The Battlefield: Hardline Beta released this week on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and some of the speculation surrounding the game centers on the resolution on the Xbox One version.
Confirmed by Digital Foundry, the resolutions for the Beta on Xbox One and PS4 are 720p and 900p respectively. This is a disappointment on many levels as both consoles have touted next-generation graphics, yet cannot hit the benchmark set for full-HD today (1080p). The Battlefield: Hardline Beta does perform better on the PS4 at least, though there is no benchmark for the Xbox One since this is the first time Hardline will appear on Microsoft's console.
The resolution for Battlefield: Hardline has been a topic of issue, with Reddit users complaining the resolution looked sub-1080p from the get-go. Reports have circulated that the final versions of the game will be sub-1080p on both consoles, while some PC users will be able to play the Beta at 1440p60 and so on.
The Battlefield: Hardline Beta showcases another trend in the gaming industry when it comes to the consoles. While Sony declared that EA's Hardline would play at 1080p60 on the PS4, most cross platform games have not hit that mark. Sony's console holds a decided advantage over its Microsoft counterpart, but most games that hit the 1080p mark only run at 30 frames-per-second. Battlefield 4 was an exception at the launch of the consoles, with the PS4 version running at 900p, while the Xbox One version runs at 720p. After Sony announced that Battlefield: Hardline would run at 1080p60, Visceral hinted that the Xbox One would follow suit.
While Battlefield: Hardline is the first game to come out in the Battlefield series since the under-performing Battlefield 4 was released, the game has a different take than its counterparts. Hardline is a play on every young child's "cops and robbers" fantasy, with players taking those roles in the game, going head-to-head. Battlefield: Hardline's Beta allows for three different game modes, giving players on each platform plenty of variety to keep them busy.
If the Battlefield: Hardline Beta's resolution numbers carry over to the official launch, this will be yet another title illustrating the growing gap between PC and console players, as the trend of sub-1080p games will continue. The Battlefield: Hardline Beta will run until February 8, so make sure you take a look at the game to help you decide whether to buy.
Battlefield: Hardline launches on Xbox One, PC, and PS4, as well as last-gen consoles, on March 17, 2015.
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