20 March 2016

Quantum Break Runs at 720p, Still "Stunning"

   In preparation for Quantum Break's release in early April, Digital Foundry has analyzed a pre-release version of the time-bending action game and realized that it may run at 720p. A whitepaper from developer Remedy published in 2015 [PDF] suggested the game, or at least some elements of it, would run at 1920x1080 (1080p), but Digital Foundry said it has "yet to see evidence of full HD 1080p gameplay." 

"In every scene tested so far, a native resolution of 720p is the consistent result found in each pixel count test," it reported. "So while there's every possibility of individual render targets operating at higher resolutions, basic geometry that we're able to measure hands in a 720p result as things stand."
Digital Foundry goes on to say that Quantum Break, even at its reported 720p resolution, still remains "visually impressive, stunning in many areas." This is apparently made possible through Remedy's use of post-effects such as film grain and motion blur, along with anti-aliasing.
"Added to this, image quality appears sharper and noticeably cleaner in more static scenes, where a pixel count suggests something closer to a 900p presentation," it reported. "A temporal reconstruction anti-aliasing solution is a strong contender--a technique where information from previously rendered frames is blended with the current one."