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Great news for PS4 owners: it looks like EA is investigating into creating disparity between the PS4 and Xbox One versions of EA Sports UFC when the game launches in two weeks.
Following up on news from a Digital Foundry report that indicates that EA Sports UFC demo runs native 900p on both the PS4 and the Xbox One. Given that the game is essentially 900p at 30fps, it left many gamers asking why the heck isn't this at least native 1080p at 30fps if Battlefield 4 is 900p at 60fps on the PS4? That's a pretty good question.
According to GameSpot – managing to grab a quote from creative director Brian Hayes – the game could get a small boost on the PS4 at launch, with Hayes talking up the possibility of native 1080p for the PS4, saying...
"They were looking at whether or not we could have the PS4 [version run] at a higher resolution," ..."but whether or not their investigations were successful? I don't know at this time."
Yea.... ehh....uhh.. what?
I was pretty sure that the game would get a 1080p upgrade with the typical AAA day-one patch to bring the game's parity up to what it's usually advertised to be, but Hayes seems terribly unsure at this point.
I mean, we did have Hayes mentioning back in October of 2013 on Gaming Bolt that EA Sports UFC would be running 1080p, with the creative director saying...
“UFC is running at 1080p. The game sim is running at 60 FPS, but rendering at 30 FPS with motion blur. From prior experience working on Fight Night Round 4 and Fight Night Champion, which rendered at 60 and 30 FPS respectively, we discovered that 60 FPS didn’t have a hugely beneficial impact on gameplay, but motion blur had an enormous impact on visual quality.”
Ugh, I really like EA Sports UFC but that comment about 60fps not having a “hugely beneficial impact” makes the very soul of my gaming spirit cringe.
Anyway, the game's move backward, downward and wayward from the 1080p full HD Holy Grail probably has gamers thinking one of two things: 1) The PS4 is being held back by the Xbox One and in order to maintain release parity EA Canada is capping the resolution until they can unleash a post-launch patch to bring the PS4 back up to its real power, just like with Call of Duty: Ghost and Assassin's Creed IV. 2) Both consoles are junkyard dogs when we expected them to be prize-winning terriers.
At this junction, I just don't know. The whole NDA thing has been in play before and caused a huge controversy surrounding the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, as well as the whole corked benchmarks that caused the pixel counters to release inaccurate information regarding the game's resolution.
We won't know if the PS4 will get the true blue, unfettered, prime-time version of EA Sports UFC until launch day arrives on June 17th. For now, both PS4 and Xbox One owners will suffer the upscaling of native 900p to 1080p.