Assassin’s Creed Unity PS4 vs Xbox One Video Comparison: Xbox One Has Sharper Image Quality

We take the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Assassin’s Creed Unity for a spin.

Posted By | On 11th, Nov. 2014 Under Graphics Analysis, Slider | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

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Assassin’s Creed Unity is the first major AAA game that is exclusive to current generation of consoles and gaming PCs. The anticipation is at an all time high for the franchise as players are expecting new graphical benchmarks will be set in the visual department by Unity.

In this comparison we have stacked up the PS4 and Xbox One versions against each other and the results are surprising. Our initial tests suggests that the Xbox One has a crisper and sharper image quality than the PS4 version. The differences will be hard to spot when the two versions are running side by side, as depicted in the video below, but it is evident when the two versions are compared via static images.

But as mentioned we this is our initial test and there is lot to be explored in the world of Unity. Check back later this week for an in-depth verdict on performance, frame rate and other graphical performance parameters across the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions.

In the meantime, check out the comparison video and screenshots below.

Note: The left portion of the screenshot below is from the PS4 version and the right is from the Xbox One version. Please click the ‘Next Slide’ button to navigate through the comparison images.

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  • Guest

    Ha, Haha, HAHAHA! Now the sh*t is going to hit the fan.

  • kenwonobi basurto

    Yea not seeing it. Looks like PARITY to me. I mean since that is what Ubisoft said was their goal. Whatever bro I understand the trying to get hits thing though.

  • jacksjus

    I watched plenty of high quality Twitch streams this weekend and it goes in this order.

    PC Ultra (OMG) >>PS4>>X1.

    It’s not even disputable in my opinion. Night and day visual differences amongst the three versions.

    • Obviously PC is best, but why be so defensive if one console is better than the other? The game is poorly optimized right now, and fps is infinitely more important than a sharper image. I just watched the video, gamingbolt, provided. Did you?

      Also I want to point out that the quality of the Xbox Livestreams will naturally be better than PS4 given the appropriate internet bandwidth so your wrong there too, at least with using the native broadcast option which most people do. PS4(960×540) vs Xbox One(1280×720)… so you stating that PS4 blows the Xbox One out of the water based on your twitch experience I call BS

    • jacksjus

      You went through all of that and it still doesn’t change my opinion.
      I could careless about you or this author’s opinion on this matter. Based on what I said you always could have just looked yourself.

      As far as defending a system is concerned. I honestly didn’t think of it that way. However if I was it’s because I damn well felt like it.

    • d0x360

      Twitch streams are compressed. You can’t tell the difference between x1 and ps4. To much image quality is lost

  • Guest

    I watched plenty of high quality TWITCH STREAMS….ZOMG you PS Po or po nies are hilarious…so desperate.

  • Graeme Willy

    Every other generation before this, we dealt with wildly different architectures and the differences were generally noticeable. Whether, Sony was using some off the wall, in-house Emotion engine processor, with 32mb of system memory and 4mb graphics and an in-house designed Graphics Synthesizer, while Microsoft opted simple Intel Celeron, with a single pool of 64mb of shared memory and an Nvidia Geforce 3…or Sony was using PowerPC Cell processors with 256mb of system RAM and 256mb of graphics and an Nvidia Geforce 7000 series RSX, while Microsoft used a simple PowerPC Tri-core processor, 512mb of unified RAM, 10mb EDRAM and an AMD x1800…there’s always been large enough of a difference to dispute graphics.
    This time around, we’re on the same goddamn GCN technology with the biggest difference being memory architecture…the differences are always going to be in “which image is sharper?” With maybe some slight color differences. It’s all negligible and trivial. We need to just get over it. I don’t even see huge differences between console and PC games, anymore. At least, not enough difference to warrant 2-4 SLI’d graphics cards and the ability to quadruple memory and processor power…why is that? Look at a game like Wolfenstein. The PC version looks sharper, with better AA and filtering…ooooo…that’s totally worth the cost of a $2000.00 rig with 32GB of RAM, 2-4 graphics cards and SSD(yes, there’s sarcasm in that remark)…and people wonder why anyone would buy a console.

  • Guest
  • andy

    Lol there is no difference between 900p and 1080p but there is a noticeable difference between 900p and 900p HARP DARP.

  • d0x360

    Hmmm interesting. I have a $15 rewards code for ps4 cause I buy too many games. I had one on the Xbox for $40 which I used for dragon age so the question now is…do I buy assassins for Xbox or ps4 lol

  • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

    Dear GamingBolt staff, please remove your xbox fanboy blinders and you will see that the images look exactly the same. Oh and since this game is apparently loaded with all kinds of technical problems on all systems, a graphics comparison is pretty much pointless anyway, but you go on waving that Microsoft flag if it makes you feel better.

    • Salama

      Then what about the resolution articles? I am having a hard time seeing the difference in resolution comparisons.

      But yes this game is borderline broken due the performance issues on all platforms.

    • Salama

      I have a 48″ tv and i just don’t see it. Might be that I am not critical about it. Started playing with a c64 so graphics nowadays keep wowing me, when I start thinking about the olden days it’s amazing what we can play these days. There is so much cool stuff out there, too bad we can’t get over the small things.

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  • Fay_Z

    i think i’ll stop using gamingbolt.. everyone knows ps4 will always have the upper hand in graphic comparisons but this terrible site just like to make controversy for clickbaits by making stuff up.

    go home gamingbolt you’re drunk.

  • Salama

    I wonder how the newer engines will perform on both consoles. It seems like they are a bit more efficient at the xbox at the moment. Maybe because MS is a software company at heart and the advantages are made by optimisation and not by brute force.

    The consoles themselves are pretty close to each other on the hardware side. Maybe Playstation performs better on older gen engines due to opengl. Xbox uses quickly thrown together version of directx11 that by itself isn’t quite as efficient as it should be.

    Next year we’ll see if dx12 has anything to give to xbox games. I myself believe that the dx12 optimisation combined with cloud computing can give the console more oomph on exclusive games but not so much for the third party ones.

  • sampson3121

    so they gimped the ps4 version and we are surprised by what?

    it’s just so funny the way these sites just talk so much shrrittt.

    “In this comparison we have stacked up the PS4 and Xbox One versions against each other and the results are surprising”

    surprising how we were told that they were gimping the ps4 version, so
    they wouldn’t upset MS and the sheep that bought that under powered
    idea! next time you write an article, explain that info so that
    people actually understand what these devs have done, and who they did
    it for.


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