Californian Man Sues Sony Over Killzone: Shadow Falls Graphics

Written by Neil Soutter on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 10:15 AM
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Disgruntled PlayStation gamer Douglas Ladore is taking Sony to court, claiming that the company mislead him over the quality of the PlayStation 4-exclusive Killzone: Shadow Fall’s graphics.

The Californian man isn’t happy at the number of pixels being thrown at him. Unhappy enough to sue Sony over the allegations. The complaint stems from the resolution, which was advertised as running at 1080p, or 1920 x 1080. Analysis of the final product indicates that when playing the multiplayer component, Killzone: Shadow Fall is actually outputting at 960 x 1080 and then upscaled to full 1080p resolution.

The man’s lawsuit states "Unfortunately, Sony's marketing and on-box representations turned out to be nothing more than fiction.

While Killzone: Shadow Fall’s single-player runs at 1080p and 30 frames per second, the multiplayer offers a 1080p variant in order to hit a crisp 60 fps. “In both SP and MP, Killzone: Shadow Fall outputs a full, unscaled 1080p image at up to 60fps,” said Killzone: Shadow Fall producer Poria Torkan in March. “In Multiplayer mode, however, we use a technique called ‘temporal reprojection’ which combines pixels and motion vectors from multiple lower-resolution frames to reconstruct a full 1080p image. If native means that every part of the pipeline is 1080p then this technique is not native.

What this means in essence is that only half of the horizontal pixels are rendered in any one frame, with 960 being rendered alternately. To the human eye it’s extremely difficult to notice the difference, but Ladore’s representative stated; "After opening Killzone's packaging (thus rendering the game un-returnable) and playing the game, Plaintiff realised that the game's multiplayer graphics were not the '1080p' graphics that Sony advertised. Instead, Plaintiff noticed that Killzone's multiplayer graphics were blurry and did not appear to be rendering at a native 1080p resolution."

"Had Plaintiff known that Killzone's multiplayer mode was not running at a graphics resolution of 1080p, he would have not have purchased Killzone at all, or would have paid substantially less for it."

He’s not a happy bunny then, although there’s been no official word from Sony or Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla Games just yet. Do you think Sony has a case to answer here? Or is starting a lawsuit over a game’s resolution a step too far? Enter the jury panel below and let us know!

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23:21 Aug-07-2014

that californian guy must have a lot of friends... -_-

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21:41 Aug-07-2014

it may be a really pathetic thing to do, but this guy dies actually have a case.

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21:02 Aug-07-2014

To be honest, I think someone needs to hold the devs and the publishers accountable for the lies that they tell to sell games. I doubt this mans lawyer is doing it pro bono or for a just a percentage, so I doubt the guys doing it for the money. He's drawing a line in the sand. He's saying, "No more." I hate our litigious society, but this guy has a case. It should be heard by a jury.

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18:03 Aug-07-2014

i wish if i could sue Ubisoft for not optimizing her games...

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18:23 Aug-07-2014

They'd need to fill their games with microtransactions like EA to be able to pay for the lawsuit xD

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17:39 Aug-07-2014

Yay consoles?

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16:48 Aug-07-2014

it is fair complaint, if it passes then Microsoft will be fined due to upscaling from poor 720p on their XBOX ONE !

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19:12 Aug-07-2014

awesome!

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15:49 Aug-07-2014

since the company is honest about it AND you have the choice to disable this, the man is absolutely wrong...

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14:16 Aug-07-2014

This is probably a bit over the top but i'm glad he did this as it means that sony wont being doing this again any time soon

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14:12 Aug-07-2014

This is probably a bit over the top to sue but i'm glad he did it because it will stop Sony making anymore false information like this again

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18:59 Aug-07-2014

congratulations my good sir! you have just proven that you have a brain! :)

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14:11 Aug-07-2014

I was trying to get my German friend to do something similar with CoD: Gohsts. Glad this guy did something. I mean at this rate we can sue ubisoft for watchdogs under false advertising.


MWAHAHAHAHA the power is ours now, or our lawyers I mean.

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13:18 Aug-07-2014

................ really? you're just making us look bad man!!!!

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15:39 Aug-07-2014

Making console users look bad lol. PC users don't ever need to worry about resolutions man haha

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17:45 Aug-07-2014

He probably meant people from the US...

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12:50 Aug-07-2014

yes lets ridicule that guy for not accepting mediocrity... ****ing retards

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12:59 Aug-07-2014

sometimes the truth hurts...

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13:17 Aug-07-2014

Okay, if I don't accept you swearing, will I sue you? No. This is just stupid.

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13:38 Aug-07-2014

then come to denmark if you have a problem with me?

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14:33 Aug-07-2014

U WOT 1V1 IRL

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07:11 Aug-08-2014

Nah, just cuz I'm German doesn't mean I'm some retarded **** on YouTube :D

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12:09 Aug-07-2014

I think everybody should do this. Imagine Ubisoft getting sued by thousands of people for their fake advertisings.

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12:05 Aug-07-2014

'MURICA level lawsuit XD

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12:03 Aug-07-2014

....MURICA

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11:53 Aug-07-2014

This is the definition of stupid , also he can return the product in 10 days without any reason.

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11:36 Aug-07-2014

I've never heard a PC gamer complaining about resolutions :P PC wins, again.

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11:39 Aug-07-2014

I'm complaining, my PC has too low screen resolution :(

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15:58 Aug-07-2014

Not the point. Though you could sue yourself for not setting the resolution higher :P
Bu fo' realzeez, I see no reason why it's not at 1080p (besides performance) since both, the GPU and the monitor, support it...

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15:59 Aug-07-2014

Yeah, now I actually wonder how would suing myself work...

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15:51 Aug-07-2014

Take your pc to court Fudgehog. The monitor too, that should solve your problem :)

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11:31 Aug-07-2014

As if Sony wasn't already operating at a loss. This tool comes along to try and sue Sony, really? For multi player graphics? Everyone knows multi player is more demanding and need quicker response, so I'm not surprised that they lowered resolution to hit 60 fps.

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11:29 Aug-07-2014

I can seriously understand the shock that this poor man had, i hope he'll gets at least million for his suffering...
Seriously what the hell is this suing that Americans love to do? They are suing anyone for everything and demand ridiculous amount of money.

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13:19 Aug-07-2014

Yep we Muricans are a lovely lot ain't we x)

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11:25 Aug-07-2014

consoles always have issus, +point for PCs

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