According to a GameInformer article leak about BF4, DICE is targeting 720p @ 60 FPS for it. I think that's the result of the worst possible technical artdirection they could have chosen. They shoot for 60 FPS, to shut up CoD fanboys - it's a marketing bulletpoint. However - regardless of how awesome a game is, if it's rendered in 720p it always will look like yesterday's news.
Just for shit and giggles, I set my PC version of BF3 to render in 720p and maxed out Ultra settings - up from medium/high setings in 1080p. All the bells and whistles don't matter. It just looks like a how a vision impaired man sees the world, after taking off his glasses.
Needless to say, this news kinda dampend my excitement for BF4, the next generation of console hardware, and gaming in general. 720p is unacceptable for me. Regardless of what's going to be rendered on screen, it will always feel like a current generation game - a generation I want to leave desperately in the past.
Good god - the technical art direction mandate has to be 1080p for all next generation games. It's simply a must. Less is unaccpetable, and any technical artdirector who sacrifices resolution for bells and whistles - hell, even framerate past 40-50 FPS - needs to revisit his idea of a next generation game, because 720p is never going to be it.