Far Cry 4′s Differences Between PS4/Xbox One and Old Gen Consoles Explained: PC is Lead Platform

Far Cry 4 will be a cross platform game, which leads many to wonder what kind of differences we’ll see between the new-gen version on PC, Xbox One and PS4 and the old-gen version on Xbox 360 and PS3. Creative director Alex Hutchinson explained just that.

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gamerfan09091645d ago

I'm glad the PC is the main platform. I don't have a gaming PC, but i hate to see those gamers get badly optimized games all the time.

F4sterTh4nFTL1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

Last gen multiplatform games that had PC as lead platform always turned out better on consoles (at least on Xbox 360) as well as PC and this trend will continue this gen as well especially since the architecture of both the Xbox One and PS4 are very similar to a gaming PC. PS4 versions should be always be slightly better than Xbox One if the developer has done their job correctly.

starchild1645d ago

Huh? I played lots of multiplats on PC and consoles and PC versions were, without exception, better than the console versions.

Far Cry 3, for instance, had the PC as lead development platform and the game looks incredible on PC and far better than the console versions. I also max out the game with 4x MSAA and get a solid 60fps.

F4sterTh4nFTL1645d ago


Yes offcourse PC version was/will be best. Additionally making PC lead results in a better console version on all consoles than if the game was non PC lead developed game, which results in the 1 of the console version looking and performing better than the other and PC version being buggy and unoptimized as well.

Septic1645d ago

PC as the lead platform is the way to go for all multiplats the same way the PS4 should be prioritised over the Xbox One (if no PC version exists etc).

I played Far Cry 3 on PC and yeah, it was miles better than the console counterparts.

RIP_Cell1645d ago

Far Cry 3 looked better on consoles? not even close

Talidan1645d ago

Thankfully with the architecture of the new gen of consoles, PC being the lead platform is going to be even more common than last gen.

All gamers are going to benefit.

TheXgamerLive1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

Your wrong troll. The Xbox One version can always be juat as good if not better with the new sdk, DX12 and cloud processing. Sadly your thinking about release games come late this yr and next they should be equal or maybe each doing something better than the other. But def neither being a lesser version.

Edit: console versions of FC3 were better than pc versions. The pc was so bugged and choppy. Def Ubi's fault as pc should of been better.

ScottyHoss1645d ago


"Sadly your thinking about release games come late this yr and next they should be equal or maybe each doing something better than the other. But def neither being a lesser version.

Edit: console versions of FC3 were better than pc versions. The pc was so bugged and choppy. Def Ubi's fault as pc should of been better."

Sadly your thinking is delusional, and your hypocrisy is laughable, troll. You say no version should be better than the other, and that devs should make each game able to do something the other isn't?? That in itself is ridiculous, then you say, of course that TEH CLOUDZ and DX12, along with a new SKU will instantly make the XBONE version better than others? Are you insane?! I don't even own a gaming PC and I know the PC version always kills consoles! Cannot tell if trolling 5 year old, or retarded 5 year old.

Omegasyde1645d ago

"The Xbox One version can always be juat as good if not better with the new sdk"

Wow...people still grasping at the secret sauce.

Xgamer, you are beyond Delusional.

ShAkKa1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )


You are right, and to add to that, M$ showed XB1's secret second GPU in action behind closed doors during E3's convention.

2015 and beyond the XB1 will destroy the PS4 in gaming performance, you just watch.

Sony3601645d ago

If the achitecture is similar to the PC, what makes you think that the more powerful PC platform won't get the better versions, exactly?

Similar hardware means more streamlined and optimised porting. Basically, the newer consoles hold back the PC less so than before.

Benchm4rk1645d ago

@Xgamer and Shakka

Smh.....seriously guys do you even read what you type before clicking the reply button.

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KonsoruMasuta1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

I don't think it matters with Ubisoft. PC was supposed to be the lead platform for Watchdogs and look at how bad the launch was for PC gamers.

sorane1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

Funny how the "bad launch" on PC is still substantially better than the sub-1080p 30ish fps of the console versions. Anyways what would you know about the PC versions launch. I remember you desperately trying to convince me that GTA 4 looks and runs better on consoles which is about the furthest thing from the truth.

People like to think PC is the only platform with a few bad unoptimized ports. Funny how the console crowd soon forgets such gems as Skyrim ps3, Thief on any console, the console version of bf4 which are far worse than the pc version, the God awful tf2 ports on consoles, and well you get the idea. Every platform I know gets some crappy unoptimized ports.

KonsoruMasuta1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

I don't see your point. Are you trying to defend Ubisoft releasing a buggy mess? Are you trying to convince me that you are happy with what you got?

I honestly don't care how the game runs on consoles, it's not that good anyways.

Here are some examples of the issues PC players were reporting.

This isn't a PC versus Console issue, as you are trying to turn it into. This is an issue of a company releasing a game and gamers spending their hard arned money on it only to have issues with it.

sorane1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

Wow 3 random articles about problems that affect a very few people. And really only 2 since one is just from the servers getting hammered the first day which happens on almost any big games release day. So if I type in "watchdogs console bugs" into google and find 3 articles then the console version is just as crap as the pc version since if one person has a problem they all do. Lets see what I can come up with:

That console version is a unoptimized buggy mess also it seems.

"Are you trying to convince me that you are happy with what you got?"

Much happier with the PC version than I would ever be with the sub-1080p 30ish fps no AF console versions. The PC version is being made better and better by the day with crazy awesome stuff like:


My point is you come into every article you can to trash talk PC versions of games which you have absolutely no clue about. You think just because one person has a PC version bug that the game is trash and worthless for everyone which isn't anything close to being true. Don't act like this is your first time you've been a console troll on this sight for a long long time.

KonsoruMasuta1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

I still don't see your point. Are you trying to turn this into some kind of war? Are you defending Ubisoft? Are you actually trying to do a one up on which platforms has the most bugs?

PC was supposed to be the lead platform and Ubisoft released a broken product on it. Gamers spent their hard earned money on it. Yes, there were issues on consoles, and that just makes Ubisoft look worse. No player should have to pay for a broken product.

Point is, PC was supposed to be the lead platform and Ubisoft still released a buggy mess on it. I feel sorry for those gamers that spent money on it.

Anyways, good day. I don't know why you're trying to make this a console vs PC issue when it clearly isn't one. Is your fanboyism that bad? I never said that consoles didn't have issues. Oh well, I guess that's your superiority complex kicking in.

RIP_Cell1645d ago

its only bad for those trying to run the game in resolution/settings much better than the console versions.

RIP_Cell1645d ago

a game in 900p/30fps PC gamers would be up in arms complaining about unoptimized mess, yet that's what the ps4 version runs at.

starchild1645d ago

The thing is, Watch Dogs is NOT a buggy optimized mess. That's pure bunk.

The game actually seems less buggy than most open world games I have played.

And I'm able to max out the game, except textures at high (which is about the same texture resolution as the PS4 version), and the game looks fantastic and runs in the 50s, but I choose to cap the framerate at 30fps for more consistency. This is on a single GTX 770.

I'm also using 2x TXAA and downsampling from 2048 x 1152 resolution. It has better shadow quality, better image quality, better screen space ambient occlusion (HBAO+), better texture filtering and runs at a much higher resolution than the PS4 version. Sure, I could have bought it for my PS4, but it is hands down superior on my PC so it's still the better option for me.

tee_bag2421645d ago

Well at 1440p and 60fps things seem pretty un-buggy to me. No complaints here.

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JsonHenry1645d ago

We typically don't get horrible games on a regular basis. And usually the ones that are bad PC ports get a patch that fixes it soon after launch.

Drithe1644d ago

Tons of bots here. And why is this rated so high and been up for so long? Must be 4 days now and it took it this long to get to 60+ posts. I'm starting to think N4G sells top story spots.

Who the hell cares about Far Cry?

deSSy27241645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

PC is lead platform = LIE!!! The same was said for Watch Dogs....

Magicite1645d ago

lead platform must always be the most powerful one.

ssj271645d ago

You are really that easy to be lied aren't you lol.m how is the pC the main platform if the same game minus better visuals can can run on a 8 years old last gen console? Lol I loved FarCry3 but this game been on old gen consoles is a huge turn off I may get it once is 20-30 $

starchild1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

What's the problem? The game is still easily one of the best looking upcoming games. The visuals were jaw dropping. Did you read any of the previews/hands on impressions? People raved about the visuals.

Some of you seem to think that if a game is on both generations of hardware that it automatically has to be inferior visually, but this isn't true. It is only a tendency. We would prefer for games to move to only current gen consoles and PC because it increases the odds that the games won't be held back in any way, but this doesn't mean that every cross gen game automatically will be graphically inferior to fully current gen games.

Games like Dragon Age Inquisition, Far Cry 4 and Alien Isolation are some of the best looking upcoming games despite being available on two generations of hardware.

ssj271645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

Yes startchild the game looks good on a $8k pc that only corporation can afford. . But it will be downgraded.. Ubisoft love showing their games in super ultra hyper hight settings that not even the most pc elitist have.
The game will be fun for sure it looked good enough and fun! But the game is been made to be playable on old gen and that take away a lot.. AI and many more stuff that having the best graphics cards can't magically add..

Omegasyde1645d ago

No matter what. On almost every next gen game, the PC is the lead console.

After all the game is CREATED on a PC using tools is it not?

With the Xbox1 and Ps4 having similar architecture, scaling down will be easy.

ssj271645d ago

Omega .. obviously it has to be made in a PC but not a ordinary PC.. 1) it has limited low specs, they can't go over it and if they do the game will not be playable on old gen consoles and number 2 if you can't understand number 1 you don't deserve more explications and if you do then you don't need more explication ..

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TheSaint1645d ago

I dunno, they kind of deserve it for all the asshattey about PC master race.

Anon19741644d ago

PC is lead platform? All games start off being developed on the PC and are then ported to respective consoles. What a meaningless statement.

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MasterCornholio1645d ago

"But because we develop on PC… you’ve never really seen on console the ultra-high PC version before."

I'm having trouble understanding this. Is he saying that because the lead platform is PC next gen consoles won't be held back by last gen consoles.

Is that what he's saying?

If true then thats great. PC will always be better but next gen consoles are a lot more powerful than last gen systems.

Abriael1645d ago

That's what he's saying yes.

JonahNL1645d ago

This means NOTHING. PC was the lead platform for Far Cry 3 and Watch Dogs, yet they both ended up being downgraded. Far Cry 4 looks fun in terms of story and most likely gameplay, but I'm not falling for this bait and switch tactic again.

Pandamobile1645d ago

Far Cry 3 was pretty good on PC. The UI was the worst part of the game, and it was clearly designed with controllers in mind, but when you look at the overall package, Far Cry 3 was leagues ahead of the console version.

Honestly, PC should be the lead platform for pretty much every multiplatform game. In the end, console users get a better game out of it, and PC players get a game that doesn't handle like the step-child version.

GamersHeaven1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

Ubisoft has the worst UI I have ever seen in a game Assassins Creed is a great example.

trancefreak1645d ago

Far Cry 3 was much better than I anticipated gaming wise and I played it on my PC.

The thing with UBI that gets me is their promo trailers for PC; they never turn out to be so dynamically impressive as the first showcased promo looks. They always seem to be down-scaled from what was initially shown or showcased.

With all platforms being considered; I understand why UBI does it, and it makes sense to have all platforms look apparently more equal while the PC still excels. Hopefully that trend will lesson this console generation with better PC and console hardware. I want games to push my PC to the MAX while delivering a solid experience.

I still have a GTX 680 which can handle most games on the highest settings @ 1080p. The GTX 680 is more powerful than any console on the market, but I believe down the line console optimization can push past those limits that constrain the unoptimized PC.

Bottom line is Far Cry 3 could of looked much better on PC, but it was no slouch. Crysis 3 gave my PC some trouble until I tweaked the cfg file and I am exited for Far Cry 4.
but IMO far cry 3 was a better game.

LightDiego1645d ago

Exactly. Far Cry 4 looks cool, but i'm more interested with games like Destiny.

fattyuk1645d ago

PC is the Better version???

Oh my god who would thought!!

Abriael1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

I don't think "lead platform" means what you think it means.

While it'll most probably be the better version, "lead platform" means that a game is developed first on that platform and then ported to the others. It's not a synonym of "better version."

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