Reasons Why 1080p is Important For Gaming

The last generation of games consoles (ps3/xbox360) often had games that were rendered in 1080p but it was difficult to ever really see the difference between 720p and 1080p. This was due to the hardware limitations of the systems. The CPUs struggled to efficiently implement anti-aliasing and because of the low amount of RAM, textures were often compressed reducing visual quality. This generation however consoles are more powerful and 1080p plays a much bigger role in the quality of the game.

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KinjoTakemura1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

Having games in 1080p is important. 1080p isn't as important as:

Gameplay; which includes playability, controls, responsiveness, interactions with the game's Ai

User Interface; menus should be functional and easy to access

Story; how good is the voice acting, scripts, and does the story coalesce with the gameplay?

Graphics; If the graphics aren't fluid and virtually glitch free, it's usually a sign of things to come

Game Length; Maybe some are satisfied playing a beautiful rendered game for 7 or 8 hours to the finish, but i'd rather have a game with a great story and excellent gameplay with "good" graphics that's 16 to 24 hours long. If I wanted a game that's only 6 hours long i'd download games on a smartphone.

Yes 1080p is great and wonderful, but if the game is crap, 1080p resolution won't save it.

MasterCornholio1478d ago

Well thats true. A bad game will always be bad no matter the resolution.

What I dont agree with is when people say that resolution doesn't matter when it does. If I had a choice between two versions of a game I always go with the one that has better graphics. For example, I would choose the PS4 version of Watchdogs over the Xbox One version due to the superior graphics that it has. I didn't mention the PC version because its extremely unoptimized.

gamer78041478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

Sure. But by the same logic a lot of players prefer the xbox analog sticks and triggers, so for control they might decide that is more important than a small resolution bump.

bjshepp1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

Higher resolution does not mean better graphics. 900p and 720p are virtually indistinguishable from each other. There is barely any noticeable difference in quality. If you buy one version of Watch dogs on a certain platform solely based on a slight resolution increase that's barely noticeable, then you are a tool.

UltimateMaster1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

Ouff, those 2 guys in the comment section "PCMasterRace"

4k TVs internal specs only display a 24fps image and not a 60fps. At least for a lot of 2013 models.

If you want a future proof 4k TV, then a Sony one should do the trick. According to Sony, their 4k TVs will be able to get upgraded with a software patch in order to achieve higher fps.

That is great for anyone who owns a console and is getting ready for next-next gen.

You can also upgrade the back hardware of a Samsung. But that'll cost extra hundreds of dollars to do so... and that doesn't change the display of it (LCD, Plasma, LED, OLED). It won't get you better colors or contrast unless you buy a new TV anyway.

Volkama1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

But Watch_dogs is a simplistic example, because the PS4 version is better in every way so of course the higher res is better.

In a theoretical example that isn't so xbox vs playstation focused, if a game is available 1080p but with screen tearing, or 900p on the without tearing, I'd pick the lower resolution every time.

Tearing is an obvious example to me (because i hate tearing), but there are many other qualities I'd happily exchange for resolution.

Edit @ ultimatemaster that's not strictly true. The internal specs on those 2013 4k TVs are actually 4k 120hz as they claim, but as you say getting that kind of signal to the TV is impossible. 4k60 is a hell of a challenge too.

The Samsung F9000s were the only truly upgradable 2013 set, but as you say it costs quite a bit (£300 here).

The Sony 2013 sets have some of the HDMI 2.0 silicon, but the firmware update does not meet the full HDMI 2.0 spec. You don't get the codec for most streaming content, and you can only get a reduced colour gamut.

The 2014 sets from pretty much everyone support HDMI 2.0 at 4k60, and Panasonic have a displayport too (which is wonderful as pretty much nothing outputs 4k60 over HDMI 2.0 right now).

UltimateMaster1478d ago

Watchdogs is 792p on the Xbox One and 900p on the PS4.

Resolution wise, it's not much.

But I think it's the game that has the biggest leap difference between the 2 of them because of other visual elements that a TV wouldn't be able to upscale properly.

Stuff like:
-Worst shadows
-Little or no Ambient Occlusion
-Worst screen tearing
And other things like that.

But that's just My Opinion.
I'm sure it could have been 1080p if they didn't enhance the other visual aspect of it.

UltimateMaster1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )


Alright, I didn't check the 2014 TVs set mind you.
All I saw was that the Maximum fps on a lot of 2013 was 24fps. Or at least in their description of tech specs that was what it was show.

Even with more hzs, you got to understand that the image itself has 4 times more pixels. That's a lot to process even for a premium TV.

The newer 2014 4k sets has been improved in that regard. So I'd pick some of those 4k TV over the 2013 models.

UltimateMaster1478d ago

I don't get why they are comparing 8 bit Mario with Full Fledge 3D Mario.

If anything, it's more about polygon count, textures and other visuals than it is about resolution.

Even if you play 8 bit Mario in 1080p, it's still.. 8 bit Mario.

For a game in 3D more demanding. Some of the textures in Destiny are in 8k, so getting a higher resolution on those would be beneficial.

Dfooster1478d ago

I agree. It's like a good movie is a good movie but it will always look better on Blu ray than DVD.

Volkama1478d ago

Oh yeah I'm not recommending the 2013 4K TVs, the various input standards a bit of a nightmare. My hand was somewhat forced to adopt earlier than I wanted because my kids broke my Plasma :)

Fortunately I researched pretty extensively, and went for the upgradable F9000. It's a great set, and when you are blowing that much money on a TV the £300 upgrade is a small price to get it up to date.

Not even sure I'd recommend the 2014 sets, unless you really need a new TV anyway.

Go_Go_Se7en_301478d ago

Resolution doesn't equal graphics.

UltraNova1477d ago

Well as for me I'll get a year 2020 4k tv to go along with my PS5...(lets hope we get to 60fps by then :p )

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miyamoto1478d ago

1080p in consoles means progress.

Even indie games @1080p on consoles means progress and improvement.

or you wont get your money's worth on your 1080p HDTV purchase.

DigitalRaptor1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

Indeed. It's not the be all and end all, but you can't downplay it's importance in the progression of a standard.

And when both consoles have >90% of the same games, it's important to not skew or dilute the hard facts about games that look and run better.

gamer11381478d ago

I just find it hard to believe he isn't acknowledging that devs can't have it all. There are always trade offs. I would rather take a game with stunning GFX at 720p, than a 1080p game with a lower polygon count, LOD, worse AA and no dynamic light, ray tracing etc. Ofcourse 1080p is "better" but using his logic then 4k would be better, 8k would be better...what he is talking about is how sharp the image is but he's not considering the content that's being presented.

johndoe112111478d ago


"I just find it hard to believe he isn't acknowledging that devs can't have it all. There are always trade offs."

.....................what?!?! ?!?..................

Charybdis1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

Devs aren't working with an infinite amount of power in these boxes. Its hard to know if devs are sacrificing graphical features, or if the features are worth any potential sacrifices such as frame rate or different lighting effects etc.

Allot of people like to see and decide for themselves. I would definitely not mind to see more 'graphic' options within game settings for console games. 1080p is a graphical feature which is easy to quantify and hype up such as 4k resolution which might effect some of the decisions developers will make when finalising and choosing the resolution and resources spend on other 'graphical' features of their games.

NerdBurglars1478d ago

the article isnt saying that 1080p is the most important thing in gaming its explaining why its important at all

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Summons751478d ago

It's not important but it's beneficial and totally worth it but it is not needed or required.

KinjoTakemura1478d ago

I completely agree with what you said. 1080p is great, but it's not a necessity or a selling point.

corroios1478d ago

We are in 2014. 1080p is standard for the majority of the TVs that everybody has at home.

This consoles are brand new and must have the ability to do 1080p games.

DLConspiracy1478d ago

Well I guess that's it. Trading in all my past gen consoles and current gen consoles for that $3,000 GPU. Bye Bye Dreamcast bye bye n64.:D

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