Codemasters is targeting 1080p/60fps for both the PS4 and Xbox One versions of DiRT Rally, chief game designer Paul Coleman has told VideoGamer.com.
But while the PS4 version is "very, very close" to hitting the target, the Xbox One version may end up adopting a dynamic resolution that scales down to 900p during some of the game's most demanding scenarios.
"We're very, very close on PS4 [to 1080p/60fps]", Coleman said during a briefing attended by VideoGamer.com last week. "We've still got a little bit more work to do on Xbox One. But, you know, I think that's fair to say that for everyone out there, PS4 is certainly a little bit easier to get this stuff running smoothly. That's not to say that we're not going to try and get as close as we can with it [on Xbox One]."
The lofty target is "looking a bit touch and go [on Xbox One]," however, Coleman later admitted during a separate interview, but if the resolution does need to drop, Codemasters intends to do it dynamically.
"We don't want to just drop it across the board," Coleman says. "I think we're going to look at the troublemaker scenarios, like heavy snow on certain tracks or rain on Rallycross races, and we'll do it where we need to do it. But ultimately I want to be running at 1080p/60fps wherever we can."
Coleman is "absolutely confident" that the game will hit its target on PS4, however, and that, even though it's still work-in-progress, the Xbox One version is still looking "pretty good".
"It doesn't look like we've stripped it back or anything," he said. "It looks much the same as the PS4 version. I think it's just that it's been easier for us to get PS4 working at the performance we've been hoping for."
And Codemasters may even be able to boost the game's performance in a day one patch, Coleman says.
"As far as I'm concerned I don't think it's too far off," he continued. "We've got a lot of opportunity going into our first test submissions at the moment, but the game's hitting the shelf April 5, there's no reason why we can't do a day one patch to continue those optimisations. So what I'm hoping is that as much as possible is 1080p/60fps, but if we have to drop it down in any scenarios we do that on a need-to basis rather than a sweeping 900p because it's Xbox. I think that's unfair on Xbox users."
DiRT Rally launches on PS4 and Xbox One on April 5. To see what it looks like on PS4, take a look at the gameplay video below.