Sniper Elite 3 dev explains difficulty of achieving 1080p on Xbox One, PS4 “a bit more powerful”

Monday, 10th February 2014 12:08 GMT By Dave Cook

Sniper Elite 3 developer Rebellion has shed light on why developers may have greater difficulty achieving 1080p in Xbox One titles compared to PS4 games.

It follows our Sniper Elite 3 gameplay footage, interviews and much more. Hit the link to see the game in action.

Spotted by NowGamer, Sniper Elite 3 senior producer, Jean-Baptiste Bolcato told GamingBolt, that problems lie within Xbox One’s eSRAM.

“It was clearly a bit more complicated to extract the maximum power from the Xbox One when you’re trying to [achieve 1080p], he began, and added, “I think eSRAM is easy to use. The only problem is … Part of the problem is that it’s just a little bit too small to output 1080p within that size.

“It’s such a small size within there that we can’t do everything in 1080p with that little buffer of super-fast RAM,” Bolcato explained. It means you have to do it in chunks or using tricks.”

He continued, “The Xbox One is a bit more multimedia, a bit more hub-centric so its a bit more complex. There’s stuff you can and can’t do because it’s a sort of multimedia hub. PS4 doesn’t have that. PS4 is just a games machine. It’s a bit more powerful.”

Bolcato offered that things have switched sides from the PS3 and Xbox 360 days, where Sony’s console was the harder machine to code for.

“Now it seems like everything has reversed,” he explained, “but it doesn’t mean it’s far less powerful – it’s just a pain in the ass to start with. We are on fine ground now but the first few months were hell.”

However, the whole ‘Xbox One 1080p’ issue appears to be on Microsoft’s radar. Bolcato concluded, “[Microsoft] are releasing a new SDK that’s much faster and we will be comfortably running at 1080p on Xbox One. We were worried six months ago and we are not anymore, it’s got better and they are quite comparable machines.”

What do you make of Bolcato’s explanation? Let us know below.



  1. Rockstar Vienna

    Well, this gen it’s the other way around when it comes to easy development. But not a big deal imo.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. TheBritishSpartan

    So, They’re saying what has been said before? The XOne is a pain in the arse at first since it is more complex, and slightly less powerful ? But overall Both consoles are pretty much the same thing and it doesn’t matter which you buy, The end.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Digital Bamboo

    Both consoles are going to fall short on precision aiming.

    If I do get this game, it will be on PC. Can’t beat the mouse.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Xbone

    @TheBritishSpartan No. They are not the same. If you want better experience, buy a PS4 instead of a shitty xbone.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. TheBritishSpartan

    @Xbone Are you under the age of 10? They’re the same console pretty much, You pick the console with the games you want I picked the XOne since they have the better line up of games IMO, Now grow up and get off the internet go to school etc,

    #5 10 months ago
  6. The_Red

    In short, Xbox One is a multimedia device with lesser gaming capabilities while PS4 is a gaming device with lesser multimedia capabilities.

    #6 10 months ago
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    #7 10 months ago
  8. Mike W

    I wonder why MS would create a system that’s difficult to design for, seeing the the shitstorm Sony went thru with the PS3 when came to third party developers and their titles?

    It’s crystal clear that MS’s goal was not just to make a system that can just play games, but the “so-called” ultimate “all in one” entertainment system. But they had to realize (one can only hope they did) that a huge percent of the consumers that was going to purchase this system was going to be for the games.

    I mean let’s be honest with ourselves…….the average person that buys a PS4 and Xbox One is not going to be for all of their multimedia functionalities, it’s going to be for the games.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @TheBritishSpartan lol keep telling yourself that mate

    #9 10 months ago
  10. Citrus raptor

    I can’t take a developer who can’t make a game on X1 run in 1080p, seriously. Just because we’ve changed to more powerful hardware, doesn’t mean that games’ graphics/fidelity suddenly have to jump into a direction you can’t control. If 1080p is a priority, then just let everything else suffer. Don’t fool yourself into believing that well crafted graphics is impossible, and that the only solution is to add polygons, resolutions, etc, and not care about how they are aplied to create good looking art. There are tons of levels between pixel art and photorealistic, tons. If you truly believe that the best available graphics are the only graphics, you might as well wait untill we’ve reached photorealistic.

    I swear, people would be bitching even if the PS4 and X1 had the exact same hardware.

    #10 10 months ago
  11. TheBritishSpartan

    @tenthousandgothsonacid I don’t have to tell myself anything, everything I’ve said is correct, at the end it is up to the person what he buys, Do not reply I have better things to do then to talk to PS4 fanboys, Please have a nice day :)

    #11 10 months ago
  12. EZTV2

    In fact,we just get a hdmi converter for our xbox one or ps4. We will be comfortably running at 1080p.

    #12 5 months ago

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