Assassin's Creed Unity

Assassin's Creed Unity News for PS4

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Assassin's Creed Unity will run at 900p/30fps on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Ubisoft has confirmed, with the publisher opting to aim for platform parity to avoid discussion over any differences in performance.

"We decided to lock them at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff," senior producer Vincent Pontbriand told VideoGamer.com while explaining that it's the consoles' CPUs – not the GPU – that prevents Ubisoft Montreal from improving the game's performance.

"Technically we're CPU-bound," he said. "The GPUs are really powerful, obviously the graphics look pretty good, but it's the CPU [that] has to process the AI, the number of NPCs we have on screen, all these systems running in parallel.

"We were quickly bottlenecked by that and it was a bit frustrating, because we thought that this was going to be a tenfold improvement over everything AI-wise, and we realised it was going to be pretty hard. It's not the number of polygons that affect the framerate. We could be running at 100fps if it was just graphics, but because of AI, we're still limited to 30 frames per second."

Last year's Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag also shipped at 900p/30fps on both PS4 and Xbox One. A post-release patch, however, bumped the PS4 version to 1080p. Ubisoft has given no indication that it has plans to do the same for Unity.

Assassin's Creed Unity launches on PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 14.

UPDATE: Ubisoft has released a statement claiming that it "did not lower the specs for Assassin's Creed Unity to account for any one system over the other".

"We understand how Senior Producer Vincent Pontbriand's quotes have been misinterpreted," Ubisoft said in a statement provided to Kotaku. "To set the record straight, we did not lower the specs for Assassin's Creed Unity to account for any one system over the other.

"Assassin's Creed Unity has been engineered from the ground up for next-generation consoles. Over the past 4 years, we have created Assassin's Creed Unity to attain the tremendous level of quality we have now achieved on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. It's a process of building up toward our goals, not scaling down, and we're proud to say that we have reached those goals on all SKUs.

"At no point did we decide to reduce the ambitions of any SKU. All benefited from the full dedication of all of our available optimization resources to help them reach the level of quality we have today with the core Assassin's Creed Unity experience."

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alexlaird87

Wow this is really interesting, please tell me more.

I'm still a little unclear though, could you please remind me; Which is better PS4 or Xbox One? Also does resolution and FPS matter?
Posted 15:41 on 09 October 2014
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IvanOliven@ flyinb11

I find you claims very biased - what sources are you basing your statements on, other than your own experience? So you're saying that the downgrade of Watch Dogs wasn't significant? You couldn't see the difference from what they showed on E3 back 2012, compared to when they released the game itself? Please, just stop all your yippa-yap and accept that you being taken from behind as a consumer by Ubisoft. Point blank period!
Posted 19:13 on 08 October 2014
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EverTheOptimist@ Neon-Soldier32

By pausing the game, tracing her outline on paper, colouring it in the closest flesh tone possible, cutting it out and sticking it back on the screen?

Yeah, could be legit.
Posted 23:33 on 07 October 2014

Neon-Soldier32@ EvilMammal

This is getting silly now.

Everyone knows the only way to get it in 1080 is the same way you got Lara Naked in the PS1 Tomb Raider.
Posted 18:29 on 07 October 2014
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Izzyb58

thats good i cant really tell the difference of 1080 to 900 anyways i dont think the ps4 or xox one can run all those npcs at 1080 60fps i dont see why everybody is getting mad the game looks beautiful they said its not a down grade in graphics
Posted 16:39 on 07 October 2014
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EvilMammal@ EverTheOptimist

I heard that if you sacrificed a virgin (man, women, goat, doesn't matter), take a pinch of Jim's facial hair, Bratt's youthfulness and Steve's cynicism, only then will the game run at 1080p/60fps........
Posted 13:41 on 07 October 2014
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Njeezy

I heard that this debate is entirely pointless because the p's in the Xbox one are Birdseye p's and the PS4 ones are from Waitrose. They're simply incomparable!
Posted 13:31 on 07 October 2014
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EverTheOptimist

I heard that if you open your PS4 and Xbox One's, spread a very thin layer of peanut butter on the CPU, blow-dry it for 5 minutes exactly and then sing "Boom Boom Boom" by the Outhere Brothers while hopping on your left foot the game goes up to 1080p/60fps.

Seriously.
Posted 12:20 on 07 October 2014
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dav2612

7 pages of responses... you can't beat a good resolution/FPS story.
Posted 12:10 on 07 October 2014
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smackybumbum

The fact Microsoft has the dlc and advertising rights for assassins creed this time round has the game in this situation. Microsoft has parity clauses on most of their stuff.
Posted 11:32 on 07 October 2014
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flyinb11@ Numbersguy

"Notably"? You wouldn't have known if they hadn't told you.
Posted 09:16 on 07 October 2014
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flyinb11@ darius1315

Exactly. I own both and couldn't tell you what runs at what.
Posted 09:12 on 07 October 2014
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flyinb11@ justerthought

If you weren't told, you wouldn't have noticed. Please with this irrational anger.
Posted 09:12 on 07 October 2014
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flyinb11@ jackbramhall

Because you could have seen the difference if you were never told? LOL Just like no one realized that killzone wasn't native 1080p and no one said a word for months.
Posted 09:12 on 07 October 2014
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flyinb11@ mifflin

Suffer? LOL You wouldn't have noticed if you weren't told.
Posted 09:12 on 07 October 2014

Game Stats

Release Date: 14/11/2014
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
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