Xbox 360 HD requirements dropped?

Xbox 360 HD requirements dropped?
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

September 2nd 2009 at 10:52AM

Developers may no longer be bound to 1280x720 resolution

In the latest of his regular tech columns for Develop, Black Rock Studio's David Jefferies has suggested that Microsoft has dropped the requirement put in place that demands developers' games made for the 360 feature 1280x720.

In his article Jefferies addresses the relative merits of screen resolution and anti-aliasing – two disciplines that are hard to achieve simultaneously without unrealistic GPU demands.

"We are making a trade-off and saying that the screen resolution is more important to us than the quality of the anti-aliasing," said Jefferies, when discussing the fact that while both HD consoles can output both 4xMSAA and 2xMSAA, the demands of 1280x720 make the former option very difficult.

"This isn’t necessarily an entirely voluntary move because, until recently, Microsoft had a TCR insisting that games run at 1280x720 – providing you weren’t one of the lucky ones like Halo, who got it waived and ran at 1152x640, that is," he added.

In the same feature, Jefferies discusses the fact that while 1920x768 screens are increasingly common in the home, most still deliver a 1366x768 image.

"It’s is for this reason that Microsoft recently retired the TCR insisting on 1280x720. Now we are free to make the trade-off between resolution and image quality as we see fit," revealed Jefferies.