Final Fantasy XIII: Xbox 360 version is not HD, 576p – confirmed

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While a top notch side-by-side comparison of the PS3 and 360 versions of Final Fantasy XIII has yet to be published by any of the major gaming sites, we have the strongest indication (through analysis), that the PS3 version remains the superior of the two.

A user known as MazingerDUDE, who performs tasks for well respected analysis website Digital Foundry, has revealed that through a study of recent Xbox 360 and PS3 screenshots, that the 360 version actually runs at 576p, which is not HD resolution.

Furthermore, he has also provided a hi-res screenshot of the same image, for both versions of the game – just look at the differences for yourself.

If you still didn’t know what version you wanted to pick up in March, you might do after hearing about this.

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  • herpy

    wow idiot author doesn’t even know anything over 480p is HD resolution

  • Ian Clue

    WTH NOOBS? The PS3 ROKS! You know why they call it XBOX 360? Because when people see it they turn 360 degrees and walk away.

    HALO looks like crap on XBOX 360, but when I emulalate it on my PS3 it looks Much better.

  • scentaroom

    the reason for Xbox 360's success is because it's cheaper than the PS3

  • Suidae

    Soo the article is talking about how one console runs the game in a different resolution than the other…. and then posts comparison screenshots between the two, that have both been resized to be the exact same much smaller than actual size.

  • Rod

    I myself owns only a XBOX 360 and i don;t really think that the PS3 sucks. Each consoles has its own pros and cons. PS3 uses Blu-Ray while XBox 360 uses double layer discs.

    Very simple: If you own the PS3, get the PS3 version, if you own the XBOX 360, get the 360 version. Theres is no point comparing.

    I lived in Singapore, when i heard that FF13 is not going to be avalible for XBOX 360 in the ASIA, i felt so disaapointed…

  • night

    Lol at most of all those useless comments my mom is better than your mom tsk tsk..

    listen if a game are made for a specific system it would look better or play better

    Like Fallout 3 on Ps3 are crap compared to Xbox
    and is why final fantasy looks alittle better on Ps3

    simple facts…..

    enjoy the system you have but when you start saying my XX is better than your XX it often only
    means one thing jalousy…..

    i have a PS3 and still can see and admit there are some titles there is better on Xbox and the other way around

    there is games on Xbox i would love to have tryed on PS3 like "mass effect 1 & 2"
    like Xbox owners would for some ps3 exclusive…

    which of the consoles are better in hardware specs. means jack if none takes advantages of it.
    and i really dont know or for that matter or cares…

  • not sure

    You people are funny. Its not a job, or a degree its just a damn video game. You should be more concerned about how you’ll survive out of your fantasy world. I own both PS3 and 360, pros and cons to both. The sad thing is, the PS3 is all sony has left. HaHa. TVs?= Samsung, laptops anything but Vaio, which runs windblows by the way. SLR cameras and video recorders? Anything but sony… Exploding batteries and crappy optics go canon or nikon. Product rant over, but think about it.why was the PS3 3x ( in cost) what it is now 2 years ago?

  • STFUfanboys

    Fuck tards. It's the same goddamn game. Im watching my friend play it on the 360, on a 50 inch tv. It looks amazing. Plus the 3 disc system makes me feel nostalgic. Take your ps3 and shove it up your ass fan boys. even the producers of PS know its going downhill.

  • http://microsoftfail.com Mr $hitbox

    you are an isiot another kid trolling proberly the same $hitbox troll the ps3 has more exclusives and seems we can stay on topic here the FF13 … right FF13 on 360 you must have it if your mom brought it you … check the box is there a manual …hope there is unless its robed check inside it .. any exclusive items … no! oh dear no FF14 on your $hitbox ..hang on i dont just get secret items for FF14 because ive got FF13 on ps3 i get to play FF14 beta omg!! well done square enix another fingure up at the $hit box they obviously new alot of ppl would think the $hitbox would make some good sales lol now all the money ends up with FF14 😀

  • GeistMacht

    Apples to Apples? I think not. Give me a Non Compressed and Non Resized Screen Image pulled from a Frame Capture Device by Canopus or Matrox.

    The thing that urks me is the poor image post, please take note of the compression blurring on the Xbox image it was saved at least 10% more lossful compression than the other or resized poorly. This won't give anyone a good clear comparison. In addition it could be 2 different versions of the game given one is in Japanese and the other is in English. How about a difference in TV's too?

    Anyone who does any kind of 3d, Photoshop or graphic design should have recognized this.

    Taking into account that Sony bailed Square out of bankruptcy and how the FF series has always been on Sony, I don't doubt that it would look better on Sony. I have an Xbox360 I love it, I will have a PS3 hopefully this summer. Both Systems have their advantages.

    Either Way the Game will look gorgious on either system Square will be sure of that!
    FF Fan since FF5

  • Poseidon

    The thing that really bugs me is this fact…Final Fantasy XIII is going to be released on blu ray for the PS3 (50 GB capacity) and released on 3 DVDs for the 360…Am I wrong when I say "If they just punched up the number of discs to 5, could they not make the 360 verison in HD?"

  • johnyyy

    well will you guys just cut it out
    we all know there are problems with the ps3 graphics which is seen from Bayonetta and many more
    and some games like final fantasy 13 needs bigger space and bluray has bigger space which makes ps3 version better

  • Children, Grow up…

    You fanboys should be ashamed of yourselves, hurling abuse at each other just because you prefer one system over the other, its so childish.
    This game will be great no matter what the platform and to be honest graphics arent that important anyway, as long as its not mind-numbingly awful or makes your eyes bleed then who cares…

    Personally i will be picking this up for my xbox rather than my ps3, purely because i like to use the party chat whilst playing games and i prefer the xbox controller.

  • ps3killer

    you ps3 fanboys make me sick the 360 still has the gaming on lock just because you guys got a tiny litte win you dont know what to do with yourselves

  • ps3killer

    wow i cant believe this i never seen so many filty ps3 fanboys this sites starting to smell live it up now ps3 fanboys you pieces of shit xbox 360 still got the gaming on lock.

  • ghinasky

    How many more honorable Japanese publishers does this cornered animal called M$ are dragging to gaming hell with it?

    Somebody stop madness this immediately!

  • ACe

    I think it would help if the PS3 screenshot were bigger… You can't really tell the difference in an image that small. Also, the reason for Xbox 360's success is because it's cheaper than the PS3, more people can afford it. I think, instead of looking at "purchases", it's the reviews we should look at. Besides, without PS3, the xbox 360's games would drop in quality and same with the xbox 360. It's a competition for the best games and that's a good thing.

  • Dresden

    Wow, these fanboys really bite at any bait don’t they. The screenshots look pretty dang similar to me. I dont see the point. Its the same game right? Same cutscenes, characters, endings, etc? So who cares? I have Killzone 2, Uncharted, Metal Gear4, AND Halo3, Mass Effect 2, Gears of War2, etc. I love BOTH my consoles. But, until you have BOTH consoles, you really have no legitimacy in saying “my console is better”. Hey 360isgay-fanboys are gayer. How’d ya like those apples you console lemming. See my point. Buy both consoles, then talk smack based on reality, not your biased opinions. They’re BOTH GREAT gaming machines, deal with it.

  • Kaldaien

    That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard. Technically, the Xbox 360’s GPU wins in terms of raw fill rate (see: http://forum.pcvsconsole.com/viewthread.php?tid=1… If anything, the game’s native resolution on the PS3 should be lower than the Xbox 360’s. Geometry can theoretically be more complex on the Xbox 360 too, because it has better peak vertex performance. Even unoptimized, a GPU-bound engine should perform par, if not better on the Xbox 360. CPU-bound is a different, very convoluted story, but I see nothing to indicate that FF13 (or any game in this genre) is particularly CPU intensive.

    The only thing PS3 fanboys rant and rave about that has any validity is the decrease in FMV quality on the Xbox 360 version. The PS3 has massive optical storage and built-in support for codecs like VC1, so 1080p Blu-Ray quality video comes with the territory. The Xbox 360 is limited by the capacity of a single-layer DVD (virtually no games are pressed on dual layer discs, FF13 is no exception); video is stored at 720p, using a proprietary codec (Bink).

    While we are on the subject, the fact that the game spans 3 discs on the Xbox 360 has NOTHING TO DO with the content included in either version of the game. Square has no problem forcing the player to swap discs (as in most of their PSX generation games). They did not, therefore compromise the entire game simply because one of the platforms in a foreign market might inconvenience its players by forcing them to swap discs as the story progresses.

    It is easy to port a well performing game from the PS3 to the Xbox 360, because aside from differences in storage capacity and rarely exploited parallelism in the Cell processor, the two architectures are remarkably similar. Of particular interest is the fact that both GPUs are derived from commodity hardware developed in the PC market, and both consoles use APIs derived from Direct3D (360) or OpenGL (PS3).

    Code that parallelizes well on the PS3 can easily be ported to the Xbox 360, but limitations on the functional units in the Cell processor that are not well understood by current generation developers make it difficult for the converse to be true. Cell’s architecture is practically a new branch of academia, much like the way the MIPS architecture fundamentally idealizes a pipelined RISC processor. For instance, CISC instruction sets can easily be converted to RISC (in fact, all x86 processors these days are RISC pipelined internally after the CISC instructions are decoded), but the opposite is not necessarily true.

    In summary, the PS3 has larger optical storage, but its memory architecture is split 256/256 between CPU and GPU. Xbox 360 has tiny optical storage, but a unified memory architecture where CPU and GPU have 512 Mb of memory on a VERY FAST shared bus, what is more, it has 12 Mb of dedicated high-speed framebuffer memory that makes things like multi-sample anti-aliasing and upscaling much less taxing (performance wise) on the Xbox 360.

    I own both a PS3 and an Xbox 360. While I rarely use my PS3, I am not an Xbox 360 fan boy – I simply enjoy JRPGs, and the Xbox 360 has a LOT more of them in the U.S. market. It is true that the PS3 has more now than it did, but in the U.S. market these titles often have a 1 year lead time between Xbox 360 and PS3 release. And games like Lost Odyssey will always be an Xbox 360 exclusive.

  • jordan

    Okay, I will just say this. you fanboys on both sides are retarded, you haven't even played the game yet. It has been confirmed by ign, way more reliable then these morons that PS3 has better looking cutscenes, xbox has crispier visuals in the main game.. I have both a ps3 and a 360 so I have no bias. For all we know, somebody could have put these images through a filter. Don't start talking stuff when you haven't played the game(s) for yourselves. Idiots.

  • Obinoodle

    i am a simply person with a simple xbox360. Why did i choose an xbox over a ps3?, well.. when i got my xbox the ps3 was about $900 so i didnt bother. I am still a kid, and i can get $900 overnight, and since all my friends have an xbox360, it all made logical sence to get one too. Now that ive played my xbox360 for few years, ive learned to live with the "Graphics" or the "RROD". But thats just it… ive never had a ps3 so i dont know what im missing out on, or what im not missing out on. From what i understand, each console has its ups and downs. However lately ive been thinking about getting a ps3 because some of its games have appealed to me more than any xbox game has. Dont get me wrong, i love the xbox and its games, however i just never got into GTA4 or any Halo, or COD. I love RPG's and since the ps3 has Heavy Rain, Metal Gear and FF i thought it might be nice to try them!. So for now, i have my simple life and my simple xbox360, and i enjoy its company :). If i do end up getting both consoles, woopee!, i may end up loving the ps3, or perhaps hating its guts, still.. im taking a risk. Because in the end, im still going to buy games that appeal to me, regardless of what platform its on. Both consoles are fine, live with it.

  • http://twitter.com/Kevin533319 @Kevin533319

    Man dam Xbox 360 Fan Boys I prefer the PS3 but give it up 360 Fan Boys, Splinter Cell just another timed exclusive like Bioshock, and Halo is just another game where little 4 year olds(Noobs) play with 30 year old virgins that still live in their parent's basement and have nothing else to do then to bag on the PS3 due to the fact that the PS3 is making a comeback. Anyways Microsoft is just spending money on keeping as many games timed exclusives only to make people buy their console, and only to end up getting the red ring of death a couple months later. No Xbox 360 Game can be compared to Any PS3 Exclusive, Example-Uncharted 2-Game of the Year and took all Awards Home and still the Xbox 360 Fan Boys thought they were going to get that game and every other exclusive on PS3 and next year and God of War III is taking Game of the Year this year and yet you still think Halo Reach can compete with God of War III, God of War III murders every Xbox 360 Exclusive coming out .Even Gears of War III which is probably coming to PS3 since the Xbox 360 Can't Handle It. I going to laugh if we get it and Halo 4 since their contract with Microsoft expired ………………………………………………….P.S. ……………………….. R.I.Pieces in memory of the Shitbox 360

  • Arkives

    Well you have to remember people.. some games that go multiplatform were specifically made for a certain console in mind… The PS3 version was almost finished a few years back (and was supposed to be exclusive) but then they decided to make it for the 360 during the E3 announcement.. but SE DID state that sacrifices had to be made due to hardware differences in the 360 compared to that of the PS3, and as I can see, sacrifices were made in the 360 version. It all depends on the console the game was specifically made for..

  • Dom

    Hope you have fun installing it for over 5 hours while those of us with an xbox just play straight away.

  • gUeSt

    lol disk changeing….. So last century. In everyway the ps3 pawns the 360, lol the 360 was not made for HD gameing it had no hdmi to begin with, not to mention that it uses dvds. What 360 exclusive game has better graphics than Uncharted 2?… None! So please just stfu with ur comments on the 360 being the better machine when it was made for the past generation of gameing.

    • http://twitter.com/Kevin533319 @Kevin533319

      PS3 Fanboy all the way and i posted this on this site for the xbox 360 fanboys

      Man dam Xbox 360 Fan Boys I prefer the PS3 but give it up 360 Fan Boys, Splinter Cell just another timed exclusive like Bioshock, and Halo is just another game where little 4 year olds(Noobs) play with 30 year old virgins that still live in their parent's basement and have nothing else to do then to bag on the PS3 due to the fact that the PS3 is making a comeback. Anyways Microsoft is just spending money on keeping as many games timed exclusives only to make people buy their console, and only to end up getting the red ring of death a couple months later. No Xbox 360 Game can be compared to Any PS3 Exclusive, Example-Uncharted 2-Game of the Year and took all Awards Home and still the Xbox 360 Fan Boys thought they were going to get that game and every other exclusive on PS3 and next year and God of War III is taking Game of the Year this year and yet you still think Halo Reach can compete with God of War III, God of War III murders every Xbox 360 Exclusive coming out .Even Gears of War III which is probably coming to PS3 since the Xbox 360 Can't Handle It. I going to laugh if we get it and Halo 4 since their contract with Microsoft expired ………………………………………………….P.S. ……………………….. R.I.Pieces in memory of the Shitbox 360

  • OwndU

    Simple steps to true enlightenment: (mostly for ps3 fanboys)
    1. Go to gamestop.com
    2. Click on ff13 for the 360
    3. where the cover art for the game is, click under where it says view back of box
    4. Zoom in where it says HDTV 720p/1080i/1080p
    5. Sit down, be quiet.

  • supagee

    every multi platform games dont run better on 360! look at burn out paradise, oblivion, sega rally, cod modern warefare2, gt auto 4 (better draw distance smoother frames) to name a few titles that run smoother an at a higher frame rate when codede pn ps3.
    and u will never see games like uncharted 2 , killzone 2, motor sorm 2, megtal gear 4 with or witrhout blueray add appearing bettger on 360-period. is a known facthat if developers can be bothered 2 use the cell processors properly an recoded 4 the ps3 properly, that version can turn out superior in several areas. seriously when did u last see a bettwr looking game then uncharted 2 with as much particle effects anim ation in backgrounds and stunning 3d models using 80 k mlodels runing on 360? u dont coz it wont ever do it as wellas ps3 period.so stop dreamijmg an enjoy ur games.i have all platforms and say it straight. there r good games on xbox but when ps3 8s coded properly it owns its ass big time. al those early multi shit platform ports running beta on 360 dont prove its begta just shows what a lazy bunch of asses the devs were releasoing them w/o recoding rthem specifiocally 2 use cell.oh sorry if i stated fact but b4 u xbox fanboys start going on bout ur xbox superiority on multi platforms take into account lazass ports dont count..each platform had its unique strengths but its a known fact when ps3 is coded correctly it
    outperforms 360 end of….just enjoy the games to b honest rthe my console debait is old and meaningless lol

  • luis

    xbox is so much better than playstation sure u get free online which is cool but u get nothin out of it and if u pay for xbox live u get more out of it so xbox is so much better

  • DTullyAFC

    Come on people!!!!!!! for god sake!

    every xbox owner knows the ps3 is better but the sad fact is, when the ps3 came out xbox owners felt like mugs because they saw what they could have had if they had saved their cash lol! so that lead to all the PS3 hate over the last few years! any slip up sony makes xbox owners are so quick to jump on but no one ever mentions all microsofts f ups! at the end of the day in years to come we will look back and think oh my days do u remember that cheap plastic lookin thing that used to play DVD's and used to sound like a lawnmower and didnt come with hard drives, wireless technology and had AA batteries for the control pads lol seriously i could go on and on lol! get over it you just grew up at a time when halo was big and clung onto it… actually let me ask one question…what is the most innovative game xbox has,……

  • Randy

    This is deprecated now, Square-Enix confirmed its in HD. Also you can't judge by pre-release pictures. Wait till next week then we will see which one is truly better.

  • Luckikun

    Your such a fag! get your head out of your ass. All you zbox290 fannies only ever talk about halo!
    Not much to brag about halo tbh
    Let me guess your like 12yrs

  • Lee

    the only reason u r saying the xbox is better is because u own it. ive played both before and the ps3 is way better. maybe if u could afford it u would understand. o and halo gets really boring

  • YouDontUnderstand

    Well as much as I was hoping it would look good, that sucks. It'll probably be fine. Regardless – I'll be grabbing this game for the 360…I don't play enough PS3 to justify buying another game for it.

    Don't see how people are counting this as an "Xbox fail?" Sounds like there's a bunch of failures of understanding and retards in one post. This is a developer failure – there are plenty of other Xbox 360 games that definately exceed 576p. You've got to be down-right stupid to even think that this is an Xbox's issue.

  • Willy

    Imagine how much u could get done if none of u guys played video games. I meandont get me wrong video games are great… But if ur so obsessed with ur 360s and ur ps3s that u get online and get off to which version of which game has better graphincs, and then b*tch about about ur insecurities towards whatever system u decided to buy what else do u do with ur day?

  • james

    I am a PS-fanboy but it still angers me at how ignorant most fanboys of both sides are. Firstly PS fanboys who say games like halo reach will be crap. they obviously wont be, you are just saying that because it is not on the PS3. Alan wake looks a slightly stupid concept but the other exclusives (mass effect 2 isnt exclusive – on PC also) are still pretty good.

    Now xbox fanboys who think they are so superior that they have halo, you guys are so far up your own arsehole it is slightly funny. if you think that the xbox dominated the ps3 last year then you are retarded. Also you ignore often the massive list of ps3 exclusives that are coming out this year and last year: Killzone 2, inFamous, Uncharted 2, Demon souls, heavy rain (MAG is kinda crap cause no one has a mic), god of war 3, gran turismo 5. last year xbox had… halo ODST!!! wait it kinda sucked ass. l4d2 i can play on pc. quite frankly developers develop for 360 because it has sold more however 51% of xbox's have had RROD and it is easier to develop (cant be as good as ps3 tho)

  • Voxel

    Even if the PS3 version is the better of the two, I'm still getting it for 360. I'm not buying a PS3 for one game.