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Mass Effect Andromeda Running at 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

| January 6, 2017

Mass Effect Andromeda Running at 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One News Xbox  Mass Effect Andromeda Mass Effect

This console generation, more than any other before it, has had a major focus on resolution and the disparity that can happen between different versions of the game. The differences have been getting smaller lately, though the launch of the PS4 Pro seems to have reignited a lot of the controversy and argumentation. Now we have news that Mass Effect Andromeda will run at different resolutions, depending on the platform.

As stated by Bioware’s Aaryn Flynn, Mass Effect Andromeda will run at a resolution of 1800p on PS4 Pro, with some behind the scenes trickery to help it work. On standard PS4, the game will hit 1080p, while Xbox One will only be 900p, as we’ve seen with similar games. In terms of framerate, that will be capped at 30fps across the board. Well, unless you’re playing on PC where all of these figures are uncapped and allowed to run as high as your system will allow.

“That’s incorrect. As Mark Cerny from Sony has shared, Mass Effect: Andromeda is running at 1800p with checkerboard rendering on PS4 Pro,” explained Flynn. “Last I checked, we were like other Frostbite games on PS4 and XBox One – 1080p and 900p respectively. All are at 30 fps. PC has uncapped framerate. I think we’ve even gotten over the 30 fps cap in cutscenes, but I’ll double-check in the next couple of weeks.”

We’ve seen almost this exact same setup with past games the size and scope of Mass Effect Andromeda. However, this sort of resolution gap has become rarer as Microsoft freed up behind-the-scenes development assets on Xbox One, and developers became more accustomed to making games for the platforms.

Still, the PS4 does have more power under the hood, so it makes sense that it will still occasionally get the higher visual quality version of a game. And with PS4 Pro adding even more power, that version seems like the best on consoles. Xbox One Project Scorpio, which is scheduled to hit this holiday season, could change all this though.

Mass Effect Andromeda hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 21st.

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  • ME-Fan

    Ugh. I usually can’t see the difference in these small changes, but it still sucks to have the worst version of the game.

  • efnet

    Well it’s not like i can actually see the difference between 900p vs 1080p anyway, i could get it on the ps4 pro and x1 but let’s face it, the chances of me actually playing my ps4pro over my x1 are slim to none so in the end it would turn out to be a waste of money like several other multiplatform games ive bought for both and only play the x1 version?
    X1 and pc it is then?

    • Dotcum22

      On a 4k screen you can see the difference

      • TwinStripeUK

        On a 4K screen they’re both upscaled anyway, so I’d say that was down to the upscaling tech being used… unless you’re talking about displaying it natively on a 50inch+ screen, in which case, yeah it would look obvious – but so would anything.-

        • Allen

          The crisper, sharper, more defined version is definitely on PS4 and it does matter.

          Now what I want to know is, is Scorpio’s additional power actually make a big enough difference to justify the higher price tag and waiting a year. PS4 Pro has it’s own Native 4K titles so I’m really curious to see if it will even be worth it.

  • xboned

    lol Xbox sucks

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      ps4 also sucks buddy. lol
      Ps4 pro sucks. 30fps at 3k?
      Come on…now I see why they didn’t call it ps4k.

      • Stevearys

        I wouldn’t say the Ps4 pro sucks to be fair it could do with a little improvement, but for around £350 I’d say it was a fairly decent machine when compared to other consoles at a similar price, you can’t really expect it to be pushing native 4k at 60fps on every game especially one like mass effect andromeda, at that price, but it can come close and has native 4k gaming at 30fps on the likes of skyrim remastered so it can push native 4k not exactly what people were hoping for, me included, hopefully developers can push more out of the machine down the line but at the moment for casual couch console 4kish gaming I really can’t complain.

        • greatnessIsaLIE

          Yeah you’re right the pro is a good value for the money when compared to the ps4 slim or xb1s.

  • TwinStripeUK

    Well if it’s anything like current Frostbite games, it’ll run smoothly at 30fps at 900p and stutter like crazy at 1080p, so I wouldn’t be too disappointed…

  • HardWorkingFamilyMan

    NOOOOOOOOOO….Oh wait, kinda like most games and then we find out that the PS4 can’t handle it and drops frame rate to the point of almost unplayable as the ONE version looks and runs flawless?? With that being said, I’ll prolly buy it for my PS4.

  • Allen

    I find it funny how when it comes to xbone the fanboys say “have fun counting your pixels” or “it doesn’t matter, you can’t see the difference”.

    But when it comes to Scorpio their like “Scorpio is going to have a major advantage”. lol

    • Retsuprae

      It’s funny because even Shu Yoshida was bragging about power back in 2013, now that the PS4 Poo is about to get massively outclassed he’s suddenly quiet

      Poor Shu was compensating for being unable to satisfy his wife and now he’s been humiliated yet again smh

      • Allen

        You just made that all up. PS4 has been shitting all over xbone for over 3 years. You expect him to sound like a broken record and keep on making fun of Xbox being stuck at last gen resolutions!?

        A year is a long way off and PS4 Pro has lots to boast about. Hell even this article is about the original PS4! We didn’t need a hardware boost to get to 1080p native as the standard for all games. Unlike Xbone where even when it is 1080 it’s typically dynamic and not a true 1080p.

        So the real question is, where will Scorpio’s advantage be over PS4 Pro and will it be worth the wait and the price tag.

        • Retsuprae

          lol Shu FraudYoshida is now quiet because Sony no longer has the power advantage

          RIP Sony fanboys :(

  • We Get It

    Yes we know already, PS4 is significantly more powerful than Xbox one, we get it, it’s a hardware advantage, it won’t go away, we get it…

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