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Shin'en explains why Nano Assualt Neo is 720p instead of 1080p

A portion of an NES interview with Shin'en...

NES: Neo’s resolution is 720p. Why is it not 1080p? Beside, we’ve witnessed jaggies and seemingly a lack of anti-aliasing in some other games footage, can you reassure us on the image quality of your title? With its more up-to-date GPU and other factors such as cache amount, the Wii U should be pretty capable in this area.

S: Any modern GPU supports various anti-aliasing modes with the usual Pros and Cons and it’s the case for the Wii U one. Many GPUs have a certain amount of AA even for ‘free’ when rendering. Usage of these modes depends on your rendering style (like forward or deferred) and other implementation details.

Nano Assault Neo is running in 720p yes. We had the game also running in 1080p but the difference was not distinguishable when playing. Therefore we used 720p and put the free GPU cycles into higher resolution post-Fx. This was much more visible. If we had a project with less quick motions we would have gone 1080p instead i guess.

It’s not a problem to make beautiful 1080p games on the Wii U. As on any console or PC such titles need ~200% more fill rate than 720p. You can use this power either for 1080p rendering or for more particles, better post-Fx, better materials, etc.

It should also be not forgotten that many current gen games don’t even run at 720p, but at lower resolutions which are scaled up (not to mention that most also only run at 30fps).

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05 Nov 2012 15:46

To me that sounds great, but it's just too bad the number of people who will read that line '720p instead of 1080p' and automatically say the Wii U can't handle it, or say that it's a bad game for not being in 1080p. It's great that they tested it, saw there was little difference, and then scaled back mere sizing for adding in actual effects and such. Especially on that thought that most current-gen games don't run at or merely scale-up-to 1080p...but again people will just assume that all HD-gaming is 1080p and be confused as to why this game doesn't do it.
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05 Nov 2012 16:13

720p still sounds very good. I mean, anything 720p and over is still far better than no Hi-Def at all.
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05 Nov 2012 22:44

One of the most promising small devs of all time. Thanks for being awesome Shin'en!
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06 Nov 2012 07:21

Makes sense and for once I didn't think the answer was just an excuse for something a developer half-assed. 99.9% of people couldn't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p during normal play anyway.

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