Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 was developed in Frostbite Engine 3. This engine also powers EA DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront and Battlefield series so it is interesting to see how the performance differs in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 for PS4 and Xbox One.
The original game ran at 900p resolution on Xbox One and 1080p on the PS4. Both version of the game were running at solid 60 fps, which is great for a multiplayer shooter. The sequel seems to follow this trend as well with the same resolution and frame rate for both platforms.
For this comparison, we have taken direct-feed screenshots in uncompressed PNG format. You can click on each screenshot to open them in full resolution, or you can check out the slider comparison to see the difference between both versions of the game.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 looks fairly crisp on PS4 due to its native 1080p resolution, while the Xbox One version appears a little blurry when compared next to PS4. Both versions of the game however look equally as good.[twentytwenty] [/twentytwenty] [twentytwenty] [/twentytwenty]
In addition to the rendering resolution, the shadows render at more distance on the PS4 compared to the Xbox One. This difference is pretty clear in the comparison below. Notice how the car and the house have more detailed shadows on PS4 here.[twentytwenty] [/twentytwenty] [twentytwenty] [/twentytwenty]
As for the texture quality, there appears to be some lower quality textures being utilized for some of the vehicles on Xbox One, which might be a bug considering it doesn’t appear to be in effect in all the comparisons. Hopefully this is fixed in the final version of the game.[twentytwenty] [/twentytwenty] [twentytwenty] [/twentytwenty]
You can see more comparisons in the screenshots below.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 might have a cartoonish art style but it also sports some neat graphical effects and features. The game also has some pop-in that we can see during some of the cutscenes for both platforms. This pop-in is a lot more aggressive on the Xbox One compared to the PS4, atleast from what we have seen so far.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is set to launch next month on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. It is currently undergoing a closed beta on the PS4 and Xbox One which was used as a basis for this comparison. Since the game is very close to release, there shouldn’t be any major difference in term of graphics from the closed beta to the final game.
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