Rockstar Games is re-releasing Team Bondi's L.A. Noire for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. For the higher-end consoles you'll be able to play the game in full-on 4K ultra high-definition. To showcase the upgrade in graphics a new trailer was released.
The trailer was posted up over on the official Xbox YouTube channel, highlighting that the game will be running in full-on native 4K resolution on the Xbox One X, when it finally does arrive this fall.
In fact, in the description of the video, it's made perfectly clear that the trailer was captured from L.A. Noire running in full on the Xbox One X hardware, running on a 4K compatible monitor. If you have a 4K monitor and a graphics card that can handle ultra HD decoding, you can view the trailer as it was meant to be viewed, in full 4K.
The trailer showcases some of the environments, a few of the vehicles, and various early parts of the game where Detective Phelps is getting a talking to by his superior about gathering the facts and hard evidence for the case.
During this time we see the game's graphics on display, still very reminiscent of how they were when the game first launched for the Xbox 360 and PS3 back in 2011. The thing is, a lot of people in comment section aren't entirely thrilled with the results of the trailer because they feel as if it still looks the same as it did six years ago. In a way, they're not wrong.
The trailer is showcasing L.A. Noire running natively on an Xbox One X at 4K resolution. The resolution refines and sharpens the image quality by adding more pixels per square inch to the display output. What this results in is a game with a much clearer picture and a much sharper overall image quality.
However, the thing that gamers need to remember is that this is a UHD re-release for the Xbox One X and a standard HD re-release for the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PS4. Rockstar didn't overhaul the engine or completely redo all the graphical assets, which is why the game still largely looks the same as it did when it launched back in 2011. The shaders were slightly tweaked but Rockstar didn't mess with attempting to add multi-pass light sourcing, or overhaul the normal design for the characters to look more realistic. Instead, the focus was just on giving the game a bit of a brushup, ensure that the performance is on target, and include all of the previously released DLC into a single package.
If you have an ultra HD television and you plan on getting an Xbox One X, you'll be able to experience L.A. Noire in true 4K. If resolution is more important to you than art-style then you'll probably enjoy the upgrade. The re-release of L.A. Noire is due out on November 14th.