"2K’s Evolve, by Turtle Rock Studios, was showcased at E3 exclusively with the PC version running on a pretty beefy Alienware system. Even in the Microsoft booth, where the game was playable right alongside other Xbox One games running on actual hardware, people were playing the game on a PC with an Xbox controller being led to believe the game looked that much better than anything else in that booth. The Xbox One and PS4 are powerful consoles, but there is no way they will ever get close to the image quality that an i7-powered Alienware with a high end nVidia graphics card can. If you think they can, you’re fooling yourself.
Where games such as Sega’s Alien Isolation were running on actual hardware (both PS4 and Xbox One), the console version of Evolve wasn’t even present at E3. Yesterday 1985fm and myself got to sit down with the Evolve developers for a short interview, and when the question about the console version’s resolution and frame rate was brought up it was immediately dodged. As they said the console versions were still in development they wouldn’t be talking about them until they were done. I guess that Microsoft marketing deal 2K struck for an exclusive Evolve beta on the Xbox One sort of gags the developers for addressing questions about the non-existent console versions.
The problem with all of this was that 2K was promoting Evolve as a console game at the show. It had a huge presence in the MS press conference, their booth, and Microsoft’s booth yet no one was actually playing the Xbox One version of the game. They were playing the PC version, and everyone knows there is normally a big difference between the two. Even Sony brought the actual PS4 version of PlanetSide 2 to E3, which played great on the gamepad with some smart UI/Hud changes for the console interface."
I love this game and almost everything about it. But the author of this article does have very valid points. It’s highly disingenuous to pass off high-end PC gameplay as “running on xbox one”. Hopefully it isn’t a watchdogs level of downgrade coming.