‘Titanfall’ Drops at 792p, 1080p Still Possible for Xbox Exclusive

Titanfall drops with 792p of resolution for the Xbox One tonight at midnight for gamers everywhere. Fan boys across the world now have fodder for the forums with the confirmation of a 792p resolution for the Xbox One flagship title which is sure to be another sore point for the next gen console.

Speaking to Digital Foundry, the lead engineer of Titanfall confirmed that the game would drop into retail at the 792p resolution but that hope remains for making the game closer to the 1080p benchmark.

“We’ve been experimenting with making it higher and lower. One of the big tricks is how much ESRAM we’re going to use, so we’re thinking of not using hardware MSAA and instead using FXAA to make it so we don’t have to have this larger render target,” Baker told Eurogamer.

The Inquisitr is not a tech blog so we will not bore you with the details on how the eSRAM is the source of many developers woes when it comes to reaching that 1080p display resolution on the Xbox One. Digital Foundry has done an excellent job of taking the guts of the Xbox One apart and you can read that analysis for yourself.

Even without a detailed explanation of how the Xbox One is continually missing its 1080p mark which the PlayStation 4 library of games seems to be hitting with much more ease that the Xbox One. Even with the bandwidth issues and the hardware difficulties that are keeping Titanfall from reaching 1080p, Richard Baker the lead engineer of Titanfall has assured gamers that they will do their best to increase the resolution.

“We’re going to experiment. The target is either 1080p non-anti-aliased or 900p with FXAA. We’re trying to optimise… we don’t want to give up anything for higher res. So far we’re not 100 per cent happy with any of the options, we’re still working on it. For day one it’s not going to change. We’re still looking at it for post-day one. We’re likely to increase resolution after we ship.”

Other notable games have missed the 1080p mark for the Xbox One including Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition and Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Even with Titanfall’s 792p resolution we are still in the very early days of the new console generation and if we learn anything from the previous generation is that once developers get a handle on the new hardware the games will look better, play better and the memories of these early missteps will fade.