Watch Dogs dev says PS4 so powerful that it "gave us a chance to dream"

Ubisoft animation director praises Sony's PlayStation 4, saying it allowed the developer to "build a new type of game."

The PlayStation 4 affords developers almost an unlimited memory budget, allowing them to create richly detailed and immersive worlds, according to Watch Dogs animation director Colin Graham.

In an interview on the PlayStation Blog, the Ubisoft developer said it's always a pain point for his animation team to run out of memory, but this issue doesn't come up on PS4, he explained.

"PS4 has really given us the platform to build a new type of game," Graham said. "It gave us a chance to dream. From an animation point of view, we're always running out of memory, especially when you start developing towards the end of a console generation, so PS4 allowed things like reduced animation compression and more variety in civilians."

"From my point of view, it's a bit like working with an unlimited budget because we can't fill the memory budget on PS4," he added. "It's a really nice piece of hardware."

Watch Dogs lead gameplay designer Danny Belanger also offered a round of praise for the technical prowess of the PS4.

"The powerful technology helped us create a better simulation," Belanger said. "The water effects, the amount of people in the city, the quality of the lighting… it all brings us a step forward."

Watch Dogs launches May 27 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. The Wii U version is coming sometime later. For more on Watch Dogs, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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1193 comments
Algearond
Algearond

1. PC is the only way to play games

2. In the event I were to buy a console besides my Sgea Saturn it would absolutely be an X1, not P$4 

dajonharris
dajonharris

the difference between PC and consoles, is that when ppl buy consoles everyone who buys that console has the same experience. Yes devs use computers to create the models and textures, but they build them so that everyone can get that experience. i have two jobs, a son, car payment, rent, internet, electric bill, two cars to keep gas in. i cant afford to go out and buy a 200 dollar computer part that makes my games look slightly better every time they decide to release one. id much rather make sure i eat and my family eats, or a grand on my car so i can drive what i want to drive. Its not practical for me and alot of others and i feel like i do ok for myself 

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

He must be fucking joking after everyone saw that graphics comparison.

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

after playing infamous second son and being blown away by that city on the PS4 i can't wait to see what watchdogs is able to pull off.

jerjef
jerjef

Sooooooooo tell me Ubisoft, this wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that you're planning to make a Watchdogs movie which will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, which just happens to be OWNED by Sony?  So lame Ubisoft, you've lost my respect.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_Dogs#Film


Variety reports that Ubisoft is developing a Watch Dogs film, along with Assassin's CreedFar Cry, and Raving Rabbids films.[51] Sony announced at their 2013 Gamescom press conference that Ubisoft will work with Columbia Pictures and New Regency to make the film, Sony will distribute the film in the US and 20th Century Fox will handle the international distribution rights.[52]

kgallis21
kgallis21

yeah well with the PS4 it will probably look much better than the xbox one version. I  would love a PC version

rob9999991
rob9999991

He probably says the same exact thing when asked about the WiiU version.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

That's cause your game looks last-gen... Make a real next-gen game like the ones on PC then talk.

groovyguy316
groovyguy316

Gave you a chance to dream but you still rolled back your impressive graphics to appeal to the ex-gen market. Sounds like a nightmare to me.

marksmith5995
marksmith5995

This makes me want to buy a PS4 over an Xbox One so much but I just can't bring myself to do it since I've been playing on the 360 since it first came out.

All my achievements and GamerScore will be nothing as soon as I buy the PS4 and I know I can still keep my 360 and play it whenever I want but it will still feel like I've started over.

lostmyaccount
lostmyaccount

LOL! Better follow through with that Statement.....

dnak08
dnak08

As a console gamer, I don't mean to bash, but I really do not know anyone with a normal social life that cares much for PC gaming. The time and money put into some high end gaming PCs isn't what the average consumer is willing to invest in. The PC argument is valid, but its irrelevant to 90% of people. 


Dont know if this comment is off topic, but PC gamers always come out the woodwork with these graphic arguments.

Dante-xero
Dante-xero

And then, they woke up..... I don't mean to bash the ps4 itself, just the "next-gen" overall.

wrestlemaniaw
wrestlemaniaw

the power of downgrading graphics... I don't even need to read all the article to know it's BS....


westcoastwillam
westcoastwillam

PS4 is one of the best consoles to ever come out , it runs so smooth and I love the controllers

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

Complete trolling article. Nicely done. PS4 is just a low mid PC. I still want one, but don't act like is the Holy grail. "Sipping from the PS4 cup till it runneth over holy grail." LOL
 

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

Ignorance like this pisses me off.

Really? Nevermind the fact that you guys still require a computer of some sorts to actually make those dreams come true.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd Judging by the recent downgrading of Watchdogs graphics, its safe to say that you guys built that game and optimized it for PC, with consoles being 2nd in mind.


Lol, Come back to us in 2-3 years when there will be PCs out there, completely shitting on the PS4 and the X1. You'll be singing a different tune. Its already happening actually.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

It's interesting how Gamespot pick an ad and make it a "new", you really think that Ubisoft, with Intel Core i7 4960X, 32 GB RAM, GTX 780 TI avaliables will say that PS4, a simple AMD 8 Cores, a GPU like HD 7870 and 8GB RAM maked they dream? Really? PS4 and Xbox One looks like shit near a powerful PC, PS4 could make their dream real 3 years ago, but today? Never.

xbox_is_garbage
xbox_is_garbage

Ps. PC gaming is overrated & washed up. Get over yourself

Creed02
Creed02

@dajonharris  come on.. you can be more interesting

zfazal84
zfazal84

@kgallis21 PS4 will be 1080p Xbox One will be 960p so not that much better.

rob9999991
rob9999991

@marksmith5995 Maybe you should wait until the game comes out and compare the two to see if there is any actual difference.

Alecmrhand
Alecmrhand

@marksmith5995  I totally understand your conundrum. I would have trouble leaving all those years of achievements behind, but you wouldnt regret getting a PS4.....if that helps at all. Its an amazing machine, im glad i got one. I knew id have to leave some 360 chieves go but im over it already.


Good luck in whatever you decide to do, brother.

Creed02
Creed02

@dnak08  you can delete your comment anytime buddy... and then we get you werent bashing

MBirdy88
MBirdy88

@dnak08  stupid stereotypes. PC Gaming is huge, your circles mean nothing.

DefconRave
DefconRave

@dnak08  Depends on your country I guess. Where I'm from, everyone games mostly on pc. If not at home then in LAN cafes.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@dnak08 I think they do have a better social life , because they can spend money on high end PCs but I respect your personal opinion .

xbox_is_garbage
xbox_is_garbage

Oh shut the f***k up. Who gives a shit about PC gaming?!? If PC gaming is sooo much better, then why are you guys always crying for consoles games to release on PC? What, even you know PC exclusives are crappy. I would never want to game on a PC. My Wii has better exclusive then PC. NOBODY CARES for PC, & NEVER WILL.. GET OVER YOURSELF.

andymacka23
andymacka23

@notfrylock1987 but not selling quite as well so they are a business they care about money and that will never be the pc fact.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

@andymacka23 - They aren't selling? Really? I don't know why there is more than 100.000.000 users active in Steam, can you tell me?

xbox_is_garbage
xbox_is_garbage

Don't need to pop my own zits, when I can get your fat disgusting mom to do it for me BIt%#

zfazal84
zfazal84

@andymacka23 @notfrylock1987@cherublvl99 

PS4 is out in 52 countries

Xbox One is only out in 13 countries and is $100 more

considering everything Xbox One has going against it's pretty impressive it managed to sell 4.5 million units. 

MBirdy88
MBirdy88

@andymacka23 @Vaishakhk @notfrylock1987 @cherublvl99  Yea... now go look at that recent article about "the top 10 revanue games" ... all of them are PC games... (MMO subs are excluded).


That top free game on Steam (DOTA 2) is one of the deepest most complex and competitive games on the market, and earns VALVE more than 99% of console games... and it GROWS in popularity.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@andymacka23 @Vaishakhk@notfrylock1987@cherublvl99Most of the sales from consoles are retail , on PC it is the other way around .

There are lot of games that sold more on PC as well like Portal 2 which sold over 8 million copies on PC and less than 2 million (both console versions combined) , then there is Witcher 2 that sold over 2 million copies on PC and 0.6 million on xbox . Diablo 3 .? 13+ million copies on PC , 1.2 million on consoles and so on . PS3 barely sold any exclusive game more than 2 million (except TLOU and Uncharted 3) , on PC The Sims series is right now sitting on 150+ million copies , bought by PC gamers . Then there is Starcraft 2 that sold over 8 million copies (best selling PS3 exclusive TLOU sold 6 million) . Time to wake up .

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@andymacka23 @notfrylock1987 @cherublvl99  

And I can say with %100 confidence, that people are still playing Skyrim on their PC, over the console fags who traded their copies in a long time ago, thanks to the 100's of hours that have been added to their game, via mods.

Something the PS4 and the X1 is capable of allowing consoles owners to do, but they wont allow it, because it will take away from their Disc Locked Content sales. 

andymacka23
andymacka23

@notfrylock1987 @cherublvl99Just for example, the PC sold 2.84 million copies of Skyrim globally

The PS3 alone sold 4.56 million
The Xbox 360 sold 7.17 million. 

i am sure skyrim is on your list so 

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@andymacka23 @cherublvl99  


Well lets see. The Sims, Diablo, World of Warcraft, The Witcher Series, Mass Effect, Dragon Age Origins, Minecraft, Starcraft, Starcraft II, Riven, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Counter Strike, Battlefield 3, Myst. Skyrim, Oblivion, Fallout 3.|

man, i can just go on and on actually.

andymacka23
andymacka23

@cherublvl99 ironic that the most played game on steam is a free to play game and how much does it cost to sign up to steam rally not a great point you make.

andymacka23
andymacka23

@cherublvl99 @andymacka23how many games on pc sold more than consoles lets go i am a user on steam not because i wanted to its because i wanted to play football manager not a choice so how many of those users had a choice