Ubisoft: PlayStation 4 like a 'perfect jewel'

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag producer says Sony has created a compelling piece of technology and it is up to designers to make most of it.

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The PlayStation 4 is like a "perfect jewel," according to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag associate producer Sylvain Trottier. Speaking during Sony's latest Conversations with Creators video, the designer said it is up to developers to make the most of the next-generation platform.

"The beauty of working with Sony honestly on this console for this generation was the fact that it was built for the game developers," Trottier said. "And to be really honest, Sony fixed all the issues that could have been there on the console and right now I think it's up to us; like we have a perfect jewel in our hand. It's up to us to push the bar and make it shine."

Elsewhere in the video, Trottier explained that developing for PS4 has been "a lot more intuitive" and exploiting the platform's increased system specifications will allow Ubisoft to "push the bar" for graphics.

"All little details that you cannot right now put on the current generation of consoles because the console is running 100 percent right now," he said. "So you cannot add all these little details that are going to make the game even more beautiful, more immersive.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag launches October 29 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U. The game is also in development for next-generation consoles like the PlayStation 4. A release for Microsoft's next Xbox has not been confirmed yet.

The PS4 launches this holiday season, though a specific date or price has not been announced thus far.

Discussion

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Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

Of course they think it's a perfect jewel, sony shovels money on them and no one at ubisoft knows how to make games for Pc! X3

rolla020980
rolla020980

Assassins creed was a great series. AC3 was buggy as crap (Guards stuck inside of carts) and the controls were not as fluid as on previous AC games (can't run up some inclines sometimes). Is this the shining jewel you were talking about?

bourne714
bourne714

How much did Sony pay you to talk about their Jewels?

MaestroFilipe
MaestroFilipe

Well, since he´s talking about details, let me say again that i still haven´t seen the holsters for edward pistols. Haven´t seen it, since the first trailer they released. After that, all pics and vids, only show the pistols on the waist, hanging around with no holsters. Even Connor had the holsters, which is more realistic...I hope they end up including that. 

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

For developers by developers.  I'm loving the sound of the new console, look at what games they managed to produce for the PS3 - a console which was well known to be 'difficult'.

I seriously cannot wait for Naughty Dog to announce their PS4 game.  God damn it's going to be ridiculous.

ViskiJack
ViskiJack

The PS3 or 360 have enough horse power to make anything  it is only lazy developers that make the same game every year that are the problem.Im not saying there should be no PS4 but i hate when they claim that they need new hardware to make a good compelling game.Make a new IP with a god story and game play and it will sell right now in the millions on the current install base .

Keaze_
Keaze_

How about you make your games "priceless jewels" now.

And what is this ship battles crap?  It fits well in some games, but what does it have to do with "assassination"?

Evil_Rage
Evil_Rage

I'm in the process of building an extremely powerful gaming/work PC right now that will likely last through this next gen console generation, unless they decide to screw over PC gamers and make our already underutilized hardware even more of a waste of power in another extended generation. 

I do like nice graphics and seeing what my hard earned PC parts are doing for me when running games. But its not just graphics I like, I like to see hardware being utilized and only a few games out of the many released have utilized the PC and its hardware effectively in the last 8 years. 

What I mean by utilized, is all the multi-threading our PC CPUs are capable of, the RAM, which I'm going to be installing 32GB in my build, DirectX 11 (2011 technology, not used much at all for years, and still not much and then there's the current 11.1 which apparently, due to the extreme lack of use DX11 has seen in 2 years due to the consoles, will hold back DirectX 12 from coming) then the GPU itself, which I'm getting a decently priced 600 series from Nvidia and will use that with 3D Vision until I need a new card because I like 30 frames per second, and what I'm buying will surely play games at that for a good long while.

The GPU has a lot of power and it goes underused or not used at all because all they have been usually doing is playing console games in a PC environment with console limitations like not addressing more than 4 GB of ram and thats if they are Large Address Aware, they are 32-bit because thats all the consoles can handle due to their badly chosen hardware. PC sees marginal difference because of parity and I don't expect that from all the talented devs out there from various studios who I know can make PC games look and play like PC games and likely know all I'm saying and more.

I'm also buying a 7.1 sound card, but that is because I like discrete soundcards, as they do sound better and the card is primarily for my 7.1 headset that requires a decent sound card.

The PS4 is not perfect, but whatever you say, Ubisoft.

KBABZ
KBABZ

Ubisoft: "PS4 is the perfect jewel to fire the creators and run the ship ourselves, right into those rocks over there"

spindie
spindie

many companies breathe a sigh of relief now that new hardware is coming for the next generation of consoles. Despite the fact that PC's have had this power capability for quite some time, i guess this proves that console's really do hold back game development.

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

Any console that has NO ALWAYS ON feature is a PERFECT JEWEL in my book :)

twobuffalo
twobuffalo

They should just go balls deep and switch that 7850 with dual/triple gtx titans. Now that would be a world changing piece of entertainment/technology.

onixevil
onixevil

Fuck the  $99.99 game and that Goat Beard and the man who fire the real Assassin's Creed's creator to replace him with one who get paid from his loyalty to one platform  .

Carreau13
Carreau13

That's one serious man beard.

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

Great series overall. But sadly, I sense the statement is nothing more than a subliminal message to justify a price of $69.99 for the PS4 standard edition.

mark_unix
mark_unix

And this video pretty much also says the wii-u isn't getting any future games, thank god they're no longer going to have to down-grade a game because it doesn't play on another console! (RIP: Nintendo's Wii-U)

SamoanGrind
SamoanGrind

Probably gonna wait for the OcculusRift before getting another console

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Evil_Rage 30 fps? For a performance enthusiast? Bro if you're getting less than 100 than you're cheating yourself.

Kane04
Kane04

@Evil_Rage A PC that "will likely last through the next gen consoles" with a nVidia 600 series?

If you knew anything about hardware you'll know a console only needs a fraction of a PC power to produce comparable graphics.

But even an uneducated person only needs to look at recent history.

Just remember the Xbox 360 at launch, on paper you had better PCs, but the 360 was able to produce better graphics.
A couple of months before the PlayStation 3 release, threads on how to build a more powerful PC for 600USD or less multiplied, things like a P4 & G7200, where are those now? Could something like that run lets say FC3? With just 512MB of RAM? A computer like that can't even launch the game.

Good luck with your new rig, just remember the powerhouse you'll build today will go mostly to waste, and when the time comes in 2~4 years were you could actually use every bit of it (by PC standards) you'll have better hardware for a lot less money.
Need I remind you the minimum recommended GPU for Crysis 3 is about 2 years old? Minimum...


And needless to say, the only thing truly exciting on PC right now, in the last few years and the years to come, are console ports, this coming from someone that does 70% of his gaming on PC.

chopsbenedict
chopsbenedict

@Evil_Rage while i think the use of "perfect jewel" is probably largely creative license, I think they are mostly trying to convey the comparative ease with which games can be developed.  

It costs money to pump every little detail into a game, and the fact is, most people cant afford turbo PCs and so there is little incentive for developers to go balls to the wall when only 1/10 (obviously a made up figure but you get the point) of even PC gamers have actual top of the line gear at any point in time.

A large degree of the latter end of a console cycle isnt stressing the hardware, its learning how to program more efficiently, using fewer lines of code for the same output

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@Evil_Rage  You may want to hold out on that GPU purchase, the new 700 series by Nvidia ships later this month/June. lol
Next Gen for us in the PC world is every 6-12 months. ;)

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

@spindie It isn't a power capability that was holding developers back. It was the fact that the PS3 was a pain for developers to code games for due to the architecture that the console was structured around.  The 360 and original xbox were built around x86 which many PC game developers were already familiar with. Both generations of xbox were very developer friendly compared with anything Sony put out.  Sounds like Sony finally got their head out of their @ss as they are finally getting on board with the rest of the gaming community and making it easier to code for. 

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@twobuffalo Dual / tripple GTX Titans on a console... not overkill..but would be a bit out of many people's pocketbooks...considering those sell for $1,400.00  EACH...lol
Oh..now for the rest of the console...  >_<

xolivierx
xolivierx

@Carreau13 I think it's called a Fu manchu, although this one looks like a Biker Manchu

96augment
96augment

@mark_unix What about games like Legend of Zelda, Bayonetta 2, or Super Smash Bros.?

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

It'll be a while (maybe a console generation) until they perfect the technology, as well as make it portable, affordable and comfortable enough to use easily.

mark_unix
mark_unix

@SamoanGrind that thing is going to fail, because you don't wanna watch video on it (and there will be only like 8 games to ever support it)

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Kane04 @Evil_Rage No it wasn't. When 360 came out it launched with games that looked like shit, for example Halo 3 or 99 Nights or Chrome Hounds. At that time games like Crysis and Far Cry were out on PC, which utterly destroyed the 360 in graphics. Please see your way back to your parents basement as you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about,

pixeljunkie82
pixeljunkie82

@Kane04 @Evil_Rage

I agree with your comment about the graphical comparison but you are forgetting the fact that a lot of what PC gaming offers is not available on consoles. Nearly all strategy games like Civilization, most action RPG's like Path of Exile, simulator games like Sim City, RTS like Starcraft Heart of The Swarm, most MMO's like World of Warcraft and countless others are unique PC gaming experiences, plus you are forgetting about the awesome modding community (see GTA4 and Skyrim mods) and the amazing specials on Steam sales. I enjoy both console and PC experiences because they offer different experiences. Uncharted 2 was worth getting a PS3 on its own. I love NHL games and they only come out on consoles. It's important to remember that graphical capabilities is not the determining factor.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

@spectreSE7EN @Bond_Villain Bloody Wii had always on, doesn't mean much at all. The always on he's complaining about is needing online to authenticate your game in order to play, which sounds a bit weird. Roll on PS4 and whatever MS call their next box.

twobuffalo
twobuffalo

@minty_cbo @twobuffalo  Yeah :( I still think that it would be smart to release two or three different models all with higher end graphics cards , they could all run the same games in the end but it would be equivalent to running a PC game on medium settings and ultra settings.

Kane04
Kane04


@Grenadeh @Kane04 @Evil_Rage Why don't you go cry elsewhere?
From your response I bet you're the one still living in your moms basement, I'm not even American nor I live in the US where you have that particular sociological cliche but I wouldn't expect someone like you to even know anything beyond the blessed homeland.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@SavageEvil @twobuffalo @minty_cbo That is a complete load of defeatist and pathetic bullshit. I bought my gaming PC (ended up cheaper to buy when I priced the components) 3 years ago and it has run everything flawlessly until yesterday when Metro came out, which runs like shit and not because of my hardware - because they optimized it to work like shit on ATI hardware. My PC was about 1100 dollars. If you can't throw down 1100 on a gaming PC, you have absolutely no business gaming and maybe you should devote your efforts to learning some skills that will make you a marketable employee. That way you can eventually afford things.

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@SavageEvil Gpu companies not profitable?
Who is AMD? Who is Nvidia?

Operating system overhead..you're joking right? Do you think our computers are as powerful as that iPhone you hipsters tote about?
And if the O/S were the Problem...you can always Sandbox your program (Game) so that it sees only hardware...
Hence the extra Ram memory and cpu cores, not to mention extra threads on our CPUs...
Reason we don't see a lot of pc only exclusives is due to the fact everyone can't afford enthusiast level pc hardware, or does not know how to build/configure a Good system at a decent price..
(It can be done for under $800, check out newegg.com and be in the know with your tech choices...do not need intel i7's or gtx Titan's to game ultra settings on games @40-60 FPS+...)
Even still with the Sandbox part aside... Windows 7/8 are not resource hungry. Even consoles have an O/S and BIOS... (Especially xbox..did anyone ever mention that the Xbox is made by....MICROSOFT?...or the fact that the "X" in Xbox stands for X as in Direct X, the API used in computers to produce most computer game graphics? DX9,10,11,11.1.....)


OH and since we have the company ACTIVISION on the table here?  Take a Wild guess who owns/runs and operates Blizzard Entertainment? The Same company that makes MILLIONS of dollars yearly just from one game ALONE that is 9 years old? That Game... being World of Warcraft....ACTIVISON! Tada! (Not like WoW is anything spectactualar graphics wise..it has and does make serious bank though.)
And they sold 3.5 million copies of Diablo 3..in one day...(and 3.5 million people were pissed off shortly after..lol) that title sold over 12 million copies so far aswell...
The money is there...no need to worry about that..

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@twobuffalo @minty_cbo Wouldn't work either v..would be too complicated/cost too much to develop...
Can still pay the $150 premium for an extra 100 GB of hard drive space, LMAO...
(Hence the ps3 was modded..heavily...buy base version..toss in 1tb hdd..tada! )

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

@twobuffalo @minty_cbo You do realize that GPU companies aren't so profitable you know. Those expensive chipsets they would never sell for the cheap to Sony or MS, so you'd have one extortionately expensive system and little to no buyers and thus no games being made so that leaves you what dead in the water. Also consumers who buy consoles far outnumber those people buying PCs for gaming and GPU's for playing games on PC's.

PC gamers must live in their own world or something, PC gaming no matter what you say, it just isn't feasible to the common gamer and to the people who bring in the buckets of cash that Activision gets don't game on PC's that is fact. PC games will just have to make do with what they have, all that power is awesome but necessary to make up for overheads in the OS. Consoles will continue to be the go to choice for the masses as without those masses, there would be a whole lot less gaming. No one wants  bloody PC in their living room.  I'll take my underpowered, dated console hardware backed by companies who sole purpose is to make games that run with little to no outside work from me. I play on PC when I want those games that I feel are much better suited to PC and that is not in my living room.

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

@96augment @mark_unix @horizonwriter That's actually not true. Many people who have the Wii haven't bought the WiiU as many people think that it is just a slight upgrade. This is supported by the fact that Nintendo has emailed its Wii owners to ask them to buy the WiiU.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@96augment @mark_unix @horizonwriter The problem that Nintendo is facing right now though is that there's not enough of their core fanbase buying the system to keep it aloft.  That and the fact that they're actually losing some of that fanbase is really hurting Nintendo right now in this upcoming generation.

96augment
96augment

@mark_unix @horizonwriter That's my point. A lot of Nintendo fans care a lot about those games. So much that they'll buy a Wii U. 1st party releases should be enough to keep Nintendo fans happy. But there should be more 3rd party games for the Wii U.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@mark_unix @horizonwriter @96augment You just said only Nintendo fans care about those games but follow up by mentioning games that are exclusive to Sony.  You do realize that you just slapped yourself in the face, right?

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@newedge1000 @horizonwriter @zowbaid Still needs work but you're improving.

:-)