Watch Dogs Comparison - Latest Build versus E3 2012 & June 2013 Builds

DSOGaming writes: "After releasing its latest trailer for Watch Dogs, Ubisoft was 'criticized' for dumbing down the visuals of its open-world title. Well, time to see how this latest build stands compared to the initial E3 2012 and the June 2013 builds. For what is worth, the latest 'story' trailer was based on the next-gen version of the game, meaning that this is what you'll be getting on PS4, Xbox One and PC."

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GraveLord3788d ago

Still hyped for this game. It's all about fun in the end right? I can't help but think PS3/360 held it back this time. Maybe Watch Dogs 2 will push PS4 to its limits.

Nitrowolf23788d ago

Looks like Ubisoft really dumbed down the GFX big time if this is PS4/X1, I thought this trailer was for the ps3/360?

vishmarx3788d ago

i dunno ,someone needs to confirm the platforms.
ps4 version looks worse than gta v on last gen

SharnOfTheDEAD3788d ago

Who is disagreeing with the fact it looks worse? Look at the E3 reveal, all those months and it looks like this? Something seems rotten. If the trailer is from next gen/PC footage then just what the hell has been going on all these months?

PSN-JeRzYzFyNeSt3788d ago

this has to be PS3/360 footage..

havent ppl Played the game last year and it looked beautiful? wtf would ubisoft downgrade the graphic, dont they like money???? lol

no forreall this better be last Gen footage from today..

hopefully they are gearing up to annouce the same date with Next gen footage (PS4)

ivan5103788d ago

Indeed, when i first saw the trailer i though it was 360/ps3. Theyve really scaled down the graphics.

FamilyGuy3788d ago (Edited 3788d ago )


..So why did they claim to have delayed it for the better if the end result is worse?

AliTheSnake13787d ago (Edited 3787d ago )

IDK nor care what BS people are talking about cz of some bullshots. But we've seen what The PS4 and X1 can do, (Magic). And this game is gonna F shit up.

PS4/X1 Watch dogs trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Gameplay : http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Looks sick,Can't wait.

Patrick_pk443787d ago

Do you expect the E3 reveals to be the final product when released? Clearly you haven't been around, or have been hiding underneath a rock. Every studio at E3 shows bullshots (a screenshot fabricated by a company to misrepresent the graphics of a game) to attract casuals to believe in their products. Never trust anything you see until the game is released.

NewMonday3787d ago (Edited 3787d ago )


holy downgrade Batman!

so inFAMOUS:SS will be unchallenged as the best looking open world game

Nitrowolf23787d ago


I wasn't expecting it to look exactly like it, but if this is indeed ps4/x1 i expected it to look better. The reveal looked great, and in comparison, Infamous second son looks better than it IMO, so it's not otu of the question really to expect it to look decently close, with minor downgrades, now huge noticiable off the bat ones.


if this is what we're getting on next-gen systems then it's a no go for me. I don't wanna hear "it's about fun in the end" either. Waiting all this time for this BULLSHEET! Somebody confirm that this is current-gen and fast!

juggulator3787d ago

It looks fine on PS4. If u have AC4 on PS4 you can see a trailer in the games content menu at the top. That trailer look like a last gen version. I think the site is doing some hardcore flaming. Just look at AC4 on PS4, there's no way the next gen version will look like the trailer seen on that website.

webeblazing3787d ago

maybe we was seeing the pc version. well im not effected gonna get the pc version, that if i get it. the game do seem interesting but never really got the point of being hyped.

ProjectVulcan3787d ago (Edited 3787d ago )

Big downgrades since the first showings and earlier showings, although the first ones were clearly on a PC. E3 2012 had to be on a PC, because new consoles weren't remotely ready at that point.

This would explain a lot.

I hope the PC version is not as affected as much as the console versions. I don't mind if it is demanding as long as it matches the earlier versions, because eventually I'll have the hardware to max it even if I wouldn't right now.

mcarsehat3787d ago (Edited 3787d ago )

@the people concerned

Who is saying that the e3 gameplay was what the game was GOING to look like? That's not why those demos are made, They are made to show what they WANT it to look like, the expectations that they want to meet to if they have a chance. It doesn't seem like Ubisoft had that chance. If this was a hands on preview, i would be worried but it isn't, the twonk even said the city looked lifeless as opposed to what every other preview said when they use words like frantic, bustling and full of life.

They didn't show the dynamic wind system, they last talked about near the end of last year, a few months after this 'new' build was shown so i'm still expecting that.

look at deep down for god sake or eight days, eight days looked better than some next gen games and that was a ps4 launch title, it's just hyperbole and bullshotted vertical sliced videos.

come on, it isn't exactly colonial marines, newsflash! console games have jaggies, they always will.

MaXiM19843787d ago (Edited 3787d ago )

Do any of you really think this game was delayed in order to improve it?

Because all I see is a lesser game (GTAV with better lightning), and when I see something as fishy as this I think about this game running at E3 2012 in PS4-like hardware when xbox one wasn't even mentioned.

Watch Dogs simply was too much for the Xbox One and now we have a PS3/xbox360 version and a PS3/xbox360 "plus" version.

starchild3787d ago (Edited 3787d ago )

People are jumping the gun. This is one trailer and we're talking about a game with dynamic day/night and weather changes. I don't think we can say that the game has been downgraded until we see more.

It might have been upgraded in some areas and downgraded in others as development progressed and they sought to balance the game's design and the graphics and performance.

I don't think this was a very good comparison. None of the shots were comparing like-for-like.

For example, they show a small explosion (which looks great with some very nice particle effects and volumetric smoke) and compare it to a very large explosion, and the message is supposed to be "look how much better the old version looked". I'm sorry, but nope I'm not seeing it. They look like the same quality, only on a very different scale.

The rest of the comparison shots make little sense either. Most of them are of completely different areas under completely different lighting and atmospheric conditions (i.e. rainy, foggy night shot vs a clear day/dusk shot).

So far I'm not seeing the big downgrade people are claiming. And, at least as far as this comparison is concerned, there is actually more evidence for areas that have been upgraded (like the smoke during the car crash scene) than any solid evidence of a downgrade.

AlphaJunk3787d ago

looks completely lifeless (no physics in surrounding world) compared to the original E3 trailer - probably can only be done a high powered PC.

UltraNova3787d ago

Definitely a downgrade from E3 and those live demos no question!

Maybe someone forced ($$$)Ubisoft into multi-platform parity? And the recent rumors of a Wii U port could explain it

DoctorXpro3787d ago

True, so much im not even buying anymore

Dee_913787d ago

Very dissappointed.. i dont even want to see the division and the crew.I was so pumped for these games.. well I still am, but if this is how they will look.I wouldve been better off waiting on buying a ps4 and just playing the ps3 version..
Hope it improves

Maddness1893787d ago

The story trailer was made on Xbox 360

Fluke_Skywalker3787d ago (Edited 3787d ago )

Got to lol at the people defending this game, I'd be willing to bet those same people wouldn't have defended Guerilla over that KZ2 2005 reveal! This is exactly the same except Guerilla actually got the final product close too the trailer, this isn't even close!

And why on earth would they be showing PS3/360 footage in a trailer, they're trying to sell it to us not put us off! This is obviously the best looking footage they have!

Yi-Long3787d ago

I liked the old face of the main character better. They 'mainstreamed' him too much.

Not sure what to think about the game. It looked promising, but the wait has been long, and it doesn't seem truly next-gen to me.

Also, like the first Assassin's Creed, I think this will be one of those games that tests the waters but doesn't really live up to it's potential, and probably in a 2nd or 3rd game, they'll get it all right. Hopefully.

The main issue I have is that it all seems a bit 'gimmicky' in nature: Oh, hack this and something cool happens. Hack that and a car will crash.

I'm sure that makes for some 'fun' events to happen, but I'm not sure that makes for fun GAMEPLAY.

In Assassin's Creed you had the cool free-running and combat and interesting locations and all that. It was colorful and a playground and you had awesome kills.

This just seems a lot more 'muted', missing the fun and freedom you might wish for in a sandbox game.

mewhy323787d ago

Well it's immedtiately obvious what is happening here. Ubi is dumbing down the game because they are trying to achieve parity for the xbone. This is a big budget game and they want to make as much money as possbile so they are dumbing down the effects, bloom, physics, etc, to make the PS4 and xbone games are close as possible. They don't want the media pointing out that the xbone release is inferior to the PS4 release, like we're seeing over and over and over on multiconsole games currently hitting the market. I was hoping that we wouldn't see this culling back of games for the sake of parity on lesser consoles but it appears that the PS4 community is getting gypped this time around. I say push BOTH consoles to their max and let the devs take full advantage of what's available to them on a given hardware, including PC. Then when lesser machines cant keep up it will push the slacking companies to make better hardware in the future and drive the industry forward. To heck with parity. If you want the better version then get the better machine. PERIOD