We’re in the middle of a perfect storm – amazing new games, amazing new gaming consoles – but is it worth rushing out just so your games are better? We’ve been putting the latest blockbuster Call of Duty Ghosts on the Xbox 360 up against the same game on the Xbox One – you’ll be surprised by the result.
There is no doubting the popularity of the Call of Duty franchise, and it’s almost a certain winner each time it is released, however this year there is a spanner in the works – which console to buy it on? And we’re not talking Xbox vs Playstation (although that dilemma still exists), we’re talking old or new generation console.
Next-Generation consoles are coming, XBox One this week, PS4 next week – so the question is, should you rush out and get one if Call of Duty is your primary game?
My thoughts – no. However I know full well the majority of hard-core fans will rush to get one as soon as they can afford it because anything better is something better they will take.
This week I’ve been running my XBox 360 into the same TV as an XBox One. In doing so, I have been able to run Call of Duty on both consoles and see the difference between each by simply flicking between the HDMI source of the TV.
While the sound on the XBox One output was notably lower, that’s the only key difference I found in basic usage.
To get the true understanding of the power of these new consoles you need to look closely at the detail. The fire in the explosions, the reflection on the cars and windows, the detail in the debris.
As a casual gamer, I didn’t feel myself wanting to switch back to the XBox One right away, I was happy to challenge myself on the 360. However, I do suspect the hard-core gamers will want for that detail, will almost lust over that detail, and when it comes you won’t be disappointed.
That said, I think this release of Call of Duty, as well as other 2013 multi-platform releases suffer from a need to develop for both a range of platforms but also a range of generations. When you see the detail and quality in games made only for next generation consoles, let alone a specific next generation console you really start to understand what these machines are capable of.
Is suspect the next instalment of Call of Duty is where we will really see things step up a gear.