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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Gets Patched To 1080P On PS4

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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.

Source: Ubisoft

24 Comments
  1. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    so thats 3 games where the XB1 isn’t the same as PS4. I think this shows the PS4 has quite a bit more power. Not that you would probably notice it much anyway, but still.

    Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 16:31.
    • stonyk
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      And that’s also another game where PS4 has been patched to 1080p afterwards but Xbone hasn’t. This feels more telling as Ubi have obviously spent time AFTER going gold to improve output for PS4 but either haven’t for Xbone, tried but failed, or it was just not possible.

      Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 16:39.
    • dizwod
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      But everyone claiming the systems are “identical” I guess this shows them….

      not a massive difference ( I doubt I would notice 720 from 1080… unless I had two tvs and such.

      Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 16:40.
      • double-o-dave
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        Thats what I thought ’til I got a decent monitor. The difference is quite noticeable. Hmmm… Now it’ll run at native 1080 I might consider getting this – Still in 2 minds.

        Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 16:43.
      • Moonpie
        Member
        Since: Oct 2012

        Watching some comparison videos and it was little things such as the seam work on Edwards collar, on the PS3 it was a solid line on a higher resolution you could make out the individual stitches

        Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 18:18.
      • KittDJW
        Member
        Since: Forever

        I agree, having a decent screen really does show the difference.. I’m not 100% fussed about 1080p at the moment as long as the gameplay is very smooth. But if that can be achieved in 1080p though it will be fantastic for the PS4.

        Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 19:37.
    • Voolar
      Member
      Since: Mar 2009

      It’s almost as if there’s some contractual agreement to release the games across the platforms with parity. Releasing a PS4 patch after the fact feels like the developers are exploiting a loop-hole…

      PS4 is looking like the place to be for the Multiplats this gen…

      Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 17:02.
      • boeboe
        Member
        Since: Feb 2013

        I’ll buy that ; )

        Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 18:25.
      • KittDJW
        Member
        Since: Forever

        It is looking more likely that this is the case with more and more games receiving the 1080 patches after release. Can’t wait until the 29th :)

        Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 19:33.
  2. Starman
    Member
    Since: Jul 2011

    Only 30 frames though…

    Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 16:49.
    • Bilbo_bobbins
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      slow game though, probably wouldn’t really matter. Although like you point out, everything should be at 60fps on next gen

      Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 16:51.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Like Second Son, there’s really no need to worry about 60FPS on titles like this. The resource-room that frees up for extra bells and whistles is obviously considerable enough to justify the lower frame-rate. Same goes for anything that isn’t twitch-based gaming.

      Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 16:58.
    • Kennykazey
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      We’ve been playing most games with fluctuations below 20 FPS this gen though. A rocksteady 30 sounds acceptable for a game like this.

      Comment posted on 16/11/2013 at 01:10.
  3. Andrewww
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    A hundred something pixels more vertically..? Ok, now I will buy it. ;o)

    Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 17:45.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Go with 633600 more pixels. Feels far better and is true too! :-)

      Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 18:47.
    • yd
      Member
      Since: Mar 2011

      Sounds a bit rubbish when you put it like that.

      But if it was running at 1600×900 and it’s gone up to 1920×1080, that’s 44% more pixels. Which is quite a bit more.

      Almost 45% more!

      Which is almost 50% more ;)

      Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 18:54.
  4. matthangzhou
    Member
    Since: Sep 2010

    Great. This is my ps4 purchase. Can’t wait. Still working through AC3

    Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 18:38.
    • matthangzhou
      Member
      Since: Sep 2010

      Well now I have the Asda preorder with killzone for £385!

      Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 18:51.
  5. bigchrissyc
    Member
    Since: Aug 2013

    Another game goes 1080p on PS4. Xbone getting left in the dust upto now. Good stuff for Sony.

    Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 19:38.
  6. Pemberton_
    Member
    Since: Nov 2008

    Where’s the confirmation on the One resolution? It makes no mention of One resolution?

    Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 22:09.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      “the game, as shipped, is being rendered on next-gen at a resolution that’s very close to 1080p (900p, if you’re curious), ”

      next-gen – ie both consoles.

      Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 22:47.
      • Pemberton_
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        Ahh, my bad! Cheers!

        Comment posted on 15/11/2013 at 23:26.
  7. CarBoyCam
    Member
    Since: Sep 2009

    Might pick Black Flag up in the sales after Christmas. This is brilliant news. Seeing that devs are trying to get the most out of the PS4. As much as I’d like a fair playing field, if this is due to the PS4 being more powerful, not laziness, then AWESOME!

    Comment posted on 16/11/2013 at 10:19.
  8. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Play it at PlayExpo on PS4. Looked slick so further improvement is just ace :-)

    Comment posted on 16/11/2013 at 15:59.

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