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Battlefield 4 Features for Xbox One

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Editor's Note: Despite having already played and reviewed Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 on PS4, Xbox One impressions were under embargo until 12 November. Below are Steve's thoughts on Call of Duty: Ghosts and Dave's thoughts on Battlefield 4 and how the games shape up on Microsoft's new console. has opted not to give an official score to either game as neither was played in its entirity on the Xbox One. We believe, however - horrendous unknown issues aside - that neither game would get marked down.

Call of Duty: Ghosts - Click here for the next-generation review

Call of Duty: Ghosts screenshot

Much has already been made of the shortcomings of the Xbox One version of Ghosts, and so it will probably come as no surprise to hear that the Xbone version is lacking in the visual department. It's not just resolution that has suffered, however, although that in itself is fairly disappointing.

In the single-player game, at least, texture quality can range from average to very poor, and geometry itself can look clipped and badly aliased, giving the game a jaggy, muddy look that does nothing to tell you that your £429 investment was a good one. In some cases, elements of the world look barely textured at all, as is the case when the battle cruiser is seen at the end of the 'Fort Santa Monica Beachhead' mission. It was so bad that I navigated to the dashboard to ensure that the machine had been set up correctly. It had...

Multiplayer also looks demonstrably worse than in the PS4 version, with similar problems afflicting the look of the game. Mechanically it is identical, and at least the game ran stable enough to keep me blaming myself and not the frame rate for any kills I may have suffered. (Although I had no problems with the PS4 build, some users are reporting frame rate issues on Sony's machine.)

Still, whether through rushed/overstretched development or hardware problems (or a combination of both), Ghosts has ended up looking (far, in some cases) worse on Microsoft's machine than on its direct rival.

Battlefield 4 - Click here for the next-generation review

Battlefield 4 screenshot

Battlefield 4 on PlayStation 4 looks stunning, with DICE clearly utilising the console’s additional firepower to yield a superior image quality on Sony’s machine. Images are pin-sharp, reported to be running at a native 900p and fluid 60 frames per second.

But while the Xbox One version effortlessly maintains the same frame-rate, the image quality is perceptibly worse, sporting a softer, jaggier look that carries all the hallmarks of a game upscaling from a sub full-HD resolution. Technical comparisons claim that the Xbox One version is rendering natively at 720p before upscaling to 1920x1080 (a suspicion I also share) although DICE opted not to confirm numbers when confronted about the resolutions of the two next-gen versions directly.

To some people, the difference will be negligible. Battlefield 4 on Xbox One is still visually astounding: the lighting and particle effects – particularly during the single-player campaign - are remarkable, and the fact that DICE manages to maintain a fluid 60FPS without a hitch is truly praiseworthy. Both versions offer a noticeable step up over the current-generation far beyond just the frame-rate, and while there are subtle differences in quality between the top-end PC version and next-gen consoles, few Xbox One players will likely complain about the visual experience on offer here.

But to those that do care, the difference in image quality between the two consoles is clearly visible. In the Xbox One’s case – a hugely important launch title for Microsoft’s machine - it makes the step up to next-gen that little less spectacular, signifying a trait players have been used to for years on current-gen consoles and an obvious step down from PC.

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Whitewolf's Avatar


I always thought XBOne was a short way of saying/typing X Box One like Playstation 4 is PS4 or have i been wrong all this time?
Posted 14:58 on 13 November 2013

pblive@ Anthropophagic

Xbone was actually coined by Xbox fans themselves. It's not supposed to be a derogatory phrase.

Anyway, it IS true that the Xbox One version is of lower quality than the PS4 version on each of these games, that's pretty much been proven. I would imagine this is more down to having less support on building these day one releases than hardware issues, though, aside from the issue of some memory being reserved for Kinect, which could probably be got around. Launching too quick to market for next gen does mean that corners are often cut.

It's usually not until the second wave of games that we see the true potential of each console.

Even so, you have to take into account that, despite the differences, most gamers will have only one or the other of the new consoles so they won't really notice the difference and, as long as the game is playable, it's fine.
Posted 10:42 on 13 November 2013


XBone is just the Nickname who Won, like we call the PS4 PS4 and Not PlayStation4. I don't really get why its that Name, because its not really shorter but its the most Popular anyway.

Its not an Insult or anything like that, just a Nickname. When you think its silly, blame MS, they gave the Console a silly Name in the first Place, which then resulted in a silly Nickname.
Posted 10:25 on 13 November 2013
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We can better sum up the situation with the scenario below.

If you were shown both games, side by side, on two 40" HD TV's, with no markings for which is which, if someone said pick a side, would you be upset if you chose the Xbox One over the PS4?

I would wager that most would not.

There are also the reports that are popping up the net of dramatic frame rate drops in Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PS4 which do not manifest themselves in the Xbox One version of the game, which was not mentioned in this article, even if to acknowledge the articles and state that the problem was not encountered.

A review, in the end, is an opinion. I worked for a website doing reviews for three years and know only too well that a review is a very subjective thing. You try to leave personal opinion out of the equation to give a balanced, well structured, and above all, enjoyable read.

I would say, leave abbreviations at the door when doing reviews. Other sites do and it would be considered a matter of professional courtesy between all parties involved, whilst also instilling more confidence in the piece by its readers.
Posted 10:21 on 13 November 2013
X2Eliah's Avatar


Interesting comparison. Certainly doesn't seem to imply a bright future for the XBO (XO? XBoxOne? XBone? [XBone might be the best term for size/recognizability])...

I wonder if this relation will be shown by the other upcoming cross-platform games (e.g. the next NFS). That might show whether this is a one-off issue related to the game devs, or a more endemic system-fault.
Posted 04:58 on 13 November 2013
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lawgone@ Anthropophagic

Agreed. The tone of the reply to Moving4Motion is equally amateurish. The content of the article is also a little off. In one part he makes it sound as though B4 is just awful on XBox One. Then in the next sentence he's saying it's visually astounding. That makes no sense. If it is visually astounding how does that leave room for PS4 to look perceptibly better, as he claims? Is that version visually orgasmic?
Posted 04:37 on 13 November 2013
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Anthropophagic@ SimonMiller

Calling it an Xbone does come off very amateurish. As much flavour as it might add, it's commonly used in a derogatory fashion. You should know this. Commonly by PS4 fans who are bashing the Xbox.

So when you use it in an article, especially in a sentence about it's shortfalls, it comes off like your 14 on your Word Press blogger account looking for hits.

You should knows this. I'm sure you can find a way to add flavour without needing to cater to the lowest common denominator.
Posted 03:45 on 13 November 2013
polar77rulz's Avatar


If it's not buggy then yay !
Posted 23:16 on 12 November 2013
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SimonMiller@ Moving4Motion

To say we're biased in any sense is ridiculous - we're an independent website who, ideally, would like all the consoles to be absolutely amazing (competition breeds creativity) - but to say it's because we used the term 'XBone' is even more so. It was used to add flavour to the piece rather than write 'Xbox One' a hundred times. We certainly don't see it as taking a swipe.

Furthermore, we're very, very excited and positive about the first-party titles from Microsoft. We said as much here: html.

The above is genuinely just our honest take on two very high-profile games that are coming to the Xbox One. Everyone will have their own opinion. This is ours and we stand by it.
Posted 23:10 on 12 November 2013

KamSage@ Moving4Motion

I personally see very little difference, but in that comparison vid I see a very different looking lighting effect in some areas on the PS4, and it looks better there.
Honestly it's like the article says, to some it's a negligible difference to others it matters, but if you're having to fork out an extra £80 on a possibly 'inferior' console and £50 on a game that to many won't look as good, it's worth being informed.
Posted 21:44 on 12 November 2013
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Why does this review contrast so greatly to others? For example, one review states: "Given its relative visual parity with the PS4 release, Call of Duty: Ghosts is a more playable, slightly superior (albeit disappointing) game on Xbox One.".

Not to mention this video comparison:

The fact that you refer to the One as the derogatory term 'Xbone' and even take a quick little jab at the higher price tag, this review just seems very unprofessional to me and stinks of reviewer bias.
Posted 20:42 on 12 November 2013
anialator136's Avatar


PS4 seems the way to go. I'm also skipping COD for Battlefield and Killzone
Posted 19:39 on 12 November 2013
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SimonMiller@ Manguy17

Come back tomorrow. Say around 2pm...
Posted 18:08 on 12 November 2013
Manguy17's Avatar


Dont suppose anyone has had some time wiith Killzone? Interested to see how it holds up to these two.
Posted 18:04 on 12 November 2013


Worrisome for Microsoft... This is going to be an interesting few months when we get info and customer feedback.
Posted 17:42 on 12 November 2013

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Release Date: 01/11/2013
Developer: D.I.C.E
Publisher: EA
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: PEGI 18+
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