Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

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The PlayStation 4 version of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag currently outputs natively at 900p, Ubisoft has revealed, with a future title update set to offer full native 1080p visuals.

In an update on the UbiBlog, Ubisoft communications manager Gary Steinman explained that "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."

Steinman explains that the retail version shipped at 900p in order for the development team to "deliver a visually brilliant game at a steady 30 frames per second... 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."

The update also introduces a "brand-new anti-aliasing technique" that will offer "an even cleaner, clearer and more brilliant moving image".

It isn't yet known when the title update will be available, or what native resolution the game will run at on Xbox One. The anti-aliasing technique will be available for both PS4 and Xbox One.

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag launches on PlayStation 4 alongside the UK launch on November 29, and on Xbox One next Friday, November 22.


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justerthought@ BenRawR

I would expect the XB1 to be running 720p and PS4 900p. Only PS4 get 1080p upgrade. Why? Because XB1 had to drop to 720p to get 60fps on bog standard FPS COD and Battlefield. AC4 is open world so harder to render. The res stays at 720p and the framerate drops to 30fps. The reason? XB1 GPU does not have access to lots of fast GDDR5 RAM for streaming high res assets in real time as u move around the open world with no load screens.
Posted 14:09 on 17 November 2013
614237e's Avatar


Nice ps4
Posted 01:54 on 16 November 2013
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Jesus_Phish@ BenRawR

Wouldn't AC 4 have more to render? More people on screen at once, bigger city/game world, vast open seas.
Posted 01:42 on 16 November 2013
Trinod's Avatar


Been playing the PS4 version for a couple of days and the aliasing around the main dude is a joke...I thought my PS4 was defective...sometimes it's like he's wearing a transparent Ready Brek shield
Posted 01:23 on 16 November 2013
BenRawR's Avatar


I can't imagine it won't be 1080p on both machines. It's the hectic 60 frames that drained the Xbone for CoD, but AC:IV doesn't have quite so much to constantly render. I personally can't wait to the point I'm geuinely playing the much hated AC3 with a Dualshock 4 via USB and simply pretending I'm living a week in the future. (I'm not kidding)
Posted 18:51 on 15 November 2013

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Release Date: 22/11/2013
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
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