Anthem is officially out at the end of this week, but if you’re an EA Access member on Xbox One or an EA Origin Premier member on PC you can play it right now.
We’ve got a review of the PC version in the works, but we’ve also spent some time with the Xbox One version thanks to EA Access. And you know what? It really does look damned impressive on Xbox One X.
Yesterday, in an interview with Xbox Wire, Scott Newman, Head of Technology for Anthem at BioWare, revealed that the game runs at native 4K on Xbox One X. It also supports HDR, has increased shadow resolution, and features enhanced rendering of in-game terrain. The Xbox One X’s additional memory allows more textures and meshes to be streamed, too.
All of the Xbox One X enhancements result in visuals that have to be seen to be believed. They perhaps don’t quite match up to those videos we were shown at E3 some time ago, but they look bloody close. They come at a cost, though, which is performance.
While Anthem‘s performance on Xbox One X seems much improved since the private beta, it’s still not perfect. During hectic firefights the framerate occasionally drops, and there’s the odd moment of stutter as you explore Anthem‘s environments. It’s not enough to ruin your fun with the game, but it does hinder it. It would be great if there was an option to run the game at a lower resolution for increased performance.
Anyway, want to see Anthem in action on Xbox One X? Check out the gameplay video below.