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Watch Dogs Graphics And Game Play: PC versus Xbox One, With Surprising Results

Watch Dogs Graphics And Game Play: PC versus Xbox One, With Surprising Results

Normally, the question of whether a game runs better on the PC or a console is a no-brainer -- at least, for PC users. Watch Dogs, however, with its problematic PC play, challenges that concept. And since the gap between consoles and PCs is typically smallest at the beginning of the console generation, we decided to take the Xbox One out for a head-to-head comparison against the PC with this long-awaited title.

What we've found may surprise you. Based on our results, and depending on just how much horsepower your PC has, the Xbox One might be the better option...

Watch Dogs Graphics And Game Play: PC versus Xbox One, With Surprising Results

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"the Xbox One might be the better option..." One of the few times I've seen a console recommended over a pc.

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Nobody's ever said that a console looks better than a PC since about 2005, when consoles were using high end PC (or even workstation grade graphics) cards with zero OS/driver overhead (which even Mantel has). Making a game look like garbage in medium quality is unacceptable.

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Devs make a shitty port and that makes the console look better lol. Next gen for pc user means downgraded pile of crap games. Lazy devs want more money but giving less in return.

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Simon,

While I'm sympathetic to your viewpoint, we waited for the first patch to make absolutely sure there were no game-breaking launch day issues that would tilt the comparison.

If I had an Xbox One or PS4 alongside a PC with either an older top-end GPU like the GTX 580 or Radeon HD 5870 *or* I had a midrange card like a GTX 750 Ti, R7 260X, or even an R9 270, I'd seriously consider buying the console version. It may be 100% the case that this lopsided result is because Ubisoft did a poor job with the port, but we have to review based on where you'll experience the game best.

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Lol so if you have a shitty PC go with XBOX. More like if you have a shitty PC spend the 500$ plus subscription fees and upgrade your PC. What kind of article is this?!

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Certain consoles are picked above another because they port it over. Them stating that the xbox one is preferred is because they geared the game toward it and that the PC version was not focused on. A lot of games that release on consoles first or are prioritized on console (look at Capcom's games), they end up so awful on PC.

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Does it work on PC in the first place !

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Yes, but you need pretty darn good hardware to have it run at optimal.

 

If you want high settings PLUS the hidden graphical settings that Ubisoft turned off, you'll need even better hardware.

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Like most are saying it was and is a bad port over to pc! But such is the life of pc gaming now to me. In less it's a game developed for the pc we are just going to start getting more bad ports because they want to save money with out doing much. All this is my opinion of course.

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What makes me laugh is that the article has been put down... If I could I would post proof of it, but it doesn't allow me in here...

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Have we all forgotten that they dummy downed the PC graphics?? Let's see what the graphic mod looks like vs xbox...

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That only makes this comparison worse...in most cases, the mod hurt performance on a lot of people's PCs or decreased it in some form.

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Well, we will just have to accept poorly ported games for the time being. It is easier for companies to get sales from both gaming systems being decent than mediocre, since they can't upgrade equip like pc can. In two years though, their should be enough difference between mid high end pcs and consoles to alleviate your frustrations. Lets say when 20% of people have a 4k television.

Until than, we will just have to hope for those few extra percs that should be more capable on pc than the consoles.

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We should just skip on games that get released and it's shown to be poorly ported from one platform. This is a good example of a game that isn't intended to be good on all systems.

 

More reason to not preorder games and wait for reviews before buying. This will help with the whole Gamestop ridiculousness also.

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lmao people will never stop saying console are better leapfrog caonsole lol all we can know everything could of used a pc in this test maybe microsoft is paying them to say this

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Calical,

Both copies of the game were bought out of pocket. No compensation or free copies of the game were provided.

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most trusted test http://youtu.be/XgzE8tDBxYE

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http://youtu.be/Y4zu3Z1rotc

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There is no reason that the PC version should run so poorly either because PC, PS4, and XBONE all run x86-64 CPUs.

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Little surprise here. Most of Ubisoft's titles are obviously optimized more for consoles. It makes me wonder why NVIDIA puts so much effort into working with the company when that's the case. We get these fantastic graphics-tweaking guides over at GeForce.com, and then the games run like absolute crap on the PC or have some other caveats.

AC IV: Black Flag does look amazing on PC though (especially with three monitors).

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When a company gimps a game for the PC of course you may want to go buy the game for a console and of course it may look better. I'm getting weary of game devs that make ports from consoles to PC's where they do nothing to encourage those that monster rigs to run the game at max settings. Instead they insert code to reduce graphical options which in turn typically break their game.

It's a sad day when companies are only in the business to maximize profit as much as possible and throw a crappy port into the mix for PC expecting people to pay the 50 dollars for a digital copy. I thought the idea of why games were so expensive in the 1990's and 2000's was that the packaging costs drove up the price... now it just looks like they still want to rape their customer base and provide a sub-standard product.

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There is something up with that.... There must have been no AA enabled on the PC version of this test

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Luke,

I used FXAA in all videos and screenshots. Remember, the 2GB GTX 770 already has trouble at High Detail / High Textures -- anything above that made the game unplayable.

I *could* have chosen to test Medium / Medium / 4xMSAA or TXAA, but had I done so I wouldn't have been able to highlight the difference between Medium and High and the Xbox One would've easily won the competition.

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RAM/GPU could be whats causing it...

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I highly doubt the problem is with the 16GB of DDR3 and GTX 770.

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