‘Watch Dogs’ Might Run at Higher Resolution on PS4 than Xbox One

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Watch Dogs Higher Resolution PS4

Before it slipped to 2014, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs was one of, if not the, most highly anticipated launch titles for the next-gen consoles. More importantly, it was a game that many thought would leverage the power of these new systems in some creative ways.

Although Watch Dogs is no longer the hopeful launch title, it’s still one of the biggest releases of this year. And as a result, a lot of attention has been paid to almost every facet of the game, from its unique take on multiplayer to its pre-order bonuses.

One element of Watch Dogs that seems to be getting quite a bit of attention as of late, however, is the game’s resolution. Obviously, if the trailers are to be believed, we know the game is going to look great, but just how great is yet to be determined.

What we do know at this point, though, is that the game might look just a tiny bit better on the PS4, this according Watch Dogs‘ Cinematics Animation Lead Lars Bonde. In an interview with PC Games, Bonde reveals that the development team at Ubisoft is “using the Xbox One to its full capabilities and the same with the PS4, of course, so I know that, as far as to my knowledge, on PS4 it will run in full HD.”

Now, it’s important to point out that Bonde does not say the Xbox One version of Watch Dogs will not run in 1080p, but he doesn’t say it will either. It seems strange that he would he would specifically state the PS4 version does hit the 1080p threshold if the Xbox One did also, but we’ll let you make of that what you will.

'Watch Dogs' - Aiden Pearce with face mask

At the same time, said PC Games interview with Lars Bonde has since been taken offline, suggesting it has sparked a little unnecessary controversy. He also goes out of his way to say this in the interview, which further fuels the fire:

“The first thing I want to make clear is that, at its core, it’s the same experience on current-gen and next-gen consoles. You get the same gameplay out of it.”

Just last month we reported on some unofficial claims that Watch Dogs ran at 1080p/30fps on PS4 and 960p/30fps on Xbox One, and now that seems all but confirmed by Ubisoft. Granted, it’s a slight difference, and a negligible one for most gamers, but the game still might run at a higher resolution on PS4.

While discussions of resolutions in next-gen games might soon become a non-issue, the fact of the matter is gamers want to know if there are any differences from one version to the next. Unfortunately, we likely won’t get any official confirmation from Ubisoft regarding frame rates or resolutions, so gamers will have to wait until the game hits stores at the end of May.

Which platform are you planning to play Watch Dogs on? Do you think 1080p resolution is important if the game looks great on any console?

Watch Dogs releases May 27, 2014 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. No Wii U release date has been announced.

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Source: CVG

TAGS: PC, PS3, PS4, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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  1. Stop fuelling the idiots fighting the gaming war by continuously pointing out that the PS4 is the graphically superior machine, it’s stupid. Everyone already knows it is the more powerful machine and it is obvious that it is likely going to run games to a better standard.

    I’m sure a lot of people are getting sick of hearing about it nearly 5 months after the release of current-gen. It was getting irritating before the consoles were even released, god knows how annoying others like me are finding it by now.

    • To use immaturity for logic, it’s cause the 360 community did it ever time a game came out that even slightly ran better on 360 as compared to ps3.

      • I didn’t, because I didn’t care. It was so infinitesimal that you could barely see the difference even when people pointed it out. Big woop, if I wanted 1337 graphics I would join the PC Master Race.

        • If the ps4 is a better product then it should be known. It has better specs no matter how slight (or not so slight) the differences are. It’s also cheaper. So if you are not a die hard fan of sony or microsoft and you are simply looking for the best bang for your buck, PS4 is the logical choice. This information helps solidify that fact.

          • knock knock lmfao um what? so youre stating that because it has better graphics it is the better product? people like you are the reason these idiotic fanboy wars exist. as its already been stated want to game with graphics? get a pc. the consoles are not about comparing graphics but comparing games (anyone who thinks otherwise is a troll) and right now both systems are lackluster.

          • Eric you apparently struggle with comprehension. I’ll spell it out for you. There are two systems currently availble for consumers to choose from, three if you include the wii. Of the three one, currently, has superior specs in regards to optomizing and running games, that is the ps4 and that is a confirmed fact. So when you have this knowledge in tow abd you are thus choosing console to buy and you

          • Eric you apparently struggle with comprehension. I’ll spell it out for you. There are two systems currently available for consumers to choose from, three if you include the wii. Of the three one, currently, has superior specs in regards to optomizing and running games, that is the ps4 and that is a confirmed fact. So when you have this knowledge in tow and you are thus choosing a console to buy and you have no console bias, logic would then dictate that you purchase the one with the best performing hardware. Especially if one the consoles with inferior specs is more expensive than the console that outperforms it. I’m not going to get into a flame war over your pc elitism, it’s a stupid bait and switch. Gamers do not only opt out of pc gaming because of pricing, tedium, and a learning curve but also because many simply do not enjoy playing on a pc – it’s a matter of preference.

            I understand you got lost in your arrogant little rant and therefore won’t hold you too strictly to your ignorance. Calling someone a troll because they disagree is laughable. I’m not fueling any fires and I don’t participate in the console wars, but facts are facts.

          • Knock knock, I believe the point Eric is making is that the value of a console is determined by more than just graphical performance in the modern age. Graphics are certainly important, but so are the first party and exclusive titles that differentiate them. To some, the community and online aspects also come in to play. The media features may also matter to those who are purchasing for a family that will have diverse needs /wants.

    • You’re right. While it is good to know which version will be better, articles such as this seem to make it even easier for PS4 fanboys to hate on Microsoft (and their fans) again and again. Then PC gamer’s will come into the thread and say out that version is better than both put together. Same pattern; rinse and repeat.

      Sad it has to be that way though. The PS3 and Xbox 360 were a lot closer to the same level of performance compared to the PS4 and Xbox One.

  2. i wont be happy if they are purposely not getting the most out of the system because the xo is inferior. the devs needs to use the hardware to the best of their ability and if one version doesnt look as good then its the console creators fault.

  3. Look! I don’t care.Imma buy the wiiu version just because .. PS4 and XBOX One can go to hell. I cannot find one single reason to buy either one of them,all games are eithe rports or games that you clearly do not need to upgrade.

    • “I cannot find one single reason to buy either one of them,all games are eithe rports or games that you clearly do not need to upgrade.”

      You are describing the Wii U.

      • BURN HAHAHAHA

  4. There is a big difference between 960 and 1080. I have both ps4 and xbox and ghosts runs on 960 and looks like trash compared to the ps4

  5. COD looks like trash on every platform…

  6. tyo bad all of the ps4 exclusives are lack luster and how is anyone going to be able to tell a difference in the graphics?

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