Considering the advances in computing power the Xbox One has over its predecessor and the fact that it will include a 4K-ready HDMI cable, you’d figure that the last thing we’d have to wonder about is whether the launch titles will be native 1080p.
Not so fast.
When asked Monday night on Twitter about whether Xbox One games would, in fact, be native 1080p, Microsoft Chief of Staff for Devices and Studios Group dropped this interesting nugget in his reply:
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) September 17, 2013
While “look amazing” is a subjective take on the situation (and could actually turn out to be the case), the revelation that “Ryse: Son of Rome” is going to be 900p and upscaled by the console is not. It also happens to be a backtrack on Greenberg’s part, who had tweeted back on September 13 that “Ryse” would be native 1080p, something that media outlets had already started to report. And while it’s something that isn’t going to matter to everyone thinking about buying one of the new consoles, it certainly will to some of them.
It could also very easily become something that Sony could seize upon as the two rivals continue to curry favor with gamers over the next few months. Unless, of course, we’re going to be hit with a similar surprise about PS4 launch titles at some point…
To think, we’ve been so focused on 4K that we took 1080p a little bit for granted. Call it the video game equivalent of running before you walk.