Poll: Is Graphical Fidelity More Important Than Gameplay?
Posted by Ken Barnes
The age old question returns.
With Microsoft announcing a Kinect-free Xbox One bundle earlier this week, which will be available at the same price as Sony's PlayStation 4, the distance between the two machines is getting smaller.
But, one difference remains, and that's what developers are able to do with the hardware that the boxes contain. As we alluded to yesterday, it seems that a lot of folks are absolutely hung up on whether or not games run at a resolution of 1080p and a 60 frames per second. In an ideal world, every game running on either machine would be able to handle those numbers, but we aren't living in an ideal world.
We can sort of understand multiplatform titles being given a shoeing by the public, if the person doing the shoeing owns both platforms. Why would you buy Watch Dogs on Xbox One, running at 792p/30fps, when you can buy it on PlayStation 4 for the same money and see it run at 900p/30fps? But if you DON'T own a PlayStation 4, what happens then? Are the missing 108 lines enough to make you think about trading your console and picking up a PS4? Will you even notice the missing lines when you're involved in the action of the game? Do you refuse to buy the game simply because it's available on a format that runs it a bit better? If that's the case, surely any game that also gets a PC release is also out of bounds, given the ludicrously high resolutions that top-end gaming PCs can run games at?
How about console exclusives? When a game like Sunset Overdrive looks as bonkers-crazy-fun as it does, is there any real cause to shout "Well, I'm not buying that!" when the rumour mill suggests that it won't be running at 1080p when it's released? Surely, the game still looks as bonkers-crazy-fun?
What about older games? Is the original SNES version of Super Mario World a lesser game (or less fun to play) because it runs in much lower resolution that we're now used to? How about Metal Slug, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda or pretty much any other game released before the dawn of HD? Do those games lose value simply because they aren't rendered at 1080p?
There's a lot of big questions to consider, and we're going to sum it up into a single one...
Is Graphical Fidelity As Important As Gameplay? (19 votes)
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