The Verge compares PS4/XB1 games (that nasty, awful XB1 sharpening filter at work)

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Nothing really huge here sans one shot:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/29/5155726/next-gen-supplementary-piece

The Verge says that Assassin's Creed runs at 900p on XB1, and 1080p on PS4. However it also has a nasty upscaling filter that is provided by the XB1 that overly darkens the picture and sharpens the image considerably. (lots more talk about that in this thread.) Here's the comparison:


Full Res: http://cdn0.sbnation.com/assets/3647859/AC4-PS4.png


Full Res: http://cdn1.sbnation.com/assets/3647843/AC4-ONE-RIGHT.png

GIF form (you really ought to try the slider thing in the Verge site):


Here's another with Call of Duty, with the same sharpening/color issue:


Full Res: http://cdn3.sbnation.com/assets/3647995/COD-PS4.png


Full Res: http://cdn1.sbnation.com/assets/3647931/COD-ONE-RIGHT.png


Here's an example of what the sharpening filter is doing to games. Both images below are of Battlefield 4 on XB1, upscaled to 1080p from 720p:

Preview/beta build with sharpening and contrast filter said:
Final retail version without the filter said:

Recently Digital Foundry did another look at the Battlefield XB1 version, and the sharpening filter applied to the older build was removed. So this is something devs can easily toggle/remove if they choose to.

Please, for gawds sakes devs, don't use this upscale filter, or remove it via patch. It looks so, so bad.

(Known affected games so far: AC: Black Flag, Killer Instinct, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Dead Rising 3, Powerstar Golf)



NOTE: You can disable this filter by forcing your XB1 to always output at 720p.
 

Chance Hale

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I refuse to believe Assassin's Creed looks like that on the One. Given it can be removed if BF4 is used as evidence everyone do so please! Everyone tweet Microsoft people until it's gone.
 

Derrick01

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Holy shit! AC4 already looks pretty sub par on PS4 due to all the last gen assets, but that Xbox One pic is something else. That's atrocious looking.
 

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Waiting for someone to come in here and say the xbox version looks better. MS needs to remove this completely, it's not a feature and makes games look terrible.
 
Yet again I find myself liking the Xbox shots more due to the washed out looking colours on the PS4 shots, this is occuring across multiple games now, what's the cause?
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OOOF ok that second COD: Ghosts shot........ that's kind of a bit more blatent, that's a big ding on the Xbox One for sure.
EDIT2: and Madden? Nope prefer the contrast on the Xbox One shot again, resolution difference is minimal.
Really really hard to spot the difference on the NBA shot, couldn't care less.
 

Chobel

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But I thought there's no way the Xbox One is giving up 30% power advantage to PS4.
 

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Yet again I find myself liking the Xbox shots more due to the washed out looking colours on the PS4 shots, this is occuring across multiple games now, what's the cause?
I dare you to say that again when you see both version in motion. Xbone jaggies will bother you...
 

Guevara

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The most prominent part of these screenshots, the water, actually does look a little better to me in the XB1 shot. GAF I have failed you.
 

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I figured this was likely an exaggeration but... Nope, honestly that looks awful. So much fine detail ruined. AC4 looks gorgeous, the color particularly, and that just mutilates it.
 

Mindwipe

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I think the COD screenshots are a better example. It's a big difference.

(For what it's worth I think AC4 actually would benefit from slightly darker shadows on the PS4, and hence until you really look I can see why some people might actually not hate the Xbox version. Until a good look.)
 

CSX

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oh man at those Ghosts comparisons in the article.

Differene is quite huge.

And one of those NBA 2k14 pics for xb1 is so dark, you cant see the floor reflections...
 

Zefah

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Hmm... the game doesn't look nearly that bad on my PS4, so I'm kind of suspicious that the Xbox One version looks as horrible as it does there. I'm not doubting the ugly sharpening filter, though.
 

Chobel

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Yet again I find myself liking the Xbox shots more due to the washed out looking colours on the PS4 shots, this is occuring across multiple games now, what's the cause?
PC and PS4 have the same colors. Xbox One adds sharpness and contrast to output video. To have the same colors in PC/PS4 just modify sharpness and contrast from your monitor/TV options.
 

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Hmm... the game doesn't look nearly that bad on my PS4, so I'm kind of suspicious that the Xbox One version looks as horrible as it does there. I'm not doubting the ugly sharpening filter, though.
Agreed, I'm playing ACIV on PS4 right now and it doesn't look like that on my tv so I doubt the XB1 version looks that bad.
 

Monty Mole

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Holy shit! AC4 already looks pretty sub par on PS4 due to all the last gen assets, but that Xbox One pic is something else. That's atrocious looking.
Really? AC4 on PS4 is anything but subpar. The texture work is incredible and the game is beautiful to look at in native 1080p too.

The above image doesn't do the PS4 version justice, looks so good in motion.