When Xbox One owners finally get access to the Destiny beta next week, they'll find it won't run at 1080p. However, that remains the target resolution for the full game when it launches on September 9.
This was revealed during an IGN livestream with Bungie staff (via Eurogamer), who indicated the beta does not hit the vaunted 1080p resolution. However, as we've heard before, this is a real beta, not an early peek at the finalized game. According to Bungie community manager David "Deej" Dague, this means "there is always room for improvement."
"This beta is where we are in development right now," he said during the stream. "The fact you are playing in the beta is of enormous help to us because it teaches us what this thing is, it teaches us how we can perfect it and make it better before launch."
"We are aiming for 1080p on all platforms," he continued, reaffirming what we heard following E3. Destiny was originally scheduled to run at a sub-1080p resolution on Xbox One (compared with 1080p on PlayStation 4), but thanks to improvements introduced to the system by Microsoft, Bungie found itself able to bump up the game's resolution. As those changes to the system's software development kit were introduced in June, it's possible there wasn't time to put the extra power to use in the beta version of the game. We've contacted Activision to find out more and will report back with anything we learn.
Of course, whether the increase in resolution ultimately makes much of a difference in terms of visual quality remains to be seen.