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.

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GribbleGrunger1674d ago (Edited 1674d 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.

cayleee1674d ago (Edited 1674d 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.

MikeMyers1674d 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.

GribbleGrunger1674d 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!)

PurpHerbison1674d 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.

SolidStoner1673d 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....

KwietStorm1674d 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.

Kran1674d 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)

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DaThreats1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

I expect the PS4 version to be greatly superior to current-gen platforms with all it's extra horsepower.

Gamesgbkiller1674d ago

ya ya for sure .

I THINK next gen WD will be the best version :)

arbitor3651674d 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)

jcnba281674d ago

You think Wii U is last gen? LOL

sarshelyam1674d 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.

DigitalRaptor1674d ago (Edited 1674d 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.

ssj271674d ago (Edited 1674d 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...

SpideySpeakz1674d ago

It's not even last gen. It's last last gen. LOL.
Yeah, I said it.

MasterCornholio1674d ago

It isnt last gen its current gen. Next gen starts when Sony and Microsoft say so.

madjedi1674d 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.

SonyPS41674d 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.

DarkHeroZX1674d ago

The PS vita isn't 8th gen its 2nd gen for Sony. PSP was the first gaming handheld.

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Zhipp1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

I dunno. The 360 screens looked damn impressive. The difference might not be all that noticeable.

Realplaya1673d 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.

yugovega1674d ago

next xbox will still have the better edition just like the 360 has had this entire gen.

NovusTerminus1674d 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.

MGRogue20171674d ago (Edited 1674d 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.

reynod1674d 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.

DarkHeroZX1674d 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.

reynod1674d 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.

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M-M1674d 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.

yugovega1674d 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.

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josephayal1674d ago

That's why Watch Dogs is my GOTY

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