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Preface: This isn't a Microsoft bashing post, as I've been a loyal Windows user since Win 95. Even before that as I was growing up in the 80's and early 90's, my step-father was a Windows user. So I've had Microsoft products in my home for as long as I can remember. Also, I haven't owned a console since the Atari Jaguar was released 20 years ago. I have zero interest in any sort of console war.
So, with that out of the way, I'm kinda shocked at the performance issues the Xbox One seems to be having. When I say "performance issues", I'm specifically talking about the system's inability to run new releases at 1080p. Games like Titanfall, Thief, and apparently even Destiny are going to run at resolutions less than 1080p on Xbox1. From what I've read, Thief on XB1 is only going to run at 900p, and Titanfall currently only runs at 792p. I've heard that the Destiny devs have come out and admitted that Destiny will run at different resolutions on PS4 and XB1, with the XB1 presumably being relegated to something less than 1080p. Meanwhile, the PS4 seems to have no problem running these games at true 1080p. I believe that the issue with the XB1 is that game devs simply can't get a solid frame rate on it at 1080p.
Now, a lot of people will say this isn't that big of a deal. I've heard some mention that you really can't tell the difference in resolutions, or that the games are just as fun anyway so it won't matter. The XB1 games get "scaled up" to 1080p on your television anyway, so even if it's not true 1080p, it's really not that bad. My question is though, why on earth would anyone pay $100 more for clearly inferior hardware? When I buy electronics, vehicles, running shoes, etc., there's absolutely a price per performance equation factored into my purchase decision. I simply can't see myself paying more for a product that doesn't perform as well as a cheaper competitor. Also, if XB1 is having a hard time running current games at 1080p, what's going to happen in 3 or 4 years when game graphics are even more demanding? Will devs have to resort to running XB1 games at 576p or something? I don't think I've gamed with resolutions like that since the 90's.
I'm a PC gamer and probably won't be picking up any console anytime soon, but if and when i do it certainly won't be an XB1. Destiny looks like something I could be interested in later in the year though, hence the research into consoles, (it's initially releasing as a console only title). I've heard that investors are asking Microsoft's new CEO to get out of console gaming all together, now I can see why. They seem to already be behind on the hardware and the system just barely came out. How they expect to compete in the future is a mystery to me.