Digital Foundry - Tech Analysis: Watch Dogs on PlayStation 4

How well does cutting-edge PC code translate to next-gen console?

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FrigidDARKNESS1743d ago

Digital Foundry is spot on the ps4 visuals they have been downgraded compared to last year e3 demo.

CGI-Quality1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

You left out the lovely part where they also mention, pretty common knowledge, that the demo running last year was on high-end PCs.

Edit: Disagreeing with fact doesn't make it wrong. :)

wishingW3L1743d ago

disagree because these are new consoles that nobody know how powerful they really are so saying that the demo ran on a high-end PC is irrelevant. He just said that last year's demo looked much better than PS4's demo and that is the truth regardless of your spin.

NewMonday1743d ago

so it will be PC vs PS4 this generation and XBone is out of the game.

sorane1743d ago

CGI is right. I mean if it looks and runs this much better on old PC hardware I can only imagine how good it's gonna be on my new GPU that hasn't even been released yet! I'm getting excited :)

ABizzel11743d ago

Basically the high-end PC version looks the best graphically (normal advantages, better shadows, depth of field, etc..., just not as bad as PS360 vs. PC). Watchdogs and likely most other 3rd party games are being build on high-end PC's and being ported to other consoles. PS4 version is still in development, as they try to improve all aspect by launch.

Basically right now the PS4 version is the PC version on medium settings running in 1080p @ 30fps (my guess is the goal is 1080p @ 30fps high settings).

PS360 and Wii U versions might have a large and noticeable downgrade in overall graphic fidelity.

justastranger101743d ago

Xbox One already looks better because of the cloud. Even respawn says Azure cloud gives the X1 an advantage over PCs and definitely over PS4. Repsawn stated PS4 can't run titanfall.

Gaming_Guru1743d ago

At: justastranger10

Do you realize if the PS4 can't run Titanfall and the XBOX ONE needs cloud computing to run it than XBOX ONE is back to being always online and the XBOX ONE can't handle Titanfall offline, lol?

Just to let you know cloud computing can happen on any platform, even PC if developers wanted to.

HammadTheBeast1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

Titanfall runs on PC and.... wait for it.... Xbox 360?

gtfo pl0x

Titanfall barely makes the next-gen cut, it's graphics are nothing to boast about.

CGI-Quality1742d ago

@ wishing: I'd advise you to look up "spin".

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Gamingisfornerds1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

Indeed. Some of the latest footage is downright shocking. Doesn't strike me as a limitation of the PS4 though...I mean, just look at The Division.

It does have its moments, but the visuals have been all over the place in the Watch Dogs footage shown so far.

Art is very nicely done though. The city looks like an actual city and not just a collection of buildings and roads thrown together like some open world games out there (Prototype, Saints Row, Just Cause to name a few).

wishingW3L1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

I find funny that the fanboys of this site are so hardcore that even with the proof in front of their face they still dare to disagree with your comment. N4G's users are just plain ridiculous.

CGI-Quality1742d ago (Edited 1742d ago )

Tell us, since all you've done is piggyback others' opinions, what makes fact-giving ridiculous? Why compare high-end PC footage to year later, weaker console footage and claim the comparison to be reasonable when speaking of lesser visuals? OF COURSE the better-speced machine will offer better results.

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iamnsuperman1743d ago

Should we be surprised. I mean its seems to just be a straight crappy port. Similar to what has plagued the PC platform for many years now. Its not entirely their fault, being new systems and all, but we are going to have to wait a year before the developers get a grip with these systems

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GribbleGrunger1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

@Masterdon: Just how much have you spent over the years to get your PC where it is now? By all means buy the next GPU, and the one after that, and the one after that ... Console owners don't want PCs because we like to have more games and play them on our TV. I don't go into PC threads so why do you feel it necessary to come into PS4 threads? It's just weird. The PS3 is still powerful enough for my needs and so it will be the same for the PS4.

JunioRS1011743d ago

compare PS4 to a PC that costs $400

Lol of course the PS4 has weaker graphics than this years high end PCs, but a single graphics card would cost more that a PS4 bundle so no thanks this can just be about X1 vs PS4 PC is dope but too expensive.

aquamala1743d ago

they are not using a $1000 Titan here, it's GTX 680, costs around $400 today.

you forgot the $50 a year to play online on PS4, over say 8 years add $400 to the cost. You can certainly build a PC with a GTX 680 for $800, so no, PC gaming is not more expensive.

JunioRS1011743d ago

@ aquamala

Haha, you sound silly. Add the price of a mouse/keyboard, a motherboard, RAM, adequate processor, a hard drive, a disk drive... You think that's less than $400? Yeah, and I'M the dumb ass...

starchild1743d ago


You're the one that can't read apparently. He said that you can build a good PC for $800, and he is right. That PC would include all the stuff you listed.

His point was that once you factor in the $50 a year to play games online, the cost of the PS4 over its lifetime would easily be equal to the PC.

PC gaming over the long term is not more expensive than console gaming. It only costs more upfront. But sometimes you have to pay more to get more. If cost were the only consideration we would all be gaming on the Wii U.

Tatsuya 1743d ago

Who gives a shit about PC gaming? This is a console thread fool. News flash, I've got a kick ass rig with GTX 680. But PS4 is my lead gaming platform next gen. So I want it to be the best and it damn will be!

Cuzzo631742d ago (Edited 1742d ago )

What about adding the virus progams that needs to be bought. Renewing subscriptions a year cost what?. Will windows vista run this. Will I need to up my ram, cpu or gpu. Come on dude. Will your computer now be obsolete in 5 years... come on you pc guys are getting really crazy about this lol.

With all the maintenance and updates, renewing licenses for programs. How much do u spend a year for your pc. Lol. You guys are getting really pathetic. Funny thing is we all kno the pc is more powerful than consoles, so why da fuq do we have to go thru brainwashing techniques in every article lol over this pc console thing. Its like somebody is holding ur family hostage and you gotta go into every article to promote your personal rig lol.

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Dunpeal1743d ago

honestly, to me, this game does not scream next gen. i'm not onboard the hype train for this game

Qrphe1743d ago

This game was never impressive-looking, graphically at least.

hulk_bash19871743d ago

You sir need to get your eyes check and fast.

hulk_bash19871743d ago

So what exactly "screams" next-gen for you?

Dunpeal1742d ago

Destiny screams next gen to me, but that's probably another year away. Nothing at launch really grabs my fancy. Second Son and Shadowfall look cool i guess, but i'm not excited. If that game The Order looks, in real time, like anything that was shown in that trailer then that would pique my interest.

I don't need photorealism, but when NPC models still seem rather blocky that just doesn't seem like a leap adequate for next gen

this is all my opinion, of course

sorane1743d ago

If you care so much about graphics get a PC. It's pretty simple.

GamingTruth1743d ago

ill get a ps4 and a ps3 those have better looking games to me than photorealism

sorane1743d ago

You should think before you post because you make no sense at all. At least have mommy and daddy check your post over before hitting the reply button.....

1lawrence1743d ago

I wonder y no multi plats running on xbox one to show of there games even the sick game division ran on ps4 I know y but don't want to hurt nobody feelings

Sevir1743d ago

Ubisoft has a great relationship with Sony, but I believe that's why they lead development of console versions with the PS4.

The Division though being Next Gen only and being Open world looks better than Watch_Dogs. I can't wait. It looks impressive.

I think though the reason why All of Ubisofts games were demonstrated on PS4 was because of the exclusive partnership they signed with Sony. Much like the partnership MS signed with Activision and EA for Battlefield and COD..

Ju1743d ago

I think the reason these games were shown on the PS4 was simply because devkits have been available longer to devs than X1 dev kits and with that the game is just further along on the PS4. PS4 to X1 dev kits had a ratio of 5:1 (or something) in Jan. Sony pushed those out like crazy this time.

Sevir1743d ago

That's only partly True though Ju... EA's conference was dominated by Xbox One controllers, every game in EA's conference that was releasing this year on Xbox One and PS4, was played on either a PC using Xbox one controllers or the Xbox One Devkits. It's really all about marketing and Partnerships, Every year we see Sony Partner up with Ubisoft to market and Demonstrate there big franchises on the PS Platform and EA also did the same last year with Sony. While MS had been working with Konami, Capcom, and Activision.

Next year the Division will be demonstrated again at E3 with The PS4 and it'll continue to be proof that platform holders partner with Publishers to demonstrate big Multiplatform games on their platform to form brand association.

Ju1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

Of course they do. Alliances are forged between publishers and developers. EA showed everything on XBox - but their Gen4 runs the same on the PS4 - since forever. And EA didn't show any new IP. Everything is based on their legacy engines. Have to look at their Ignite engine what's really new.

They did a fantastic job on the render back end in NCAA and next Madden. Ignite doesn't mean they re-wrote everything from scratch. And how EA works is, that they do not build for a specific platform. This was sure a business deal.

However, I am sure, The Division and Watch Dogs has been in development far longer - and appears to have quite some new tech built for it. That said, the earlier they'd get dev kits the better the chance to show it on the platform. And Sony was no doubt earlier. Quite a bit. And if it works and Sony is a great partner (which I assume is also a reason we saw PS4 footage) why change?

mrmancs1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

PC lead platform
... And we are surprised?
First let's compare the finished article , next, let's see a ps4 lead platform game and then compare it to a PC... Oops we won't will we , ps4 lead platform games will be exclusives... Oh well.
Two disagrees up to now off ppl who don't like the truth? Wow.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

it should be lead. Its king of x86.

dips to 28fps on ps4.

In the end PS will have the best games compared to pc again.

The last of us > most pc games in the last 5 years..

let them hav grpahics and u enjoy infamous.

pcs best looking AAA game is a crowd funded space game.

mrmancs1743d ago

Totally agree , and besides , this particular game isn't that high on my ps4 first games to get list... Much more tastier morsels coming ps4 way... :-)

starchild1743d ago

Or how about I'll own a PS4 and a PC and enjoy the best of both worlds? Yeah..

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