Disputes between competing platforms have long been a part of gaming history. While at one point the differences were vast and polarizing, the modern console war has become a battle of numbers. In particular, resolution and frame rate have taken center stage. As such, cross-platform releases like upcoming first-person shooter Destiny have come under considerable scrutiny.
In the case of Destiny, it represents former Microsoft darling Bungie's branching-out into PlayStation-inhabited wilds. Releasing for both the Xbox One and PS4, competition is to be expected. Outside of disputes over the timeline of beta releases, one of the biggest questions that has pressed those waiting for the sci-fi FPS is whether the Xbox One will be able to launch with a resolution of 1080p. Not only is the team at Bungie aiming for that mark, but they have given gamers their first look at the Xbox One version running at 1080p.
Released by IGN, it's hard to care about any notion of the console war while watching the game in motion. There are sure to be some who will find things to pick apart in the Xbox One version versus the PS4 version but in the end, it looks as though - regardless of platform - gamers have a visual treat to look forward to.
While the Xbox One beta has been revealed to run at 900p when it launches on July 23, this is merely a "branch" of the final project. Thanks to the June XDC update which will free up more of the GPU for developer use, Bungie Graphics Engineer Chris Tchou is comfortable that the game will launch at 1080p. With the numerous gorgeous locales that will populate Destiny, this added fidelity will be more than welcome.
Graphical fidelity is only the tip of the iceberg for Destiny though. Bungie understands that they will need to prove themselves again if they are to validate a need for sequels to the title. The game's companion app has launched and the beta - both story and multiplayer - is underway, so it's no surprise to see excitement mounting. With a release just around the corner, gamers should expect to hear a lot more about Destiny before the next month passes.
Would you prefer a return to the heated console wars of yore ala Sega and Nintendo over the modern number-crunching variety? Above all, do you think this competition is beneficial to the industry's development?
Destiny is set to launch on September 9, 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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