It appears that 343 Industries’ latest entry in the Halo franchise, Halo 5: Guardians, is running at a dynamic resolution, with the graphics load dictating how often and to what extent the game’s resolution would drop from its maximum attainable resolution. This isn’t the first time a game has employed dynamic resolution scaling, though. The technique dates back to Wipeout HD for the PS3.
Ardent followers and internet forum goers were among the first to spot an inconsistency in the readings depicted at the bottom-right corner of the gameplay footage shown in the Sprint videos. It was initially assumed that the game’s resolution would drop to somewhere near 720p each time the render reading would turn red. This can be seen in the series of readings below.
However, thanks to the pixel counters at Beyond3D, it turns out that the drop in resolution can be significantly worse, dropping as low at 832 x 810 pixels in the most taxing scenarios. Interestingly, the maximum attainable resolution was noted to be 1920×810, which is quite a bit lower than 1080p.
A couple of more screenshots from Halo 5: Guardian’s Warzone multiplayer mode can be seen below.
It’s worth mentioning, though, that Halo 5: Guardians runs at 60fps, and as such would’ve required a serious amount of horsepower in order to maintain a consistent frame rate at 1080p. The decision to opt for a dynamic resolution is likely to prove wise for the benefit of gameplay. We do hope that 343 Industries has at least implemented a capable anti-aliasing solution for the game, which would certainly compliment the dynamic resolution and alleviate the aliasing, particularly during its lower-resolution instances.
Do keep in mind that this is all pre-release footage and several technical aspects are likely to alter as the game approaches its late October release. We’ll keep you posted on any official confirmation regarding Halo 5: Guardian’s native resolution as it is made available. Until then, let us know how important resolution and image quality are to you in the comments below.