Latest Watch Dogs trailer used PS4 dev kit footage

Ubisoft is still tweaking resolution, but “Welcome to Chicago” trailer used PlayStation 4 footage.

Watch Dogs’ latest “Welcome to Chicago” trailer is composed footage captured with a PlayStation 4 development kit, creative director Jonathan Morin has confirmed.

Morin’s statement follows recent claims that the visual performance of the game was scaled back since its initial unveiling at E3 2012, which ran on a high-end PC. Morin said that it “wasn’t a good graphics reference,” and Ubisoft Benelux PR and events manager Tessa Vilyn said that the downgrade claims were not true.

The new trailer shows off the city where Watch Dogs is set, and the physics, lighting, weather, and other effects Watch Dogs’ new graphics engine is capable of. However, Morin also said that Ubisoft is still tweaking the resolution on all platforms.

Watch Dogs launches May 27 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Wii U version is definitely not canceled, but does not have a release date yet.

For more on Watch Dogs content, be sure to check out GameSpot editor Shaun McInnis' extensive hands-on preview of the game from his recent trip to Ubisoft Montreal.

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tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

Is polygon count no longer important? Everyone talks about resolution and textures, but polygons are the most important asset in 3D graphics. The more polygons you have, the more detailed your game will be. No one ever says how many polygons these new systems can produce.

je29836
je29836

He meant to say the footage was captured using a PS1 dev kit

Slayer70
Slayer70

I'll be getting this for PC because the trailer looks terrible. GTAV on PS3 looked better than this.

DemocraticTroll
DemocraticTroll

PC MASTER RACE WOO * flexes belly fat * ohh yeah PC FUCKING MASTER RACE , PIMPLES BOOM EXPLOSIONS POW DOUBLE CHIN!

heguain
heguain

Wanna see PC footage, please, Can't wait for the awesomeness :)

DemocraticTroll
DemocraticTroll

Is it me or does the trailer looks like some 10 years old filmed it with Halo's film capture or whatever it's called.

poksmote
poksmote

I'm tired of people crying "It doesn't look net-gen." Do you all know what next-gen even means? It doesn't promise anything it just means we are using the next generation of consoles from the 360/ps3. No where does that state the visuals have to be better and if you really want to take this farther they aren't even next-gen anymore the ps4/xone have been released they are the current gen so stop saying next-gen!

Merseyak
Merseyak

well its coming to pc going to mod the s*** out of it just like gta 4 :)

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

I have a PS4 and a PC. And unfortunately I found out that this game was exciting primarily because of the graphics, which took a hit on PS4. Well, turns out that THE next-gen game for me turned out to be Infamous Second Son, not Watch Dogs.

prodigy_69
prodigy_69

The first time this trailer was posted here the PC fanboys rejoiced at how "this is clearly running on PC" 

so this news amuses me..



sebkno
sebkno

Are pc gamers so insecure that they feel the need to trash the console gamers when ever they get the chance?

lol calm down fattys... 

Vitex2003
Vitex2003

Can't wait to try this game.

curiousarman
curiousarman

i dont care on what platform the footage was taken, the video looks awesome.

toffifee
toffifee

AMG! The graphics are so bad, I'll not be able to play it. I mean just look at the people! It looks like Final Fantasy VII with their blockiness and the ground is just so low res and flat...oh wait.

playmynutz
playmynutz

been waiting for this game since it was announced

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

So happy to hear that!  High end PCs for the win!

NTM23
NTM23

I think the problem is more so of what we saw, and how it was presented than the fact the game 'looks worse than before'. I don't really think it does. If you go back and compare, it's the way it was presented that makes it different. For instance, you get closer shots in this video that showed off the less impressive A.I. that roam the streets as well as close up shots to the main character, and non-rainy weather effects which made the original videos show off the reflections. I've also seen many people compare it to Second Son, come on, it's not THAT much better. I feel like people aren't looking at it realistically.

Vodoo
Vodoo

The resolution wasn't the problem! The actual grafx need to be tweaked. Actually, it needs a lot more than tweaking.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Obviously the PC version is going to be vastly superior, but I don't imagine we'll see much PC footage leading up to launch since Sony seemed to have secured certain contracts and need software to sell their systems. The console versions will be quite comparative and if they showed PC footage now, people would be quite disappointed when they get home and play it on their 'next-gen' systems. PC owners will just have to be quietly confident that the graphics will destroy what's seen here, aren't consoles just getting 30fps too? My PC can run BF4 on ultra settings 1080p, the PS4 must be about medium at 900p, a $120 graphics card performs better than that haha you do the math...

KelpsterD
KelpsterD

I remember when Perfect Dark Zero came out and everyone was all "OMG LOOKS SO GUD!"


Imagine what two years will bring, let alone 5. Everything is just gonna look better, give it some time.

Buck80x
Buck80x

what's the  name of song at the beginning?

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

Pretty obvious it was console footage... E3 2012 footage looked great, it was on PC. Recent footage which has looked awful, it's on consoles.

ERRMAHGERD
ERRMAHGERD

See, they did this. I will get my revenge. I'm pirating it. In the name of You Shouldn't Lie About The Games We Love

ThatAngryMan
ThatAngryMan

@heguain  Like he said, the E3 footage was captured on a high end PC but no one knows how it will look at the end result.

OPermerup
OPermerup

@poksmote  While I do agree with you to some extent, the problem is that the term "next-gen graphics/experience/quality/game" is coming straight out of the mouths of the companies making the consoles. We have a word for what Sony did when marketing their PS4 console with content (Watch Dogs) that we later find was rendered on a much more powerful PC. That word is dishonesty.

thefinalzapkeet
thefinalzapkeet

@Morphine_OD You haven't even tried playing Watch Dogs yet though, so how can you judge it?  and, while i do believe graphics matter, the game still looks beautiful

EFFZero
EFFZero

@Morphine_OD  I love Infamous, but Watch Dogs is not even out so how can you even make that statement?

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

@sebkno  Don't mind them. They were bullied in school and don't have the balls to actually stand up to people. So now they sit in their basements and feel superior because the big ass PC they have to play games on and then they come and act big in the internet. I know that they're just sad and alone with low self esteem and they cry themselves to sleep every night,


Please keep in mind I'm talking about PC Elitists not every PC gamer out there. The Elitists are one of the reasons I quit playing games on PC.

sebkno
sebkno

Yes i agree with myself! 

SniperM40
SniperM40

@NTM23  I think the real difference was the PhysX simulation was greatly enhanced on PC, coupled with the rain effects and at night. 


Infamous Second Son looks amazing in the day time, but when the lighting and the rain comes, it looks even better.

dom28
dom28

@NTM23 Most likely you left your glasses on the table during your "comparisons", and if you don't wear glasses, then it's about time you start thinking about getting a pair.

prodigy_69
prodigy_69

@Vodoo  you should send them your CV they clearly need your help..

nikon133
nikon133

@XNEXUS666X Quite silly discussion, until we wait and see what PC hardware is required for what level of IQ. Ubisoft in particular is responsible for some of the poorest PC games optimizations in recent history - latest Ghost Recon comes to mind. Sure PC will always have access to more raw processing power - should one invest enough money - but expecting that $120 graphics card will give you E3 Demo's IQ might be a bit too optimistic.

admiral_floofee
admiral_floofee

@XNEXUS666X  And don't forget, both One and PS4 version of Watch Dogs will be running at 30fps @ 900p and 1080p respectively. Damn these so-called next gen consoles are pretty weak

Vodoo
Vodoo

I bet the pc version looks worse than that trailer also. It was a "vertical slice," whatever that means.

I have a high-end gaming laptop hooked up to my 55" hdtv, but I'm getting this game on a console. I prefer gaming on consoles MUCH more than a pc. It's much more fun imo. Just gotta decide if I'm going with the XB1 or PS4 version.

SniperM40
SniperM40

@ERRMAHGERD  Yeah man! Fight the power!


I also am really annoyed that Jaguar's new F-Type doesn't look exactly like the concept. Getting my slim jim, going to local Jag dealer, and getting my revenge next!

juboner
juboner

@ERRMAHGERD  Potential thief right here. Like somebody who takes something bc someone never uses it as justification.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@thefinalzapkeet @EFFZero because as I wrote - after seeing the downgradeaton, the game started to look pretty bland to me, so I understood that I was interested in it primarily because of the graphics. Do you even read? I don't know how a game can be next-gen because of it's gameplay. Certainly not Watch Dogs, because it's cross gen and will share the gameplay. So if it plays the same, but the graphics are crappy - what's the point of calling it THE NEXT GEN GAME? I don't see any.

metallinatus
metallinatus

@jZangetsu21 @sebkno  

Don't PS4 gamers do the same with Xbone gamers?

And don't they all do the same with Wii U gamers?

A: Yes they do, so rights to whine you have not.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@GOGOHeadray @XNEXUS666XYes I know, they had to reduce res & graphics just to achieve that, it still looks great, but it's a very low cap compared to what a PC can run.


I've been looking forward to WD since it was announced, so I wanna experience it in it's best form, which will be PC by miles, just hoping those long coat physics will return.

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@GOGOHeadray @XNEXUS666X On reduced settings. Consoles run at medium/high compared to PC's that have ultra settings. Visual quality goes a lot deeper than screen res and FPS, in fact those are unimportant compared to things like shadows and lighting technology.

drogoth24
drogoth24

@Vodoo  You can just use a controller on your PC and enjoy a console-like experience with nice graphics and a smooth FPS.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@brgsteven I'm not a troll and I don't need to play the game to judge the visuals. I don't care about the gameplay, it doesn't sound interesting. I care about the graphics and graphics took a major hit, which makes me uninterested in Watch Dogs

brgsteven
brgsteven

@Morphine_OD @thefinalzapkeet @EFFZero  Because your like the rest of the Trolls, make judgement by what your seeing on the INTERNET.   Wait until it gets into peoples home and wait about a day or two and then go find reviews or comments and then you can join the hate wagon.  

SniperM40
SniperM40

@drogoth24 @Vodoo  I personally just don't want to upgrade my PC yet. I was seriously considering it, but for the 780 and a I7-4770k I would need to drop a grand. 


For now I'll be happy with my PS4 playing it, but then when those items come down in price and I get some more cash, I'll definitely upgrade my PC to play this in it's full glory.