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Submitted by GalacticEmpire 1008d ago | news

PS4 Watch Dogs is 'a simulation that the current generation doesn't have the processing power to do'

PSU - Yesterday, we shared new screenshots and gameplay details from Watch Dogs, Ubisoft's PlayStation 4 launch title. If those didn't excite you (first of all, who are you?), the hyper-realistic console simulation only possible on PS4 might. (PS4, Watch Dogs)

GribbleGrunger  +   1008d ago
In light of the fact that we know there IS going to be a current gen version, isn't that title a tad misleading?

And before anyone tells me they actually discuss the PS3 version, I'm talking about the headline.
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cayleee  +   1008d ago
Often console makers would like to see such headlines in order to brainwash people. How much they pay for such articles is anyone's guess.

Pretty much every multiplat released this gen has been better on the PC. We dont see such head lines then lol. So why is it when the game is going to be available on current consoles do such headlines make way? Sure the PC version, followed by next gen consoles will be way superior, but that doesnt mean current consoles arent capable of running this game.

Rather i would think current consoles will be getting ports from next gen for a long time, until the next consoles actually have a good user base.

I wonder though, if a person bought Sleeping dogs on PS3 do they also get a free copy for PS4 or do they need to buy another copy again? That is what console makers should be telling us, but no they rather tell us what suits their agenda best.
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MikeMyers  +   1007d ago
The game is being scaled back for current generation consoles. That's how it should be done. Don't make games for the lowest common denominator, make them for the PC and scale it back and push the hardware on each system it's on. Watch Dogs will run on current hardware, it just won't have the same density or look as good. That's normal. We've already witnessed that throughout this generation with the Wii usually getting the lowest scaled version, the Xbox 360 and PS3 being relatively close, and then the PC.

When the PS4 and probably the next Xbox comes out the games will likely be close to the PC and then the PC will start pulling away. It happens every generation. The problem is most of the marketing is on consoles and the PC has issues with piracy, which means not all games will push the hardware as much as they could or they don't even release the game on it. That means some games are compromised because of consoles being the lead platform.
GribbleGrunger  +   1007d ago
I agree, Mike. The one thing I fear slightly is that devs could be tempted to hold back on the full specs of next gen consoles in order to be able to bring out a current gen version too (terrible run on sentence!)
PurpHerbison  +   1008d ago
"And before anyone tells me they actually discuss the PS3 version, I'm talking about the headline." Who cares what somebody on N4G might have to say.
SolidStoner  +   1007d ago
°only some people care!

meanwhile, in reality 99% of the time reading comments gives more and better information then the article itself! Weird I know, maybe gaming journalism isnt grown up yet....
KwietStorm  +   1007d ago
I wouldn't say its misleading. They're just saying the version of Watchdogs on PS4 can't be duplicated on current consoles. Its like how Battlefield 4 will be available cross-gen, but talking specifically about the PS4 version, it won't technically be the same game as on PS3.

That being said, Ubisoft sure is going a long way to put people off of buying the PS3 version. Its like every week now they're detailing what they could only do with the game on PS4.
Kran  +   1007d ago
But then... doesn't this just make it a current generation game ported to next gen?

Because isn't it easier to upgrade to a generation rather than downgrade (that is if they made the PS3 version first and then upgraded it for next gen)
DaThreats  +   1008d ago
I expect the PS4 version to be greatly superior to current-gen platforms with all it's extra horsepower.
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Gamesgbkiller  +   1008d ago
ya ya for sure .

I THINK next gen WD will be the best version :)
arbitor365  +   1008d ago
i cant wait to see how much the next gen versions (PS4 and xbox infinity) crush the last gen versions (PS3, xbox360, wii u)
jcnba28  +   1008d ago
You think Wii U is last gen? LOL
sarshelyam  +   1008d ago
By technical merits, it isn't difficult to understand what the comment implies. The WiiU version will match, more closely, the PS3 & 360 versions.
DigitalRaptor  +   1008d ago
Wii U is not that much more powerful than current gen and roughly 4 times less powerful than PS4 and the next Xbox. It's getting last gen treatment from third parties. It's not taking off like a new console should.

It's basically the Wii HD that we all wanted 4-5 years ago. It's safe to say that technically it's Nintendo's next generation, but is vastly incomparable to what Microsoft and Sony will be doing. I still want one, but will be picking up a PS4 first and waiting for Nintendo first-party games - because honestly, those are the only ones worth getting excited about.
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ssj27  +   1007d ago
actually WIIU is current gen...
says the specs.. the games it has.. the devs who are the ones develop games..
the only ones who still think the WIIU is next gen are the Nintendo fanboys.. and is nothing wrong been current gen.. it still has plenty of room and I bet once the price goes down to a very cheap level, the WIIU will start selling better and good games will come.. and by the time PS4 has 3 years in the market the next gen console from Nintendo will come out and it will even up things.

it will be interesting...
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SpideySpeakz  +   1007d ago
It's not even last gen. It's last last gen. LOL.
Yeah, I said it.
MasterCornholio  +   1007d ago
It isnt last gen its current gen. Next gen starts when Sony and Microsoft say so.
madjedi  +   1007d ago
"You think Wii U is last gen? LOL"

Sure as hell haven't shown anything that shows it is a significant improvement over the ps3/360 to merit calling it next gen to me. In fact a number of things aren't remotely on par with it's competition.

To nintendo fans it's next gen, to roughly everyone else it's a current gen console that is 7 yrs late to a party that is already breaking up.

Sorry not everyone thinks designing a console around the controller qualifies as next gen.

"LOL" Yeah that is the same reaction i have when i look at the wii u's available lineup atm.
SonyPS4  +   1007d ago
It is still considered 8th gen, just like the PSVita and 3DS are 8th gen systems. The Wii U is just the weakest 8th gen home console system, just like the PS2 was the weakest of the competition. The PS2 still monopolized the entire industry regardless.
DarkHeroZX  +   1007d ago
The PS vita isn't 8th gen its 2nd gen for Sony. PSP was the first gaming handheld.
Zhipp  +   1007d ago
I dunno. The 360 screens looked damn impressive. The difference might not be all that noticeable.
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Realplaya  +   1007d ago
Actually Ubisoft has had ample time to get familiar with the Wii U hardware I want to see what they can truly do with it.
yugovega  +   1008d ago
next xbox will still have the better edition just like the 360 has had this entire gen.
LordMe  +   1008d ago
That is because the Cell was harder to code for and most devs couldn't / wouldn't optimize for it. Now both systems use an x86 architect so they should be pretty much the same game.
yugovega  +   1008d ago
let's hope so
enkeixpress  +   1008d ago
Do you think it would have been better for Sony to have put a more improved & easier to code for cell processor in the PS4?

I ask this because developers are starting to get to grips with the cell hardware & it shows in the titles we've seen over the years such as Uncharted 3 & God of War 3, Battlefield 3 & even Black Ops II.. look at how much better performing that title is on PS3 compared to Black Ops 1, big difference in terms of optimization. It'd have been a kinda waste of time for developers to have learnt how to code for this beast of a processor & now they're being 'forced' to learn & code for this newer easier to code for x86 one.

Obviously it wasn't a complete waste of time as we got great games on the PS3 cause of their hard work & more PS3 titles are sure to come in the future. I hope this move to a x86 processor for PS4 will benefit us the players in the long run :) I think it will, only time will tell.
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reynod  +   1008d ago
"It'd have been a kinda waste of time for developers to have learnt how to code for this beast of a processor "

Stop it with the Sony kool aid bro, Cell was a disaster lol. It was so bad Sony had to run to Nvidia for help at the last moment. Imagine the disaster had they proceeded with 2 Cells on the PS3.
DarkHeroZX  +   1007d ago
Sony went to Nvidia for a GPU to do simple graphic work and to keep cost down. The ps3 was originally suppose to use 2 cells and no GPU but learning curve for the cell was far too high and it was expensive to work with. The nvidia chip in the ps3 is inferior to the 360 but because of the cell first party games look fantastic.
reynod  +   1007d ago

News flash, RSX does most of the work even on first party games. CELL tends to play a supporting role, by doing stuff such as AA.

Its like Batman and Robin, RSX is Batman Cell being the sidekick. Now imagine if Sony had gone with 2 robins instead lol.
-Falaut-  +   1008d ago
yeah!? tell me more!
TAURUS-555  +   1008d ago
yugovega is on drugs
M-M  +   1007d ago
At least troll on a subject that makes it hard to determine if you're trolling or not. You know very well that won't be the case based on what many developers are saying about the PS4.
yugovega  +   1007d ago
it's not trolling. sarcasm isn't trolling. but if you want to take it serious. we all know the ps3 is more powerful then the xb360 but it still got worse editions of games. truth. not trolling. so who's to say the ps4 wont be more powerful and still gets worse editions? take off your fanboy goggles.
josephayal  +   1008d ago
That's why Watch Dogs is my GOTY
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fOrlOnhOpe57  +   1008d ago
What I would hope for next gen, with this significant upgrading of PS4's processing power is.... the none-disappearing body pile. Anyone know if its possible / likely, along with levels of destructibility?
For me, that would be a leap that would say next gen.
AlaaAlii  +   1008d ago
Well I sure hope that every next-gen game is a simulation that the current generation doesn't have the processing power to do.
Ck1x  +   1008d ago
As many have stated above, the title is just wrong and reaching because the game is still coming to every system known to man. Before people lump the WiiU in with current gen, remember that Ubisoft has already stated the WiiU version comes from the high end PC version, just as the PS4&720 are!
ltachiUchiha  +   1008d ago
Im sure we all knew this would happen. Even the 720 version will be better then the 360 version.
Jek_Porkins  +   1008d ago
Ubisoft kind of shooting themselves in the foot with statements like this in my opinion. We all know the new consoles by Sony and Microsoft will be able to run the game better, but why make it sound like current gen versions are going to suck?

If current consoles aren't good enough to run the game, why bother making it cross generation? Oh, that's right, probably because most of their sales will come from current consoles, not the limited next gen owners.
Kennytaur  +   1008d ago
The title is misleading, Ubisoft isn't saying that current gen version will suck. The thing is, next gen versions will have proper wind and water simulation.
Jek_Porkins  +   1008d ago
I reread it, I get that, but the way it makes it sound, the current versions cant handle any of the game. Thanks for clearing it up, sensational headline for the loss!
Utalkin2me  +   1007d ago
You reread it you say? You mean you just read the title then posted.
Hicken  +   1007d ago
Don't you normally get on people for only reading the headline?

By the way, it doesn't seem to imply AT ALL that current gen systems can't run the game. That's just you jumping to conclusions and reading too far into not enough information.
Jek_Porkins  +   1007d ago
I stated that I misread it, I went back reread it and thanked a person for pointing out that the title and statements were actually different.

I rarely just go by a headline, I know certain sensationalized headlines are put up to draw hits and attention, but often it's just a misquote or something that isn't accurate as the headline suggest. Thanks for trying to bust my balls though, never gets old.
DaPrintz  +   1008d ago
Maybe the reason for this statement is to reinforce to us( the people most likely to jump to PS4 and Nextbox immediately) that they're not half-assing the next gen version. The average gamer won't ever know about these comments or the differences in versions besides graphics. The current gen will definitely carry the load as far as sales, but it might be a little more special for those that can afford to buy the next gen or PC version. I think that's all they meant to say.
seanpitt23  +   1008d ago
So the ps4 version is the best one to get.
My_Name_BTW_Is_Dante  +   1008d ago
Nope. The PC version is the best one to get.
Kennytaur  +   1007d ago
Well, that depends on whether or not Ubi decides to fill it with UPlay DRM or not. And if you have the PC for it...
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insertnamehurr  +   1008d ago
The draw distance in watch dogs looks blurry and ugly.
adorie  +   1007d ago
L2DoF. :D!
Tundra  +   1007d ago
So why is it being sold on current-gen consoles? Some weird PR going on here.
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madjedi  +   1007d ago
Because the next gens will have too small of an install base to release the game to exclusively.

This is fine to me lets the gamers that aren't upgrading get the current gen version and the ones that are, will get a superior version.

I just need a definitive list of upcoming cross gen games, because i don't want current gen games, if they have a next gen version coming out day 1 or slightly after.
ElitaStorm  +   1007d ago
slow day
MasterD919  +   1007d ago
Basically don't purchase Watchdogs this generation then...wait for PS4 and Xbox ____.
cayleee  +   1007d ago
Why wait ill just get it on my PC lol. Will be even better than the PS4, Next Xbox version.
Drainage  +   1007d ago
nope since it wont be sharable via stream/video to your friend list instantly or trophies to keep a record of all your playstation games forever. Also exclusive content for PS4. seems like PS4 is the definitive version while the PC version is the developers version.
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T900  +   1007d ago
How do you know PS4 videos will be instantly shareable? and even if it is how does that improve your gaming experience. Steam has achievements just like PSN has Trophies. I would call both of these things gimmicks.

But since you are so obsessed with the trophies do you know if your precious trophies from PS3 will make it to PS4? I know my Steam achievements arent going anywhere.

Looks like PC will be the definitive version.

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