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#1 BajiRav

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 18:13

http://blog.ubi.com/...-playstation-4/

 

 

Marking yet another milestone for the killer franchise, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag on the PlayStation 4 is the first Assassin’s Creed game to be rendered in true native 1080p. In other words, the already gorgeous game will be, well… even more gorgeous when it sets sail on the PS4.

 

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One small caveat: players will need to download a title update (available shortly after release) to enjoy the full 1080p native resolution.

 

Even without the title update, the game is undeniably stunning on next-gen consoles. Indeed, as Associate Producer Sylvain Trottier suggests, some players might not even be able to tell the difference. That’s because the game, as shipped, is being rendered on next-gen at a resolution that’s very close to 1080p (900p, if you’re curious), and the upscaling process barely adjusts the image.

“If it’s running at 720p vs 1080p, you’re going to notice the difference, by far,” Trottier explains. “But if it’s set at a resolution that’s very close, where most of the pixels are already there in internal processing, most people won’t see any difference.” Those who can spot the differences might note that the game would be, in some very subtle ways, slightly less crisp but a tiny bit smoother.

But why ship at 900p in the first place? To meet an essential goal: deliver a visually brilliant game at a steady 30 frames per second (the industry gold standard for open-world games). Finishing the game at 900p gave the development team the extra room in terms of the GPU and CPU usage to ensure the framerate never dips below 30 frames per second. The team then used the time between the ship date and the release to focus on a title update that could deliver native 1080p resolution on the PS4.

But they didn’t stop there.

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“The most important part of this title update is not necessarily 1080p native resolution,” Trottier smiles. “It’s the fact that even when we were done with the project, even when we were finished with the certification and everything else, even when most of the engineers had started to work on other projects – like we always do at Ubisoft – some of my engineers continued to work on Black Flag and they even developed a brand-new anti-aliasing technique.” (Anti-aliasing is a technique used to diminish the occasional appearance of jagged edges in computer-generated graphics.)

Indeed, along with the full 1080p native resolution, the visuals have been improved even further, simply because the engineers knew that with the additional time they could do even more. So they did. And now, not only will you see every single miniscule pixel in glorious 1080p native resolution on the PS4 – exactly as the artists rendered it – but you’ll also see an even cleaner, clearer and more brilliant moving image than anyone even imagined. (Pay special attention to finer details like the ropes on the ships if you want to get an eyeful of what we’re talking about.) And the best news for gamers on the latest next-gen systems? This anti-aliasing technique will be available for both PS4 and Xbox One.

 




#2 Osiris

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 18:19

I'm pretty sick of hearing about screen resolution on both of these consoles to be honest.  Theres threads and forums on the internet dedicated to monitors that have less fudging discussion on resolution!!



#3 trooper11

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 18:22

If this isn't proof of how rushed these ports have been, I don't know what would convince you.

Is AC4 running at 1080p/30 on both consoles then?

#4 Andrew

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 19:18

If this isn't proof of how rushed these ports have been, I don't know what would convince you.

Is AC4 running at 1080p/30 on both consoles then?

 

Agreed. Glad I'm staying clear of anything that's cross-gen.



#5 Thief000

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 19:20

Looks like we're paying full price for betas these days. Very sad!



#6 vcfan

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 04:38

im fairly positive the XBO version is 1080p

 

OXM got some hands on with the game recently,and they've posted video footage of gameplay of the XBO version

http://www.oxm.co.uk...p-for-next-gen/

     

 

i pixel counted over 10 lines,and it matches up to native 1080p. heres a few samples

perfect stairsteps

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and heres the 1080p screenshot i took and used for the examples if anyone who knows how to pixel count wants to verify

http://i.minus.com/ivMzMJ4bLFKsr.png



#7 Raa

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:13

Considering that AC has been delayed for PC every year, this doesn't really come as a surprise. (Yes I know it's for PS4, but same principle applies.)



#8 0nyX

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:35

Looks like we're paying full price for betas these days. Very sad!

True story



#9 Audioboxer

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 14:22

Patch is out

 

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#10 LaP

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 14:36

I'm pretty sick of hearing about screen resolution on both of these consoles to be honest.  Theres threads and forums on the internet dedicated to monitors that have less fudging discussion on resolution!!

 

You might be sick but it's still nice to know at which resolution a game is running at.



#11 Blackhearted

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 14:42

I'm pretty sick of hearing about screen resolution on both of these consoles to be honest.  Theres threads and forums on the internet dedicated to monitors that have less fudging discussion on resolution!!

 

So you don't care about image quality, that's nice i guess. Unfortunately for you however, many other people do.



#12 vcfan

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 14:45

Patch is out


shows how bad the ps4 upscaler is.

#13 Audioboxer

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 15:24

shows how bad the ps4 upscaler is.

 

Why care about the upscaler when you can get 1080p native?



#14 vcfan

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 16:03

Why care about the upscaler when you can get 1080p native?

see BF4. it isnt 1080p native.



#15 Audioboxer

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 16:06

see BF4. it isnt 1080p native.

 

Not every game will be, but most should.

 

On the topic of scalers anyway, did you look at the X1 COD pictures? A scaler can't simply work a miracle on a title below 1080p.