Albert Penello Told “You Don’t Need to Know” on Call of Duty Ghosts Resolution on Xbox One; Explains

The saga of the resolution of Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox One and PS4 continues, after yesterday evening Sony Computer Entertainment Vice President of Publisher and Developer Relations Adam Boyes revealed that the game will run at a native 1080p resolution on PS4, while the pixel count on Xbox One is still a mystery following unconfirmed rumors that it’ll be 720p.

Today Microsoft’s Director of Product Planning revealed on NeoGaf that he did ask the executive that runs third party relations at Microsoft about it, but he was simply told that he doesn’t need to know. He also explained what it means, and mentioned that he'll be "bummed" if the rumors are true.

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BobBelcher1395d ago

I'm getting a XB1 but really?
this is a 'need to know' basis? oookay.

cleft51395d ago (Edited 1395d ago )

Albert Penello has really been doing a bad job as the PR guy for MS.

Looking at the footage of the new CoD game for PS4 I can't really imagine it not being in Native 1080p on the Xbox One. So I really don't see why they just don't confirm it or say ask the developer the way Yoshida did. This just makes me think that CoD isn't 1080p Native on Xbox One. If this game can't run 1080p Native than Microsoft has a serious problem.

Drekken1395d ago

Albert Penello is doing just about as good as he can do with the product he has to represent. The only thing worse he could be representing right now is Obamacare.

Abriael1395d ago (Edited 1395d ago )

To be fair, doesn't doing (arguably) a "really bad" job of PR mean that he's probably just honest?

I can and do respect that.

Eonjay1395d ago

Give Penello a break though. How do you run PR for a console in 2013 that can't run the a title as weak as COD in 1080P. That is almost indefensible for a console's whose top preordered game is COD. A disaster beyond comprehension. So Penello is doing a great job actually.

Septic1395d ago

"Albert Penello has really been doing a bad job as the PR guy for MS. "

No he's not. he's being as transparent as he can be and I welcome that instead of the constant spouting of generic statements.

What do you want him to do? He CAN'T even give out the info, he just told you why.

pedrof931395d ago


But at this point, he could simply contact someone at Activision.

joefrost001395d ago

Correct me if im wrong but didn't yoshida tweet that activision will let you know
And if a game being shown on a certain system don mean its better on that system think about madden the only nex gen footage we have seen is from the X1 version
Didnt eurogamer confirm call of duty back in june was 1080p 60fps on both console
Besides looking at that ps4 footage 1080p didn't reLly help it any
Also obamacare is lack of information
If people.would.take time and and not go off what certain people tell you on TV I find it hard for anyone to criticize it

Saviour1395d ago

Albert already told them to ask Activision, but they still asking again n again. A CoD true fan don't care abt rez, these are more likely trolls who'r asking.

LightofDarkness1395d ago

But he's been told he's not allowed to know. Asking someone at Activision will yield the same results.

I MUCH prefer his honesty and transparency. Saying "he's not doing a good PR job" is effectively saying he's not lying to you enough. I wish more people in this industry were like this; he's giving it to you straight, with as much info as he has available to him. I'd never disparage someone for their honesty like that.

torchic1395d ago

given what he has to work with, Penello is doing a decent job. it's pathetic that in 2013 a brand new console isn't running games at native 1080p. a day at work for the poor guy must be equivalent to climbing Everest.

the problem with Penello was his initial foray into GAF where he decided to speak up in defense of Xbox One specs. now he has created a culture for himself where he's forced to defend the hardware in X1. he shouldn't have touched that issue, rather focus on X1 positives

badkolo1395d ago

joefrost , hard to criticize forced healthcare that cost more with higher deductibles then before??, no thanks,

ElementX1395d ago

I think he's doing a good job. He's asking questions and reporting what he finds. I mean he's doing the best he can with the information he has.

mistertwoturbo1395d ago

You know, in retrospect Penello is nowhere near as bad as the likes of Aaron Greenberg or Don Mattrick. I'm pretty sure if Penello worked for Sony he would have a much easier time.

J-R1395d ago

If the Xbox One can only run COD: Ghost at 720p that may be the reason we are seeing a lot of the footage of the game being done from a PS4. The HD videos that IGN has been posting lately have all been from PS4.

badz1491395d ago

if the rumor is false, it's fairly easy to shoot down by official words from either MS or AV themselves just like how Adam Boyes confirmed 1080p for the PS4. the words are there and there shouldn't be anymore speculation.

however this Xbone 720p rumor is yet to be denied by officials but instead, what we got were "looks fantastic" which is highly subjective disregarding the native res and now "you don't need to know" thrown at Panello by the face! with Ryse toned down to 900p, KI running only 720p (it's F2P so there's that) and rumors of DR3 struggling to maintain 30fps, MS should have known better about the importance of shooting this rumor down for good!

it's not like CoD suddenly became the most wanted game of next gen, (I'm not gonna buy it EVER) but looking at the PS4 footage which are already confirmed to be 1080p/60fps, the game clearly lacks fidelity of next gen material and looks more like this gen material TBH but somehow the Xbone is rumored NOT to be able to run it at 1080p?? it's no longer the question of how crappy the game looks but rather how crappy is the spec of the Xbone itself.

no matter how you see it, it's not looking good for MS, not AV! after all the talks of "the power of the cloud" and stuff, this is the last thing they want to happen!

extermin8or1395d ago

@Drekken: obama wants millions of americans to have access to free healthcare and that's bad?! Not his fault the opposition prettty much shut parts of the country down by refusing to cooperate over a deal todo with finance's and a plan. (think that was the issue)

SilentNegotiator1395d ago (Edited 1395d ago )

Penello has taken pathetic to a whole new level. 720p/900p COD Ghosts on Xbox is now confirmed as far as I'm concerned.


What's bad isn't that they're trying to make healthcare more accessible. It's bad that they're (1) forcing people that don't want it to pay up to a $1000 fine/annual, (2) forcing people to pay maternity/child care in their personal policy (they're trying to fix the healthcare disparity by subsidizing a highly profitable industry - massive logic failure there) whether they're single, gay, castrated, impotent, etc or not, (3) doesn't fit into our budget (hint: the shutdown happened because our budget was messed up, not because "the opposition" refused to agree on a budget - it was because they didn't want to agree on making the USD even more worthless by printing more money).
...I could puke at the amount of ignorance from both sides on the affordable healthcare act. But that's what happens when you force a gigantic bill through before more than 12 people get a chance to analyze it.

scott1821395d ago

It will be 1080P on the Xbox one. Seriously there is no reason for it not to be, X1 is plenty powerful. I don't see it ending up less than 1080P...

christocolus1395d ago


c'mon dude albert is a great guy and he has been as open as he can be..cut the guy some slack.if this one(cod:ghosts) doesnt hit 1080p and its sequel (which obviously will be alot better looking)does, wouldnt it confirm the fact that this title had already gone too far using the earlier dev kits and hence the devs couldnt re-code in time for launch?...its what devs have been saying..they got dev kits late and the drivers also are not near shouldnt take anyone with some commom sense to know that 1080p isnt an issue for the xbx one..if youve been reading articles online you would have figured this out.devs who have the recent kits are actually seeing the difference..its just unfortunate that some games have gone too far already using the old not trying to debunk or confirm the rumor all im saying is we should wait to see how games coming out next year will fare...though imo 720p and 1080p still aint a big deal to me cos it doesnt change the basic gameplay experience of the game..just ask the casual gamer and he will tell you they all look same to him or join a match online and ask gamers currently playing cod what they feel about this and they will tell you same thing..when i bring this topic up when playing with my friends they actually call me a geek which i aint and its all because majority of gamers dont give a damn about all that crap.they dont even know there is something called 1080p..all they know is that it looks great on their flat panel hd tvs..

wsoutlaw871395d ago

@silent the government was shut down as a method of extreme people in the republican party to try to force congress to delay the health care bill a year because they dont like it. People are out of work because a group of people are mad that a law got passed. This isn't the place for this discussion, but it drives me crazy when people go around complaining about who ever is the president or things like the health care bill when they dont know the first thing about it and just go off some obviously biased "news" channels or super pac commercials. You need to understand why health care is so expensive and rising way faster than any thing else. You are already paying for anyone that doesn't have insurance because hospitals need to make a profit. Please just actually read something before talking, no matter what you think about it. The bill has a ton of flaws but the shut down isn't helping them and is childish.

Anzil1395d ago

@Abriael your saying hes being honest? lol you xbox fanboys will say anything to convince yourselves haha. He said "you don't need to know"!!!!! this is bad PR period at least sony fanboys have a reason to rally even if they are most of the time ridiculous but the excuse after excuse is getting old and frankly your pathetic...xbone might have good games coming to it but man was it a massive screw up from start to launch. MS Screwed up and your doing the absolute worst thing you could for the xbox brand and eventually even you will dislike microsoft if not xbox......get it together your worse for the industry than mobile and cod itself

Gamingisfornerds1395d ago (Edited 1395d ago )

@ anzil, cleft and all the other idiots that can't read: I'll modify the text for you so you'll understand as well:

Today Microsoft’s Director of Product Planning (ALBERT PENELLO) revealed on NeoGaf that he (ALBERT PENELLO) did ask the executive that runs third party relations at Microsoft (SOMEONE ELSE) about it, but he (ALBERT PENELLO) was simply told (BY SOMEONE ELSE) that he (ALBERT PENELLO) doesn’t need to know.

Got it?!

bakasora1395d ago

Jesus Christ joefrost00 I don't understand any of it.

Palaven1395d ago (Edited 1395d ago )

LOL @ the people who can't even read the article properly before raging about Microsoft in the comments.

Where is the part that confirms CoD isn't 1080p on Xbox One?... There isn't one.

Drekken1395d ago

@extermin8or - OMG. You are the reason we are in such trouble. People like you, the uninformed, are dangerous because they say stupid things like " Obama wants to give free healthcare to millions of Americans" with conviction.

I am not going to get into a political debate here, but Obamacare is not free heathcare. He is forcing everyone in America to buy insurance. Because of this policy insurance rates are skyrocketing, deductibles have gone up, and hundreds of thousands have lost their insurance policies. While all of this is going on the main way to sign up for Obama's "free healthcare" is broken. I would like to know though... how the hell could you consider his "free healthcare" free when peoples monthly rates are doubling and deductibles are as high as $11,000.00. What is the point of healthcare if you have to pay $11k when you need it? Get informed and talk to some responsible, job holding adults before you start talking about things you are clueless about. I will tolerate you and your kind telling lies about game consoles, but I will not listen to your crap about politics.

amiga-man1395d ago

He is correct, I don't need to know because I'm getting a PS4.

Bobby Kotex1395d ago

Seriously, that was a YES or NO question and he couldn't answer it, so I would assume it's not 1080p.

hakeem09961395d ago

Dude is doing a great job .He is right COD is not an XBOX ONE product ,it is an Activision game 720p or not who cares ,It's Activison's question to answer, and it's on them if the product is subpart although i don't see Activison making a 720p and a 1080p version of the same game knowing that it would cause conflict and a dip in sales .that's just bad business. they will both be the same version

Death1395d ago

If the upscaler outputs the game to the tv at 1080p, is there really a big differance? I do understand that upscaled is not the same as native, but if it's not enough differance to see unless you count the pixels or freeze the image and compare them side by side, what's the big deal? Way too much focus on pretty and not enough on creating new or better experiences. If pixel count is what you are after, buy a PC.

SilentNegotiator1395d ago (Edited 1395d ago )

"the government was shut down as a method of extreme people in the republican party to try to force congress to delay the health care bill a year because they dont like it"

So the expenses of the healthcare act has nothing to do with the fact that we hit a budget crisis? Believe it or not, without making the USD even more worthless, we couldn't afford everything in the Healthcare act at all, and that's part of the reason there was a problem. You can't fault politicians for voting in a way that tries to stop things that they disagree with and push things they agree with; that's what politicians do (until you disagree with them, I guess).

"but it drives me crazy when people go around complaining about who ever is the president or things like the health care bill when they dont know the first thing about it and just go off some obviously biased "news" channels or super pac commercials. You need to understand why health care is so expensive and rising way faster than any thing else. You are already paying for anyone that doesn't have insurance because hospitals need to make a profit. Please just actually read something before talking"

I am informed. 99% of people have no idea about the idiotic maternity/childcare requirements for EVERYONE, for example.

Me paying a MUCH larger premium for maternity care and childcare has nothing to do with fixing the costs that we pay for when hospitals don't get paid; it only helps an already very profitable industry become more profitable.

Fining people for not being able to afford healthcare (even with subsidies) does not solve that problem either.

You probably think I'm against the healthcare act entirely because I'm aware of massive flaws in it. You already implied that I watch FOX. Maybe you should stop looking at everything in black and white like the politicians causing these issues.

Redgehammer1395d ago

So far I have found Mr Penello to be forthcoming and honest. I have appreciated his candor, and his attempts to fight against a backlash that I found to be biased and unfair on many levels. Did MS make some mistakes? Sure. Did they climb through anyones window and abduct their child? No. Still to this day, I have found most of the seriously biased stuff from all the usual suspects, in all the usual places. I am for buying what you like, and what you feel best represents your gaming habits and lifestile. The PS4 Sounds great for a Sony product. If it had Samsungs name on it, I would be way more apt to give it my money. To you Day one people, Kudos.. i hope you have fun, fun, fun!

tigertron1395d ago

It would be good if Activision actually came out and confirmed the resolution.

As for Obamacare or whatever, I don't claim to understand the details as I'm not an American, but wouldn't it be great if you all stood up to these insurance crooks and demanded free health care? it's a basic human right and we have free health care in the UK, it's paid for by the tax payer. It's not perfect - it has many flaws, but our health care system is the envy of the world.

JBaby3431395d ago

@ Drekken, Silentnegotiator, and others who know how to think and not follow blindly: I appreciate your efforts but don't try to educate, talk common sense, or discuss economics with Obama followers. They cannot seem to understand even the most basic of principles in these areas. They cannot fathom why you can't just print more money or take it from everyone else as you please. They see no problem with raising the debt ceiling, increasing taxes, increasing spending, and other destructive acts. I still haven't figured out if it's the school system or the individual at fault.

People need to stop thinking the parties are working for them. They aren't. Every side is serving themselves. They are all corrupt. What sad state America is in.

OT: There can really only be one reason that MS responded this way. Time will tell what the resolution is come release day.