CD Projekt RED, the producer of the upcoming Witcher 3, has stated that this whole conflict over which console is capable of better resolutions is nothing more than a PR difference between the two. When you really look at the technical difference between the two, most gamers can’t tell the difference between 900p and 792p on the televisions they use for gaming. It would only start to become more apparent on TVs that are 70+” and still the average gamer would be splitting hairs. I would have to agree with CD Projekt RED that the resolution wars is just allowing people to say that their console has a higher number. Does that number really matter? I think not. What really matters is a solid frame rate because that can effect gameplay, and at the end of the day, it’s all about gameplay and having fun, not how many pixels you have on screen.
Watch Dogs on PS4 was originally claiming 1080p and 60 fps as this new generation of consoles continues to have a battle over resolution. News today states that Ubisoft may have overshot those calculations as they announce that their upcoming title Watch Dogs will run at 900p on PlayStation 4 and 792p on Xbox One. Both versions run at 30 frames per-second. In my mind, this is not an issue at all because the game will look amazing on both consoles. We are really looking forward to Watch Dogs release on May 27th and the review to follow shortly after.
Games with Gold will be kicking off June on the Xbox 360 by offering free digital downloads of the original “Dark Souls”, “Charlie Murder” and a bonus game “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” This news also brings word that Games with Gold will be rolling out on the Xbox One in June with the starting titles being “Halo: Spartan Assault” and “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.” Sounds like a bunch of great deals to me and a very good time to be a gamer! For more information on the program and the Xbox Live changes to media apps like Netflix, check out Major Nelson’s blog here.
Microsoft has announced a new version of the Xbox One that will be available next month without the Kinect. This Kinect-less version will be available for $399 making it a better matchup against the $399 Playstation 4. Is this a marketing move to sell more units or is Microsoft finally having doubts about Kinect’s relevance in todays video games? It could also be the trouble that Microsoft has had with the voice commands working over-seas. Either way, I think this move has been a long time coming for some people and probably will help Microsoft get more Xbox Ones into consumer’s homes. It was stated that a standalone Kinect would be available later this fall.
The much anticipated Elder Scrolls Online for PS4 and Xbox One has been delayed for about six months according to the developer. This would put ESO for consoles out sometime around the holiday season. The developer stated that the reason for the delay was due to the fact that they are still working to solve a series of unique problems presented by both consoles. For more info check out the Elder Scrolls Online blog.