Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag getting 1080p support on PS4

Other anti-aliasing graphical improvements will apply to both PS4 and Xbox One.

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After downloading an upcoming title update, new PlayStation 4 owners will be able to increase the resolution on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag to 1080p.

According to a post on the official Ubisoft blog, the game currently runs at 900p, so "some players might not even be able to tell the difference." However, "Those who can spot the differences might note that the game would be, in some very subtle ways, slightly less crisp but a tiny bit smoother."

The blog explains that ACIV: Black Flag originally shipped at only 900p in order to ensure a steady framerate of 30fps. "The team then used the time between the ship date and the release to focus on a title update that could deliver native 1080p resolution on the PS4."

There's no word on whether the 1080p upgrade will come to Xbox One at any point, but the blog states that the patch includes other visual refinements that will make their way to both next-gen consoles, including an improved anti-aliasing technique. The blog explains, "Anti-aliasing is a technique used to diminish the occasional appearance of jagged edges in computer-generated graphics....Pay special attention to finer details like the ropes on the ships if you want to get an eyeful of what we’re talking about."

ACIV: Black Flag is available now on PS4, PS3, and Xbox 360 and on November 22 for Xbox One. No date was announced for the patch, but it's slated as "available shortly after release."

Discussion

444 comments
bamselinen
bamselinen

Well i personally prefer to play on my PC but thats just my opinion, however i do understand why people like to play on consoles, they have the option to play more socially and there are some fun good games comming exclusively to consol. But as i almost only play BF4, MMO and will play AC4 i dont need a consol. 

Dont really think there have been 1 game that i absolutly needed to play comming on consol, even GTA 5, so for me i see no reason for a consol.

Lord_of_Dark
Lord_of_Dark

A good game is a good game, no matter the resolution. It might not seem like it, but it's true. #knowledgebomb

AlexFili
AlexFili

Changing the resolution after the launch? I would expect this on PC but not consoles

translucent17
translucent17

I hope this fixes the textures on some of the trees if you get them from the right angle it looks like something out of minecraft

malfestus
malfestus

My $650 PC will be able to run it at 1440 p at 60 fps with max settings.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Xbox 720 no do 1080? Again? Call of Duty, Battlefield, Assassin's Creed, Dead Rising, etc.

Well, at least I got a Kinect Camera I can look at while it looks at me!

edwardsjnr04
edwardsjnr04

I thought it would run at more than 30 fps on a next gen console, Or am I asking too much?

dan1210
dan1210

Just wish they would stop with all the bullshit and tell us the resolution of xb1 version, if i know its not coming in 1080p i will buy the ps4 version but xbox is my preferred platform. Xb1 gonna get gimped ports most of the time, ms must be losing it.

Chaos_1990
Chaos_1990

Just thinking, am I the only one that finds that "bragging about consoles or PC" or anything else in every thread, kind of nonsense crap?
Logging in comments just to say "oh take that PC fanboys" or "yeah stupid consoles"...who the hell cares?
I use my PC and my PS3, so I am a mentally disordered guy judging by the fanboy standards

07wintert
07wintert

why are these people so thick 900p does not exist on tvs this is what people will be using. they will be getting 720p or a 1080p stretch either way quality will be 720p and you will need round 50 inch for 1080p. at the end of the day these cards are not quick enough if they waiting another year or used a 7900 or 770- 780 they would of got 1080p on all games i would think. 

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

finally , we console gamers have something to bragg about other than exclusives :  YAH !! PC FAN BOYS ! WE GET  TO HAVE THE REMOTE PLAY FEATURE ON PSVITA.  TAKE THAT!!!!!!!!                           :D

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

WHAT ? 30fps ?  I thought next gen ran games at 60 fps........  whats so next gen about it if it cant even run games at 60 fps............... ( i am not a pc or xbox fan boy......just wondering why they didnt take the leap to 60fps)

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

What about the Wii U version? Are they acting like it doesn't exist?

DemocraticTroll
DemocraticTroll

That's why i got the PS4, it's the better machine, yes KZ didn't get a good score which is expected since this is just the beginning ( i played it and liked though) but i bought my PS3 for Infamous ,Naughty Dog and PS+, and i bough the PS4 for the same reasons+ The Order.

And all Xbots should really shut it till their  console come out, the same might happen specially with DR3 and Ryse.

KillzoneSnake
KillzoneSnake

Just shows how horrible optimized these launch games are. AC4 pushes nothing of PS4's power.

CalinTM
CalinTM

Meanwhile pc gamers play in 4k.

KBABZ
KBABZ

@Lord_of_Dark True, but a great game is helped with a great resolution. Your point is very valid nonetheless.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

@malfestus My $50 microwave can reheat these leftovers in 2 minutes. IT IS THEREFORE SUPERIOR TO OVENS.

jourideblaere
jourideblaere

@malfestus that is B*llshit! no way for only €650 and you forgot the cost of a monitor that can handle 1440p...

Dresden05
Dresden05

@berzerk0912 This is all probably due to needing to develop on 4 different hardware and Software sets.

Once the true Next -gen games come out is when we'll see the difference.

It is defiantly worth watching the IGN comparison between PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Wii U for AC4

mattress805
mattress805

@dan1210 You think Microsoft would allow that information to get out. lol Microsoft put an embargo out so reviewers can't review a bunch of their games , I think

mrkw3nji
mrkw3nji

@dan1210 Well there's a reason why they didn't give that information yet ... it's probably not gonna be 1080p (I mean, BF4 900p, Cod Ghosts 720p and Ryse 900p you really expect to have 1080p on AC4 ?)

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Chaos_1990 It's way beyond me. It really, seriously is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen. It's getting more rampant by the day. I guess the best way to try and realize why they do it is by trying match their mindset but in my case I don't think that's possible. My best guess is insecurity. Not saying I'm smarter or better, but I just try and use common sense and common sense tells me most of these people don't have very much common sense. Just wish they would pull their heads out of their asses and realize how stupid it all is and also realize that episode of South Park was directed at them and how true it is.

malfestus
malfestus

@Chaos_1990 Well when your PC costs just a little over an Xbox One and can run games at 1440 p at 60 fps no problem at $650, and gets practically every cross platform game made for console, and even gets ports of a lot of games on one console, while having plenty of PC exclusives of it's own, while everything on PC is cheaper than on console, I don't know is it?

I'm seriously struggling to understand why anyone would even buy a console.

Kickable
Kickable

@Chaos_1990 yea not sure what's going on in their heads, like somehow we won't notice they're exhibiting fanboy behavior right then and there and we should take them more seriously than the other guy.  you're not the only one most people just ignore them probably.

revlux88
revlux88

@07wintert A 900p image reduced to 720p will still look better than a native 720p image. A 900p image upscaled to 1080p will look better than a 720p image upscaled to 1080p. Of course the noticeable difference depends on how the image is upscaled, the size of the t.v. and how far away the person sits but you do not need a 50inch t.v. Not sure where that little detail even came from. Once the devs get more familiar with the consoles we will see native 1080p at 60fps on most games. This happens with every new console generation. It takes some time for the graphics to become much better than the previous generations. This isn't rocket science and is actually common knowledge for most gamers. People just like to complain though so I'll let you get back to it...

rarson
rarson

A card is a physical add-on pcb. None of these consoles use cards, they use chips.

Of course the tv doesn't natively output 900p if the panel doesn't support that resolution (my guess is that they could, but the hardware scaler doesn't since tv content is never broadcast in that resolution), what they're talking about is the actual resolution that the game is rendered at. So if you've got the PS4 hooked up to a 1080p tv, the PS4 is rendering at 900p and then upscaling the output to 1080p. With the patch, it's actually rendering at 1080p. Either way, you're getting 1080p output, but with the patch, it'll look slightly crisper.

Personally, the difference isn't big enough for me to care about, and I'd rather have a more consistent framerate, so I wouldn't use the patch.

rarson
rarson

My guess is that they just didn't have enough time to really optimize the game properly. It really should surprise no one at this point when a console launches with a bunch of rushed games.

Seeing as how these consoles are now much closer to PC hardware, I would think they'd be easier to jump into and there would be less headroom for improvement down the road, but I do think between the hardware customization and things like Mantle on the horizon, we'll still see the games improve. I think these machines are certainly capable of 1080p, it may just be a matter of time, or smart compromises.

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

@KillzoneSnake u remember how horrible Resistance Fall of Man was when it first came to ps3.Looked almost like a ps2 game......i hope they make some good games with 60 fps in the future.

Navardo95
Navardo95

@KillzoneSnake 95% of the 'next-gen' games are not pushing the hardware...yet...but with time when devs get more accustomed with the new hardware...they will start showing the next-gen meat..

I do agree for the fact that these next-gen launch titles are pretty unoptimised though...Shadow Fall,Ryse,Dragon Age 3 etc. are some the few games that are actually using about 10% of the PS4's power..

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

@CalinTM  well unlike some people , we wont always be glued to our screens all thanks to the remote play feature..................  hows that for a change ?

nine-eight-nine
nine-eight-nine

@CalinTM .....Error: HID device not compatible. Please update the driver, do a rain dance, pray to the gods and sing kumbaya. Error: Your graphics card drivers are out of date, please spend the next hour updating them.

grove12345
grove12345

@TehUndeadHorror @malfestus still expecting to hear the over dramatic PC fanboy statement how someone built a PC for $500 6 years ago and can run this maxed out.

revlux88
revlux88

@malfestus @Chaos_1990 I'm seriously struggling to understand why anyone would think they are superior for only gaming on a single platform. To miss out on all the amazing exclusives just b/c you think a game isn't good unless it is in 1440 at 60fps seems beyond petty. If graphics were really all that mattered to most p.c. gamers then minecraft wouldn't have been nearly as successful as it is. I love my rig but couldn't imagine giving up all the other games that I can't play on the p.c. All fanboys are lying to themselves if they think their system of choice is the only way to enjoy gaming.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@malfestus @Chaos_1990 "I'm seriously struggling to understand why anyone would even buy a console."

Could it be because they are close to no games coming out on the PC nowadays, worthy of the name? You're lucky if you get a single great PC game in a year. But you can always wait for ports from consoles, crossing you're fingers they haven't been too much dumbed down, that the controls weren't made for a console's controller and so on... and them you might play them 6 months later, after everyone else played them, that is if you're lucky.


07wintert
07wintert

@revlux88 @07wintert  a 900p image reduced to 720p is a 720p image,1280x720 true hd. 900p as i have said does not exist in the real world it is a computer resolution unless you are using a computer monitor and system. that upscaled to 1080p the pixels are stretched to 1920x1080p not true hd. lose of quality as the source image is not designed for that resolution.

with the patch they are releasing i trust they have tested it well and you will get true 1080p for 30fps. what im saying is upscales are not real that is fact. secondly the most important these gpu`s are not really designed designed to run 1080p thats why many games will be released in 900p which will be upscaled to 1080p and look worse properly like a 1080i image. either way it will do nothing for your gaming experience i guarantee you wont notice a thing. i have radeon 7950 i use 720p res even though when my monitor supports 1080p. why because in my eyes 720p is superior with games more resources can be pushed into performance instead of wasting time with minimal quality changes.

now be silent i learnt about resolutions at uni i know what im on about its little kids who dont.

07wintert
07wintert

@rarson of course they dont use cards because if they did they would never need to release another console again. im referring to the the technology used on the gpu is similar to 7800 series on the ps4 which is also pcb just like every component i know because i've soldered  enough. 

and like iv said if its upscaled its not 1080p live with it. im not surprised it cant handle alot of games 1080p that gpu is what i would call high/mid range but compared with the xbox its far superior. only problem is the difference in the ned will not be and a couple years will pass and the cards will like shit to pcs once again well really they still do. really its all about power and consoles can't handle what pcs have. if they could they would have a nvidia 780 or titan in there

Xtasy26
Xtasy26

@gam3r80 @callsignalpha Uh GTA 5 will come to PC. Just like ever other GTA games next year. What's more us PC Gamers will be able to run in it in FULL HD 1080P with 4X AA and 16X AF unlike the jagfest 720P blurry version of GTA 5 that consolers got in X360 and PS3.

And did I mention all the mods that will come out once GTA 5 hits the PC.

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

@rarson okay so what ur saying is that ... in the near future we would have games running at 1080p at 60 fps? ................................. good to hear! 

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@nine-eight-nine @CalinTM I've got a gaming PC and I don't have those problems. It doesn't take an hour to update graphics drivers. It takes about 10 minutes. I don't mind updating them. It's not like they have to be updated every time you play a new game. I update mine once every few months.

The results of PC gaming are worth it. I'm currently playing Arkham Origins on my PC and it looks incredible. I also own a PS3, 360, Vita, 3DS, Wii, Wii U,  and a few other consoles, but if there's a PC version of a game I want to play, I'll usually get the PC version.

ooblah
ooblah

@grove12345 @TehUndeadHorror @malfestus  

I've got a PC that I built 80 years ago that can run 20 copies of this game simultaneously on Super-Mega-Ultra-Max settings, with at least 10 billion FPS.  It's just my work comupter.

revlux88
revlux88

@Xtasy26 @gam3r80 @callsignalpha Obviously the p.c. version of GTA V will be the best one but it won't be out until a year or more after it's console release. I love my p.c. but there was no way I would wait a whole year to play a huge game just because it is a bit shinier and has some user generated mods. Though if you are going to wait a year might as well wait 2 years and get it cheap I guess...by then nobody who's played it will care though you have fun.