Battlefield 4 On PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Compared, Resolutions Confirmed

On the eve of Battlefield 4‘s official release, we get our first side-by-side comparison of the game running on both next-generation consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

DigitalFoundry have put together a video directly comparing the two versions of Battlefield 4 side-by-side in a number of slow-motion sequences. Though there is clearly a bit of a difference, some of you may have a preference for one over the other either way.

Thus far, reviews for the game have confirmed the resolution in which the game runs at on each platform, stating that while the PlayStation 4 version runs at 1600×900, the Xbox One version sits at a 1280×720 resolution.

Interestingly, EuroGamer notes that “both versions are treated to post-processing anti-aliasing too, seemingly equivalent to the refined, high setting on PC. However, this doesn’t tell the whole story. As you may notice in our screengrabs, the actual results on PS4 lack the corresponding level of crystal clarity we’d expect of such a significant resolution boost. This should surely be a home run for Sony’s console, but what is likely to be a software-based upscale to 1080p delivers less-than-stellar returns, and for better or worse leaves the Xbox One with an often crisper looking, albeit much more aliased image.”

Check out the video below and tell us what you think in the comments!

Update 1

Digital Foundry has also uploaded a side-by-side frame rate comparison between the two consoles.

Update 2

IGN has posted their own PlayStation 4 / Xbox One comparison which you can check out below. Thanks, Jody Clark!

  • Ryan Hoffman

    its not your fault microsoft. you tried but failed again.

    • That guy you might know

      From the looks of it, they didn’t.

      It may be a small difference but I can see it, and plenty of other people can as well apparently.

  • Omen

    This video shows exactly why resolution does not matter. With the PS4 at a higher resolution, I personally think the XBO looks better. People need to stop worrying so much about resolution and start buying their games because they’re fun and enjoyable to play. I’m getting both console btw.

  • JackBurton101

    Based on that video all I see is a softer-looking footage on the PS4. The Xbox footage appears to be much crisper. For example, the fire effects at around the 5:30 mark. The Xbox version looks far better.

    I’ve had hands-on time with the Xbox One version at the Eurogamer Expo and this past weekend at the London Xbox One tour and I have no issues at all with how it looked.

  • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

    Call me crazy, but I’m going to go ahead and say that I really like the way the X1 version is looking. Maybe I won’t feel so bad about my decision after all :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

      One should only feel bad about his or her decision if it was driven by peer pressure, which makes up part of the console war

      • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

        If I didn’t none of MP1st’s staff would be representing the X1, haha.

        • Bryan P

          That’s why your my favorite David

        • Zatanna XOXOXOXO

          Are all the other members of MP1st’s staff going to be on PC or PS4? Are you really the only one buying X1first?

    • MegaMan3k

      I’m surprised MP1st isn’t more on the ‘radar’ of companies. I’m shocked to hear that you (presumably) have to buy your own hardware and software. Are you invited to preview events and hands-on stuff and what not?

      • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

        That’s an awfully nice thing to say :) I’ve been invited to a few X1 events (which I couldn’t make, sadly), and got to preview it at E3, so we’re getting there, but still have a ways to go.

    • Alkanida

      The XO version has a better contrast (which is going to change for everyone depending on their tv/ingame settings).
      at 04:18, you can see that PS4 handles anti aliasing better (mostly due to a more blurry picture)

    • Johnny Neat

      Check out the update I added incase you haven’t heard.

    • Just saying

      I don’t think the majority here was waiting to see how BF4 will look like on next gen consoles to decide which one to go with. I decided to go with PS4 before even knowing anything about it. My friends and I are already on PS3 and we got used to the DS3. You can say that we got used to PS style just like Xbox users got used to Xbox and love it. There’s no hate for Xbox in my comment, I respect both but I feel only a small fraction will change platforms.

    • jaskdavis

      Yep, Both look great, I agree on the X1 looking a little better, It’s more Flashy in lighting and some textures seem more detailed (ESRAM?) Maybe they sacrificed resolution for Other effects? They both look very close, Closer than PS3 and Xbox 360 version of BF3. CAN’T WAIT!

    • Matthew Shane Nickerson

      The one problem im having with all these video comparisons is that everyone is overlooking the one detail that is there but nobody gives to craps to read is that these video comparisons are running at 720p 30fps.The fact is we havnt seen BF4 being played at 900p on the PS4 like its suppose to.there will be a huge difference when that video comes out.Dice only sent these guys that one resolution.So if you want to know the truth the xboxone will look like the videos we are seeing now while the PS4 version will look and run much better.Its to bad people just jump the gun and say hey the xboxone looks better.I think in these videos the PS4 looks a little better because the xboxone has way to much dark shaders in there and it hides way to much detail and parts of the game which is silly in my opinion

    • http://Www.pselectronicsrepair.com/ Lrishjake

      Thats great to hear.. I can say personally that it looks amazing on PC. I am still waiting to see it on next-gen though

    • TI_21

      It appears that the footage of Eurogamer is not representative of the X1 version. They changed the colour model to full range RGB on all systems which is currently kinda broken on the X1 dev kit. So dark areas were darker than intended.

      The full explanation can be read here:

      http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-battlefield-4-face-off-qa

      BTW Jackfrags footage doesn’t suffer from those gradation problems, so it’s in line with the intended colour scheme. Though he couldn’t record the full RGB range like Eurogamer.

  • Warren Lucas

    getting it for pc but i caught myself looking towards the xbox screen alot more. it was alot more crisp imo

  • Jody Clark

    I’ll wait for launch games to judge as they are both being tweaked still. Honestly They both look identical…I hate Digital Foundry footage though they always somehow seem to make Sony footage look like they don’t know there is an expanded color setting…blacks always deeper on MS version….this shouldn’t be a thing and is easily adjusted. Regardless though so far Anti Aliasing doesn’t seems as apparent as current gen.

    • T-DOG

      THE RGB IS REASON FOR COLOR PROBLEMS ON PS4. DO NOT KNOW WHY THEY USED IT. RGB SUCKS.

      On pS3 I turn it off. RGB can interfere with a lot of TVs resulting in washed out colors. It makes blu ray movies look better to turned off.

      This setting allows you to specify the color space of the video output from your PS3, either RGB or Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr. Typically, video game content is encoded in sRGB and video is broken down into Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr. The PlayStation 3 can automatically detect which color mode is best for the source video, but some users have noted problems with the auto detection, such as discoloration. Additionally, RGB and Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr output can be affected by the type of display you are using, whether it be a PC monitor or TV. For those using a PC monitor we recommend “RGB,” while HDTV owners should stick to “Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr” for Blu-ray content.

      This is from a optimizing article for PS3. I would expect the same results for PS4. They really should not have tested the next gen footage on RGB I am not a fan of it because it washes out colors and can interfere with TVs. BF4 will look much better with it turned off.

      • Jody Clark

        Video from IGN does PS4 more justice, was added

  • That guy you might know

    From what I’m seeing, its like the Xbox One version…..

    Whats the word, I think its saturation. You know when you go an image on paint and you change the saturation to make it look more vibrant.

    Thats what I see in it, they both look great though :D

    • That guy you might know

      I forgot the trailer when they cut his left off ;-;

      After they did that, I didn’t even finish the trailer…..
      I have to play this campaign

  • PuddingAuxRais1ns

    PS4 for me.

    • Jody Clark

      It would look that way on the XBOX One version if they turned up the damn brightness as much as the PS4 version….all DF vids are like this…but that’s my take on it they both look good.

      • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

        Actually, Eurogamer made a point to set the contrast/brightness the same in the game on both platforms and found XO darker. The 360 has a darker/deeper color image quality by default, and it sounds like that continues on XOne.

        • Jody Clark

          Not saying your wrong but IGN posted a video this morning…MP1st added it above…seems to actually look different…….go figure…

    • T-DOG

      On pS3 I turn it off. RGB can interfere with a lot of TVs resulting in washed out colors. It makes blu ray movies look better to turned off.

      This setting allows you to specify the color space of the video output from your PS3, either RGB or Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr. Typically, video game content is encoded in sRGB and video is broken down into Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr. The PlayStation 3 can automatically detect which color mode is best for the source video, but some users have noted problems with the auto detection, such as discoloration. Additionally, RGB and Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr output can be affected by the type of display you are using, whether it be a PC monitor or TV. For those using a PC monitor we recommend “RGB,” while HDTV owners should stick to “Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr” for Blu-ray content.

      This is from a optimizing article for PS3. I would expect the same results for PS4. They really should not have tested the next gen footage on RGB I am not a fan of it because it washes out colors and can interfere with TVs. BF4 will look much better with it turned off.

    • KeroNyu

      Resolution does matter. The problem on PS4 is the AA that is being used. It blurs the lines.

  • MegaMan3k

    You can easily tell the resolution difference and aliasing difference when you compare fine edges and lines (ex: cables in the Baku mission).

    But, in ultra close ups, the texture detail seems superior in the Xbox One version.

    It looks like the PS4 version could be using a rudimentary AA solution that blurs the entire image. It would result in less “jaggies,” but a loss of texture detail. Alternatively, I wonder if the Xbox One’s upscaling technology works great on broad textures, but completely falls apart on small features (ex: the cables mentioned above).

    Right now, my personal opinion, is that in some screenshots the Ps4 version is by far superior, and in other screenshots the Xbox One version is much more appealing. This has created what will undoubtedly be an interesting few weeks of trolling, crying, yelling, trolling, and crying as we lead up to a Ghosts comparison and, of course, launch. Yay.

    • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

      Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy Battlefield 4 on xbox 360 The graphics from what I’ve seen on both current gen consoles seem noticeably better than 3.

  • therapiist

    Easter egg on the first video at 5:30 of a dinosaur ..

  • Cole.

    It looks to me like xbox one just has a lower brightness and more contrast. Overall think ps4 looks a bit better but not really by much.

  • Axe99

    Both look excellent. There’s noticeably more aliasing on the XB1 edges, but in general gamers on either console should be very happy with the result :). I reckon PS4 could have got better legs out of the extra resolution with a better upscaler (although I’m not saying I like the sound of the edge-highlighting upscaler on the XB1 – that’s a blunt tool if ever I’ve seen one, but it’s clear the upscaling from 900p to 1080p isn’t going to set any benchmarks), but either way I’d be very happy playing it on either next-gen console (hell, I hear it even looks pretty nice on PC, lol ;)).

  • Ashraf Mansour

    Gonna start by saying, this is purely my opinion….

    The colors
    on the XB1 version look richer, the textures seem sharper, the blacks
    are deeper and the lighting looks amazing. I kept looking back at the
    PS4 version, thought it might be me, but though out the whole trailer, I
    could see kind of like a motion blur over the graphics, which put my
    off a little bit, and when the light is shining from the background on
    the PS4 version (e.g. sun, fire, etc), it looked like whatever color was
    emitting from there casted a really light ‘aura’ of color over the
    screen which personally, I think made it look weird.

    In saying that, both versions look great.

  • CoDisaFish

    X1 looks sharper and crispier but the extra frames do matter…well not going to be a console fan but i’m getting this for the pc once my new rig is going to be built…the xbox360 beta soured me because the lack of controls but i know it’ll change on the final build on next gen…still indecisive on what console to get..but that’ll be until next year

    • MegaMan3k

      If you’re an MP gamer, the choice if obvious – get what your friends get.

      • CoDisaFish

        i have tons of pc gamers i know that used to game with me on tf2 or CS…i’m just jumping ship back and forth. I’ll never forget about the others who game on a different platform

        • pot51e

          Take them with you. I was on PC, but went PS3 as all my mates were there. As we are at a natural crossroads, I have now convinced 3 of my friends to invest in their PC’s – so I am coming home. Here’s hoping punkbuster is better than it was 3 years ago!

  • Oblivion_Lost667

    Personally, PS4 looks the better out of the two, if you look farther out during the driving sequence the X1 has massive amounts of jaggies, and the PS4 simply looks clearer and easier to discern. The coloring differences appear to be a large change in brightness/contrast settings and such.

  • Aria68

    I gotta say that Xbox one looks better than i though! that being said i believe in xbox one the colours are over saturated, which might be appealing in certain scenarios how ever it’s not nice at all in darker scenes! overall considering the PS4′s advantage in hardware, it is nice to see that PS4 version comes very close to PC version in terms of resolution/smoothness and it’s natural contrast.
    PS4 version also wins the performance battle according Eurogamer!

  • Justin Mckay

    Off topic question but does it look as good as bf3 on current gen really impacting my decision to get it :/

  • Ryan Hoffman

    also looks like they did the same thing that they did with bf3 and turned brightness all the way up on the ps version to make it look softer.

    • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

      Did you read the article at all? They are both turned up to the same percentage!

      Wait, I realize who I am talking too…

  • oofy

    Trolls be damned. Get the game on your platform of choice and enjoy it. Simple as that. Nitpicking will have you gnashing your teeth until eternity.

  • Sheldon

    Videogamer.com said the ps4 gameplay capture is washed out looking because of bad capture devices. Who knows…

  • BigRuss730

    Here we go again, it’s 360 versus PS4 all over again….. There is not enough difference to care.

  • Sgt. Mofo

    Ever since my first upconvert DVD player, hearing the word ‘upscaling’ doesn’t exactly illicit a positive reaction. Gotta give it to MS though – the 720p image has good pop and looks sharp. The biggest issue I see is the aliasing on railings and the edge of buildings (very prominent in the framerate video when the player runs up on the roof).

    Aliasing was far less prominent on PS4, but the muted color and overall soft image were really off-putting. Shadows appear grayish-black (or when near fire redish-grayish-black).

    Hard to determine a winner, but they both look great in their own right.

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  • Johnny Neat

    Update on BF4 PS4 vs XO. http://t.co/ntUvLbR7PU and https://t.co/hjoPeMHpLP

  • kingwill4231

    Im getting a PS4 and I know the new system will rock but bottom line U can’t go wrong with either version when compared to current gen both will be a huge upgrade overall with BF4.

  • zacflame

    It’s the same thing as the GTAV graphics comparisons, or is every graphics comparison like this?

    One is slightly brighter or darker than the other.

  • ChrisBChillin

    It just looks to me like the PS4 version has this light fog over everything. It looks kinda faded.

  • ckaiycool .

    I’m curious if the PS4 version has to much brightness and to little contrast cause the Xbox one version is the winner here in the picture quality.

  • awkenney

    I don’t understand why DICE doesn’t just turn off the anti-aliasing and post-processing and extra fluff effects in exchange for 1080p and high-res textures. The end result on PC for me is clarity, which I often prefer to effects.

    • LoLicker

      I’m with you on this. I turn off those on nearly all the games I play. A higher resolution and better textures are more important than smooth edges.

  • dpg70

    Honestly I’m a little disappointed in how both of them look. X1 is too dark in places and PS4 has this smoked blur thing going on. They both look good enough for launch titles from a 3rd party that probably hasn’t had much time with the hardware though.

  • JOrge

    ps4 yeah!

  • Yeboi

    I actually prefer the PS4 version, specifically the contrast of lighting compared to the XO.

  • Atrocity

    For all you guys claiming the Xbox One version looks better because of it’s HIGH Contrast and broke as black (crushed) including overusage of sharpen filter you should know Digital Foundry admitted they messed up the capture method.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-battlefield-4-face-off-qa

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