The Xbox One of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will hit 900p without issue, but the real goal is reaching 1080p, CD Projekt Red executive producer John Mamais has told Eurogamer.
Mamais confirmed that the extended game demonstration during Microsoft's E3 conference was indeed running on Xbox One hardware, but things should improve considerably by launch.
"We're still optimising for Xbox One and PS4 so it should look better than that in theory," he said. "But everything we're doing optimisation wise for PS4 and Xbox One, we're also optimising for PC. It's a cross-platform engine, so any optimisation we do for one platform goes into the other platform and just speeds it up, basically."
"We will hit 900p no problem. We'd like to get it up to 1080p on Xbox One. That's our goal," he revealed. "Whether we can do it or not I don't know. We've got to squeeze everything we can out of the hardware.
"Microsoft and Sony say 900p is the sweet spot, and there's not a lot of difference visually between 900p and 1080p, but it's a hot topic now. So that's what my goal is."
Mamais said the dev team is yet to tap into what the Xbox One June SDK has to offer, something it will be able to take advantage of because The Witcher 3 doesn't use Kinect.
Things will be a little more straightforward on PS4, says Mamais.
"It's just a slightly more powerful machine," Mamais said. "That's pretty known. But I think in the longer run everything is going to be on both platforms running at 1080p. It's just taking developers longer to do it than they expected because the architecture is a little more challenging on the Xbox One.
"It's actually easier to develop for Xbox One for us because we're PC developers. So everything we do on PC is for DirectX 11. And Xbox is also based on DX. So for the rendering side it's a more natural progression for us to go to Xbox.
"But we anticipate being able to do 1080p on PS4 a little bit easier than on the Xbox."
The PC master race will be pleased to hear that this version will be the best.
"Our ultra is pretty much the peak in games. At least we hope it is. The stuff we're doing is going to look really amazing," he teased.
The Witcher 3 launches February 24 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.