After having played the Titanfall Beta on both the Xbox One and PC (via Origin on Windows 8), we’ve come to one conclusion. If you want to play Titanfall on your Xbox One, we’d recommend simply skipping the demo of the PC side of things. When you’ve got a ramped-up beast of a gaming PC pitted against the Xbox One, gameplay is comparable - but the graphics delivery difference is immense.
The battle between these two machines running Titanfall isn’t particularly fair. With the Xbox One you’ve got a single-chip custom AMD processor with 8-core Jaguar CPU with 1.23 TFLOPS AMD Radeon GPU (Graphics Core Next engine). With the Falcon Northwest TIKI build we’re using to test this game here, we’ve got a 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor (overclocked to 4.5GHz) and a 6GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN graphics card.
Here you’ve got a roughly $500 machine battling a couple thousand-dollar machine in the end, both of them running ever-so-slightly different builds of the game. The Xbox One version of Titanfall was built for Xbox One, the PC version was built for PC, scaled differently too.
So what are you going to see? You’re going to see roughly the same movements made with a lot more artifact action flying in the face of the Xbox One iteration of the game. It’s all smooth sailing on the PC side of things, graphics loading, and all.
Controls are entirely different on each system, while both systems are optimized to make the most of what they're given. Titanfall brings on a training simulation - which you can see here for Xbox One - that kicks you through button combinations at the start of the game, keyboard or Xbox One controller depending on your system. We’re expecting additional controller access when we get to the final version of the game, too, with Xbox One controller action on the PC as well - if you’re insane enough to try it.
When this article is published, Titanfall is being pushed as an Open Beta for all users to try on Xbox One, and a semi-Closed Beta for PC for those who signed up for the Beta in the Closed Beta period. This game will also be released on March 11th for both the PC through Origin and the Xbox One.
Have a peek at the rest of our Titanfall coverage and dive in to the timeline below for all the Titanfall Beta gameplay hands-on and in-tune action you can handle until next month. Join us then as well as we bring you our own final review!