Watch Dogs – 900p on PS4, 792p on Xbox One

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PC's the one in the middle. It has more p's.

There’s been quite a bit of consternation over whether or not the PlayStation 4 version of Watch Dogs would run at 60fps, rendered at 1080p. The confusion came from Sony itself, who claimed as much on its Watch Dogs page. That was since redacted, but further reports claimed Ubisoft had confirmed the resolution and framerate. Now, we have confirmation from the developer that it’s just not happening…and it’s even worse on Xbox One.

In a new blog post, Watch Dogs’ creative lead Jonathan Morin confirmed that the PlayStation 4 version of the game will run at 900p, the same resolution that Battlefield 4 on the PlayStation 4 runs at. He’s also confirmed that the Xbox One version will be rendered at 792p, the same resolution as Titanfall.

Both console versions will run at 30fps, but whether it’s frame-locked to be constant or whether it fluctuates from that is still unknown. Interestingly, Morin is bandying about the same rhetoric as the Witcher 3 developers; resolution and frame rate are just numbers, and they don’t really matter.

“Resolution is a number, just like framerate is a number,” Creative Director Jonathan Morin said  “All those numbers are valid aspects of making games, but you make choices about the experience you want to deliver.

“In our case, dynamism is everything. Exploration and expression are everything. You want to have a steady framerate, but you want to have dynamism at the core of the experience. The same goes with resolution.

“People tend to look at corridor shooters, for example, where there’s a corridor and all the effects are on and it’s unbelievable, and they forget that if you apply those same global effects to an open city with people around and potential car crashes and guys in multiplayer showing up without warning, the same effect is applied to a lot of dynamic elements that are happening in every frame.

“So it becomes magnified in cost.”

It makes sense, and I’d certainly sacrifice a few lines of pixels for a dynamic, believable open world. Or I could just play the game on PC, as Lord Gaben intended.

Watch Dogs is coming on May 27th to all of the current home consoles, and PC. A Wii U version is coming later. We’re still pretty damned excited for Watch Dogs. Here’s its latest trailer.

Last Updated: May 14, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

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.

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