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Destiny’s beta isn’t 1080p on Xbox One — but Bungie promises it’ll get there in time for launch

Above: A dropship drops some Fallen during a public event in Destiny.

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While thousands of people will soon have access to the Destiny beta test, developer Bungie is still optimizing the sci-fi shooter behind the scenes.

The studio confirmed today that the beta will not run at 1080p HD on Xbox One. In a livestream on IGN (as spotted by The Destiny Blog), Bungie community manager David Dague said that the studio will get 1080p working for Destiny on Microsoft’s console by the time it launches. Bungie already has it running at 1080p on PlayStation 4. The shooter will debut Sept. 9 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Destiny is one of the biggest releases for the second half of the year, and sometimes small differences (like a slightly higher resolution) could help push gamers to choose it on Sony’s platform.

The Destiny beta starts tomorrow for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The Xbox One and Xbox 360 beta begins July 23. Both run through July 27.

Having Destiny running at 1080p on Xbox One is likely important to Microsoft. The hardware manufacturer has watched as Sony’s PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One every month since their November launches. A big part of that was price, as Sony’s device was $100 less expensive until June 9, when Microsoft lowered the Xbox One to $400. Now that price is out of the way, Microsoft is still dealing with a lingering perception that the Xbox One’s hardware is inferior. Releases like Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Trails Fusion all run at lower resolutions on Xbox One than on PlayStation 4.

While most people can’t see the difference between 1080p and 900p or 720p, it still seems like it is hurting the perception of the Xbox One. And if you have to choose to get a game on one system or the other, why not get the one with potentially better visuals?

Microsoft has worked to address this disparity. It is updating the DirectX drivers that power the console, and it recently freed up some of the resources that it previously reserved for its Kinect camera for developers. This may help Destiny get to 1080p before launch, and that may help the Xbox One compete with PlayStation 4.

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4 comments
Mike D
Mike D

Those "most people" who "can't tell the difference" are not the majority of gamers who own both systems and are faced with deciding between having Destiny on one or the other. I have played the beta now on both PS4 and XBone, and the difference was immediatley very noticeable. Maybe Microsoft is tying up too many resources with Kinnect and other crap but I am starting to doubt that is truly the reason. I mean it isn't just one game or developer who is having trouble getting their games to run smoothly at 1080p on the Xbone yet having no trouble with it on PS4. If Kinnect really ties up that much processing power, they should have compensated with better hardware so they could deliver a true next gen gaming experience.


I can sum this up very simply: 720p is NOT "next gen", and I can't believe AAA titles running at 720p will fly with gamers. Microsoft better do something fast to help developers get more out of this console. Being more expensive at release, bloated with crap most gamers don't utilize, and not being able to disable that crap to improve in-game performance is going to kill any competitive advantage MS had against Sony. 

Paul Nellom
Paul Nellom

People should stop being delusional, while saying there's no difference between 720p and 1080p. There is an extreme difference. I had my PS4 connected to a 28 inch 720p television, and the games looked great. A week ago, I connected my PS4 to my sister's  55 inch 1080p Vizio, and was instantly blown away with my jaw to the floor. It was like going from a cute girl that's a 6 on a scale of 10 (720p), to a Victoria's Secret model or Miss. America that's a perfect 10 (1080p). As a result, I ran to Best Buy last night and purchased a 40 inch 1080p television to replace my 720p television without hesitation. The difference is night and day. 

Shizuka sir
Shizuka sir

The difference between 720p and 1080p is simply gigantic. Although 720 may not seem much of a smaller number than 1080, is is actually 1920x1080 pixels versus 1280x720 pixels. there is 2,25 times less pixels in 720p !!! LESS THAN HALF AS MUCH !! on top of that all TV's and most if not all screens are 1080p. and a 1080p does not display well a 720p signal because it is not the right resolution for it meaning causing random stretching and compacting, smudginess and blur from up-scaling, that is actually a bad word

F\'n S
F\'n S

I don't believe for one second that "most people" can't tell the difference between 1080p and 720p. Unless most people are blind or most people don't own a 1080p TV.

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