Submitted by john2 539d ago | news

Ubisoft's CEO Confirms That PC Is The Lead Platform For Watch Dogs

DSOGaming writes: "Well, we all saw that coming, right? Still, it’s good to have an official confirmation about the lead platform of Watch Dogs. In an interview with InsideGamer, Ubisoft’s CEO confirmed that the PC is the lead platform for Watch Dogs and all other platforms will be getting a port. Yeap, this is the exact opposite of what is currently happening, so this is at least good news for all PC gamers." (PC, PS3, PS4, Watch Dogs, Wii U, Xbox 360)

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NYC_Gamer  +   539d ago
That's how next gen multiplatform software should be developed with PC as lead..The performance would be great on PS4 and 720 too since they are very similar to PC hardware wise..This way of development would solve the bad port problem that has hit all platforms this gen..
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I think they will! It make sense! If everything is like a pc and games are made on pc(programming, modeling, digital 2d art, music production, animations in maya or 3ds max) Wouldn't it be faster to just start there?? Then port?

Maybe this is why?
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Hydrolex  +   539d ago
this also helps PC gamers when it comes to some games!!

I remember GTA IV was shit on PC because it was a port from consoles, it wasn't optimized nicely
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   539d ago
Right, and hopefully PS4 and 720 are easier to port from PC as well thanks to their PC like specs. (well confirmed for PS4 anyway)

While keeping all the visuals and performance the same. Across all next gen consoles.
TheGamerDood  +   539d ago
So it's already starting to pay off for PC users now that both Sony & MS have gone with off-the-shelf PC parts and you'd think they'd be grateful but, nope. ಠ_ಠ
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FantasyStar  +   539d ago
Really? All I've seen are PC gamers who are pleased by the fact the trend of next-gen is Power-PC x86.
papashango  +   539d ago
Wait we need to be grateful to MS and Sony because THEY want to be closer to the platform that innovates and pushes boundaries....

go home you're drunk.
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TheGamerDood  +   539d ago
Then you need to visit other sites to see what I'm talking about; I know things look all nice and rosy here on N4G(lol)but that's not true everywhere else...checkout Totalhalibut being a **** on KZ YT channel. That's not trolling...naahhhh.



"innovates and pushes boundaries"

hahahah... thanks for that. And before anyone even starts, I game on both.
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starchild  +   539d ago
I don't know what other people are saying on other sites, but I know that I am very happy with the architecture that Sony settled on for the PS4. Not only will it likely make for much better PS4 games, which I am extremely stoked for, but it will also do good things for the PC platform.
OpieWinston  +   537d ago
It's all us PC gamers have been waiting for.
Epic games not being hindered by console ports.
Ubisoft is awesome like that.
akaakaaka  +   539d ago
no wonder it was the worse looking game on the Sony conference.. but it seem fun! gameplay is more important!
donman1  +   539d ago
Excellent news. The Wii U version will be based of the PC. Read from the link below.
SlapHappyJesus  +   539d ago
How it should be, really.
steve30x  +   539d ago
The anti PC gamers will come here to complain again.
MysticStrummer  +   539d ago
Maybe if PC gamers didn't troll console articles all the time, there would be fewer anti PC gamers.

OT - No surprise here. The 360, PS4 and 720 versions should be easy to convert from PC, but I wonder if the PS3 version will suffer.
DoomeDx  +   539d ago
Or console players didnt stop trolling PC gamers all the time? ;)
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donman1  +   539d ago
Hmmm... I think you meant to say The Wii U, PS4 and Xbox720 versions should be easy to convert from the PC, but you wonder if the PS3/360 version will suffer in over all quality.

To answer your question... WiiU/PS4/720 will be the versions to get if you own any of those next gen consoles. I for one will own both the PS4 and WiiU. So for me its a matter of PS4 graphics/AI fidelity or Wii U immersive use of the Gamepad.
BlackTar187  +   539d ago
Doom you can;t really believe PS3 gamers troll PC kids. Come on its pretty rare someone stupid enough to say ps3 looks better then PC but PC gamers love to say the PC looks better then ps3 like it was ever a debate.
gamernova  +   539d ago
Dude, I saw console people on a linus tech tip video about the titan claiming that the ps4 smashed it. Seriously? It goes both ways really.
DoomeDx  +   539d ago
@ BlackTar.

Where did you get the idea that im talking about graphics?

Console people love to brag about exclusives.
PC people love to brag about graphics
BitbyDeath  +   539d ago
The PC crowd was trying to convince everyone that all games were made on PC first and had no idea what a console devkit was.

Wonder where they are now.
MysticStrummer  +   539d ago
@DoomeDx - Not being a PC gamer, I don't look at PC only articles so I have no idea if console gamers troll them, but I do see PC gamers in console only articles all the time. I don't give PC gamers a second thought until I see them in, for example, a Killzone article spewing stats and detailing the construction of their gaming rig.

@donman1 - I completely forgot about WiiU honestly. The WiiU version may or may not look very slightly better than PS3/360, but even a WiiU fan should admit PS4/720 versions should look noticeably better than all three. My comment about the PS3 suffering was more about the kind of minor differences that are usually present between 360 and PS3 multi plats.
AdmiralSnake  +   539d ago
I think both the anti PC and anti Console crowd are all equally pathetic and boring to read.

There's ABSOLUTELY NO PLAUSIBLE reason to enter an article to start, trolling/flaming/useless complaining for the sake of it.
Hydralysk  +   539d ago
Of course there is, attention and/or the cheering on the self-esteem team.

They aren't good or objective reasons, but they aren't implausible.
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aliengmr  +   539d ago
This is the "Sorry we called you all criminals" announcement.

Let's see if they can maintain that disposition for more than a year.
john2  +   539d ago
I think this happens because PS4 and X720 are not out yet. Things could change when proper dev kits are out, so we'll have to wait and see
MasterD919  +   539d ago
I don't think gamers will care if they are playing Watch Dogs on next gen consoles...They will suffice ;)
profgerbik  +   539d ago
Oh lord where is Dylila? Or all those PS4 vs PC people?
akaFullMetal  +   539d ago
Makes sense, but if its easy to port and pc is lead, then games shouldn't rise in cost, if anything they should fall in price, right?
vega275  +   539d ago
I guess now that consoles aren't holding back games with their ram. Pc can really show what it can do
MysticStrummer  +   539d ago
Such a ridiculous claim. Devs don't put the extra effort into the PC versions because the console version will most likely sell more at full price, and because the PC version is more likely to be pirated. Devs and PC gamers hold back PC gaming, not consoles.
paul1974  +   539d ago
The dev was excited about the wii u and game pad functions! seems a natural fit for the game! I think it will play and look great on the new wii u and I am interested to see what they can use the game pad for. Happy times :)
PopRocks359  +   539d ago
I would have figured this would be obvious.
cedaridge  +   539d ago
PC to PS4/XBOX sound cool to me!
Link079  +   539d ago
It will look identical on both WiiU and PS4 there both about the same in graphics ps4 has higher terraflops and main ram,WiiU has insane amounts of eDRAM on the gpgpu and cpu,the cpu uses an additional 3MB of eDRAM as the cache,and does out of order execution,oh this eDRAM is the newest eDRAM from IBM and it's state of the art,the future of IBM cores,and wiiu is adopting this now,what eDRAM essentially does is make the Bandwidth RAM huge and makes your gpu very powerful,the WiiU gpgpu has well over 200GB of fast Bandwidth RAM,with that eDRAM,SRAM,ect and this is just 70% of the gpgpu in the WiiU,it's a Memory intensive design and doesn't need huge main RAM because of this and mhz and ghz don't tell the real story in this approach.

Basically eDRAM is so expensive you don't see it pc's,it gives wiiu the edge in my eyes.
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Raider69  +   539d ago
"WiiU gpgpu has well over 200GB of fast Bandwidth RAM"

wtf go read some tech savy please before you tlc to tell shit m8!
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SatanSki  +   539d ago
Holly crap that would be something ;-)
MasterCornholio  +   539d ago
"It will look identical on both WiiU and PS4 there both about the same in graphics"

Depend on what you mean by "about the same"

"it's a Memory intensive design and doesn't need huge main RAM because of this. "

I disagree with this because in my opinion (and developers) 1GB of ram isnt enough for next gen 1080P games.


""8GB of GDDR5. Just for a minute can you work out what that means?" Gilray says, excited. "That's a phenomenal amount of memory. And the fact it's GDDR5 memory as well is just nuts.""

""8 GB unified mem as baseline for next tech iterations makes me very, very happy. Fun times coming ^_^," tweeted Sousa. "I can't speak freely about PS4, but now that some specs have been made public, I can say that Sony made wise engineering choices," said Carmack."


"Lots of memory is essential for both the CPU & GPU to create large & alive game worlds"

Can wait to see a comparison between the PS4 version of Watchdogs and the Wii Us.

"WiiU gpgpu has well over 200GB of fast Bandwidth RAM"

Hmm i dont know what to make of this then.

"Wii U RAM has 17GB/s bandwidth"


"makes your gpu very powerful"

How the heck does SRAM turn a very weak GPU into a monster?
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Link079  +   539d ago
ps4 has 174GB i seen it on a game website where you could pre-order it the info was Sony's writing.

a tricore 4 stage pipeline risc cpu with 4/5 instructions per clock a high bandwidth edram catch 4 x data compression graphics data custom burst pipes to gpu custom regesters and instructions at 45 nm MCM with high speed connectors not standard buses IS CUTTING EDGE TECH NOT TWENTY YEARS OLD!!!!
broadway @729mhz would beat a intel ATOM @1.6mhz with shere ease it will litterally leave it for dead expresso per core easily destroys each jaguar core expected in the other systems there badically AMDs version of ATOM skightly better same catch same pipe stages same VERY BASIC x86 core just some added basic out of order thats it...

expresso @4 x data compression has a 4 x increase in bandwidth and a 4 x increase in data so that 3mb catch becomes 12mb underpowered i think not 12 x the catch of wii and its edram not sram THATS about 24 x more than broadway cpu has!!!!

32mb 140gb plus,, 2mb edram say 512bit bus 35gb plus,,,sram could be anything 20 to 50 gb whatever theres easily 200gb of fast ram on that custom gpu ,it wouldnt be there DOING NOTHING expensive ram is used to push POWERFUL PROCESSORS VERY HARD

Thats the cpu and gpgpu in a nutshell.Memory intensive design,if you have not heard Nintendo say it's a Memory intensive design yet you shouldn't comment.
Link079  +   539d ago
Get a life why are there articles everywhere less so on n4g that claim the ps4 graphics are not much better than ps3 ??? please explain yet we have seen games like X and Beyonetta2 that look proper NEXTGEN yet ps4 is way more powerful,if so where the hell is proof of this,i'm yet to see a tech demo for ps4 like the Garden tech demo ect,in fact if Nintendo did their conference at the same time as ps4 people would be talking about the Garden tech demo more than any ps4 reveal because it actually looked like something from the FUTURE,proof is in showing us your results,Ninty have shown us tech demo's,realtime ones using around 20% of console power that look better than anything on ps4 so far is all i'm saying.
Bumpmapping  +   539d ago
Trago1337  +   539d ago
this is great news :D
ZBlacktt  +   539d ago
Video games are made on PC. Both the PS4 and new XBox are PC's as well. Problem?
The_Nameless_One  +   539d ago
Too little too late. I don't know about the rest of guys but as far as I can see it Ubisoft already lost any credibility when it comes to PC gaming.
stragomccloud  +   539d ago
Good. Then the Wii U version will actually look pretty good too.

gamernova  +   539d ago
This is the way it should be. First develop the pc version will all the bells and whistles for the PC enthusiast and then optimize for consoles for the best experience. The future is looking great for everyone :)
HarryB  +   539d ago
I can't wait to buy a new rig for this game. Just to see the mint graphics. Plus each pc game I own works well with the xbox360 controller which ill probably use for driving and stuff. I remember when I bought blackops 1 for pc and I plugged in the xbox controller and it had the same prompt for when you connect it for xbox in pc i was stunned lol. That's one way to know when developers port from xbox.
Psychotica  +   539d ago
Now if we can just get a specific release date..
kookie  +   539d ago
Lol these " Hardware Experts" are funny.
danitanzo  +   539d ago
Isn't that what a lot of developers do?... Make games on pc, then transfer it to consoles?... :/
seanpitt23  +   539d ago
Soon ps4 will be lead platform when its out and the true power will show
ThreshStar  +   539d ago
...keep in mind that Battlefield 3, the Call of Duty series, etc. were originally using the PC as the "Lead Platform", that is until they admitted quietly that it wasn't.
nepdyse  +   539d ago
Praise based lord Gaben.It's about fucking time, I'd also like to thank Sony for building a capable a machine. Let the games begin. Time to get me a Titan.
zeldafreak404  +   539d ago
How is this even news?
fatstarr  +   539d ago
Music to my ears :]

mods and max graphical capability's are coming.

then you turn it down from ultra to high for the ps4 and medium for the wiiu and low for the ps3/360
pedroyamato  +   539d ago
It should be, any other plataform tech is already out dated.
Skate-AK  +   539d ago
Thats cool. Since they are closer to a PC maybe the time spent porting can be used for optimizing instead.
Pintheshadows  +   539d ago
These comments always amuse me. Technically the PC is the only development platform.
kevnb  +   539d ago
thats cool, but in my dream world everyone runs linux and opengl. I dont mind sony, but microsoft drives me nuts. Ive developed some small games, and ive noticed huge differences in compile times and performance in debug modes (using older computers).
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