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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.

Last Updated: February 8, 2016

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  1. Captain JJ 'saurus

    February 8, 2016 at 09:16

    Well, they really kept Arkham Knight in check.

    Reply

  2. Captain JJ 'saurus

    February 8, 2016 at 09:18

    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.

    Reply

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      February 8, 2016 at 09:48

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

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        February 8, 2016 at 09:49

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

        Reply

        • Captain JJ 'saurus

          February 8, 2016 at 10:14

          LOL

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          February 8, 2016 at 10:17

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

          Reply

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          February 8, 2016 at 10:20

          Ag, who minds a little gas?

          Reply

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 8, 2016 at 10:21

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

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            February 8, 2016 at 10:24

            Ass, gas and grass amirite?

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 8, 2016 at 10:30

            Yea!
            Wait, what?

      • Captain JJ 'saurus

        February 8, 2016 at 10:14

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

        Reply

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          February 8, 2016 at 10:20

          Good riddance I say!

          Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        February 8, 2016 at 10:14

        And you’re stuck behind us on the N2 😛

        Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 8, 2016 at 10:13

      • Captain JJ 'saurus

        February 8, 2016 at 10:14

        Bitch!
        …..it’s funny though. Touché

        Reply

  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 8, 2016 at 09:43

    Ja nee.

    Reply

  4. Joe

    February 8, 2016 at 09:57

    “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.

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    • The Sten

      February 8, 2016 at 10:04

      “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…

      sad

      Reply

    • James Anderton

      February 8, 2016 at 10:10

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

      http://www.pcgamesn.com/the-division/the-divisions-pc-version-had-to-be-kept-in-check-with-consoles-or-it-would-be-unfair

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

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      • Hammersteyn

        February 8, 2016 at 10:12

        • James Anderton

          February 8, 2016 at 10:14

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

          Reply

      • Joe

        February 8, 2016 at 10:17

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

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        • James Anderton

          February 8, 2016 at 10:17

          I just released. OOOPS!

          Went to your profile 😀

          Reply

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            February 8, 2016 at 10:21

            LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          February 8, 2016 at 10:22

          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

          Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 8, 2016 at 10:16

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

      Reply

  5. Deceased

    February 8, 2016 at 10:36

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

    Reply

  6. BakedBagel

    February 8, 2016 at 10:53

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

    kek.

    Reply

  7. Guava_Eater

    February 8, 2016 at 11:15

    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………

    Reply

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