Battlefield 4

Forget the conflict at the heart of Battlefield 4 – and the fact that the first-person shooter is almost certain to sell more copies on current generation formats – because it’s the comparisons between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of DICE’s latest deployment that are destined to flare up tempers throughout the rest of the day.

With the embargo lifting on the impending military excursion, Digital Foundry has produced its customary console side-by-side, giving Sony’s new system the nod in frame rate and resolution. “Perhaps the biggest takeaway is that, in this near-finalised state, the PS4 offers a superior experience on several fronts,” it concluded. “The resolution is higher at 1600x900, as compared to the tried and tested 1280x720 on Xbox One, suffering as it does for more visible aliasing artefacts.”

The publication stresses that its comparison is not based on final code, and that’s evidenced by the fact that the Xbox One release is missing ambient occlusion effects – even though DICE insists that these will be added prior to release. Regardless, it’s clear that we’re in for a very different generation this time around, with Sony’s system looking likely to take the lead in most multiplatform games.

You can read Digital Foundry’s full and extensive analysis – complete with zoom tools and other such technical wizardry – through here. Have these sort of comparisons ever impacted your purchasing decisions in the past? Are you leaning towards the PS4 version in light of this report? Argue away in the comments section below.