In “Downplaying expectations of PC performance” news, it looks like the developers of upcoming game Evolve, created by Turtle Rock Studios (Left 4 Dead, Counter-strike: Condition Zero), will achieve graphical parity across the PC, PS4 and the Xbox One. This is according to an interview with Official Xbox Magazine US, in which they make some truly perplexing statements.
Phil Robb of the development studio:
For once we’re in a position where PC and consoles are going have parity on how good they look, so that’s pretty good. I don’t know if I can say if there’s anything specific about Xbox One versus PS4 that is really going to stand out – they’re both good consoles and we expect the game’s going to be awesome on both of them.
They are still working on hitting that magical 1080p resolution and 60 FPS throughout each version of Evolve, however, but it is, “Too early to start making those sorts of promises.”
I say that these statements are perplexing because they just don’t make sense. Whether it is the PS4 or Xbox One; neither of them are nearly close to capable of reaching the graphic fidelity of a PC built when any of Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo’s recent consoles were released.
It shouldn’t even be necessary to remind readers that there massive differences in the capabilities of the consoles alone. The PS4, while still lagging behind against expensive PC’s, still greatly outshines its competition in terms of its GPU TFLOP/s and system memory (plus memory speed). Pretending that there are no differences between any of the consoles themselves, let alone between consoles and PC’s themselves, is disrespectful to the consumer’s intelligence.
This means that Evolve will look pretty much the same across all platforms for no reason other than to make somebody happy. Whether it is Microsoft, Sony, the publishers at 2K Games, or the development studio themselves; it sets up a circumstance in which the game’s fans on at least one of its released platforms are not going to be happy. Especially if their version would be capable of hitting 1080p and/or 60 FPS if it weren’t for graphical parity.
Evolve looks to be released on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One in Autumn this year.
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