Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Halo 3 In Full HD - Hope Master Chief's Armor Is Nice And Shiny

For Sony and Microsoft, this generation of consoles is all about the graphics. And for good reason - with more and more homes switching to HD, sharper graphics are becoming important to more people. Not to mention, nicer looking games tend to provide a more realistic experience than their 8-bit ancestors ever could.

The current rumor hitting the net has MS mandating that Bungie, the developer behind the Halo series, deliver the game in full 1080p HD at 60 fps. For the noobs out there, that means really kick-ass graphics. But two questions have to be asked - can Bungie deliver, and is the 360 up to the task?

Everyone is expecting Halo 3 to be absolutely gorgeous, so even if it's not "full HD", Bungie should come close (that being said, they could release something ugly as sin and it would probably still set sales records). But assuming Bungie can deliver that full HD experience, I don't think the 360 can support it. The console just doesn't seem to have the hardware to make those numbers happen, and still deliver a rich gaming experience with detailed landscapes and hordes of enemies.

Hopefully I'm wrong, but we'll see. I will say that it's best not to judge based on the upcoming demo, as that is sure to be rough. Of course, if Halo 3 were a PS3 title, this would be a whole different story...

Let the flaming begin!

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