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_Gamer2164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )

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

ProjectVulcan2164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )




When does the HD generation start again?

SilentNegotiator2164d ago

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

nukeitall2164d 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.

Computersaysno2164d ago (Edited 2164d 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

SJPFTL2164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )

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

knowyourstuff2164d 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.

PtRoLLFacE2164d ago

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

asmith23062164d 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 First thing I said when it loaded up was how outdated the game looks.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.

nukeitall2164d 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!

KingKevo2163d 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.

Gamer19822163d ago (Edited 2163d 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_6632163d 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.

moparful992163d 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...

tawak2163d ago

does my galaxy note 2 has better resolution?

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darthv722164d 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.

sandman2242164d ago (Edited 2164d 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.

kupomogli2164d ago (Edited 2164d 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.

andibandit2164d 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.

MultiConsoleGamer2164d ago

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

SilentNegotiator2164d ago (Edited 2164d 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.

SJPFTL2164d ago

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

TheRealHeisenberg2164d 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.

CryofSilence2164d ago

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

execution172163d ago

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

SilentNegotiator2163d 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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CalvinKlein2164d ago

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

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2164d 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!.

airforcex2164d ago

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

Crazyglues2163d ago (Edited 2163d 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-Sept2163d ago

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

Syntax-Error2163d 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 [email protected]#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.

AlphaJunk2163d 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.

e-p-ayeaH2163d ago

World at War PS3 version was decent.

ILive2163d ago (Edited 2163d ago )

I don't quite understand the whole 60fps thing because everything is just moving way too fast, especially while playing the multiplayer. For the campaign I would say its okay. I played Killzone 3 and 2, Battlefield, and Uncharted 3 and 2 multiplayer all in 30fps; it didn't take away from the enjoyment of the games. I played black ops on the other hand; I just couldn't play it because everything was just moving too fast for me ( I couldn't react quickly to anything). People keep buying this sh***y series, rendering them more accustomed to the way it plays. Now, they can't play anything else (even if things ten times better than COD) because it doesn't play like COD. It is ruining the game industry because many developers will try to emulated what COD doing, while potentially innovative ideas get lost in translation. Sad.

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Neonridr2164d ago

It will be interesting to see if the Wii U version is identical, or if they were able to change it marginally in any ways.

Blastoise2164d ago

Whats the PS3 version like?
I've bought it for christmas but after all this im hearing it's kinda worrying

Anon19742164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )

I wouldn't worry about it. They said it was far and above how the first Black Ops was on the PS3, and I didn't have any issues playing through that game. If you enjoyed the first Black Ops on the PS3, safe to say, according to this article, you won't be disappointed with the PS3 version of Black Ops 2.

But if you've got the choice and you don't mind shelling out extra to play 100% of your games as the developer intended, it sounds like the 360 version is the version for you.

Blastoise2164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )

I don't have the choice. I refuse to pay for online...

Ah well, as long as its not THAT different I'll get over it

Edit: From the article

"the two console versions in terms of performance does narrow if you're mainly invested in the multiplayer side"
Sounds alright to me. And the campaign video showed the Xbox 360 version is only a tiny bit more stable than the PS3 version.
Don't really care about the graphics, used to call of dutys looking a little sharper on Xbox, I don't play for the graphics.

Seems the PS3 version isn't so bad afterall

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Cerbus2164d ago

So who is telling the truth?

2pacalypsenow2164d ago

i dont think they installed the texture pack on the ps3 version at digital foundry

firefly692164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )

Well the brightness of the 360 images has been ramp up!

GrandTheftZamboni2164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )

Yeah, adjusting the brightness and contrast could be a big problem for someone whose TV is from the 60s.

Zynga2164d ago

Wow! Are you serious, eurogamer has been doing these comparison with full analysis and detail unlike the random guy who posted that vid. Also xbox settings are never bright (its the other way around) and while the ps3 seems dark, really begs to differ if the video is trolling everyone.