‘Destiny’ Xbox One Not Dumbed Down, No Microtransactions Confirmed

A common refrain among console warriors is that Destiny for the Xbox One would have to be dumbed down compared to the Playstation 4 to reach the resolution holy grail of 1080p. Bungie Senior Environment Artist Jason Sussman discounted this accusation in a recently released interview while also confirming once again that there are no microtransactions for the upcoming shooter.

Bungie confirmed that Destiny would run at 1080p and 30 frames per second on the Xbox One when the game launches, just like the PS4, before the beta kicked off on the console. Sussman confirmed the resolution and frame rate again in an interview with GamingBolt. However, he was also asked if Destiny’s graphics were dumbed down in any way.

“No, we’re working really hard to make sure that the best experience and the quality of the game we’re trying to deliver is equal across the platforms,” he responded.

“Each console has their own nuances, there is always like little tweaks and things,” Sussman added when asked about working the Xbox One’s eSRAM setup. “That’s standard, anytime you’re working cross-platforms there is a-lot of new nuances to each console and we’re making sure that the game looks best on all of them and it does, it looks really good. I think we’ve succeeded, it definitely looks good.”

Sussman also reiterated that there will be no microtransactions built into Destiny:

“So currently there are no micro-transactions, everything is in-game. As you play the game, you’re finding different equipment that’s coming out of different enemies or treasure chests or even within the tower you will receive different rewards that you’re rewarded within the game. It’s all built within the game.”

Did he just leave it open that microtransactions could come later? Possibly. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare added microtransactions a few months after it launched on the Xbox One, so it’s always possible that it could be added to Destiny as well.

However, Bungie has stated in the past that any microtransactions offered would be aesthetic only and would not affect gameplay. It’s not clear how microtransactions would even fit within Destiny since most of the items in the game boost characters and the in-game currency was easily obtained during the beta.

Of course, Destiny also has at least two paid expansion packs coming as well, so microtransactions might not be needed at all.

Destiny will launch on September 9 for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. More than six million people participated in the beta test in July. Are you ready for the game launch?

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