Secret sauce tastes like what? Well, if you're over in the Xbox camp, you probably have no idea. If you're in the Nintendo camp you'll be experiencing it very soon. And if you're in the PS4 camp... well, it doesn't need secret sauce, it continually pumps out 1080p games at 60 frames per second.
GamesBeat is reporting that developer RedLynx and publisher Ubisoft have confirmed to them that the upcoming Trials Fusion is 1080p and 60fps on the PS4 and a paltry seventh-gen-and-a-half 900p on the Xbox One.
As noted in the article...
“...developer RedLynx promises that it runs at a smooth 60 frames per second on all of those systems. It will not, however, run at the same resolution. Ubisoft has confirmed to GamesBeat that Fusion will run at 1080p on PS4 and 900p on Xbox One. Those numbers refer to the number of horizontal lines the game is rendering for every frame of animation.”
So let's put this into numerical perspective so there's no confusion: 1440x900 for the Xbox One and 1920x1080 for the PS4.
That's a difference of 633,600 pixels.
That means that the PS4 is rendering 132,864 more pixels in Trials Fusion than the Xbox One is rendering in Titanfall over the Xbox 360. Yes, that's right, there is a smaller resolution gap between Titanfall on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One than there is between Trials Fusion on the PS4 and Xbox One.
That's like one version of the game being from foreign royalty while the other is an illegal immigrant.
That's like having two cousins, one that always brings you fresh steak for the grill and one that brings you a McDonald's wrapper from last week.
That's like dating two prison inmates, but one murdered someone while the other didn't. Which one are you going to end up with when parole time comes?
Still... a lot of gamers are asking when the resolution debate will end. Well, will Obama ever be able to escape Birthers? Exactly.
Does this also mean that there are a lot of rosy-cheeked executives at Redmond, plumped up in embarrassment from the fact that a console $100 more expensive than the competition can't output equivalent graphics on a non-AAA title? Well, the next time you visit the Microsoft offices in Washington, how about you send me a postcard, eh?
GamesBeat further notes that...
“Some games on Xbox One do reach a resolution of 1080p while also running at 60 frames per second. Forza 5 is capable of this, and some gamers continue to hope that as developers get more familiar with the Xbox One, they’ll be able to squeeze better performance out of it.”
Forza 5? You mean the game that introduced us to The Forzaning? The same game that was downgraded badly? The same game that features less content than Forza 4? That Forza? Yeah... no.
So far, the Xbox One has yet to showcase that it can handle 1080p games at 60fps that are legitimately next-gen. Even with DirectX 12 inbound (which won't be available until holiday 2015) it's going to be a long, hard generation for Xbox fanboys when it comes to dealing with worse looking multiplatform titles.
At least for those of you who own a PS4, you can take solace in knowing that Trials Fusion will run in the required new-gen standard of 1080p and 60fps.
Xbox One owners... parole time is coming soon.