Wolf’s Wicked Words: An Elucidation Regarding Resolution
Alternative title: A Resolution about Resolution (Sounds pretty kitsch, don’t you say?)
When it comes to news in the gaming industry; the headlines have been recently dominated by the next-generation madness with fanboys finding fault with the other console. Learn to live with each other, why don’t you?
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Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have had their respective fans clamouring and moaning about the hardware of the competition and their chosen console. Hardware differences here, day one patches there and the whole resolution debacle that has risen not too long ago. I’m genuinely surprised that there hasn’t been a report of an angry mob with pitchforks and incandescent torches marching to the secret labs of Sony and/or Microsoft.
Gamers have become so vocal in recent years and while that is considered to be good thing as the population is able to speak its mind; I find it has become rather preposterous lately. I’m for freedom of speech, no doubt about it, but the narrow-mindedness and absurdity are the viewpoints and perspectives people focus on the most. There are always people out there finding fault with everything just because they can and the gaming industry as well as gamers have become ludicrously picky. We’re in it for the games, the fun to be had and the experiences to live through, however, that might just be me and a few other blokes.
Getting back to the resolution topic – I find it immensely shortsighted for people to get worked up about the difference of 720p and 1080p. The companies decided on the hardware contained neatly within their console and additional allocations for this had to be made, be it RAM, graphical power or even the power brick – it was chosen for a reason or to serve a certain purpose.
The highest possible resolution isn’t a necessity to still experience the fun any given game has on offer, but high definition, shimmering and glistening water in a game never hurt anybody. I should mention that too much of a focus on graphical prowess instead of actual gameplay is kind of a sticking point for me, but I’ll still finish the given game. I can name quite a few games where this was the case and I still managed to play to the end and indeed ended up liking the game nonetheless. Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and the Crysis titles comes to mind.
I am still profoundly indecisive about what console would be best for me when I have stolen enough money to actually buy one and I admit that I’m weighing more to the PS4’s side of this whacky road. This has nothing to do with any resolution and despite the exploding console issue but a lot to do with the exclusive titles on the system and Sony’s first-party developers. On the flip side, I genuinely want to play Titanfall and that is never coming to PS4, so there’s that.
Look at me, the wishy-washy, hesitant and foolhardy character dancing around this issue. The self-made advice I’m going to follow and urge down the indecisive crowd’s collective oesophagus is to wait until the dust settles and read feedback coming from both consoles’ side and talk to people who actually owns the specific console.
This is my resolution to this revolution of resolution-hard up gamers and their anger towards a bunch of specks on a screen.