concerned only few games are true full HD developers just don't seem all that bothered about resolution and fps.

moparful991735d ago

Aside from the cartoonish aesthetic with hardly any MSAA at all the multiplayer is a mess right now.. It worked perfectly the first 20 some odd hours but once the flood of players came it turned into a disaster.. You will sit in a pre game lobby and the room will be full and it will say "Finding more players to balance teams". Also you cant play TDM right now it wont launch a game at all.. Plus it's lagging soo bad and hit detection is a joke.. About to ask for my money back...

tawak1735d ago

does my galaxy note 2 has better resolution?

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darthv721736d ago

black oops they did it again. I understand there is a texture pack that can be installed on the PS3 version.

Does this help to alleviate some of these differences in quality? They dont seem to mention that in this article.

sandman2241736d ago (Edited 1736d ago )

No I downloaded it and it still looks blurry. The only thing they did rite is that it's the smoothest call of duty they made for the ps3. I also have the 360 version. It's super clear and the visuals make me want to sell my ps3 copy. Take my word for it. I own both copies of the game and I know because I've tested both out on a 46" led Samsung. I didn't even have to do a side by side comparison to notice the difference. It's that noticeable.

kupomogli1736d ago (Edited 1736d ago )


Yeah. Talk out your ass a bit more. After framerate hits 40fps, you can't actually see visual judder or if you can it'd be very very difficult to. Anything above 40fps is still good though because it adds more to controller response.

andibandit1736d ago


Yeah. Talk out your ass a bit more. Noone mentioned "Visual judder" you just pulled that out your ass. He talks about the graphics looking blurry on the PS3, which has NOTHING to do with Framerate.

MultiConsoleGamer1736d ago

More like deliberately gimped version because a certain CEO is loyal to MS.

SilentNegotiator1736d ago (Edited 1736d ago )

I'd brush that away as paranoia if not for the fact that COD4 ran equally well on the Ps3. And Oblivion ran fine on PS3 as well.

And now that Xbox is buying all of these party favors, these series suddenly had all of these issues.

SJPFTL1736d ago

that is because Oblivion PS3 had an extra year of development than the xbox version

TheRealHeisenberg1736d ago

Lol, why am i not surprised that some think MS is behind this. You guys never fail to amaze with that crap. Put it on the dev, not on MS.

CryofSilence1736d ago

He wasn't putting this on Microsoft. He indicated it was due to Activision's CEO's inclination to Microsoft.

execution171735d ago

Oblivion (PS3) was done by a different studio, kinda wish they did the Skyrim version too...

SilentNegotiator1735d ago


So? If they did the sensible thing and lead on the ps3 for the console versions, they wouldn't have ran into such problems.

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CalvinKlein1736d ago

well they cant program for the xbox 360 either or they would have made a new engine by now.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1736d ago

not that they can't it's that they favor MS.. Always have. I know this means nothing and have no effect but Stop supporting them!.

airforcex1736d ago

Why would they spend more money/time on the PS3 to make it equal? It's all about $$$.

Crazyglues1736d ago (Edited 1736d ago )

@ NYC_Gamer

Treyarch= doesn't give a fu*k about PS3... they just want to get it to run.. and then there done..

I don't know how many times they have to prove it to PS3 gamers before you guys get it... but, since the next Black Flops 3 is going to sell a ton of copies I guess it really doesn't matter what anyone says here..

-Because at the end of the day people are still going to keep buying it on PS3..

and every year we will have another article like this one that prove's what we already knew from day one.. Treyarch & Activision could careless how it looks on PS3, just get it to run so we can cash these checks...

you know how many games actually took the time to make sure they made a game with amazing graphics, BF3, Crysis 3, hell even Max Payne3 -Halo 4 and deserve to do those kind of numbers, 8 million on launch... -but instead it goes to the company with graphics from 2007 -hell the games today make COD BLOPS 2 look like minecraft...

(But don't say that to COD fans because it's like COD fans can't see graphics, because if you pop in MW2 guess what? Same dam Graphics.. LoL)


The_Con-Sept1735d ago

@Crazyglues Comment of the article right here. No other comment in this article can beat this comment.

Syntax-Error1735d ago

Who gives shit?! It still looks and plays well. All the emphasis on specs mean absolutely nothing. If these numbers weren't posted, would anyone have said anything...f@#k no. Do you nerds always have to find something to complain about? They should have a nerd convention and just blow all of you up because YOU and YOUR retarded rants are what's killing the gaming industry. Demanding more for less and crying about what you receive like a child.

AlphaJunk1735d ago

what nukeitall is saying in a rhetorical way, is that almost none of those triple first party games from sony and microsoft run at 6o fps.
Rage does run at 60fps(sometimes) but Rage didn't look as good close up as people want to believe.