The Xbox One’s graphical capabilities have come under fire after the announcement of certain games running at a lower frame rate on Microsoft’s machine than the PS4 versions. According to Hot Hardware, an upcoming patch is expected to lower the GPU requirements of the Kinect and increase the overall graphics processing for the machine.
Currently, Microsoft has asked developers to set aside 10% of the GPU for Kinect processing with 8% being set aside for video and 2% for audio. The reported patch will free up the 8% reserved for video, reducing the processing assigned for Kinect to 2%.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition rekindled some of the ridiculousness of the “console wars” because of the difference in frame rate between the two versions of the game. The PS4 is boasting an impressive 60fps, while the Xbox One is only at 30fps, but how much difference does this actually make? The folks at Digital Foundry have released an impressive video showcasing exactly what the frame rate is for each version, at any given moment.[youtube http://youtu.be/2eAmBQVsN6E]
You might notice that even though the PS4 has a much higher average in fps, it also has drastic drops that appear to make the game look very choppy. The human eye is less likely to notice a difference with a consistent frame rate. Even though the Xbox One is only running at 30fps, it appears to look slightly smoother because of it’s more steady frame rate. I hate stoking the fan-boy fire, but if you look closely at the edges of characters, especially in this still of Lara’s Face, you’ll notice that the Xbox One version actually looks much smoother. The Ps4 has very sharp and noticeable edges.
Personally, I’m really tired of all these graphical comparison videos and images. The differences are typically so minimal it’s not even worth mentioning. I honestly believe both versions of the game look amazing. There will never come a time when I’ll ever be playing the same game side-by-side, on the same tv, with two different consoles. I hope this patch helps alleviate some of the technical gripes consumers have with the Xbox One. Looking at resolution and frame rate alone makes the decision very black and white, but there are many other factors that need to be incorporated to make a educated opinion.