So what do we have The build under our magnifying glass is confirmed by Ghost Games as 99 per cent close to final, with only minor tweaks left ahead of its launch this month. The claim to achieving a native 1920x1080 on both PS4 and Xbox One is also made, and certainly holds muster with our tests - the full HD standard giving each platform equal footing in terms of base image quality. The result is a level of crystal clarity we'd always hoped next-gen platforms would deliver from the outset; the resolution boost helping us easily pick out oncoming cars while driving at break-neck speeds - a refreshing change coming from the 720p standard. We played the game at a recent EA event designed to give reviewers a taste of the game's multiplayer experience.
With that being said, two key differences between the PS4 and Xbox One versions do bear mention. The first is that Sony's platform makes use of a bokeh depth-of-field effect to distinguish the foreground from a backdrop, noticed mainly during pre-race camera angles. It's a pleasant effect that recreates the results of real-life photograpy when a camera's aperture is reduced, causing distant lights to appear as enlarged luminous specs - a look that's entirely absent on Xbox One. In its place, Microsoft's platform applies a less refined haze filter that slightly impacts the clarity of car details in the foreground. Thankfully this only applies for these fleeting moments, and once the race gets started both platforms remove their chosen depth-of-field effects to unleash like-for-like images.
With all else being identical, the game is a visual treat regardless of platform, and the improved lighting stands out especially on the muddied, rain-soaked coating of vehicles during lightning storms. The heavy full-screen motion blur effect doesn't quite do the game justice for in-action stills, so we defer to our video below to give a better idea of how the game looks in motion. The only fly in the ointment as far as presentation is concerned is that both platforms suffer from similar degrees of pop-in just after hopping directly to a race location, via a racer's hideout or a cop's command post. Texture maps and objects appear within the first second post-loading screen, but after this one-off blip, assets stream in smoothly on each platform at even top speeds.
It was released on the same day as the standard edition for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. It was only made available for PC in physical form and through purchase from websites other than Origin.
The sense of speed achieved at any given moment is intoxicating and somewhat terrifying. The stunning surroundings are unfairly distracting in a game where disaster can strike at any given second. Fog rolls down mountains, light dances through rustling trees, and you see beads of water rolling down your windshield. I also like how Ghost handles its track indicators, only displaying light (almost translucent) arrows on the road for hard turns.
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