Rayman Legends for Xbox One, PS4 kills loading times thanks to power of new consoles

Ubisoft says technical ability of new consoles affords a "seamless experience"; release date brought forward to February 18.

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The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Ubisoft's colorful platformer Rayman Legends will launch on February 18 in North America, one week ahead of their previously scheduled February 25 release dates, Ubisoft announced today on its blog. The game now launches in Europe on February 20.

Rayman Legends was originally announced as a Wii U exclusive, but has since seen release on a multitude of platforms, including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and PlayStation Vita.

It is a sequel to 2011's Rayman Origins, which was widely praised by critics.

Rayman Legends for the Xbox One and PS4 will include numerous features and content not found in the other versions, including new Far Cry, Assassin's Creed, and Splinter Cell-inspired playable characters available to players in the Heroes Gallery.

In addition, both new versions of the game feature "even sharper" visuals thanks to the power of the Xbox One and PS4. The enhanced power of the new machines has also allowed Ubisoft to do away with loading times when players enter or exit a level, lead designer Emile Morel said.

"Jumping in and out of a level has never been faster and it's a great feeling to have such a seamless experience," Morel said. "Navigating in the game now feels smoother and your gaming experience is never stopped by loading transitions."

On the Xbox One, you'll be able to earn 10 time-limited achievements by completing a set of challenges in a limited amount of time, in this case one week. These are in addition to the existing standard achievements carried forward from the Xbox 360 version.

Meanwhile, the PS4 version of Rayman Legends uses the DualShock 4's touchpad to enable an all-new camera mode that players can use to snap screenshots and share them with friends. The game also employs the touchpad as a means to allow you to virtually scratch in-game tickets. A scratching sound will even emit from the DualShock 4.

Finally, the PS4 version of Rayman Legends includes Remote Play support, allowing users to play the full game on their PS Vita. For more on Rayman Legends, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

88 comments
Aleperez75
Aleperez75

Mariachi band??  That is not mariachi at all.  Ignorance.  That is Spanish Rumba which is like comparing country music to hip hop.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

Why do they say, "Finally Remote Play support on PS4"?  Doesn't every ps4 game support Remote Play?  Is this some different version of Remote Play?

schecterman815
schecterman815

The game is 39.99 for xbone and ps4, atleast at Gamestop. Worth every penny if you dont have it yet. Kept meaning to pick it up, SO I will tomorrow. Cant wait. Getting it for XBONE. Played it at a friends house.


zpluffy
zpluffy

No loading times in Next Gen!!! Anything else?

locknuts84
locknuts84

I seriously didn't notice much in the way of load times before. The game is great no matter what you own it on. If you never got it on your 7th gen console and are stuck for things to play on your 8th gen: buy Legends.

Xenro4
Xenro4

Now we'll see games getting shorter because developers are used to having that loading screen time :P

Naylord
Naylord

I just bought it for my PS3 for 15 bucks and somehow I doubt the cumulated minutes of loading time will be worth the extra 45

themc_7
themc_7

This is cool. I passed this up on 360, but on X1 I'll try it out! If the price is right. Will this sell for $60?

001011000101101
001011000101101

It barely had loading screens to begin with. They lasted like three seconds or so and were really pretty to look at.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

but i like hitting my friends in the loading screen....

Auth
Auth

Great great game. I thought I was too old for main stream platforming(non indie). I was wrong. Music, sound efx, animation is top notch. Brought me back to my Nes days of platforming  enjoyment

Zloth2
Zloth2

Just think what they could have done with a SATA 3 hard drive instead of SATA 2. <sigh>

BertoFlyingFox
BertoFlyingFox

I barely even remember long loading times, didnt even like the game very much honestly.

Sonic2batt
Sonic2batt

LOL at the "power" marketing BS. loading time is reduced by having more RAM, they probably preload the levels as you walk near the paintings or go into a gallery.  I mean, Nintendo has been reducing/hiding loading for years. The power of the Gamecube and Wii must be out of this world.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Missed this one the first time, looking forward to picking it up for the X1

coaltango
coaltango

PS4 versions are better for now compared to Xbone

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Another PC port sigh, suppose i should be happy.

elementonly08
elementonly08

I will get this game for my Xbox One if Thief isn't good. So I will have either this or thief and PVZ Garden warfare to hold me over until Titanfall.

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

glad i held off...this will be something to get me to hook my PS4 up again...lol.  it's been gathering dust for now.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Yeah, too bad this won't sell all too well due to Ubisoft's incompetence. Delaying the Wii U version at the last minute to make it multiplat and compete with f***ing Grand Theft Auto V didn't help the last versions and using Snoop Dogg as advertisement won't help this version.

snugglebear
snugglebear

I'm definitely picking up a copy of this when it comes out for the PS4. 

GalvatronType_R
GalvatronType_R

I can't see how the visuals can be improved. The gen 7 games already run at 1080p/60. I can't wait for Digital Foundry to look into this.

andfx8
andfx8

I've never played a Rayman game and faster loading times is no reason for me to try it for the first time.

RevLux
RevLux

@LilRoss2k3 Get PS+ and enjoy the awesome free games. I've been unable to stop playing Don't Starve: Console Edition since it's release. I'm enjoying it even more than the p.c. version now that we can move the "camera" around to get hidden or obstructed items.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@LilRoss2k3  PS4 library will pick up steam throughout the year, looking forward to picking one up this Fall.

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@LilRoss2k3 Seems dumb but Don't Starve is my new addiction. Game is just awesome. Would have bought it if it wasn't already free. If you have PS plus or even if you don't check it out. 


I actually bought this for the Wii U and the load times are not that bad but they are not 0 so kind of feel like i should have waited. 

elementonly08
elementonly08

@LilRoss2k3 The only big exclusive coming to PS4 soon is Infamous SS. I just watched the latest gameplay and was struggling just to watch it. Looks like PS4 owners will go a while without any good reason to have a PS4 over a Xbox One.

justerthought
justerthought

@dogfather76

It is you blogging an opinion in an attempt to silence what you do not want to hear. What the poster claimed is now measurable and has become fact. Welcome to reality, or in your case, just keep your head buried in the sand.

justerthought
justerthought

@dogfather76

The XB1 gets a few extra trophies. The PS4 gets extra functionality such as scratching on the touch pad to reveal tickets with the sound emitting from the controller speaker. Guess which one is better. One is a worthless target to slog at that costed nothing to implement, and the other adds to the immersion with an additional interactive feature that has cost money to implement.

That is a fact not an opinion.

Some people are saying "I'll pick it up on the XB1". They obviously on the wrong ship. That is an opinion based on fact.

NettoSaito
NettoSaito

@dogfather76 Actually it isn't an opinion. A lot of console versions of games are being developed for the PlayStation 4, and then ported over to the Xbox One. The Xbox One is also weaker in some areas, so it can't run a flat out port from the PS4 as well as the PS4 did.

This is the same thing that happened last generation with the 360 and PS3. Most games were developed for the Xbox 360 and then ported over to the PS3, which would cause the PS3 version to have major issues a lot of the time. To prevent these issues near the end of the 7th generation, games were being developed for the PS3 and ported to the 360 instead (it was easier), but this only happened with a few games. Mainly games like Metal Gear Rising, which Platinum focused on the PS3 with simply because of what happened to their games in the past. They started with the 360 version, moved on to the PS3, and then found there were major issues.

Anyway, the point is, what coaltango said isn't an opinion. Game developers themselves have stated that the PS4 is stronger, and that the XBO versions of their games aren't quite up to the same standards. If you compare AC4 between the two consoles, that's pretty easy to see.

Still, this doesn't make that much of a difference. The PS3 was a bit stronger than the 360 as well, but it didn't matter in the end. The 360 still got better versions of games, and it was still a great console.

jim_peterson
jim_peterson

You mean apart from the superior version of all current and future multiplat games, which make up like 90% of games? I'm used to PC gaming, I could never even fathom playing next gen games in 720p.

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

@elementonly08i'm not even playing that console war game.  i already know i have the best console for my needs.  and i already know i bought it at launch so i'll be waiting for the library to build.  xbox "anything" is nowhere on my radar.

andfx8
andfx8

@thisBlueDude @andfx8 Well it was released in 1995 on PS1 (thanks wikipedia), I was 7. I at least played Crash Bandicoot and Mario 64, and later Sonic Adventure... 

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

@giantpegasus @justerthought @dogfather76  There is not one normal sighted person who can't tell the difference between 720 and 1080p.  Really, if you put them side by side, 100% of the people can tell the difference.  And they all would care.

justerthought
justerthought

@dani_i89 @justerthought @dogfather76

The PS3/360 controller issue is a matter of taste and what you're use to because they have the same buttons and sticks. I actually prefer symmetrical sticks because I have symmetrical thumbs. But you are talking history, assuming it will repeat itself. The Dualshock 4 has maintained all the things I loved about Dualshock 3 and improved all the flaws, so Dualshock 4 is now the supreme controller. Those with big hands who had an issue with Dualshok 3 love Dualshock 4. The 360 controller had better triggers and more accurate tighter sticks, but now Dualshock 4 has all that as well.

The added functions on Dualshock 4 are not gimmicks. They have new uses that cannot be duplicated elsewhere, unlike the kinect gimmicks that just let you do something in a novel way that you could already do via buttons. On Dualshock 4, if you play Tomb Raider on PS4, certain sounds come out of the controller, bringing the game forward so you feel a greater sense of immersion. Comm chat comes out of the Dualshock 4 so that you feel like you're really holding a walky talky in your hand. Just that one addition of a cheap speaker has more benefit and value than the expensive kinect functionality that has gimped the whole XB1 console.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@justerthought@dogfather76 The PS controller has always been horrible. Xbox has the better controller, hands down, I don't care about that gimmicky touch pad which ripped off the Wii. I also don't care that games will looks marginally worse only when compared side-by side. Xbox for the win.

justerthought
justerthought

@tzolynski @dogfather76

If you don't understand or have a hard time listening to people stating the merits of PS4 then don't worry. You don't have to believe us right now. It will all become clear in the future when the games start coming thick and fast.

Try listening again. I'll speak slowly. The XB1 will suffer because it has a weak GPU and the GPU does not have access to lots of fast GDDR5 RAM to rapidly stream data in real time to draw the frames. The extremely fast ESRAM can only hold 32MB at any give time so it cannot help fill the slow DDR3 RAM any faster than its physical limit.

ESRAM and cloud processing won't help because devs don't have the time or money to spend maximising it. The same happened with CELL on PS3. 3rd party AAA games are built using a generic code scaleable game engine on PC with dev machines used at the end to optimise each port. Devs cannot justify re-writing the whole game just for XB1. It will just get lame ports.

If devs made XB1 the lead platform and created the game engine to utilise ESRAM and cloud processing, the game would not be able to be ported to PS4, PC or any other platform. XB1 is way out on its own like PS3 was. The difference is, MS do not have awesome 1st party studious like Naughty Dog to push the tech to the max and then give the knowledge free of charge to the 3rd party devs.

justerthought
justerthought

@tzolynski @dogfather76

….what? You own all XB1 games besides Killzone. Killzone is a PS4 game. Your reason for not buying it is because you don't play it. You cannot play it if you have not bought it. I don't think you have a PS4 at all, otherwise you would clearly be able to see the difference in graphics performance.

Regarding flaws, here's the difference just incase you cannot work it out for yourself. All the serious PS4 flaws are software or features based. Those can be easily fixed later by Sony via an update if they choose to do so. All the serious XB1 flaws are hardware based because the machine's architecture is tailored towards Kinect and TV multimedia via a very heavy operating system. That can never be fixed or updated because the hardware is cast in stone for the console lifespan, otherwise it would break compatibility.

tzolynski
tzolynski

@dogfather76 


I own both also... I own all XONE games besides Killzone which i dont play much. I dont really understand all of the fan boy shit i have always owned both but I have a hard time listening to some of the sony fan boys speak about how great the PS4 is... It has its faults just like the XONE.... I hope it loads faster than the 2k14 did on my PS4 cause i wasnt impressed with the load times.

dogfather76
dogfather76

Which is better doesn't really affect me considering I got both consoles. It just get old going to any article and all you see is insecure kids defending their purchases on way or another. Wish people could just have more intelligent things to say once in a while.

tzolynski
tzolynski

@jim_peterson 


Pal if you think all the games for XONE will be in 720 you are more than likely wrong. As someone who owns both consoles i invite you do the same and play all the games on both consoles. I played BF4 ghosts and 2k14 on both systems and if hate to tell you unless your looking at a still you will never notice any differences in graphics... its smoke and bullshit from fan boys who feel like they are gonna get a gift certificate for a free game if one outsells the other..... your not and it doesnt.