Microsoft fully expects developers to achieve native 1080p games on the Xbox One as time passes.
“I fully expect that to happen,” Xbox director of development Boyd Multere recently told OXM.
“The [graphics processing units] are really complicated beasts this time around.” But Multere expects things to go smoother once developers begin to really wrap their head around the Xbox One’s ESRAM that works in tandem with the console’s 8 GB of DDR3 RAM.
“Once these engines – the engine developers like Frostbite and those guys – they really wrap their heads around this particular GPU architecture, then all of the titles coming out of that studio will take advantage of it and get better,” he said. “The hardware is basically baked, and what comes next is people discovering better software techniques to take advantage of it, especially in the ordering of the data so it flows through all the caches correctly, and I think there’s a lot of opportunity there.”
Multere also expects “fairly large improvements in GPU output as people really tune these data sets now to get maximum use out of their GPUs,” he explained. But he agrees that “Part of it is learning how to tune, part of it is I think a very legitimate question of quality of pixels versus number of pixels, and of course both are interesting.”
It was noted earlier that Respawn Entertainment’s recently launched shooter, Titanfall, will likely receive a future resolution update targeting 900p or 1080p.
In related news, Microsoft is also putting effort into new ways to reward gamers that exhibit positive behavior in the Xbox Live environment. Rather than penalizations negative actions, Microsoft partner and development lead Frank Savage explained in a recent GDC talk that features in a future Xbox One update will “actively encourage [players] to be better.”
If your reputation is “soaring because you’re this amazing player that everyone wants to be with,” Savage wants Xbox Live’s reputation algorithm to recognize that and reward individuals for that reputation.
Savage told Polygon that these rewards have yet to be specified, as that component of Xbox Live’s reputation system is still in the “brainstorming” stages.
Microsoft recently announce these 26 addition markets that the Xbox One will launch in this September:
Xbox Live members will get a chance to trial run Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Onslaught add-on for three this weekend.