Watch Dogs Xbox One “Offers Same Game Experience”, “Needed to Scale Specific Elements on Each Hardware”

Senior producer Dominic Guay talks about the challenges in developing for multiple platforms.

Posted By | On 17th, Apr. 2014 Under News


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Rumours have been circulating for months now that Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch Dogs will be running at 900p resolution on the Xbox One and 1080p resolution on the PS4. While Ubisoft hasn’t confirmed the same, the trend with cross-generational games in the past few months has been that the Xbox One version is usually inferior. GamingBolt recently spoke to Watch Dogs senior producer Dominic Guay about Xbox One development.

Given that the console’s eSRAM is rumoured to be holding the console’s resolution back, what kind of challenges did Ubisoft Montreal face while developing for the Xbox One and how did they set about approaching them?

Guay stated that, “Any time you develop a multi-platform game you need to approach each platform individually, considering their own specificities. While Watch_Dogs offers the same game experience across platforms, we needed to scale some specific elements on each hardware. Our tech was built with this in mind from the start.”

As for the critcisms facings Watch Dogs’ visual downgrade – which have been debunked recently – how difficult was it for the studio to maintain a visual standard without compromising on its creative vision?

“The game content has been iteratively polished through the months. This said, we’ve been consistent in our creative and artistic vision through the years. Both feed from each other, so it is less a question of balance between visual and creative, than having them both re-enforce each other. When we chose Chicago, when we chose Fall as the season during which the game took place, they were decisions linked to the core creative direction. Likewise, we have always focused on dynamism as a core pillar of what we wished to achieve visually: wind, water, density of citizen, etc. Immersion relies on many aspects and the team has done a great job at pushing them within our virtual Chicago.”

Watch Dogs will be out on May 27th for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC. Will you be picking it up? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Psionicinversion

    well we scaled everything back on the PS4 cus its a big pile of $hit but on PC we upgraded everything and thinks 100x better than the pathetic consoles… ah well you heard it here first people

    • datdude

      For someone who talks so much about pc’s you sure do frequent console articles alot. Maybe you should see a psychiatrist.

    • Psionicinversion

      just putting you guys in your place seeing as you think the PS4 is soooo powerful and all

      http://i.imgur.com/O19VJxC.gif

    • bob

      Think you might need to get out in the fresh air a bit more, lol.

    • Psionicinversion

      yeah your right i do haha

    • CervantesPR

      I have a PC but ps4 beats it in the games department, PC exclusives suck

    • Psionicinversion

      its ok im setting up a PS4anboys Anonymous where all the afflicted of being drawn to a weaker machine can come to get help to kick there habits… its ok Cerv its ok we all have a mid gaming crisis where we go do something stupid, but there is light at the end of the tunnel and im here to help you…. lets all give Cerv a hug!!!!

    • cozomel

      Still sweating the PS4 is see. Sad.

    • Psionicinversion

      think im addicted to $hit talking on here im wasting far to much time hahaha

    • cozomel

      Ah sh*t, thats exactly what happened to me, Lol. We are f*cked!

    • Psionicinversion

      yup hahaha was thinking to myself 5 hours ago im going to go build up cities on sim city… im still here!

    • cozomel

      Man, i got a backlog of games like you wouldnt believe. I spend to much time on the net period.

    • Psionicinversion

      sim city is the only game i can be bothered play at the moe rest is just boring till watch dogs is out

    • CervantesPR

      Wtf dude dont believe me? I have a pc and i can prove it. I just just dont like pc exclusives. They suck imo with exeption of chivalry. Im not in to rts and mmo’s

    • Psionicinversion

      Star Citizen will be exclusive and hopefully remain that way and looks awesome should be looking forward to that in a years time

    • CervantesPR

      Watch this, this guy shares some of my thoughts when it comes to PC gaming. Its funny too, star citizen? Dont even know what game that is thats how “good” is! and if it was. It would be coming to consoles. ALL ROADS LEAD TO CONSOLES. Cough* diablo 3 *cough(
      Omegabate – BBC(PC) Vs Omega(PS4) Episode 1: http://youtu.be/pCZnQWNkJfA

    • Psionicinversion

      nah it wont its Chris Roberts’s game the guy who made wing comander games and he said it may possibly come to PS4 but at the moe its a very much PC exclusive ill find a cut down version for ya of the live streaming from PAX east. this is the cut down version cus there was some difficulties with it and ppl were drunk etc haha this is very much pre-alpha and this dogfight section is a small part of whats coming….

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TWQFSzQyeM

    • Stephen Perry

      That is, of course, a matter of opinion.

    • Shao Kahn

      Lmao by the time PC gets gta5 (because you know you want it)

      console gamers will be on there PS5 & XboxTwo

    • Psionicinversion

      the PC version is actually done, there just not releasing it till theyve done X1+PS4ail ports

    • Dylan scott ashley

      thats funny

    • cozomel

      the gif was funny but get help.

    • Xtreme Derp

      PS4 will look better than 780 Ti PC come at me breh

    • Psionicinversion

      umm how will it? 780Ti is 2-3x more powerful than PS4, looks like your at it again

      http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/928/1708/original.jpg

    • Xtreme Derp

      lol

    • Psionicinversion

      i do think that misterx is talking $hit… one way ill know if he is speaking any truth is when Pirate Islands comes out, if it is like how hes saying then itll have some truth but thinks hes just throwing $hit at a wall and hoping someat sticks

    • Xtreme Derp

      Look up paranoid schizophrenia, he has classic symptoms.

      Also see “A Beautiful Mind”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, etc.

      No different than a raving lunatic crank who thinks Einstein was wrong and “free energy” exists.

    • Psionicinversion

      free energy does exist…. just not with all the greedy b@stards on this planet though

    • Xtreme Derp

      I’ve found the secret diagram of the Xbox One stacked chips.

    • Psionicinversion

      is it tattooed on your @rse?

    • Xtreme Derp

      I’ll give you a hint, this is my toilet.

    • Psionicinversion

      its on your mouth?

    • d0x360

      Omg amazing! So what you’re saying is I can trade the convience of a console for better graphics on a PC!!! If you weren’t around none of us would have known that!

    • Psionicinversion

      see youve got it in one

  • Mike

    Maybe you could get a life? i bet you didn’t hear that here first.

    • Xtreme Derp

      You seem angry that PS4 has more powerful hardware, more developer support, and is outselling Xbox by ~3 million.

    • d0x360

      I don’t think people who only own the Xbox one care at the moment cause they actually have games they can play. As for sales…the 360 outsold ps3. The Wii outsold them both. Does that make Wii the best? Why does anyone care how many units any of them sell. As long as you enjoy games who cares what sold to whom.

    • cozomel

      Oh boy this bullsh*t argument again. And its not even true. The 360 did not outsell the PS3. The PS3 outsell the 360. And the PS4 has more games. X1 just has 1 more exclusives out than PS4, but they both have the same multiplats, except they are superior on the PS4 and PS4 has more PSN/Indie and Free-to-play games than the X1. FACT!

    • d0x360

      Blah blah blah…blah blah. You’re wrong. Also. I don’t care enough to argue. Take care.

    • cozomel

      Blah, blah, blah, im wrong? Are you crazy? Do you look at reality and say f*ck you to it? Cuz thats what you’re doing here. You dont want to argue cuz you know youre wrong. Now try again. And come back with some facts this time.

    • cozomel

      In other words, you have nothing but “blah, blah, blah”. Nice! Really enjoyed that insightful comment.

    • Xtreme Derp

      Sure you don’t care, that’s why you’re here whining.

  • Kevin Kirby

    X1>>>POS4 confirmed

    • CervantesPR

      Why did you skip the PS4 has sold 7 million units article? How about stopping there? And its confirmed to be 1080p on ps4 and still no anouncement for xbox one, Your in denial. Xbox done getting stomped on month after month.

    • Stephen Perry

      Is there something that makes 1080P gameplay better than any other type of gameplay? Will the game play the same across all platforms? I thought so too. 5 months in to the 8th-generation consoles and we’re already declaring the victor 8 years down the road after seeing the 7th-generation become almost equal in console distribution?

    • Xtreme Derp

      LOL. That’s a lot of words to apologize for a weaker, more expensive box that plays THE EXACT SAME MULTIPLATFORM GAME worse.

    • cozomel

      By that logic, then the PC isnt better either than. And why even buy a xbone? Why not just stick with the 360 or PS3 which have way more games and are cheaper and have more features.

    • Xtreme Derp

      You seem angry that PS4 has more powerful hardware, more developer support, and is outselling Xbox by ~3 million.,

    • cozomel

      PS4>>>Sh*tbox One confirmed

  • Dennis Crosby

    Hope this game is good but im still worried because still no one from the public has played this game and it a month and half away

  • datdude

    My more pressing concern was always Ubisoft’s stance that the current
    gen and last gen versions would “essentially be the same experience”.
    Well, if that is the case, you’re doing it wrong on ps4/xbone/pc. When I
    first saw this game at E3 2012, I thought it was a day one purchase, no
    questions asked. Now, all I’ve got is questions. I’ll wait to see how
    it reviews, then buy or pass.

  • PhilJowns

    “the Xbox One version is usually inferior” hate this lazy journalism at least say inferior resolution! The game itself is usually identical to play!

    • CervantesPR

      That dosent make the first statement wrong. Lol

  • Dylan scott ashley

    maybe you all need a life. didn’t you mama tell you if you don’t have anything nice to say… then f*** off

    • Psionicinversion

      no cus she always kept telling me to f*** off!!!

    • cozomel

      “no cus she always kept telling me to f*** off!!!”
      But thats what everybody tells you to do

    • Psionicinversion

      You dont have to tell me twice…. 3 4 or maybe 5 times might do the trick!!!

    • cozomel

      lol, got it.

    • Xtreme Derp

      You seem angry that PS4 has more powerful hardware, more developer support, and is outselling Xbox by ~3 million.

    • Psionicinversion

      yeah that dylan guy doesnt care

    • I bet your life sucks.

  • d0x360

    I wish they would just come out and detail the differences so we could make informed choices. I bought thief on xb1 cause the frame rate was more stable and due to the dark nature of the game it running at 900p was almost impossible to see any differences over the ps4 version at 1080p. Likewise I got trials on ps4 because its bright so differences were a little easier to spot. So ubi I ask…is the only difference resolution or are there changes in lighting and effects? Stop being so damn vague

    • Psionicinversion

      its prolly mainly resolution and city population density

    • cozomel

      Dude, seriously, you got it wrong again. The X1 version does not have a more stable framerate than the PS4. They both a choppy framerate with frame pacing issues but aside from that the PS4 actually has the more stable framerate of the two. It also has POM (parallax occlusion mapping) whereas the X1 doesnt and a 44% higher res. What the X1 has over it is better anisotropic filtering (which makes no sense as to why that is the case, mayybe a bug in the PS4’s driver)

    • d0x360

      On launch day the xb1 version had the more STABLE frame rate. It had lower peak levels but it was more STABLE. I had a conversation with Jeff Gerstmann of giantbomb. My only deciding factor was stability and he agreed they both had bad frame rates but the Xbox version was more STABLE and CONSISTENT. I really could care less if you disagree or what you think about ANYTHING.

      Why do you give a **** what version I bought? Take your fanboy *** somewhere else I’m tired of listening to you whine. This article is 6 days old. Do you often have so little to do that you troll on week old articles? Don’t worry about it though you won’t have to read me on here ever again. This site has become toxic and therefore not worth reading. All the **** Sony fanboys come here and insult people constantly. You’re immature little children and I’m done reading your nonsense dribble. I’ll go elsewhere. Plenty of places where people enjoy gaming and leave the fanboy crap at the door.

    • d0x360

      On launch day the xb1 version had the more STABLE frame rate. It had lower peak levels but it was more STABLE. I had a conversation with Jeff Gerstmann of giantbomb. My only deciding factor was stability and he agreed they both had bad frame rates but the Xbox version was more STABLE and CONSISTENT. I really could care less if you disagree or what you think about ANYTHING.

      Why do you give a **** what version I bought? Take your fanboy *** somewhere else I’m tired of listening to you whine.

    • d0x360

      On launch day the xb1 version had the more STABLE frame rate. It had lower peak levels but it was more STABLE. I had a conversation with Jeff Gerstmann of giantbomb. My only deciding factor was stability and he agreed they both had bad frame rates but the Xbox version was more STABLE and CONSISTENT. I really could care less if you disagree or what you think about ANYTHING.

      Why do you give a **** what version I bought? Take your fanboy *** somewhere else I’m tired of listening to you whine.

    • Xtreme Derp

      Wroooooooooooong.

  • kenwonobi basurto

    So they downgraded the games visuals so the Xbox version could look on par with PS4? Great thanks for that little thing. Not buying it for Ps4 now that it is a gimped Xbox version.

  • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

    “we needed to scale some specific elements on each hardware” there you have it folks, WD will be 720 or 900 at most after a patch on xbone and native 1080p on PS4.

  • Johnny

    Hmmmm seems like all the Sony articles are empty every article with xbox in the headlines seems like no one can stop talking. All the pony know they don’t have nothing to talk about so I guess they have to flood the comment sections of the other platform. You mad bro?

  • Can’t b rsed

    Star citizen im looking forward to on pc, battlefields game play however is better on xbox one, apart from the rubberbanding crap.

    Im fully expecting the lower resolution for watch dogs. Devs should be more honest it doesn’t take sherlock to figure out silence means problems.


 

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