Square Enix had to play a little bit of damage control after Eidos Montreal studio head, David Anfossi, mistakenly blurted out during an interview on EPN TV that Shadow of the Tomb Raider would be 4K and 60fps on the Xbox One X. It turns out that those specs aren’t quite right, and that the game is actually only 4K at 30fps on Microsoft’s $500 system.
Windows Central is now helping Square rectify the mishap that took place during the interview, with Square having shared the following statement regarding the resolution and frame-rate specifications for the Xbox One X…
“Shadow of the Tomb Raider will not run 60 FPS while in 4K. To allow for a more customized gameplay experience, the game will include two visual modes: ‘4K Resolution’ which runs in 4K resolution at 30 FPS, and ‘High Resolution’ which is targeting 1080p at 60 FPS. Both modes will feature a wide variety of additional enhancements such as HDR, improved physically-based rendering, hardware tessellation, anisotropic filtering, additional dynamic foliage, and more.”
Yes, there is an optional 4K at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps.
While 4K is a nice little bundle of pixel-packed joy for those of you with a large enough TV to enjoy such enriched visual pleasantries, I imagine the majority of gamers who simply want smooth gameplay will likely go with the 1080p at 60fps option, which is still the ideal spec settings for home console players and those gaming on PC. You can also expect the PS4 Pro to likely run the game at 1440p at 30fps, since it’s even more underpowered than the Xbox One X.
This is also more proof in the pixelated pudding that the home consoles this gen won’t be pulling off 4K at 60fps on any noteworthy games.
Then again, the only thing that makes Shadow of the Tomb Raider noteworthy these days is the fact that Lara Croft is an even bigger and more heavily promoted feminist icon after they de-sexualized Lara Croft.
You can look for the flatter-chested, more muscular, and more manly Larry Croft to make his return to the jungles when Shadow of the Tomb Raider launches for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One this September, where you’ll be able to see all his splendid, veiny muscles on display in 4K, running at the very “cinematic” 30fps.