Ark: Survival Evolved features two graphics modes on Xbox One X [updated]
For the past few months many developers have come out and said that they will be supporting Xbox One X. However, some game makers have been a little coy about exactly what enhancements will be part of their projects.
One such developer is Studio Wildcard, the team behind Ark: Survival Evolved. There was a rumor that the game would support 4K resolution but then the team said that they were working on just a 1080p 60 FPS mode for the console. Well, today we have a definitive answer.
In a statement made by the studio, Studio Wildcard confirmed that Ark: Survival Evolved on the Xbox One X will feature HDR and two graphics modes. The first is a "Detailed Graphics" setting with 1440p resolution and High setting at 30 FPS. The second is a 1080p mode which equates to the current Xbox One graphics, with improved 60 FPS. Those with a 4K display will benefit from the 1440p resolution and those with a 1080p display will also receive a boost. Though, you can also run the game at 1440p and enjoy the supersampled visuals on a 1080p display. The choice is yours!
The studio mentioned that the Xbox One X has increased RAM, which will help to eliminate memory issues. It also means faster loading times and better streaming.
However, it's not all great news. Xbox Play Anywhere support and cross-play have been delayed until November. The reason behind this is that they want to get their BattlEye technology working properly on the console. BattlEye is a sophisticated anti-cheating program which is regarded as the gold standard nowadays. With this in mind the team is cautious to enable cross-play until BattlEye is working on Xbox One. The last thing console players want is to have their experience ruined by cheaters.
Ark: Survival Evolved is an extreme survival game which requires patience as well as resource-gathering to succeed. Stranded on the shores of a mysterious island, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to survive and eventually thrive. One of the greatest mechanics has to be how you can use your skills to tame dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. The game has numerous servers so you can team up with your friends and other individuals to conquer the challenges together. However, that's not all: You also have to uncover the mystery of the Ark and why you're there. Is this an alien spaceship? What purpose does it serve? The game is addictive and it'll become an obsession for a while. Be sure to check out the title at retailers because it's quite good already, and it'll be even better on Xbox One X.
Update 11/30/17: According to Digital Foundry, the game runs at dynamic resolution on Xbox One X in both of its modes. It's not locked at 1440p or 1080p depending on the mode.
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