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#1 vcfan

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:06

 

Sony Computer Entertainment America has been hit with a lawsuit alleging "deceptive marketing" of Killzone: Shadow Fall because the PlayStation 4 game's multiplayer mode does not run at the resolution advertised.

 

The suit, filed by California resident Douglas Ladore in Northern District California court, alleges that Sony advertised Killzone: Shadow Fall would run at native 1080p resolution but "used a technological shortcut that was supposed to provide 'subjectively similar' results."


 

In March, Eurogamer's Digital Foundry analyzed Shadow Fall's graphics and reported that the PS4 game's multiplayer component runs at 960 by 1080 resolution — as opposed to 1920 by 1080, or 1080p resolution — with a "high-quality temporal upscale."

 

The lawsuit alleges that Sony advertised — through videos, its official website, social media and Killzone's retail packaging — would offer 1080p graphics. "Unfortunately, Sony's marketing and on-box representations turned out to be nothing more than fiction," the lawsuit says.

 

 

 

 

 

The lawsuit alleges that "'temporal reprojection' is not the 'native 1080p' that Sony promised" and that Sony has not updated its packaging and marketing to reflect the game's actual resolution. Class allegations in the suit include negligent misrepresentation, false advertisement, unfair competition and fraud in the inducement. The amount sought in the suit exceeds $5,000,000.

 

 

 

http://www.polygon.c...adow-fall-1080p




#2 Audioboxer

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:11

lol 5 million, and people think there's nutters in the Neowin frame rate and resolution topic (I really hope no one tries to argue this is a good use of court time or tax payers money....).

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:13

on one hand yeah it is false advertising. on the other though, who the hell even cares? it's not that great of a game anyway (then again most "realistic" style shooters are stale anymore)



#4 Jason Stillion

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:22

on one hand yeah it is false advertising. on the other though, who the hell even cares? it's not that great of a game anyway (then again most "realistic" style shooters are stale anymore)

 

The issue is false advertising, when companies can get away with it on a regular basis, it's a bad thing. 

 

I wish we had something similar to United Kingdom's ASA in the United States.  



#5 exotoxic

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:32

on one hand yeah it is false advertising. on the other though, who the hell even cares?

 

If they do nothing now, whats to stop the next big business misleading customers with false advertising??



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:39

How stupid. There wasn't any false advertising.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:41

If those 1080 horizontal lines aren't interlaced I see no foul play here. Did they say it was going to be full HD?

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:43

The whole suit is listed on Kotaku http://kotaku.com/so...080p-1617200896

I love blurry to the point of distraction, and the in depth report of going into best buy.

The box is going to have 1080p on it at least because of SP. Jeez Xbox 360 boxes had 1080p on them as the device had a hardware upscaler.

Sure Sony should have explained the tech to the geeks sooner, but lawsuits and false advertising is a waste of time. Aliens Colonial Marines was false advertising, did that even get a lawsuit?

#9 Avi Patel

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 22:00

I honestly hope sony loses this one.

remember when sony falsely advertised that watchdogs would run at 1080p 60fps on the ps4?? 

I don't care much for these things, but sony should not blatantly lie about these things. 



#10 Boz

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 22:28

on one hand yeah it is false advertising. on the other though, who the hell even cares? it's not that great of a game anyway (then again most "realistic" style shooters are stale anymore)

 

I do want the person filing the lawsuit to win. I've had it with literal lies that publishers make and polish up videos prior to sales, then they limit reviews until after release of the game so you will go and buy it based on deceptive and false advertising and of course the hook is that retailers won't take back the game after it's been open.

 

We should all sue them for selling us a supposed "full" product but we end up being beta tests at $60 a pop. 

 

It's really getting out of hand these days.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 22:31

The whole suit is listed on Kotaku http://kotaku.com/so...080p-1617200896

I love blurry to the point of distraction, and the in depth report of going into best buy.
The box is going to have 1080p on it at least because of SP. Jeez Xbox 360 boxes had 1080p on them as the device had a hardware upscaler.

Sure Sony should have explained the tech to the geeks sooner, but lawsuits and false advertising is a waste of time. Aliens Colonial Marines was false advertising, did that even get a lawsuit?

 

Exactly.    1080p on box means it is outputting actual 1080p to the TV.      It is not a guarantee that it is not unscaled inside the console!   

All it means that the signal is 1080p to TV

 

This is pretty idiotic to think he will get his $5M.

Single player is true 1080p too.

 

And the description about him buying the game made me LOL



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 22:39

welcome to pretty much every PR promo, IMC for MS and Sony prior to the launch of their consoles. This generation was overrun by lame marketing phrases such as "nextgen" and they blatantly said sure " 1080, no problem". What a load of bull.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 22:59

This case should be thrown out but Sony should get a slap on the wrist for playing with the numbers a bit. Still, no one got hurt and no one deserves $5 million in compensation for something like this.

 

Otherwise, I'm going to sue Nintendo, because they promised me that the N64 would have dinosaurs like the ones in Jurassic Park.



#14 Brendeth

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 23:12

Was it a bit misleading? Sure, but all the marketing this gen has been a bit fluffy. That's what PR does unfortunately.

 



#15 Max Norris

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 23:14

I always thought this argument was silly before but now it's hit an absurd level.. it's called marketing. You want hard data do your homework, should never take a commercial at face value.

Otherwise, I'm going to sue Nintendo, because they promised me that the N64 would have dinosaurs like the ones in Jurassic Park.

I always wanted to sue them too because of Duck Hunt on the NES. Cost me a few TV's, damaged from thrown light guns at that f'ing dog.