Mutli-Platform Games May Not Look Better on PlayStation 4

Eskimo Press: "One of the most overlooked reports of last year was when Microsoft's Xbox 360 release policy was revealed. It forbids developers to do timed exclusives with any other company, release extra features on disc, and also stipulates that all multi-platform games must not look better on any other console. What exactly does this mean?"

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MegaMohsi1799d ago

Huh? Both BF4 and Cod ghosts have a resolution advantage on PS4 and digital foundry already stated BF4 is superior on PS4. This would be directly opposite of Microsofts "policy"

FiLTHY ESKiMO1799d ago

Digital Foundry do their comparisons on a test PS4 unit, which runs review/developer codes. The game is rendered in 1080p and then is scaled down for the retail version so that they do not violate the Microsoft's policy.

iamnsuperman1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. So review copies are at a higher res than retail copies. Does that really make sense to you? because to me that makes as much sense as taking a photo with a potato. You cant review something the public never experiences/gets a worse copy

@ Article

"Titles for Xbox 360 must ship at least simultaneously with other video game platform, and must have at least feature and content [graphics and game-play] parity on-disc with the other video game platform versions in all regions where the title is available"

You can't just put square brackets in when the quote doesn't explicitly say that. A square bracket is used like this Titles [for the Xbox 360].......if the word Xbox 360 isn't used but is found in the 360 policy list. Feature and content doesn't necessarily mean graphical fidelity. The content is still there. It just may not be as good.

Here is the original unedited quote
"Titles for Xbox 360 must ship at least simultaneously with other video game platform, and must have at least feature and content parity on-disc with the other video game platform versions in all regions where the title is available"


It also goes on to say if the conditions are not met Microsoft has the right to not allow the content on their system but in what planet would that happen. Consoles only exist because of the software. The third parties hold the power

Enemy1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

No, they aren't scaled down for retail. Your comment, no offense, makes no sense at all. If the developers announce 1080p native, then that's what they'll be in retail.

Parity starts early in development, and they know before the game is released that it's going to be the same on both consoles. From early stages, they begin gimping one version to meet the other's "full potential", which is why Microsoft is frowned upon with their ridiculous, butthurt policies.

They would literally tell you to keep your game off their console if it looks too much better on PS4. After hearing about Ghosts, BF4, and next up AC: Black Flag, they're probably going to enforce it even further. We'll see.

FiLTHY ESKiMO1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )


The game was rendered in 1080p. Review codes, and I am not talking about the promos they send out to smaller presses, come freshly from the developers and are usually for testing but also used for reviews in some instances. If the game was rendered at 1080p then the review code would display the game that way.

The retail codes require a day one patch to download the high resolution textures. This is evidence that the final texture pack was not on disc and was not violating Microsoft's multi-platform policy.

Game features and content must be on parity. This applies to game assets like textures.

scott1821799d ago

That's a shame that multiplat games wont take full advantage of the PS4 and scaled down to match Microsoft's, because of their ridiculous policy. It's smart on Microsoft's part because they can spend less on hardware and still have games look similar.

Gozer1799d ago

This article is flat wrong. The contract stipulates that games must be the same as other platforms. Meaning it must have the same features, not that it must be the same graphically.

gaffyh1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

Wow, yet again, another complete "pulled out of someone's ass" story. So Multiplatforms won't look better because MS' Xbox 360 policy was, and I quote:

"Titles for Xbox 360 must ship at least simultaneously with other video game platform, and must have at least feature and content parity on-disc with the other video game platform versions in all regions where the title is available."

Content parity =/= graphical parity. This article is completely fake, and is based solely on assumption. There is no such thing as review build being better looking that a promo build, in fact it's most likely the opposite. The review builds tend to be much much buggier than final builds, and the PS4 test kits are exactly the same spec as final PS4 hardware. So total BS basically.

It again shows as complete BS when you look at the PS3 games that have exclusive content over Xbox 360 games e.g. AC3 had additional 60 mins of gameplay, as does AC4, and Watch Dogs I believe. So is MS not going to allow these to be published? Give me a break.


Never seen bad reviews for PS4 lanuch games, downgrading the PS4 versions of multiplatform games, sabotaging the PS4 plant itself and then mocking up the "greatness awaits" solgan. I don't see why this don't happen to other camp. Sony, you are so honest, and that is why you always get my respect, even with your mistakes, you always keep the competetion so clean.

FamilyGuy1798d ago (Edited 1798d ago )

Holy sh.. it's really still in effect, how disappointing.

"This is also the reason why you will notice exclusive PlayStation content to only be available as DLC. Activision, and other developers, will the same method to patch the PlayStation 4 version post-launch to unlock higher resolution textures and allow the game run in its native resolution; 1080p."

I'm glad developers found a loophole around some of this BS but that still completely sucks. If you can't get online to get the patch then you're outta luck on having the copy you were meant to. Now that 1080p CoD patch makes more sense.

MS should just get out of gaming, they aren't even calling the X1 a gaming console anymore. It's advertised as an all in one entertainment device so why hold back a true gaming console like this? If a large group of publishers stood up against this policy MS would be forced to remove it or risk losing a bunch of exclusives to the PS4 which would put them in a bad position. Devs would have to rally together on this though because if it's only one or two games MS will shrug it off.

TheGreatAndPowerful1798d ago

BF4, Need for Speed, COD:G, AC4 all look/run better on PS4 so why does the author think that this little trend will change in the future?

SITH1798d ago

Oh please, this is clearly speculation as even the article suggests. And the Xbox one will easily be on par with the PS4 when the games are properly optimized to run on it. Forza 5 is a prime example of an optimized game for the Xbox one. BF4 looks good on Xbox one, because that is how it was made, not because the ps4 version was held back.

thekhurg1798d ago

This article is a click-bait. This policy is no longer in place:

Assassin's Creed 4 has Sony timed exclusive content.
Destiny has Sony timed exclusive content.
Diablo 3 has Sony exclusive content.
Watch Dogs has Sony timed exclusive content.

BF4 looks better on PS4.
CoD looks better on PS4.

News sites like this should be shut down for posting nonsense, users that link these should have their rights removed from N4G.

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MorePowerOfGreen1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

BF4(slide red bar)



Media been caught not telling the truth lately.


No just No. A pixel counter counted IGN's COD video after IGN was praising 1080p on PS4 and then after Eurogamer, trying to save face for doing the same thing after being told by devs it wasn't 1080p.
Only then did IGN try to say they had the 1080p version(took the original video down and then claimed they had the 1080p version the whole time. If IGN didn't lie this would have destroyed IGN)

Thousands of people thought BF4 on XB1 looked better on every video shown despite the strange claims by certain media with exclusive access to PS4 coverage.

XB1 with exclusive BF4 DLC, a MSFT partnership and the XB1 being the showcase for BF4 makes me, IMO think the XB1 version was the primary console version then the rest a work in progress.

Funny certain gaming media that had exclusive PS4/Sony pre launch coverage rights claimed the XB1 versions, being sharper and more vivid with better textures was some sort of *anomaly* *over saturation* *over sharpening* *overdone contrast* LOL

XBOX1 will shine it's the most powerful console ever made. Not talking GPU for only gaming but the overall hardware and the entire multi media experience. Built from the ground up for cloud compute over 16 gigs of various memory, off loading processors, Hyper-visor and Move Engines, more powerful CPU and advanced GPU.

Anyways I don't think PS4 gamers should be worried about this right now, there are more pressing issues in PlayStation land.

FiLTHY ESKiMO1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

It was Infinity Ward that first tweeted that Ghosts would run at 1080p native on the PlayStation 4.

Anyone who has a test code for Call of Duty: Ghosts will see the game in 1080p. The retail version was stripped of the high resolution textures -- day one patch for 1080p was then confirmed.

The test units are definitely running at 1080p native. Even Metro UK reported this.

DoesUs1799d ago

WOW! You are in full defence mode. XB1 is inferior. Multiplats on the whole are an awful lot better on PS4.

GarrusVakarian1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

You still using that BF4 slider? Haha, JackFrags has MULTIPLE BF4 videos dude....just go to his YouTube channel or download the direct feed from eurogamer to see the PS4 version looks better. He even says it himself and he is a PC gamer and probably the least biased person ive seen on the internet.

Your pathetic BF4 slider you keep posting pales in comparison to direct feed footage i have on my PS3 from both next gen consoles that clearly show the PS4 NOT looking washed out or blurry whatsoever but instead shows the PS4 version to have vivid colours, deep blacks and an overall sharper image due to the 900p resolution.

This is only the beginning and already we see multiplats looking better on the PS4.....its only going to get more obvious as time goes on.

obliteratorFTW1799d ago

I think you are The BS that you spouts is amazing. Keep living in your self created fantasy world and prepare for a rude awakening. Gotta see the faces of misterx and his minions come 22nd Nov. rofl.

Funnymonkey0131799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

Lol wow somebody had to many drinks take it easy on those drinks yo:)

locoz311798d ago

I am glad people like you are the kind getting an Xbox one. You get what you deserve.

Dape1798d ago

Did you used to go by the name Greenpowerz or something similar? Because if you were that makes sense...

purp13m0nk3y1798d ago


Dude. No offense. But did you smoke a whole bowl of green before posting that?!

I don't even know where to begin! Please do your self a favor. Find this site called Google, and do some reading about PS4 and Xbox1 hardware.

Then sit down and decide what you want out of your next generation console. If you want the most powerful hardware and the best looking version of multi platform games then you might want to rethink your choices.

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come_bom1799d ago

Next week various unbiased news sites can take a proper look at X1 games and compare them with other platforms.

Maybe by then we can see if those games on 720p look better, or not, then the 1080p versions.

Faztkiller1798d ago

I think this would only effects smaller publishers and devs cause Microsoft is not going to tell Activision EA or Ubisoft that they can't put their game on the Xbox cause that would be a death sentence for Xbox. If one of those publishers pulled support no one would buy the system.

osprey191798d ago

Actually infinity ward recently said they had to downgrade the resolution of ghosts from native 1080p to 1080 upscaled due to the inconsistent frame rate. It came straight from the horses mouth.

TheXgamerLive1798d ago

Hillarious. Tbere is/was no such policy. This is how some buttburt fanboy justified his mediocre experience, also BF4 DF nor anybody
else EVER said tbat BF4 was PS4 superior. In fact the Xbox One version looks better.

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FiLTHY ESKiMO1799d ago

I am a little surprised this hasn't gotten a lot of attention lately. This policy is limiting multi-platform titles to the Xbox's potential. :S

HammadTheBeast1799d ago

The loophole that companies are using is giving the PS4 "DLC" in the form of day one patches which unlock the higher resolution.

Enemy1799d ago

By design, all multiplatform games should look better on PS4, as it is the most powerful console ever made and easiest to develop for. If it look worse or on par, we'll know they did it on purpose.

MidnytRain1799d ago

Just look at NFS to see the bull**** that's happening with needless "parity."

Rabid_Tadpole1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

Maybe if on LSD with Xbone goggles on while the PS4 gets gimped!

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Clunkyd1798d ago

LOL, That was hilarious!

I needed that laugh after reading this bull*hit article.

ThatCanadianGuy5141799d ago

Troubling times ahead for xbox.