After the Preview/Review copies have been sent out the last week, some outlets have been running Graphics and Resolution analyses on the game running on Xbox One. Digital Foundry released a statement saying that according to their analyses the game was running at 720p/900p and 1080p. Due to the high level of MXAA (4x) they had some difficulty analyzing the frames although Output remained at a steady 1080p 30FPS.
Remedy broke the silence on the Resolution and Framerate issue which became a hotbed of speculation the past weekend, releasing the following statement:
Quantum Break’s 1080p output is a temporal reconstruction from four previous 720p 4xMSAA frames. This approach gets us high pixel quality in combination with complex shading and effects, allowing us to achieve a cinematic look. However, varying sample counts between passes and temporal upscaling makes talking about resolution, as it is traditionally understood, complicated in the case of Quantum Break. Since the start of “Quantum Break’s” development, the most important thing for Remedy and Microsoft has been delivering a compelling gaming experience with superior artistic quality. This is what Remedy is renowned for. We’re confident that we have achieved this, and can’t wait to hear what fans think on April 5 when they play the game.
Phil Spencer also Tweeted some responses to outraged “fans” who felt disappointed that the game was being reported running at 720p
@Axel_Dreams_95 I encourage you to try a game before you make any pre-judgements about what makes a game good or bad.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 20, 2016
Basically, the game runs at 1080p, however due to the graphical techniques used the game may register to some antique analyses tools under 720p. Remedy used a technique called Temporal Reconstruction which uses 4 frames to construct one 1080p high quality frame.
Regardless of the controversy surrounding the topic, the game looks fantastic and Remedy really went all out to create one of the most visually stunning games on console/PC today. Quantum Break launches on April 5th on Xbox One and the Windows 10 Store. Keep an eye out on ticgn.com for our in depth review.