Quantum Break is 720p, But it's More Complicated Than That

By Ian Dransfield on at

Quantum Break, Microsoft's major Xbox One and PC exclusive, is a modern game from a major publisher running at 720p, apparently. But it's not quite a straightforward as that.

As revealed by those technical wizards over at Digital Foundry, Quantum Break actually runs at 720p - a shocking 360 pees less than the amount of pees console gamers demand.

Basically, DF surmised that while Quantum Break runs at 720p in tests, it likely applies lots of neat little tricks and technical wizardry to make things look and perform a lot better than the number alone would suggest.

In a statement, Remedy has moved to clarify what's actually going on with the game's resolution. In short: it's not quite as simple as 1080p or 720p (emphasis added):

"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."

So there you have it. Will the lack of pees put you off picking up Microsoft's flagship exclusive new title? Or do the pees not make you... pleased? I'm sorry, that was rubbish. Does resolution matter, is what I mean.