Sony Sued Over 'Killzone: Shadow Fall' Graphics

August 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony Computer Entertainment in California's Northern District Court accusing the company of falsely advertising that the PS4 launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall featured 1080p graphics. The lawsuit filed by plaintiff Douglas Ladore is seeking certification as a class and designating Ladore as the lead plaintiff in the case.

The lawsuit alleges that Sony promised 1080p single and multiplayer graphics in marketing materials, in advertisements, interviews, and more prior to Killzone: Shadow Fall being released alongside the PS4 last November. The lawsuit also points to the game's packaging claiming that it features a "1080p HD video output" logo on the back of the box.

Digital Foundry analyzed the game back in March of this year and found that Killzone's multiplayer mode outputs natively in 960x1080 resolution, instead of the 1920x1080 standard for "1080p." The game's developer, Guerrilla Games, said in response to that report that it used "temporal projection" pixel filling to provide what it called "subjectively similar results" to native 1080p rendering.

But in the lawsuit the plaintiff says that, while this method for outputting 1080p might be "novel," it is not the "'native 1080p' Sony promised" to consumers. The complaint goes on to say that, "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."

The complaint accuses Sony of false advertising, breach of warranty, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment. It calls for the lawsuit to be certified as a class, and for Sony to pay "restitution in the form of disgorgement of all revenue derived from sales of Killzone: Shadow Fall" as well as "all economic, monetary, actual, consequential, statutory and compensatory damages caused by Defendant’s conduct, and if the conduct is proven to be willful, award Plaintiff and the Class exemplary damages."

You can check out the 29-page complaint here (PDF).

Source: Polygon by way of Andrew Eisen.


Comments

Re: Sony Sued Over 'Killzone: Shadow Fall' Graphics

The complaint goes on to say that, "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."

Yeah, I suspect that's one of the biggest loads of BS I've heard in a while... You bought the game solely because it was supposed to be 1080p? Suuuuure ya did...

Re: Sony Sued Over 'Killzone: Shadow Fall' Graphics

My response to the article

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA06Z5e1ZFc&list=PL7C40D72B997ED1A7

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Sony Sued Over 'Killzone: Shadow Fall' Graphics

this is what happens when ps4 owners obsess over 1080p, lol now one of them is mad that it doesn't run all games in 1080p even though it never did   *sigh*

Re: Sony Sued Over 'Killzone: Shadow Fall' Graphics

I really, really doubt this is going to go anywhere. It's very hard to get a false advertising charge to stick in the US, even when it seems to be clear-cut. Here, Sony has wiggle room over what constitutes 1080p, and that will probably be enough to get them out. (Remember the Other OS false advertising lawsuit? That was even more clear-cut than this one, and it got dismissed.)

Plus, I have a suspicion the judge isn't going to take seriously the plaintiff's claim that he wouldn't have bought the game if he didn't think it would display at 1920x1080.

 
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