Ubisoft won't say if Watch Dogs runs in 1080p on PS4 and Xbox One

Resolution still being finalized for both platforms, Ubisoft says; frame-rate "very stable" on PlayStation 4.

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Will open-world action game Watch Dogs run in 1080p on Xbox One and PlayStation 4? Fans want to know, but Ubisoft isn't prepared to confirm just yet. Writing on Twitter today, creative director Jonathan Morin said "resolution [is] still being finalized on both PS4/Xbox One…"

Unconfirmed reports previously suggested that the PS4 version of Watch Dogs would run in 1080p while the Xbox One iteration would perform at something below that level. If this ends up being the case, it won't be the first time a multiplatform title has been visually superior on Sony's console.

Morin was, however, prepared to answer a question regarding Watch Dogs' frame-rate. He said that the PS4 version's frame-rate is currently "very stable/constant." He didn't say anything about the frame-rate for the Xbox One version of Watch Dogs.

Morin also revealed a smorgasbord of other Watch Dogs details through his Twitter account, the most interesting of which are listed below.

  • "Normal" enemies will go down easily (2-3 bullets, or 1 in the case of a headshot).
  • If you join invade someone else's game, chases can last for 20-30 minutes if both players are highly skilled.
  • There won't be any microtransactions.
  • Recommended PC specs are not yet finalized.
  • Won't feature "unnecessary gore" for takedowns. "Blood spatter is in there, but don't expect heads blowing up."

Watch Dogs launches May 27 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Wii U version, which is definitely not canceled, launches sometime later.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

741 comments
amirlpro
amirlpro

But xbone gamers don't care about the graphics.. right? They play Titan Fall which is a game running a graphics engine from 8 years ago (Source).

marcuzgungeze10
marcuzgungeze10

Hope they do not downscale the PS4 version just so that there is parity between Xbone. Just like AC4, each console should be pushed to 'their' limits.


That being said, I will wait for the Wii U version. I think the controller integration will be a more definitive experience rather than up-rez graphics. This game more so than others. 

meedokicky
meedokicky

You're being hacked bro! how do you know that is not what is actually happening? :o

zerofrust
zerofrust

Gee, this is getting real!

All i know is that it's definitely going to be 1080p on my rig lol

itchyflop
itchyflop

ha loving some of the pc boys comments, quick clean and to the point!!! as for us humble console owners, myself a shiney new ps4, with all the "look what our console can do and how good it is" and the fact ubisoft delayed this, personally i want 1080 and 60 fps as the manufactures have boasted, time to put your money where your mouth is, or why didnt i just put my 400 quid to a new shiney pc !!!!! keep gaming bro's

tightwad34
tightwad34

1080p, 643g, 821b, doesn't fucking matter what the resolution is as long as it's a good game without shitty enough graphics that ruin it. Which I have yet to play a game where the graphics actually ruined the experience.

dakillasalmon
dakillasalmon

After watching the Welcome to Chicago trailer, it blew my mind how wonderful the game looks,from little things from empty cans rolling through the street to different cultures roaming in different parts of Chicago,Seeing all these little teasers have got me very excited indeed and got my fingers crossed that they don't put the game back and got everything sorted by the 27th of may.Is it fair to compare this game to the successful GTA 5 game? I'm guessing its similar but having that futuristic look to the game with all them gadgets make it very different.Me as a Xbox One user my main concern as with everyone else is graphics i do admit after seeing some comparisons on some games between Ps4 and Xbox One i have seen that the Ps4 comes out top visually and i do wonder sometimes can the Xbox one compete with that? My final thoughts on what i seen so far is that Watch Dog is going to drain my gaming hours thats for sure from looking into people's lives finding out their story to saving people from being victims of crime and i tell you what that's my type of game.         

jonaadams
jonaadams

I can not wait to play this game. 2560 x 1440p @ 60hz

Max_160
Max_160

They'll wait until there are shitload of preorders, then few days before release when all games ship out, they'll confirm it 720p. Look at the past folks, they're playing us all over again. (AC4 cough cough)

XxXDarkness0XxX
XxXDarkness0XxX

am i the only one that doesn't give a shit about this game?

pvspartan36
pvspartan36

You know what? They shouldn't say. Because it shouldn't matter one damn bit as long as the game still looks good to the naked eye. A lot of games from the 360 and PS3 ran at 720p. A lot of them still look pretty damn good. If I were Ubisoft I wouldn't give the obvious fodder to the masses.

DiverseGamer
DiverseGamer

I'm gonna call this one:

PS4 - 1080p

Xbone - 720p

Who wants to bet?

sudarsanvrs
sudarsanvrs

because the game looks like shit on both consoles anyway

pc_friendly
pc_friendly

Would you rather have 60 FPS or 1080p? Personally, I'd rather go with a higher frame rate in a game like this. If I get both, I'll consider it a blessing. It will be better in graphics by a large margin than previous games either way.

4love10
4love10

720P is the  PS4 and the Xbox 720..sorry Xbox One

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

"Resolution still being finalized for both platforms". Wow, game is supposed to come out next month and they are still working on finalizing resolutions for both platforms. I won't be surprised if this gets delayed again.

dirty_dunton
dirty_dunton

Is anyone else not the lightest bit interested in this game?

RyanBurnsRed
RyanBurnsRed

I thought graphics weren't everything to console gamers. So why do they complain and whine so much about resolution and graphics downgrade with this generation?


The irony and hypocrisy is too damn high.

themc_7
themc_7

Drop fps to 30 and give me 1080p!

theKSMM
theKSMM

When I see these headlines, my first reaction is to wonder if anyone besides GameSpot editors care about this whole "1080p" nonsense.  I never read this hubbub anywhere but on this site.

But then I scroll down to the comments and see hundreds or thousands of them explaining why resolution doesn't really matter (XBOX fans) or why gaming at anything less than 1080p is a sin against nature (PS fans).  Apparently somebody does care after all, even if I couldn't care less.

I guess fanning the flaming passions of fanboys is still good business for GameSpot.

mattcake
mattcake

Assuming they maintain aspect ratio, a drop to 960p is more than 20% less pixels being output. A drop to 900p is over 30% less. It doesn't sound like a lot when you see it written as 960p/900p but it's quite a lot less detail in the final image.

Scarshi
Scarshi

Just as well. Another game that will be on my PC. I still can't justify buying a PS4.

Sigh. Maybe next year?

white_wind
white_wind

I want a PS4 but can't find any in my city :(

gamingfriendly
gamingfriendly

The PS4 hardware is not fully used with this game its like they are making sure it can run on a crappy over priced spy camera that i forgot its name, whatever the PC version better run good.

ffspyda
ffspyda

After seeing how good infamous runs on ps4(which looks better than watch_dogs by far), i doubt the hardware alone has anything  to do with this. What we have here fellas is a classic case of "catering for the least common denominator" which is to state the obvious, and you can bet that this isn't the last we'll see of it.

shravan_perne
shravan_perne

Invading in watch dogs... ??? Now where have i heard that ... I do not remember... I am going hollow.... 

robbiejones
robbiejones

prediction!! Ps4- 1080p    Xbox One- 900p

Martyr77
Martyr77

We all know the Xbox One is going to be a lot weaker than the PS4. The graphics for the Xbox One version will probably look worse but it just depends on how much.

wearelegion5000
wearelegion5000

If it turns out to be just a modern day Assassin's Creed, I will pass.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Honestly not interested in it... only Sandbox game I'm waiting for is Witcher 3... Watch Dogs just doesn't do anything for me... If I want visuals, I will play Infamous SS if I want great driving, shooting, story, swimming, Running, Jumping, flying, fighting, exploring, ...ect. I have GTAV :)

zfazal84
zfazal84

@amirlpro  it's not that we don't care, we just think graphics aren't more important then gameplay and fun that's all and if Titanfall was on PS4,  Sony drones would be jizzing in their pants but because it's not, they bash it and say it sucks. Typical fanboy logic: if a game is not on my system, it automatically sucks.

zerofrust
zerofrust

@itchyflop  "personally i want 1080 and 60 fps as the manufactures have boasted" Come on mate, don't tell me you drank that Kool-aid...

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@tightwad34 It DOES matter , to PS4 owners . That's why the most viewed thread at SW is about Infamous SS' graphics . Cows are going crazy over particle effects .

krigan
krigan

@XxXDarkness0XxX I will give a shit about it on black Friday when it is $20. Not a day one purchase for me.

waxcriminal
waxcriminal

@DiverseGamer but they said the fps is stable on ps4 so its probably 720p on ps4. Because so far the 1080p games on ps4 doesnt have a very stable fps.

2-red
2-red

@dirty_dunton  Why would anyone not interested in this game be reading these comments?

jcapen87
jcapen87

1080p isn't a concern for me as my poor tv is only 720p anyway (for now). 60 fps is a must. Once you've played games like SS and BF4 at 60fps, going back to 30fps is jarring.

themc_7
themc_7

@gamingfriendly  you know they make different versions of the game right? The PS4 version won't be dragged down by the XB1 version. That's not how it works. If it looks crappy on PS4, dont blame XB1

sammoth
sammoth

@ffspyda No Dynamic Shadows with good lighting effects does not push boundaries.

Coldpain
Coldpain

@wearelegion5000  Yeah, I am going to wait for reviews. The hype was so good but as time has progressed, it seems like the game has gotten worse and worse.

xshadow215
xshadow215

@zfazal84  Lol the game would be more successful with a PS4 version, the PS4 version would even have higher resolution, what do you expect? Love?

elaisse2
elaisse2

@zerofrust @itchyflop  A 400 buck system should be able to handle cross gen games at those. Im glad I put that money into a new video card that was cheaper than the ps4.

krigan
krigan

@waxcriminal true but all these companies keep saying stable 60 fps then when somebody tests it we see stable until any action happens on screen and then the dips start.