Battlefield 1 head-to-head: PS4 is sharper, but Xbox One has a steadier frame rate, and both are pretty good – report

By Brenna Hillier
24 October 2016 03:06 GMT

Battlefield 1 is pretty great on consoles, but which version is better?

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Battlefield 1 looks shiniest and most delightful on a great big fancy computer, but for those of us who can’t be arsed with new GPUs and driver updates and whatever, the console versions are pretty sweet.

If you’re lucky enough to own both major consoles and don’t have a compelling friends list reason to choose one over the other, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry is here with a close look at how Battlefield 1 runs on PS4 and Xbox One.

I don’t know how much it will actually help you, though. According to the team’s analysis the PS4 build of Battlefield 1 has the advantage in terms of dynamic resolution, coming away with a near-HD sharpness at the upper range of 1824×1026, and bottoming out at 1600×900. Meanwhile, the Xbox One tops out at the same figure, leading to a disparity even I can see in the video above.

That said, and much to everybody’s surprise, the Xbox One version of Battlefield 1 has a slightly more reliable frame rate. This isn’t usual, and it’s to be hoped that whatever magic DICE worked into Battlefield 1 is something other Xbox One developers can take advantage of. It’d be nice to think the performance troubles Microsoft’s console has seen so far might be ironed out in the same way that the PS3 got a lot better as developers got to grips with it.

The conclusion drawn in the video above is that the PS4 build of Battlefield 1 is slightly superior, but it’s only a minor advantage and you may disagree. The report also notes that Battlefield 1 has some weird horizontal lines and blocky artifacts on both consoles, so there you go – PC is still master race, et cetera.

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