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DonFerrari said:

If it can do 120fps multiplayer it should 60fps splitscreen I guess.

And no problem you being satisfied with the game playing great even if looking 8th gen, games this gen already look great. But in the bigger picture it is a little underwhelming that they couldn't make it a graphical showcase.

I imagine they're settling with underwhelming graphics to hit the launch. At best the final product should clean up problems in the trailer.

Maybe MS could have it both ways if future patches actually are a vast improvment in the presentation. But the odds of that happening seem slim.



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Mr Puggsly said:

If you're arguing MS should do better with the Halo IP then we saw in the 8th gen, I absolutely agree. Frankly, if Halo Infinite has a satisfying campaign and the game isn't a buggy mess, we would already be seeing them move it to a better place.

Quality games matter. Fortunately for Sony and MS, they also benefit greatly from having notable 3rd party content. While Nintendo platforms are more dependent on strong 1st party releases.

I want Microsoft and 343i to always do better, it's the absolute best thing for the entire industry and we know they have the money, talent and resources to do it.
And I agree, quality games absolutely matter.

Mr Puggsly said:

I can see myself getting both 9th gen consoles. Although, Series X appeals to me because I feel their 1st party content is more fun and Gamepass. Meanwhile I may get a PS5 eventually to access more games and maybe it will improve my PS4 library.

I have the Playstation 5 pre-ordered, really excited what they can showcase.

Mr Puggsly said:

Its a mixed bag with mid gen upgrades. Some content will be better on the Pro, some on the One X. For what its worth, the most active games on Xbox One generally benefit significantly with the One X.

Meanwhile the Series X may improve resolutions in Xbox One games. Gears Ultimate apparently was doing 4K in a Digital Foundry video.

Indeed it was. When the Xbox One X had an enhanced game, generally it was always better than the Pro variant, not always, as there are a few exceptions.

The mid-gen cycle whilst fantastic for a tech enthusiast who wants the absolute best... Really did bring forward a few flaws in the overall idea, older games and lazy ports just didn't showcase the hardware to it's fullest extent.

Resolution is only part of the overall visual story, whilst all well and good to achieve 4k, if that comes at the expense of visual settings, then I will choose 1440P and higher visual settings... But you don't get that choice on console, it's easier to market 4k.

Mr Puggsly said:

I haven't committed to Series X at launch, but how it handles BC content will be a big reason for me to upgrade. At this point I would gladly spend $500 just to greatly reduce or eliminate load times.

Load times didn't really bother me, Install times did though... But that isn't changing next-gen, the limiting factor there is the blu-ray and internet connection speeds.


Backwards compatibility is a big big thing for someone like myself who has invested heavily collecting games, it's going to be the main reason why I own a Playstation 5 and a Series X on launch.

If we get visual upgrades, fantastic.

I just hope there is a focus on Xbox and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility again, only a fraction of those consoles libraries are currently Backwards Compat... I don't expect every game though, certainly not licensed games which I thoroughly loved like Naruto Rise of a Ninja and The Broken Bond... Gives me a reason to keep the 360 around I guess...

Mr Puggsly said:

With all this Halo talk I started replaying Halo 5 on my X1X. It honestly looks better than I remember and I am finding myself less annoyed with the visual compromises. I forgot the game also does a lot of things well in a very steady 60 fps title. Impressive assets, lighting, and fun gameplay even if the campaign is meh.

So if Halo Infinite essentially has a similar but more polished presentation along with a more satifying campaign, I will be happy. I guesss I am easy to please. And ofcourse bring back split screen.

I also fired up Halo 5 and Halo Wars last night.
I forgot how much fun Halo Wars 1 was... Even managed to get a Multiplayer match for the first time in years, but it's a dead game on PC and console these days, which is a real shame, probably one of the best RTS games on console.

Halo 5 though, Warzone wasn't able to find people to play with.. And whilst the aesthetic has aged "ok". - Allot of the assets have not, it's a very "clean" look compared to Halo 4 which had a ton of micro-details baked in.

And whilst the game is 60fps, many frame animations are not... Spartans in the distance are often 10-15fps... And many texture animations like the gravity jump lift thing only updates at 15fps.

So whilst a 60fps game on the surface, it's really not a true 60fps game... It might have actually benefited from being 30fps and improving that lighting and object draw distances... But when we put into perspective the hardware it's running on, Aka. Base Xbox One, it's not a bad package.


Mr Puggsly said:

I am also curious to see if Halo Infinite can maintain 60 fps even with split screens. That is not something we've seen before. Hopefully the Series X will brute force 60 fps in Halo MCC split screen.

By the sounds of it, they have the hardware overhead to maintain such a framerate.
But even if it was 30fps, I will be okay with that if the story and gameplay is rock solid and visually looks great... It's Split-Screen after-all.

I feel split screen got "lost" this generation so having it return next-gen will be fantastic even with caveats, might even have a reason to purchase more than 1 controller next-gen?

DonFerrari said:

If it can do 120fps multiplayer it should 60fps splitscreen I guess.

And no problem you being satisfied with the game playing great even if looking 8th gen, games this gen already look great. But in the bigger picture it is a little underwhelming that they couldn't make it a graphical showcase.

That's the entire issue... Halo: Infinite was the next-gen showcase for the Xbox Series X, but it failed to impress, hence why it has drawn the ire of the internet.

It's hard to follow up anything visually after the Unreal 5 demonstration on the Playstation 5, it has set some extremely high expectations early on in the console cycle.

Shadow1980 said:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure Infinite was built for the XBO and is being scaled up for XSX, rather than being built for the more powerful hardware and being scaled down like in the case with Battlefield. If that is indeed the case, then Infinite is arguably a current-gen game that's being given a boost in fidelity and/or performance on next-gen hardware, which is what is likely going to be the case with most other cross-gen games being released this fall.

It's likely built on top of the foundations of the Blam! engine and scaled upwards to meet hardware.

Even so, it's not an excuse, Microsoft could have demonstrated the game with full ray traced lighting before unveiling it to the world and it would have gotten allot less criticism.

Game engines are scalable not just downwards, but upwards as well.

Let's take Minecraft for example...
Minecraft started out looking like this on PC (I won't include the classic build as that was a different build entirely):


And that eventually became the foundations for the Xbox 360 variant here with a heap of technical restrictions (I.E. Limited Blocks, Mobs, world sizes):


Then there was an additional fork downgraded to mobile devices and 3DS looking like this:


But then on PC and presumably Series X you can take the base game and scaled it upwards to:


This shows that a single game can be scalable across multiple hardware devices (PC, 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Series X) and take the best advantage of the platform it's running on.

And Minecraft is probably one of the better games to showcase that as it spans so many devices, but can have some stark differences... Mojang/Microsoft invested in each variant to take absolute best advantage of the hardware, either visually and/or gameplay wise.

In short, which platform it initially targeted isn't an excuse.

Many games that got ported from 360 to Xbox One looked substantially better.

Shadow1980 said:

Halo may have been technically impressive, but that does not translate to having visuals that were, by the standards of its day, at the absolute cutting edge, at least not in any immediate, superficial way obvious to the average gamer. For example, character models were not as impressive as in many other games from the era, and its environments were geometrically simple. At the surface level, it looked nice because of its art style, and it wouldn't surprise me if its simplicity also is how Bungie were able to create such large environments for a 2001 title.

Halo: Combat Evolved looked amazing back in the day... The SM1.0, SM1.1, SM1.4 and SM2.0 shader material effects, per-pixel lighting and DOT3 bump mapping was great working in conjunction with each other, so whenever a light source hit a surface it would add extra detailing, which wasn't a common effect back then.
Example here:



Plus the water shaders were the absolutely top notch in my opinion until The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind came along a year later... And that was made even more impressive when you had scenes of the Pelican with expansive pixel shadered water in the background in the Silent Cartographer level.



Enemies also had reflective surfaces, so when a grenade went off or you shone your torch, you would see light reflections, the particle and physics effects rounded out the package very well.
There was even some specular highlights.

It was a technical showpiece back in 2001.

If you can find a better technically looking game that released earlier... Be my guest.

Shadow1980 said:

Moving past just CE, Halo 2 did improve things over Halo CE by quite a bit, but took sacrifices in other departments. It has noticeable LoD issues, with often glaring pop-in. Its levels (at least the intended play space, excluding nominally out-of-bound areas) are also smaller and more constrained. Even things like particle effects were sorely lacking.

Some of the bloom effects and material shaders in Halo 2 really impressed me in the day.
But you are right, that there were a few LoD issues, it was clear it was building upon the foundations of Halo: Combat Evolved on the exact same hardware though.

Shadow1980 said:

Halo 3 was already beaten by several other notable early Gen 7 console titles. Halo 3 did have good lighting and, unlike many of its contemporaries, good use of color, but again it wasn't exactly the most immediately impressive game graphically (human character models in particular were... not great).

What titles were they?

The game launched in September 2007, it wasn't until Crysis came out a few months later on vastly superior hardware on the PC that it got dethroned.

Uncharted gave Halo 3 a good run for it's money in late 2007...

Gears of War looked okay for a game that was every shade of brown and a 2006 title... But Halo 3 trumps that in my opinion, earlier games like Kameo, Perfect Dark and so forth didn't age as well.

But Halo 3 was doing allot interesting things technically on the Xbox 360 and it was a visually impressive package, the high dynamic range (HDR) lighting was pretty damn impressive back then, so was the bump and parallax mapping, tessellated water meshes using the Truform tessellator, depth of field, dynamic shadows, motion blur.

The biggest caveat was with the double frame buffer in order to preserve the HDR lighting, which will eventually get thrown out with Halo Reach and take a baked approach.

Shadow1980 said:

Reach and Halo 4 did look a lot better than Halo 3, but again they were released later in the generation, and there were various sacrifices or shortcuts made to make them look that nice. For example, as I mentioned in my earlier post, Halo 4 has the most linear and constrained levels in the series, and many of its textures leave a lot to be desired. Even then, there were other late Gen 7 games that looked better than Reach and Halo 4.

And so they should.
Halo Reach came out 3 years later and Halo 4 came out 5 years after Halo 3... There were lessons learned.
And like I touched upon prior they would eventually ditch the frame-buffer setup that defined Halo 3/ODST and thus the HDR lighting in order to take a baked approach, they also introduced texture and mesh streaming to make better use of the limited DRAM pools and introduced a slew of new technologies such as impostering... Which is the approach of the engine procedurally generating a 2D sprite based upon a 3D model and replacing it in the distance in real time, greatly conserving hardware resources.

Halo 4 took things a step further and increased the amount of baked lighting/shadowing details in order to spend more rendering time on things such as subsurface scattering... Which is light-bounce underneath the skins surface, essentially Ray Tracing.

But none of that refutes the technical aspects of Halo 3 in 2007.

Halo 4 was definitely one of the best looking Xbox 360 titles ever, were there better looking 7th gen games? That is debatable, the Playstation 3 had a good showing at the time with The Last of Us and Uncharted and the PC obviously had Crysis.

Shadow1980 said:

Halo 5 was not all that impressive when it came out. There were many games that looked better. Sure, it ran at 60 fps, but that came at a cost. I didn't think it looked all that great running on a base-model XBO. A lot of the game barely looked like a step up from the 360. It was lacking split-screen as well, something that was sacrificed to attain its high frame rate. The game looks a lot nice running on a One X, but there are still other games that blow it away.

Already touch base with the shortcomings of Halo 5, so rather not rehash it again.

Shadow1980 said:

Infinite is an open-world game running at 4K & 60fps. Is that not technically impressive, despite the other issues? There isn't a single open-world game this generation that does that. Most don't even target 1080p/60fps. Fidelity of other visual assets is prioritized over frame rate. Even with the power of next-gen systems, having an open-world game running at 4K & 60 fps would be a massive accomplishment, and almost certainly would come at the cost of some other aspect of the game's visuals. Most open-world games probably won't target both 4K and 60fps, and I imagine that given the choice most developers would target the latter over the former. For example, what we've seen of Horizon: Forbidden West is shaping up to be an absolutely gorgeous (assuming the final game looks close to the trailer's graphics), but A) it's being developed exclusively for a next-gen system, and B) is apparently targeting 30 fps. I imagine there will be other open-world games as well that look better than Infinite, but do so largely by targeting lower frame rates and/or resolutions and by being developed exclusively for next-gen hardware.

Being open world in of itself is not technically impressive.
We had open world games on the Original Xbox with The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind. - That was 18 years ago.

Minecraft is 4k, 60fps on the Xbox One X.

Next gen I am expecting 60fps to get prioritized more often, but these are consoles, it's never going to be a guarantee if you want 60fps+4k 100% of the time, buy a PC.

In saying that, I would rather a game drop to 1440P and prioritize visual settings rather than spend all of it's rendering time chasing the 4k dream, your priorities might be different however... And that is perfectly fine.






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Mr Puggsly said:
DonFerrari said:

If it can do 120fps multiplayer it should 60fps splitscreen I guess.

And no problem you being satisfied with the game playing great even if looking 8th gen, games this gen already look great. But in the bigger picture it is a little underwhelming that they couldn't make it a graphical showcase.

I imagine they're settling with underwhelming graphics to hit the launch. At best the final product should clean up problems in the trailer.

Maybe MS could have it both ways if future patches actually are a vast improvment in the presentation. But the odds of that happening seem slim.

Don't know how much it would affect score and sales, but yes if the are able to release it very smooth and clean it would already be enough to please a good part of fans and they can then improve along the 10 years suppport.

And certainly that would be more important than just improve the graphics but leave a lot flaws and issues. They need to optmize their available time and manpowwr.



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http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."

hinch said:
Pemalite said:
The game doesn't look next-generation sadly. It does look clean.

But the pop-in, flat lighting, the sprite-work that sticks out... Doesn't leave me with much faith.

In saying that, it also doesn't look bad, so as long as they nail the gameplay it might be okay, unfortunately though, first impressions last and the first impression is always going to be a visual one... Even this trailer doesn't really show the visuals in the best light.

But some of the new gameplay toys look fun.

Its the complete lack of decals that's jarring. No mud on tyres on the Warthog. No steps on wet mud. No blood on floor. No bullet holes, no scorch marks left after explosions.

Shadows or lighting just looks flat. Hardly any hard shadows left by well anything even under flood lighting for the Elite inside the small base. Little to no SSAO on enemies. Guns missing lighting from muzzle flash. Explosions and grenades don't emit any light.

Even smaller minute details like grenade teleporting because MC never had it in his hand before thown and ship clipping through tree. Then then you have inconsistent resolution on textures and some enemy animations stuck in last gen. Foliage is completely static.... Everything just looks a little too clean and lack imperfections etc etc.

I mean its not even standard stuff, its quite shocking that they thought it was okay to show that build off (apparently was an old build of the game)

Saying that, the game does look quite fun to play. Which is the main thing and graphics can be updated. I would say they should delay it until its ready but that's just me.

At first they said it was potentially a months old build.
Lateron, someone at MS (forget who? it was in a tweet) changed that to "weeks old" build.

If this is only weeks old, and they have 3 months (you need 1 spare month, to make the dvd+box+ship it) before release...
Hard to see how this doesnt launch more or less as is currently seen in the trailer.

DroidKnight said:
Sorry for the back to back posts. People that want it to seem like a little bit will say 2 or 3 weeks. People that want it to sound like a lot can do the same as well 4-12 +weeks.

You dont say "weeks" when talking about 12 or so of them, anything more than 3 "weeks" goes into "months" talk instead.

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Snoopy said:
120 fps multiplayer.... OH YEAH.

Does everyone except me just own 4k HDR 120-144hz Oled TVs?
Are they more common than I think?



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JRPGfan said:
Snoopy said:
120 fps multiplayer.... OH YEAH.

Does everyone except me just own 4k HDR 120-144hz Oled TVs?
Are they more common than I think?

I think hardly anyone owns them, they are just mislead by those 240Hz, 480hz and 600Hz TVs;



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."

It’s not hard to find a 120Hz 4K set.

Now, HDMI 2.1 IIRC is required for 4K120 and those are rare. But plenty can run 1080p or maybe 1440p at 120.



DonFerrari said:
JRPGfan said:

Does everyone except me just own 4k HDR 120-144hz Oled TVs?
Are they more common than I think?

I think hardly anyone owns them, they are just mislead by those 240Hz, 480hz and 600Hz TVs;

Yep HDMI 2.1 TV's are pretty new, they only became available last year. Only a select number more higher end TV's support the new 4k native 120hz standard.

So you're gonna have to upgrade your TV to reap the benefits of 120fps. Not to be mistaken with motion interpolated bloated specs.



LudicrousSpeed said:
It’s not hard to find a 120Hz 4K set.

Now, HDMI 2.1 IIRC is required for 4K120 and those are rare. But plenty can run 1080p or maybe 1440p at 120.

If you have to chose between 1080 for 120 or 60fps for 4k then it isn't a 4k120fps set.

hinch said:
DonFerrari said:

I think hardly anyone owns them, they are just mislead by those 240Hz, 480hz and 600Hz TVs;

Yep HDMI 2.1 TV's are pretty new, they only became available last year. Only a select number more higher end TV's support the new 4k native 120hz standard.

So you're gonna have to upgrade your TV to reap the benefits of 120fps. Not to be mistaken with motion interpolated bloated specs.

And even on the previous standard it wasn't something very common for the TV to be true 120Hz, but sure you can find those if you look hard enough. Now good luck with the subpar graphics you will get from a 4k120fps game.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."

DonFerrari said:
LudicrousSpeed said:
It’s not hard to find a 120Hz 4K set.

Now, HDMI 2.1 IIRC is required for 4K120 and those are rare. But plenty can run 1080p or maybe 1440p at 120.

If you have to chose between 1080 for 120 or 60fps for 4k then it isn't a 4k120fps set.

Whether it’s a 4k120 set or not is irrelevant, that’s not what Snoopy said, which is what jrpgfan quoted. He was excited for 120fps and jrpgfan wondered how common a 4k HDR 120-144Hz TV is. They’re not super uncommon. Plenty of people can take advantage of the 120fps. Now, 4K at 120fps is a different story but again is irrelevant as Snoopy was just talking about frame rate. Hope that helps.

And are you even expecting Halo Infinite MP to run at native 4k and 120fps anyway? lol