The Division developers have to keep PC version “in check” to be fair to consoles

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The Division is coming next month and – though it may not look quite like the target renders Ubisoft showed off at E3 a few years back – it’s an incredible looking game. Especially on PC, where the bleeding edge in PC hardware helps elevate the game well beyond what the current consoles are capable of producing.

In a new interview, the developer has said what PC fans have always said: that consoles are holding PC games back.

“One good thing about The Division is we’ve always considered the PC as a separate platform,” the developer said speaking on a Team Epiphany preview (via NeoGAF). “We do have to keep it in check with the consoles; it would be kind of unfair to push it so far away from them. But it’s been good having a dedicated PC build for this game. ”

“I’m really happy that we’re pushing the PC build as much as we are; there’s a lot more customized options than the console,” he added.

It’s another example of developer Ubisoft Massive espousing the PC as a platform.

“PC is incredibly important to us,” Creative Director Magnus Jansén said in an earlier interview. “There are plenty of incentives to do a good PC version. Personally it’s important – I play on PC whenever I can and I want the thing they play at home to be the best possible version. That is not to be underestimated as a driving force. Secondly, both of the studios, Massive and Red Storm started out on PC so it’s a matter of pride, or heritage and pedigree if you will. We feel kind of ashamed if we don’t do the PC version really well. It really is something that we care about.”

Don’t be sad though, consoles gamers. The Division will be one of just a handful of console games that allow users to fiddle with the sorts of settings that Pc gamers are accustomed to. In the same video, it’s been confirmed that console gamers can tweak lighting and visual settings for an increased framerate.

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Last Updated: February 8, 2016

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Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Captain JJ ‘saurus

    Well, they really kept Arkham Knight in check.

  • Captain JJ ‘saurus

    It’s about as “unfair” as it would be to say that Porsche is making their cars slower so the VW’s don’t feel too far away.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Incorrect. More like proper German cars (PC) vs inferior Korean tjorrie (consoles)

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        lol – this is before the emissions scandal right? Might want to change that German engineering to something else.

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus


        • Hammersteyn

          American? French? Japanese? Russian? Doesn’t sound right.

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          Ag, who minds a little gas?

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Yea. Not going to say how that statement is not in Germany’s favour historically.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Ass, gas and grass amirite?

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Wait, what?

      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        Same reason why Germany is losing their car designers to Korea and Japan, I suppose 😛

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          Good riddance I say!

      • Hammersteyn

        And you’re stuck behind us on the N2 😛

    • Hammersteyn
      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        …’s funny though. Touché

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Ja nee.

  • Joe

    “It would be kind of unfair to push the PC version far away from the consoles”

    This is the problem with gaming right now. Developers aren’t allowed to create the best games they possibly can, because the publishers think it’s ‘unfair’ to console players.

    You know what’s unfair? Spending thousands on a good PC system, only to be forced to play watered down games held back by consoles.

    It isn’t unfair to give everyone the best experience they can get from what they paid for. The console versions would not be any less good because the PC version is allowed to be the best it can be. No one loses, you just get what you pay for.

    Imagine if other industries were like this; “oh sorry, we’re not making super cars anymore as its unfair to people who can only afford a hatchback”, “Sorry, you cant build that mansion as most people live in 3 bedroom houses, so it would be unfair”.

    ‘Forced Parity’ is total BS that holds not just PC games back, but also PS4 games that have to have parity with the less powerful Xbox. The entire industry is therefore being dictated to by its lowest denominator, instead of being driven by the cutting edge like every other industry.

    • The Sten

      “The entire industry is therefore being dictated to by its lowest denominator, instead of being driven by the cutting edge like every other industry. ”

      This pretty much describes South African Education System right now too…


    • Nicely plagiarised. Some of us do read other sites or in this case reddit.

      Almost what Gallarian said verbatim. You just added the last paragraph.

      • Hammersteyn
        • When you can’t offer an opinion of your own, why not steal? Am I right?

      • Joe

        Haha, I fully appreciate your vigilance, but I am Gallarian!

        • I just released. OOOPS!

          Went to your profile 😀

          • Commander Admiral Chief


        • Commander Admiral Chief

          I know I shouldn’t be laughing my ass off right now, but hahahaha, oh man this was classic.

          You two, just made my morning

    • Hammersteyn

      You stress too much, we all know the modding community will have a 4k HD mod ready in a few months time

  • Deceased

    And this is exactly why the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race dislikes the Dirty Console Peasants 🙁

  • BakedBagel

    But i heard for YEAAAAAARRRSSSSS that consoles are better than PC’s in almost every way.


  • Guava_Eater

    Sjoe, I’d love to see though what Sony or Microsoft could do console wise should their customers be prepared to pay R20,000 for one. Most are not. In fact Rand for Rand you can’t build a PC that comes anywhere close to Console performance for R5,500. Hell for that price you can’t even get the GPU, CPU and Mobo for a decent gaming rig. Then you still have to add the RAM, HDD, Screen, KB, Mouse………

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