If it's going to be one of the prettiest games we've ever laid eyes on, shouldn't it run in the highest possible resolution available? Or is that just a pipe dream?
In this new age of high-definition gaming, it's easy to misunderstand the technical jargon, but let's just say there's a difference between software that natively runs in the highest possible resolution – 1080p – and software that upscales to that resolution. For instance, as gorgeous as Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was, it only ran in native 720p resolution; your PlayStation 3 would automatically select that setting when it read the disc. You can upscale to 1080p but unless the software natively supports it, the picture won't look the same (and of course, you have to have a TV that supports the maximum 1080p to even take part in this debate). Anyway, we've all been wondering if Final Fantasy XIII will run at a native 1080p and according to FF-XIII.net , the answer is "yes." Well, maybe. The PS3 automatically chooses the 1080p option to run the demo – the one that came with the Blu-Ray edition of "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children" in Japan – but it's difficult to say if this is native or otherwise…
Evidently, certain aspects of the demo make it seem as if Square-Enix will give us a game that natively runs in 1080p, while other parts of the demo appear to be upscaled. They've got a couple shots at FF-XIII.net to examine – each a picture of Lightning's face – so you can see the difference… can you see it? Perhaps Square-Enix will clear this up in the coming months; does FFXIII go whole-hog and give us the best of the best when it comes to high-def visuals?
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII