Tomorrow, 16th December, Konami will release data pack two for football game PES 2015.
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With Konami's prized football sim openly declared
as a full HD presentation on PS4, it's the Xbox One's meagre 720p delivery that raises eyebrows. Opting for the same Fox Engine set-up as Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, these resolutions amount to a mammoth difference in image quality for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015. But is this the extent of the differences for the series' current-gen debut - and how does the Sony platform's frame-rate hold up at this setting?
Kicking off with patch 1.01 installed on each, the initial reaction is perhaps the most obvious. With Xbox One running at 44.4 per cent of the PS4's overall pixel output, the presentation of pitch details is hugely impacted. From the patterning of grass shaders to the nylon weave across player boots, the impression is that Xbox One is working to a last-gen technical standard by rendering at 720p. Even setting the game to its default 'wide' camera option, the field and players are noticeably softened, and worst of all, panning sweeps across stadia supports and crowds produce a much nastier pixel crawl effect on Microsoft's platform.
Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Unity has entered the UK sales chart in second place.
Activision's first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare held on to the top spot despite a 77 per cent fall in sales, according to official figures from Chart-Track. Unity missed out by 16,000 sales.
However, it seems Unity has done well. The PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game outsold the launch of last year's game, Assassin's Creed: 4: Black Flag, which originally debuted on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to a significantly higher install base.
Football game PES 2015 is out this week, and alongside it comes a day one patch that updates the teams.
The day one update means 93 new kits appear authentically in the game. Eight more licensed teams have been added, including Sparta Praha, FK Partisan, and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The Brazil league will have six of its teams (Santos, Internacional, Vasco da Gama, Vitoria, Criciuma, and Chapecoense) updated to include an additional 109 real names.
PES 2015's debut on the new generation of hardware serves as the perfect antidote to fans who lost faith during the previous console switchover. The FIFA juggernaut has rolled on well beyond the point Konami's series could last count itself holder of virtual football's Ballon d'Or. Dedicated players have converted, and an entire generation has moved on to EA Sports' series. PES 2015, however, storms onto the pitch, flag in tow, ready to go full Souness on its major rival.
It's important to start by dispelling the myth that PES offers arcade action as opposed to FIFA's simulation. The latter's superior presentation - amplified by this year's official Barclays Premier League overlay and accurate facial scans - is often used to justify the notion that FIFA plays a realistic game of football. Head onto the pitch and this isn't quite true. EA Sports' latest offering is hamstrung with constant goals from kick-off, ridiculous penalty calls and shifts of momentum which make Sergio Aguero's last-ditch title winner against QPR appear tame.
Perhaps its the increasing significance of Ultimate Team that accounts for FIFA's increasing flair for dramatics, but even as it introduces its own myClub, PES 2015 is a pleasant reminder there's an actual sport to be enjoyed. Subtle physicality is at the heart of a system which rewards those who battle to the very last, whether you're approaching goal or desperately trying to protect your own.
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UPDATE 2: The PES 2015 demo is out now in Europe.
Konami's latest Pro Evolution Soccer - the first to arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - has been given a release date, with all versions due out on November 13th. There will also be a demo launching on September 17th - a week before the launch of rival football game FIFA 15.
Konami elected to skip the new consoles last year, though it did make the leap to the Fox engine, the same technical foundation for Kojima Production's Metal Gear Solid 5. It was an excellent effort, earning a 9/10 in Tom Bramwell's review.
This year's Pro Evolution Soccer will look to continue the upward trend, though we've yet to see it ourselves. Hopefully we'll have more to share with you in the near future.
Someone has put off-screen footage of the PlayStation 4 version of PES 2015 on YouTube.
It looks like the footage was captured at a game event in Brazil. We expect Konami will move to have the video taken down soon enough.
The video shows us a match between Manchester United and Juventus. We won't spoil the fun.
PES 2015 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and "additional formats" during the autumn and winter of 2014, Konami has announced.
The mantra this time around is "the pitch is ours". The game is a co-production between the main Tokyo-based PES Productions team and the recently-established Windsor-based team.
PES 2015 is the first game in the series for the PS4 and Xbox One and, according to Konami, the first full implementation of Kojima Productions' Fox engine in the PES franchise.