Thursday 8 December 2016

Quantum Break is definitely 720p - but still gorgeous

Daniel Anderson

Published 22/03/2016 | 16:01

Quantum Break
Quantum Break

Quantum Break developers Remedy have confirmed how the graphics for their new title are created - and its very technical

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Quantum Break is coming on April 5th, with a blockbuster story about time travel and a live action TV show component, it's set to be one of the biggest games of the year.

One rumour going around about the game was that it was set to run in 720p, a relatively low resolution given the high performance of current machines like the Xbox One. Now developers Remedy have come out with a statement on the true graphical quality which goes into each and every frame of the game.

"Quantum Break’s 1080p output is a temporal reconstruction from four previous 720p 4xMSAA frames. This approach gets us high pixel quality in combination with complex shading and effects, allowing us to achieve a cinematic look. However, varying sample counts between passes and temporal upscaling makes talking about resolution, as it is traditionally understood, complicated in the case of Quantum Break. Since the start of “Quantum Break’s” development, the most important thing for Remedy and Microsoft has been delivering a compelling gaming experience with superior artistic quality. This is what Remedy is renowned for. We’re confident that we have achieved this, and can’t wait to hear what fans think on April 5 when they play the game."

Graphics are complicated things, and the folks at Remedy have a history of pushing what is possible on each generation - including with Max Payne and the gorgeous Alan Wake. For Quantum Break, they've made it clear that the end result is what's important, the cinematic presentation which makes you feel like you're taking part in a movie on a large scale.

And results are really impressive, especially when it comes to character animation in line with the real-life actors including Aiden Gillen and Shawn Ashmore. There's also tons of post processing going on, graphics simulations and the multitide of effects which go into showing how your time powers work on screen. It looks great in motion and the fact that it's being called 720p shouldn't be seen as a downgrade. Players should wait and see for themselves before making up their minds.

Quantum Break is out on Xbox One and PC on the 5th of April 2016.

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