Watch Dogs PS4 & Xbox One: "Identical in Almost Every Way"

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Watch Dogs PS4 & Xbox One: "Identical in Almost Every Way"

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Watch Dogs animation director Colin Graham says the two versions are practically the same.

Xbox One users may have been dismayed to learn that an increasing number of cross-platform games run at higher resolutions or framerates on the rival PlayStation 4. The fact that all of the gameplay footage we've seen from Ubisoft's Watch Dogs so far is from the PS4 version, has been worrying some that the Xbox One version would again get the shaft in terms of graphics, however, Watch Dogs animation director Colin Graham assures us that this is not the case.

"It really doesn't look different though," Tweeted Graham, in response to a fan asking if we would ever see promotional footage of Watch Dogs running on the Xbox One. "The two versions are identical in almost every way," he added.

He did, however, clarify that "On the technical side I cannot say, I just don't know," when asked if the games will have the same resolution and framerate. "I'm an Animator, not an engineer," he admitted, adding "To me they look the same."

So, while it's not quite a 100% confirmation that the Xbox One version of the game won't be scaled back in some way, it's still looking good for Xbox owners.

Watch Dogs has faced a rather lengthy delay from it's initial release date of November, 2013, but it has now been confirmed to be coming this spring. The delay meant that the team had time to better fine tune the game, and include some game systems that they were initially saving for a sequel.

Which platform will you be getting Watch Dogs on?

Source: Twitter

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"Well they look the same, except for the graphics, they may be different."

This literally doesn't say anything at all.

Steven Bogos:
The fact that all of the gameplay footage we've seen from Ubisoft's Watch Dogs so far has been worrying some that the Xbox One version would again get the shaft in terms of graphics, however, Watch Dogs animation director Colin Graham assures us that this is not the case.

Is there a clause missing in this sentence, or did I just forget how to read? I've read it like six times and I can't understand it, but it's the morning and I'm tired so I have no clue if it's my fault or not.

P.S. Thanks

I trust this development team about as far as I can throw them at this point. I even am on the "winning" side so to speak and I still think this is bullshit. Give us a straight answer from someone who knows what they are actually talking about. Of course this person is going to say that, it would be bad PR to straight up say "Yep, the PS4 version destroys the Xbox One in graphical power."

Phrozenflame500:
"Well they look the same, except for the graphics, they may be different."

This literally doesn't say anything at all.

Oh, come on, it's totally going to be identical.

Except for half the frame rate.

And a third of the resolution.

Oh, and some of the textures were replaced.

And the main character is now a stick figure.

Their animation director isn't confident he could tell a difference in FPS or resolution?

Anyway small differences in power like this really don't matter. As long as it's not the difference between Xbox 360 Force Unleashed and Wii Force Unleashed, it's fine. I doubt the differences are big enough that one console is going to get more NPCs or physics etc. And differences between consoles start off larger and get smaller as the devs learn to deal with platform quirks.

This isn't true of exclusives which often push the boundaries, but again I doubt it's different enough.

Please repeat after me; It does not matter. Seriously these resolution/fps threads and comments are getting way too frequent. Yes, my PC has better resolution. No, I don't really don't care. As long as the game doesn't look like Day One Incident, character glitch, objects clip, or have horrible voice acting/sound. I'm pretty content when it comes to appearances. What should get more attention is the game's mechanics and overall structure. Will the story be any good? Will the hacking seem natural for the gameplay. Is the combat competent or will it just be a techno version of Assassin's creed? (keep attacking and dodge, I guess since he has a gun, just shoot and run) We should expect more from the next gen games, but graphics should take a back seat to content. I'm tired of paying full price for a 4-5 hour game. (even if that's stretched between two weeks) The only re-playability is in the form of some multiplayer or weak moral choice system (Kill everyone or give some mercy) both of which have little reward other than a trophy. ~.~ None the less if Watch Dogs is crap I'll be abit angry that everyone focused on how it looked rather than how it plays.

"I'm an animator" isn't really that great of an excuse here. :/

If this is actually true it means 1 of 3 things:

1. The PS4 version is toned down so that it looks the same as the Xbox One version or

2. The Xbox One version is going to be just as good looking as the PS4 version, but it's going to buckle under the strain, being a poorly preforming P.O.S. filled with bugs and glitches as a result.

3. The developer is not using the next gen tech to the fullest.

All of these are not a good thing.

Arawn:
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^This. The obsession towards graphics while neglecting everything else that the video game industry been on the past decade or so is probably one of if not the biggest problem that this industry has.

immortalfrieza:
3. The developer is not using the next gen tech to the fullest.

Since it looks like this is going to be on just about everything, I'd say this is the case.

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So we know the PSXBone4 versions will probably, maybe, look similar-ish but what about the Wii U version? They're still making that right? I'm still hoping to get my copy on that platform otherwise this will be another game that I either wait for the PS3 version to drop in price or wait longer so as to get a cheaper PS4 version.

Covarr:

Steven Bogos:
The fact that all of the gameplay footage we've seen from Ubisoft's Watch Dogs so far has been worrying some that the Xbox One version would again get the shaft in terms of graphics, however, Watch Dogs animation director Colin Graham assures us that this is not the case.

Is there a clause missing in this sentence, or did I just forget how to read? I've read it like six times and I can't understand it, but it's the morning and I'm tired so I have no clue if it's my fault or not.

P.S. Thanks

You didn't forget how to read. It's just a messy sentence (I think he started to convey the idea one way and swiched to another). Maybe: "All of the gameplay footage we've seen so far suggests that the Xbox One could yet again get the shaft in terms of graphics. That fact has some gamers worried. However, animation director...". But does the gameplay footage really show that? I don't know. It would be problematic if some gameplay didn't show that. Though, that's my best guess at what he means. I could be wrong.

OT: "It really doesn't look different though." Says the guy on the payrole that really doesn't want to anger potential customers. He especially doesn't want Microsoft on his back.

He really doesn't sound convincing though. Har.

If it turns out that they are identicle, I would wager the reason as being the same as the reason for the lip service coming from Ubisoft. That being, to not anger Microsoft or potential customers. Though, a reason could also be equal limitations in resource allocation, or some such. But I highly doubt equal performance would be because of the two machines operating identically. At any rate, the whole thing just sounds like preemptive damage control. You certainly won't hear them saying the Xbox one version looks "better" than what will be offered on the PS4.

I don't feel likely to purchase it at all, at this point. Sorry, Ubisoft. I'm just not interested in a game tailor made to launch another rapid-release franchise that will get run into the ground. If - after the reviews come out - it seems like this installment can stand alone as its own self-contained story, I will most favorably consider it. But if it ends on a cliff-hanger, or is obviously a tie-in to future installments without its own sense of completion, then no. No, I won't even touch it. I learned my lesson with Shenmue.

It could also mean that they intentionally made the PS4 version look worse to claim there's no difference in quality between the two...

immortalfrieza:
If this is actually true it means 1 of 3 things:

1. The PS4 version is toned down so that it looks the same as the Xbox One version or

2. The Xbox One version is going to be just as good looking as the PS4 version, but it's going to buckle under the strain, being a poorly preforming P.O.S. filled with bugs and glitches as a result.

3. The developer is not using the next gen tech to the fullest.

All of these are not a good thing.

Probably a tandem of sorts. Its probably built to Xbone specs, so the PS4 will at best have minor performance edges, as its hardware advantage won't really be used. Being an early gen, non-exclusive, I wouldn't expect anything substantially impressive as "next gen" to come out of the gate.

vagabondwillsmile:

Covarr:

Steven Bogos:
The fact that all of the gameplay footage we've seen from Ubisoft's Watch Dogs so far has been worrying some that the Xbox One version would again get the shaft in terms of graphics, however, Watch Dogs animation director Colin Graham assures us that this is not the case.

Is there a clause missing in this sentence, or did I just forget how to read? I've read it like six times and I can't understand it, but it's the morning and I'm tired so I have no clue if it's my fault or not.

P.S. Thanks

You didn't forget how to read. It's just a messy sentence (I think he started to convey the idea one way and swiched to another). Maybe: "All of the gameplay footage we've seen so far suggests that the Xbox One could yet again get the shaft in terms of graphics. That fact has some gamers worried. However, animiation director...". But does the gameplay footage really show that? I don't know. It would be problematic if some gameplay didn't show that. Though, that's my best guess at what he means. I could be wrong.

The only way I can get this sentence to make sense is if there is something omitted from the middle like "The fact that all of the gameplay footage we've seen from Ubisoft's Watch Dogs so far is from the Playstation 4 version has been worrying some that the Xbox One version would again get the shaft in terms of graphics, however, Watch Dogs animation director Colin Graham assures us that this is not the case."

I'm SO getting the Wi-U version... and no one's going to persuade me otherwise! /not sarcasm

OT: *laughing* I'm sorry... but, come on! Do we really have to give two shits if, for some "strange" reason, both the X1 and P4 versions don't look the same graphically, let alone have the same FPS and resolution specs? Call me "old fashion", but shouldn't we be wondering if the gameplay and/or story live up to moderate expectations, at least?

Arawn:
-Snip that needs to be read firsthand-

This user gets it!

Arawn:
Please repeat after me; It does not matter. Seriously these resolution/fps threads and comments are getting way too frequent. Yes, my PC has better resolution. No, I don't really don't care. As long as the game doesn't look like Day One Incident, character glitch, objects clip, or have horrible voice acting/sound. I'm pretty content when it comes to appearances. What should get more attention is the game's mechanics and overall structure. Will the story be any good? Will the hacking seem natural for the gameplay. Is the combat competent or will it just be a techno version of Assassin's creed? (keep attacking and dodge, I guess since he has a gun, just shoot and run) We should expect more from the next gen games, but graphics should take a back seat to content. I'm tired of paying full price for a 4-5 hour game. (even if that's stretched between two weeks) The only re-playability is in the form of some multiplayer or weak moral choice system (Kill everyone or give some mercy) both of which have little reward other than a trophy. ~.~ None the less if Watch Dogs is crap I'll be abit angry that everyone focused on how it looked rather than how it plays.

FPLOON:

Arawn:
-Snip that needs to be read firsthand-

This user gets it!

immortalfrieza:

Arawn:
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^This. The obsession towards graphics while neglecting everything else that the video game industry been on the past decade or so is probably one of if not the biggest problem that this industry has.

dyre:
You're probably tired of getting replies in your inbox of people agreeing to this, but +1

This has nothing to do with obsession over graphics.

This is about comparing XBone vs PS4 as platforms, and justifying why XBone should cost more than a PS4 while delivering slightly worse graphics/framerate. Everything else is obviously going to be 100% identical on PS4 and XBox (story, characters, gameplay, etc) so the ONLY difference left will be graphics and resolution. And those differences should absolutely be highlighted, especially if we're talking 30fps vs 60fps.

Again, this isn't just about raw graphics/visuals because obviously PC would win that every time. Most people know that gameplay, story, aesthetics, structure are all the most important things to a game.
But this is about comparing the two consoles that are going head-to-head with each other. No matter how slight the differences, those differences will be highlighted because this is a matter of competition and comparison between two platforms that were destined to be at war against each other since the beginning. People want the most for their money.

Also whoever thinks fps doesn't matter...sigh.

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What's the deal with graphics and resolutions for god's sake, during previous generation xbone was obviously the weaker system yet no one complained about that, now it's a big issue all of a sudden. The game will be identical on all systems, same gameplay, same missions, same story.

Obviously PC version will be vastly superior in terms of graphics but that is not an issue here! ;)

james.sponge:
The game will be identical on all systems, same gameplay, same missions, same story.

But this is about resolution and framerate. Can you back this up with technical details? Because Graham sounded fairly clueless, it "felt the same" to HIM so that's simply his opinion. It's in his best interests to maximize sales on all platforms possible.

I am almost looking forward to this game. For PC anyway. Provided you don't need Uplay for single player. And how many glitches and bugs are present upon release.

Aaron Sylvester:

james.sponge:
The game will be identical on all systems, same gameplay, same missions, same story.

But this is about resolution and framerate. Can you back this up with technical details? Because Graham sounded fairly clueless, it "felt the same" to HIM so that's simply his opinion. It's in his best interests to maximize sales on all platforms possible.

I totally forgot to add that everything will be identical except for framerate :( I think they can sell that "immerse yourself in an incredible world of Watch Dogs in stunning 30 frames per second, available only on xbox one!"

Arawn:
Please repeat after me; It does not matter. Seriously these resolution/fps threads and comments are getting way too frequent. Yes, my PC has better resolution. No, I don't really don't care. As long as the game doesn't look like Day One Incident, character glitch, objects clip, or have horrible voice acting/sound. I'm pretty content when it comes to appearances. What should get more attention is the game's mechanics and overall structure. Will the story be any good? Will the hacking seem natural for the gameplay. Is the combat competent or will it just be a techno version of Assassin's creed? (keep attacking and dodge, I guess since he has a gun, just shoot and run) We should expect more from the next gen games, but graphics should take a back seat to content. I'm tired of paying full price for a 4-5 hour game. (even if that's stretched between two weeks) The only re-playability is in the form of some multiplayer or weak moral choice system (Kill everyone or give some mercy) both of which have little reward other than a trophy. ~.~ None the less if Watch Dogs is crap I'll be abit angry that everyone focused on how it looked rather than how it plays.

You're probably tired of getting replies in your inbox of people agreeing to this, but +1

I realize that people can use almost anything as an excuse to fuel their tribalistic tendencies, but of all the things we can use to divide ourselves, slightly superior resolution in our gaming consoles seems just a bit ridiculous. I'm not much of a console gamer, but if all the news related to some upcoming PC game was about slight upgrades/changes in resolution and framerate in that game, I can guarantee I'd never develop any interest in that game.

Steven Bogos:
The fact that all of the gameplay footage we've seen from Ubisoft's Watch Dogs so far has been worrying some that the Xbox One version would again get the shaft in terms of graphics, however, Watch Dogs animation director Colin Graham assures us that this is not the case.

Um... What does this sentence mean?

Should it say "...all the gameplay footage we've seen from Ubisoft's Watch Dogs so far has come from the PS4 version has been worrying some..."? Because written, I can't parse this sentence.

Steven Bogos:

Which platform will you be getting Watch Dogs on?

PC, where we can run at 1080P at 60+ fps with all settings at max, nvidia control panel overriding the AA and AF settings and probably a fan-made high-res texture pack. Also mods. Also cheaper.

I'm guessing 30FPS is still the 'acceptable' benchmark for a 'solid' frame-rate for some 'next gen' games. It's 2014 people! Why can't we seem to get used to the idea that on modern high response TVs 30FPS just does not cut it for a videogame?

From a technical standpoint around 50+FPS and 1080p should be the technical minimums aimed for in most of the gameplay we see. It seems like we should expect at least some kind of baseline quality standard for the technical aspects of our games. WE do this ourselves on the PC all the time. If a game slows down because i have all the super special effects turned on do i lower my resolution into blur-o-vision? No. I turn the other settings down first. I don't simply put up with a poor frame-rate either.

These aspects are key to the basic enjoyment of most games. They are the basic visual and technical aspects of how a game looks and how you experience it. If you can't meet them whilst making your game look all shiny and 'next gen' then some of the bloat has to go.

Arawn:
It does not matter.

MS and Sony made people buy their new consoles for half a grand with the promise of upgraded graphics. If people buy a new console and find the same 30FPS and 720p resolution as they did in the previous generation, of course they'll be pissed off. Especially if the worse performing console is the most expensive. Why are you making excuses for MS? Buyer's remorse, perhaps?

"It doesn't matter"

Yeah, and yet, people who are saying this, are buying new generation consoles.

Why are you "Upgrading" your console if graphical fidelity doesn't matter?

Arawn:
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Hey, I'm not the one pushing a more expansive product that's delivering a worse experience, besides anyone who was truly into graphics would have abandoned the console format sometime last generation.

weirdee:
"I'm an animator" isn't really that great of an excuse here. :/

Seems like asking a Chef his opinion on heart surgery. This article is absolutely meaningless in terms of putting Xbone owners at ease about the potential length and girth of what it is they're being shafted with.

This isn't an answer

He's hand waving the question

I dont care about which has better graphics, its the gameplay that worries me. Like for instance, those speed trap things that you can make come out the road. How many of them are there? Because you want enough to make the game fun but not to many so that every car chases ends within 10 seconds when you raise the trap things and the enemies crash into them. Im also guessing there will be a few levels where your phone dont work and you cant hack stuff.

I guess only a month to find out, whether its crap or great, it looks like it will add some new things to a sand box game.

The Lunatic:
"It doesn't matter"

Yeah, and yet, people who are saying this, are buying new generation consoles.

Why are you "Upgrading" your console if graphical fidelity doesn't matter?

In my book, new games matter a lot more than graphical fidelity.

I personally couldn't care less how a game on the xbox looks on a ps. I don't own a ps, but I own an xbox, so why should i trouble myself with other people's stuff?

If some of my most anticipated games come out exclusively on a next-gen platform, hell yeah I'm getting it. Graphics be damned. I want that game, so I get the console.

But if they're also released on the last-gen platforms, then theres no need for a new console.

As long as the framerate is alright, I don't care. Dark Souls 2 was a major graphical downgrade from what was initially shown, and many people had their panties in a twist over it. But really now, do you honestly play Dark Souls 2 for the graphics?

You don't go hunting in the woods with the intention of catching an octopus.

Lictor Face:
In my book, new games matter a lot more than graphical fidelity.

I personally couldn't care less how a game on the xbox looks on a ps. I don't own a ps, but I own an xbox, so why should i trouble myself with other people's stuff?

If some of my most anticipated games come out exclusively on a next-gen platform, hell yeah I'm getting it. Graphics be damned. I want that game, so I get the console.

But if they're also released on the last-gen platforms, then theres no need for a new console.

As long as the framerate is alright, I don't care. Dark Souls 2 was a major graphical downgrade from what was initially shown, and many people had their panties in a twist over it. But really now, do you honestly play Dark Souls 2 for the graphics?

You don't go hunting in the woods with the intention of catching an octopus.

Then why wouldn't you play on a PC, with the largest library and the cheapest price?

james.sponge:
What's the deal with graphics and resolutions for god's sake, during previous generation xbone was obviously the weaker system yet no one complained about that, now it's a big issue all of a sudden. The game will be identical on all systems, same gameplay, same missions, same story.

Obviously PC version will be vastly superior in terms of graphics but that is not an issue here! ;)

It's because the damn thing costs more than the competition and looks worse. I'd be beating my head against a wall for being so stupid if some $300 computer outperformed the one I've got.

The PS3 got beat up a bit for it's price point when it first came out, but it did have the superior hardware. The Xbone is inferior in almost every single category and all you get to show for it is the Kinect.

I don't know where you got that the versions will be identical from what he said, what I infer from that is that there will be technical differences but they want us to believe that they will be "practically" the same.

I predict at the very least a more fluid and stable frame rate on the PS4. It is just too much fast for that not to be the case, even though it will make some people unhappy.

I have to admit, it's a nice change of pace to hear developers DOWNPLAYING the importance of graphics and fidelity in games, unfortunately this comes after decades of them doing the exact opposite, so rather than coming off as hyperbolic they just seem hypocritical.

The 2 main consoles are just in an awkward place. if you don't think graphics are important it's better to buy a last gen console that's cheaper with way more available games, but if you do think graphics are important you're better off getting a PC, which also has way more games. So these consoles are for people who are sorta in the middle I guess?

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