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'Destiny' on PS3 is like the PS4 version but blurrier

'Destiny' on PS3 is like the PS4 version but blurrier
Timothy J. Seppala
Timothy J. Seppala|@timseppala|July 21, 2014 10:54 PM

While a bunch of the hype surrounding the Destiny beta is how great developer Bungie's latest shooter looks running on the PlayStation 4, gamers on last-gen hardware have been playing through the weekend too. Based on the video that Digital Foundry put together (embedded below), the PlayStation 3 version expectedly doesn't stack up next to its current-gen counterpart, but it doesn't look terrible, either. If I were to describe it in one word, it'd be "softer." The tech-centric outlet notes that while the levels themselves remain the same the overall shape and size, set dressing like foliage and rocks are less dense (and in some cases, completely missing), and lighting is less complex as well. Most impactful, possibly, is the PS3 game's native resolution. While the PS4 version runs at a native 1920x1080, or 1080p, Destiny on Sony's previous console is running at 1024x624 (sub-720p) -- roughly 30 percent the total pixel count of its current-gen cousin.

The biggest victim? Shadow detail, as evidenced in this thread on NeoGAF. The amount of enemies onscreen, however, apparently doesn't drop so there should be parity between the two versions in terms of how the game actually plays.

Considering that the PS3 is almost eight years old at this point, however, it's kind of a miracle that it's even capable of playing something like Destiny to begin with. And given that there are likely well over 80 million PS3s in the wild at this point and, as of April, only seven million PS4s, it makes sense for developers to continue supporting previous hardware. Take this April's Watch Dogs and next year's Mortal Kombat X, for example.

What about you: is Destiny the game you're upgrading to a new console for (maybe even a white PS4), or hasn't anything on Sony's latest or the Xbox One caught your eye yet? The beta is down for maintenance now anyway, so you should have plenty of time to leave us a note!

'Destiny' on PS3 is like the PS4 version but blurrier