Pitchford: PC Borderlands “destroys console versions in terms of image fidelity”

Wednesday, 5th August 2009 10:32 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Don’t mince those words, Randy Pitchford, Gearbox super-honcho. Want to know what Borderlands version to get if you want it looking at its best? PC. It “destroys” the 360 and PS3 versions visually.

“The PC version destroys all the console versions in terms of the image fidelity – assuming you have the hardware for it,” he told RPS.

So we all buy the PC version, right Randy? Not so fast, kiddlewinks.

“It’s tough. It’s very tough, I’ll tell ya,” Pitchford added. “On one level I do like sitting on my couch with the surround sound and the wireless controller, on the other level I mean you will not get a better-looking image than in the PC version of the game.

“And when you’re playing a first-person shooter, the mouse and keyboard interface is still the best way to go. It’s a tough thing.”

Hit the link for loads more, including Alec Meer telling Randy “half the internet” spells his surname “Pitchfork”.

The RPG-shooter hybrid’s out on October 23.



  1. absolutezero

    PC has more visual options.

    What a scoop!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Hunam

    Not if your playing a GRIN game.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Freek

    “Don’t buy this version, it’s not as good”

    Strange way to promote your new game. 0_o

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Hunam

    I thought the whole “games look better on the PC if you spend the cash” was a known fact. Hence why the console fans always throw crazy numbers to justify not buying a PC. Because obviously only $4000 machines are good. :|

    #4 5 years ago

    /prepares for battle

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Robo_1

    “Strange way to promote your new game. 0_o”

    Quite. I mean I’m sure he’s right, but if you’re trying to sell a game on all three formats, it’s rather disingenuous to publicly out one version as “destroying” the other two. It’s further solidified my meh, feelings about the whole game to be honest.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Robster1979

    Wait till BDH see’s this :-)

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Hunam

    I think he’s hiding from the NWO today.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    Well, I have my PC connected to my TV… and I still wont be buying your shitty game Mr Pitchford. :)

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Hunam

    Borderlands looks pretty good to be fair, Pitchford is a mong though. I mean, considering I don’t even like Gearbox, me saying one of their games is good is a moon sized compliment.

    #10 5 years ago

    Don’t know anything about this game.

    Don’t much want to now…

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Robster1979

    All I know is the are millions of guns in the game.


    It looks like a very average shooter from the vid’s I’ve seen.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    “Borderlands looks pretty good to be fair”

    I think it looks like shit tbh… and it’s backed up in my mind by the fact that all they seem to want to talk about is their billions of guns and their OMG weapon system.

    To the point that I strongly believe that it’s all the game has going for it.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. SunKing

    They have been pushing this idea of having thousands upon thousands of gun variations in the game, but it don’t think it will have the same appeal as armour or clothing. To me, one gun is almost as good as another as long as it kills stuff. As long its not pink with the Hello Kitty logo inked on the side, I’m happy.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. SunKing

    Oh, and somebody should tell Mr Pitchford that there is such a thing as being a little too upfront with your audience.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    I think after these gems half the internet will spell Randy’s name Captain Points-out-the-bleedin-obvious!

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Grimrita

    ‘gearbox discover PCs brilliance’ – ?? And all this talk of ‘having wires hanging around’ is bollocks. I have a PC plugged into my TV via HD cables and there are just the same amount of wires as with a lame console.

    Streetfighter IV is amazing using my xbox controllers on my TV via my PC. If only developers start thinking outside the norm with console limitations

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Madeira

    I have my gaming PC next to the TV. The PC version is usually the way to go, but it’s good to hear a developer telling it like it is instead of talking up the 360/PS3 versions as if they were nearly identical to the PC.

    @Psychotext: There’s probably 100 different hands-on takes out there on Borderlands. Try to find one who thought it was a bad game.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Psychotext

    @Madeira: I learnt a long time ago not to trust preview writeups. They’ve got a habit of glossing over everything that reviews eventually pick up on (I guess devs are given a lot of slack because the game isn’t finished), meaning that even poor games can preview well.

    If I’m wrong come review time… all the better. No-one wants any game to be bad. But I get the feeling I’m not going to be.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Madeira

    @Psychotext: You said it was a shitty game. There should at least be some issue with it that is impossible to gloss over if it’s shitty.

    You said there was nothing going for it other than the guns. I’ve read a handful of previews that mention the visual style, the RPG elements, the open world, enemy variety, jump in/out 4 player coop… I mean, this isn’t buried among paragraph upon paragraph about the guns. It’s right there.

    If you’re going to say it’s shitty, you should at least have something to back it up- your own personal experience with the game, or a take from a game journalist that has played it.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    I did back it up. It’s my opinion based on the fact that all the company seem to be able to laud it is the millions of weapons. Beyond that, what I’ve seen in screenshots and video manages not only to look generic (gameplay, not art style), but like it’s running on five year old technology to boot.

    You have your feelings on the game, I have mine. I’m not going to argue with you about it. If you’re excited for it, more power to you.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. theevilaires

    OH? OK!

    #22 5 years ago

    Can anyone find a bad preview of Driv3r?

    Kane and Lynch?


    Shall I go on?

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    I did actually see a bad preview of Haze in fairness. :)

    #24 5 years ago
  25. No_PUDding

    And Driv3r.

    (I still love it)

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Madeira

    @G1GAHURTZ: No it’s ok.

    @Psychotext: I don’t really have much feelings for the game, I just noticed that you seemed full of shit about it. ’5 year old technology’…

    #26 5 years ago
  27. theevilaires


    #27 5 years ago
  28. No_PUDding

    TEA is gone.

    Aliens with a limited vocabulary replaced him.

    It’s a conspiracy.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Psychotext

    “I don’t really have much feelings for the game”

    I find that hard to believe, given you seem to be so offended by my opinion.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. SticKboy

    @ Psychotext & Madeira: Can you two please just get a room? All this flirting is making me nauseous ;)

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Psychotext


    (SticKboy is jealous)

    #31 5 years ago
  32. blackdreamhunk

    looks like I will be picking this game up :)

    #32 5 years ago
  33. theevilaires


    #33 5 years ago

    BDH! BDH! BDH!

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Galactic_Barret

    At first, I had no interest in this game. At all. But after seeing a video here, my curiousity was piqued. I’ll probably get the game when its cheap, and I won’t let Randy’s declaration temper my expectations. If the game is good, it doesn’t matter which system you play it on. As a developer, he should know, and be counting on as much.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. No_PUDding

    Sorry TEA.

    But I liked listening to your opinions too. So feel free to express them whenever you want to.

    #36 5 years ago


    #37 5 years ago
  38. theevilaires

    :-) deelb niarb ruoy ekam lliw snoinipo ym

    #38 5 years ago


    #39 5 years ago
  40. theevilaires


    #40 5 years ago
  41. fearmonkey

    I feel the same way as most you all regarding Gearbox. However, after having no interest in Borderlands, to watching several movies of gameplay, I’ll admit i’m intrigued and the game has potential.
    I would love to see them do a game that gets some good scores. I would hate to see this being another Haze, or similar title.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. loki

    Crackdown have better graphic than this shit. Fuck you whit your peace of crap

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Psychotext


    #43 5 years ago
  44. frostquake

    Wait Wait Wait…I want to throw Monkey Poop!!! Um Um Um…Hot Damn Thank You Mam Can I stick another one inside your Can!
    There Take That Borederlands!!! ROFL

    #44 5 years ago
  45. absolutezero

    Hold the fuck up here.

    Psycho you say the game looks shit because all the decs talk about is the amount of guns, yet you have’nt read any previews because you don’t trust them.

    No wonder you have’nt seen anything else about the game. Read the RPS preview. Do it.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Artheval_Pe

    Because obviously only $4000 machines are good. :|
    How strange ! My 1500€ machine is great…

    Quite. I mean I’m sure he’s right, but if you’re trying to sell a game on all three formats, it’s rather disingenuous to publicly out one version as “destroying” the other two.
    It is, but he’s talking on Rock Paper Shotgun. This interview is aimed towards PC Gamers. If he doesn’t tell that kind of things, PC customers are going to think “All right, another lazy console port. Let’s play something better instead”

    all the company seem to be able to laud it is the millions of weapons.
    That’s called shitty marketing, a shitty game is an all other story.

    it’s running on five year old technology to boot.
    Right. Unreal Engine 3

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Psychotext

    Yes… way to cut off the “looks like” part of that sentence which isn’t important at all. Because really, there aren’t any UE3 games which look like shit.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Artheval_Pe

    What I meant was that you were correct. Unreal Engine 3 was designed and shown about 5 years ago and became available 3 years ago.

    As for Borderlands, at least it doesn’t look like the usual Unreal 3 games where they just use the existing assets available with the engine to build their game. It looks different, and it looks good, whereas this is really detailed in terms of textures, models, effects, etc… will be examined when the game will come out. Or at Cologne for the people who have the chance to go there.

    Anyway, even a shitty game looks better whithout aliasing and with anisotropic filtering on.

    #48 5 years ago
  49. Robster1979

    I watched the OXM Borderlands report on UK XBOX LIVE last night and its fair to say that this game looks poor to shit. They can try and big it up anyway they like talking about crossing genres and billions of guns but the end shot is it looks like a poor PS2 game and doesnt seem to do anything new that actually makes it fun to play.

    I dont know why I was expecting anything else when the last Gearbox game I remember playing was Brothers in Arms Hells Highway. That was REALLY SHIT!

    Check it out on LIVE and see what you make of it.

    #49 5 years ago

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