Ubisoft have announced a patch for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag that will render the game in native 1080P on PlayStation 4.
The game currently runs in 900P and then upscales to 1080P. “If it’s running at 720p vs 1080p, you’re going to notice the difference, by far,” explains Associate Producer Sylvain Trottier. “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.”
Shipping the game at 900P gave the development team the “extra room in terms of the GPU and CPU usage” to ensure the frame rate never dips below 30 frames per second. After the game shipped the team have used the extra time to get the PS4 version running in native 1080P.
Alongside the resolution boost the patch includes a brand-new anti-aliasing technique to make the visuals even crisper, “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,” says Ubisoft.
The Xbox One version of the game will also be getting a patch with the new anti-aliasing technique but will remain locked to 900P upscaled to 1080P.