Metal Gear Solid V Confirmed 720p on Xbox One, 1080p on PS4; Screenshot Comparison Released

Hideo Kojima Announced it a few days ago, and finally the much awaited Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes comparison showcasing the differences between the PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of the game has been released.

The announcement comes with a surprise (or maybe it’s not too much of a surprise): While both next generation consoles will run at 60 FPS, PS4 will run the game at a native resolution of 1080p.  On the other hand Xbox One will render Snake’s infiltration at 720p.  Last generation versions (PS3 and Xbox 360) will run the game at 30 FPS, 720p (scaling internally).

It’s definitely rare to see a developer like Kojima-san and his studio be this open about the differences of a game’s different versions, even if he went as far as commenting on Twitter that the whole controversy “makes little sense” to him:

Being asked so often about differences in “frame rate” and “resolution” depending on the hardware model make little sense to me, but I listened, so I plan to publish it tomorrow (laughs).

Despite that, looks like it’s difficult even for him to resist the charms of the next generation, at least  for what frame rate is concerned:

Well, once you play with the next gen version, it’s smooth like butter, and you won’t be able to go back to the current gen version though. (laughs)

Something tells me that many gamers will take this a lot more seriously than Kojima-san does.

That said, he also mentioned that the FOX Engine was created specifically to bring open world gams even to current generation consoles.

The reason why we created FOX Engine was to be able to bring open world games efficiently even on current generation consoles.

Judging by how good the game looks on Xbox 360 and PS3 despite their limited power, I’d say the mission has been accomplished.

At the bottom of the post you can see the screenshots that were sent with the announcement (you can click on them for a full resolution version), that actually compare directly with each other just platforms of the same brand, in a rather funny attempt to hold a semblance of diplomacy. There are also detail shots with an explanation of the improvements coming with PS4 and Xbox One compared to their respective predecessors.

To help you catch the differences more easily, at the bottom of each comparison we also included an animated GIF that will automatically swap between each version of the screenshot. Just click on them to see the full resolution picture and start the animation.

A trailer showcasing the differences has also been announced to be coming at a later date by Kojima himself, and we’ll be sure to publish it as soon as it’s made available.

Because there were many questions, we published comparison pictures between the current generation and next generation versions of Ground Zeroes. First of all check it out with stills. We will publish the video later. It’s difficult because we cannot predict how people will react, but that’s how it goes.

As a side note, a limited edition PS4 console bundled with the game has also been announced at the same time (only for Japan, at the moment of this writing), you can see it and read more details here.

PS4 (above) to PS3 (below): Day Infiltration

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Xbox One (above) to Xbox 360 (below): Day Infiltration

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PS4 (above) to PS3 (below): Night Infiltration

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 Xbox One (above) to Xbox 360 (below): Night Infiltration

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As a final bonus, below you can find animated GIFs pitching the PS4 version against the Xbox One version and the PS3 version against the Xbox 360 version. While they’re hardly a perfect comparison due to the differences in the screenshots, you can still pick up a few details. The Xbox One version of the screenshots was upscaled to match the PS4’s size (your console will do that anyway).

Again, just click on each picture to enlarge it and start the animation.

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Join the Discussion

  • mathMaticks

    It is no longer to soon.

    Xbox (d)0ne™

  • milwaukee

    GayStation fans enjoy while you can

  • Trim Dose

    Is really sad how Xboners praised Titanfall and think the game is exclusive LOL

  • DEO エリヤデボンオットリ well this is an awkward find.

  • Steven Solidarios


  • Gamez Rule
  • V For Vincennes

    The immaturity and hostility on both sides of the fence over an inanimate object is pretty embarrassing. It does make for some funny reading though.

  • ChatWraithTrois

    Wow. Fox Engine gets some mileage out of 360+ps3!

  • Russell Gorall

    In the end it is still a forty dollar demo.

  • GamerJay

    I had a xbox 360 but sold it and bought a ps4, reason being it has the better graphics. All the “clouds” over scotland couldnt help xbox one compete with the power of the ps4. Fact.

    I loved my xbox as noisy as it was but when it came to buying the next gen console it was an easy decision to make.

    Both will have there own games among multiplatforms but at the end of the day they will always look better on ps4. Fact.

    Not really sure why theres this next gen argument in the first place considering there so different. Ones a multimedia machine with gaming capability similar to last gen and the others a Sony ps4 next gen console. Fact.

  • NFI

    This article does a piss poor job. You need to get the SAME locations for images to do a real self assess. Different regions of the map cant be comoared and thr headline is sensationalist fanboy garbage. Ive played BOTH games already, and aside from smoother edges on the ps4 due to native 1080 thr games are identical. As it stands this is homer, fanboy crap.

  • Nick TwinkleToes Setzer

    So, if you stare real hard at a still shot (even though there will be 60 per second when playing) you can notice that it is exactly the same, except maybe the tiniest bit of jaggies, (which tbh both have since the aliasing looks like crap) looking at these on my 65″ screen….

    • You are flat out wrong

      Piss poor damage control here.

  • SwappingFrom360toPS4

    I notice a big difference between the PS4 and XB1 screenshots, that’s all that matters 😉

    Greatness Awaits :3

  • Cahone2

    ps4 best, xbox one looks like 360 exactly

  • bluex610

    Glad to see developers aren’t gimping the PS4 version. I just hope they didn’t spend 80% of their time optimizing the Xbox One version and only 20% on the PS4.

  • lll NaS lll

    Lionhead and Remedy are also working on new IP, as Phil Spencer said on Twitter E3 2014 will be very big for Microsoft & Xbox.

    He also said that they will announce more new IP’s… so don’t worry the list is big.

  • Rafd08 ☫

    Looks like bullshit to promote “next-gen” consoles. Just look at how far they pushed the PS3 in games like “The Last Of Us” or “Beyond: Two Souls” and none of them had this average pixel quality that they are putting into this AWESOME(and i mean it) game…

  • Dan Freise

    Soooo. What. They go to all the trouble to frame up the exact same shot for PS/PS comparison or XB/XB comparison, but can’t be bothered to do it for a PS/XB shot?

  • Edward Mowton

    From Websters Dictionary….
    Fanboy : Someone that can’t afford both next gen systems. Will usually resort to making fun of the other fanboy’s system of choice, to make up for the fact they are poor.

    This whole discussion can end quickly… when it comes to multiplatform games Sony finally wins. Xbox has had the crown for many many years. Xbox one is still a great system and will have some great games. Maybe take an extra shift or two at your jobs at McDonalds and buy both consoles. I promise you, you will enjoy them both..

  • even the stupidest person on the planet know that newer console have a better graphic.

  • jason rabalais

    I’ll take great games over graphics anyday. Hard truth is…neither platform has anything to grab my attention. I’ll stick to current gen.