I love the optimism of new console generation. I remember the EA Madden NFL CG teaser from 2005 and how I actually believed for a brief moment that was possible on the Xbox 360. Of course that CG trailer never panned out.
720p is so last generation
It is believed that 720p30 was the de facto resolution and framerate for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. That wasn’t the case at all. Many games wavered from that standard and while some developers were better at hiding that fact, many were not as successful.
I’m not kidding when I say Call of Duty: Ghosts will be the first Call of Duty game rendered at a high definition resolution.
With that harsh reality in mind, I will not be shocked to find an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 game was actually rendering at 720p and upscaled to 1080p. We all want 1080p to be the gold standard but like gold, it will be malleable and don’t be surprised if we see regularly see sub 1080p games.
If not 1080p, how about 900p?
If we’re not going to get 1080p games, I hope the bare minimum rendering resolution will be 1600 x 900. I’ve played many PC games at that resolution and it is a fine compromise. These $4-500 boxes are not packing the kinds of hardware that developers (and publishers) want for all their eye candy. Prettier explosions and effects sell games and until the masses start picking up games with superior resolutions and/or framerates, these compromises will continue.