After weeks of speculation, Neogaf rumors (which turned out to be true) and silence on the end of Microsoft, all the scurrying and running about like chickens without heads has come to cessation. The truthbomb has dropped and as the dust has cleared, it is now confirmed that Microsoft has an Xbox 720p on their hands.
IGN, Videogamer and Digital Foundry have all confirmed with video footage and absolute certainty, that the PlayStation 4 version of Battlefield 4 is better than the Xbox One version.
Not only is the game better looking on the PS4 but the game maintains better framerates as well. According to Digital Foundry...
“In terms of gameplay, the gap widens further during the cannister explosion on the Fishing in Baku stage, with a disparity at well above these numbers - the PS4 regaining 60fps much faster than the fluctuating Xbox One code. We see occasional XO wins in like-for-like testing too, but in our single-player tests, it is clearly the PS4 code that is in the ascendant.
“...based on what we've seen so far, the Microsoft console manages to hold up despite the undeniable, quantifiably worse metrics in terms of both resolution and frame-rate.”
Now there have been some discrepancies about the testing environments in which the comparisons were made, but indisputably so, the PlayStation 4 has come out king as the true next-gen champion compared to the Xbox One.
Previously there was deep speculation that the Xbox One's eSRAM would run in front as a roadblock to developers when trying to optimize and squeeze juice out of the Xbox One, and it appears this is true. The rumors stated that many developers wouldn't be able to get the system to yield stable frames at higher resolution due to the hardware limitations and that there were reliability issues exceeding 720p resolutions.
In addition to this, all those rumors about the PlayStation 4 version of the game being better turned out to be true. This also gives us pause regarding other rumors, as it means that it could stand to reason that the allegations of the Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts being relegated to 720p while the Wii U and PS4 versions maintain 1080p could come true, as well.
Basically, what this means is that anyone who decides to buy an Xbox One over a Wii U is getting gypped by $200. You're paying more for an inferior system that runs games at lower resolutions and fewer frames per second. In addition to this, the Wii U has been confirmed to have more 1080p 60fps games than the Xbox One, meaning that you will get more true next-gen games on Nintendo's console than Microsoft's console.
If you're okay paying more for a weaker system, then go ahead and do so. For everyone else on the fence, you can see this news as a string of things to come, revealing that all the negative Xbox One rumors may be coming true sooner than you think.