Microsoft Challenges Gamers To Spot Difference in 1080p / 60FPS Debate

/ 2 years ago


The wave of debate between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers is just as fierce as it has always been. Personally I couldn’t give a rizzle about it all, because I own both consoles and they’re both great fun to play on, but Microsoft are so eager to shoot themselves in the foot, that I just can’t help but get caught up in it from time to time.

In what has become “Resolutiongate” with many games on the Xbox One reaching around 900p vs their 1080p PS4 counterparts. Microsoft work hard to brush over this fact, but the numbers don’t lie, the PS4 is more powerful and that’s a simple fact, it can do 1080p easier without having to cut down the graphics.

“If you put third-party games side-by-side that are running at slightly different resolutions or frame rates, then unless you are using a screen that’s more than 60 inches big, I defy you to really see the difference. I personally struggle to see the difference.” said Xbox Marketing Chief Harvey Eagle.

On one hand he is right, your average consumer doesn’t know the resolution, nor do they care and likely can’t even tell. I for one can tell the difference, it’s subtle, but it is there. As a PC gamer as well, I have a keen eye for picking out faults in resolution, frame rate and anti-aliasing effects and for one I wouldn’t dream of knocking my PC games down to 900p, because I would certainly notice.

Sure the screen size and distance from screen will vary and depending on your setup, you really won’t notice the resolution issues, although I throw back at Harvey Eagle – if you can’t see the difference in games running at different frame rates, you need your eyes checking! Just saying.

Can you tell the difference between the resolutions and frame rates on your consoles, and does it matter? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Thank you Forbes for providing us with this information.

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  • Danpapua

    On PC I can notice a big difference when I am playing at 80-120 FPS as compared to 30-60 FPS. The mouse movement in game is a lot smoother and it is easier to make small corrections to your aim with a higher framerate. Even just going from 30FPS to 60FPS is a big difference in how smooth everything in game looks and feels. While Microsoft MIGHT be RIGHT in saying we can’t see the difference, you can feel and because of that in a way “see” the difference. One example I have is from Battlefield 3. I used to play on a laptop that gave me about 30-40 FPS. Now I use a desktop that plays it at about 100-120 FPS. At the lower Framerate I became frustrated with flying heli’s because response times seemed off. Now I can make a heli do a loop and pull some really crazy maneuvers.

    • Zeed

      da fuck ur on about ?? They talking resolution you are taling fps…

      i rather have 720p@60 over 1080p@30

      • YOUMUG

        so why does the TITLE say FPS

        • Danpapua

          FPS has 2 meanings:
          First person Shooter
          Frames Per Second

          • Martin

            Tho it does say 60FPS.

      • Damir Poljak

        I’ll rather have 1080p on 120HZ!

        • Richard Watkinson

          i’d rather have 1440p at 144hz! :>

          • Damir Poljak

            Haha, True, but my TV and Monitor only goes to 120 🙁 and they already cost an arm and a leg 🙂

            On the serious note, when I went from 60Hz to 120Hz in BF3 and now BF4 I could never go back. The difference is so obvious…

    • Richard Watkinson

      and..whats the refresh rate on your monitor?

      • Danpapua

        80hz refresh

        • Richard Watkinson

          so you cant actually play anywhere past 80fps at all, so the benefits of playing at “80-120 FPS” are completely negated?

          • Zavier Lawson-Smith

            No. Mouse movement will be much smoother and input will be better.

          • Michael F

            Of course a higher refresh is better overall, itll look smoother, but doesnt at all mean you cant get or benefit from a higher framerate than the refresh, youll get better input speed, and just locks it to that when you vsync, which I usually do without despite tearing, which depending on a game, can be minimal anyway

  • Goost

    I can tell the difference. Especially if fov is adjusted correctly.

  • Plzbanme

    The main thing about 60 fps for me is that I feel it. A game feels slow to respond at 30 fps for me.

    • S3l33ngrab

      That’s because the input actually takes longer to be displayed on the screen, since the frames show in a longer intervall.

  • Bansaku

    While I agree on smaller than 60″ TVs it is hard to notice a couple of hinder lines of resolution unless you knew there was a difference, however FPS is quite noticeable on any sized screen, period.

  • Weston Konik

    but if it can only handle 900p right out of the gate, then when games on this current gen mature, they will likely have to drop the resolution even more, or the frame rate…… so yeah…. bad news all around. Halo is the only thing i want from the xbox, but it is not enough to get me to buy one lol

  • Gamex OA

    See isn’t the whole point of console gaming because of the fact that you “Don’t give a F*ck”. I mean if they really did care that you only get 50 fps at 900p then wouldn’t you just buy a PC. The only reason to have a console, in the case that you do care, would be because of exclusives and in that case you are forced to not care. So why is this such a big debate?

    Also for those who say “Because of the controller” keep in mind that you can get both (PS4 and XBONE) for PC

  • Kris

    It’s more on principle than anything else, it’s difficult for the human eye to detect it yes, but these days there is no excuse for the framerate to be locked at 30 FPS and the resolution to be lower than 1080p. They are meant to be the “next generation” of consoles yet they haven’t caught up to last years standards. In saying that I doubt most console only gamers will care in the long run, it’s only the people who play across all platforms that will get sick of MS using out of date tech, especially as there is less exclusives and more cross-platform games so paying for an entire console just to play a handful of games (especially at the minute when there is very little exclusive titles) will just be a waste of money if you can spend that money on a machine that runs all the games better.