Marking yet another milestone for the killer franchise, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag on the PlayStation 4 is the first Assassin’s Creed game to be rendered in true native 1080p. In other words, the already gorgeous game will be, well… even more gorgeous when it sets sail on the PS4.
One small caveat: 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.” Those who can spot the differences might note that the game would be, in some very subtle ways, slightly less crisp but a tiny bit smoother.
But why ship at 900p in the first place? To meet an essential goal: deliver a visually brilliant game at a steady 30 frames per second (the industry gold standard for open-world games). 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.
But they didn’t stop there.
“The most important part of this title update is not necessarily 1080p native resolution,” Trottier smiles. “It’s the fact that even when we were done with the project, even when we were finished with the certification and everything else, even when most of the engineers had started to work on other projects – like we always do at Ubisoft – some of my engineers continued to work on Black Flag and they even developed a brand-new anti-aliasing technique.” (Anti-aliasing is a technique used to diminish the occasional appearance of jagged edges in computer-generated graphics.)
Indeed, along with the full 1080p native resolution, the visuals have been improved even further, simply because the engineers knew that with the additional time they could do even more. So they did. And now, not only will you see every single miniscule pixel in glorious 1080p native resolution on the PS4 – exactly as the artists rendered it – but you’ll also see an even cleaner, clearer and more brilliant moving image than anyone even imagined. (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.) And the best news for gamers on the latest next-gen systems? This anti-aliasing technique will be available for both PS4 and Xbox One.
Set sail on next-gen with even more Black Flag features:
Assassin's Creed® IV Black Flag
ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Sexual Themes, Violence, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol
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I bought this yesterday as a digital download for the xbox and played the game for 20 seconds. Soon realised that there is no option for southpaw (left handed) controller settings. All previous AC games have supported this controller layout. Because I downloaded the digital version xbox are not providing me with a refund for what is essentially a £50 piece of software that is essentially useless to me.
Ubi fix your game.
So, 1080p, finally. At least on Sonys console. But still at 30FPS. When I recall correctly Dead Rising 3, still current gen graphics (720p, 30FPS) like CoD, BF4. Why a new piece of hardware, then? Right, the amazing TV content MS' Xbox 1. Seems it will take this new generation to get every game on 1080p and the whole next generation to get to 60FPS if 60FPS at all. Yet, I'm very disappointed with the "new" generation.
over all the game is brilliant, one small problem is the new fighting system that was introduced in assassins creed 3 feels more like you are simply killing the enemies rather than fighting them like in previous games. please bring back the old system.
All MP stats lost after patch, this is why I hate this whole online non-sense. Why rush a game and force people to connect to get full content? Like others have said, get it right the first time. And for heavens sake, make everything playable offline.
"Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag on the PlayStation 4 is the first Assassin’s Creed game to be rendered in true native 1080p"
Assassin's Creed games have been at 1080p, 1200p, 1440p, 1600p, etc. on the PC for years. Also, while the PS4 will run AC IV at 1080p and 30 fps, that doesn't compare very well with the 1440p/60 fps a decent PC runs without breaking a sweat.
This update reset all of my MP progress! Is there going to be a fix? This hasn't even been addressed yet!
I didn't even know there was a 1080 or 720p until very very recently, that's how much I know about technology and how little I care.
So both the Xbox One and PS4 versions ship at 900p native. Since it's only 30fps I assume the Xbox One version will get an upscale patch as well down the line. What I'm taking from some of these resolution patches is that developers really rushed these next gen games. I don't care about resolution at the end of the day. All versions look pretty good to me, and it's the same game across every console.
В игре сделаны охуенные морские бои, придумана отличная абордажная система, сделалан упор на то, что грабь, ебашь, наливай - ты пират! В компании охуенийших пиратов того времени. И ты только погружаешься в эту игру. Только начинаешь там со всеми знакомится, проникаться этой атмосферой свободы, пьянства и разврата, как сходу это все вдруг обрезается. И по сути вся интересная пиратская жизнь заявленная в игре отсутствует. 80% игры минимум должно было быть в этом ключе. Типа ебашь налевай. Кучу миссий должно быть сделано - ограбь, напади, выеби, своруй. Отразите атаку английского флота, нападите на какого-то хуя плывущего с армадой кораблей и.т.д. Там только фантазию и логику врубить. И интересно же было бы! И только сценаристы могли запороть все технические наработки и сделать из конфетки полнейшее говно. Это же надо было попереубивать всех пиратов, толком которые ничего и натворить то не успели. Просто вырезать изначальную идею на корню... И дальше стоит выбор: пиздуй к ассасинам или плавай по морю. Нахуй мне эти ассасины вообще сдались? А когда приплываешь к ним, начинаются всякие ебланские задания и ты весь блядь такой няшный и хороший, что хочется облевать пол палубы заняв команду корабля хоть одним интересным делом из оставшейся части игры. Короче сценаристы запороли такую охуенную игру. Их не то, что поувольнять надо - их расстрелять мало. Их семьи с маленькими детьми нужно повесить на улицах больших городов, чтоб вороны клевали им глаза, а их тела медленно разлагались под утренними лучами солнца. И тогда больше не одна мудила физически не посмеет написать подобной хуйни.
А на счет абордажа. Бля, ну классно же придумано: убей офицеров, убей лазутчиков, убей там нужное количество людей. Взорви порох- хуй с ним, тоже ничего(ну типа стрелять им нечем будет(хотя тоже маразм)), но блядь сруби флаг? Это пиздец! СРУБИ ФЛАГ?!! Ты переебашил каждую живую крысу на корабле и не можешь захватить и элементарно вынести награбленное из-за того, что тебе нужно кусок тряпки срубить с верхней мачты? Это пиздец, как должно быть весело лезть туда, на самый верх мачты, пока твоя команда получает пизды внизу?
И ещё, захват форта, неужели блять так тяжело сделать там какую то точку, как только ты на неё становишься, то команда из твоего корабля выбегает и бежит сражаться. Нет, же блядь, ты туда залазишь и хуй пойми какие-то люди там во всю уже сражаются и не одного из команды в итоге ты не теряешь. Ну не ужели так тяжело доработать. Потерял ты в бою 10 человек к примеру, но и в награду из живых забрал 15 и отлично же было бы.
Wow, fanboys bitching about graphics. What else is new? I'll have you know I already completed the game on 360 and it's an incredible game... Best game in the series since AC2. If you're skipping it over mild graphic issues that are barely noticable you're an idiot. Graphics < gameplay.
PS4 version is supposed to be superior, but fails miserably when it comes to gameplay and arcane policies. I dislike leaving my console connected all the time because of a possible firmware update bricking it. i suck it up and leave it connected to play the fleet mini game and guess what, not once was I able to connect to anything. Just patch the game already and make the game offline already. I'll try it one more time and if this keeps up, Gamestop will be getting my copy to sell as used.
Single player minigame unplayable without internet, passing on this entry, and from what the Ubisoft trend is showing, giving up on them altogether as all next gen games are going to have this. Doesn't matter how good it looks, being unable to play without a connection is unacceptable.
Anyone who is arguing for a parity should blow their brains out. No way will my games get gimped because the Xbox is too weak. F that, bring me the best quality. I pay $60 for your stupid games, at least give me good quality.
Since when is 1080p 30fps the 'Gold Standard'? I've got an XB1 on preorder, but not fanatical or a fanboy. The Difference between 900p and 1080p is pretty negligible - what people should be concerned about is that both versions only run at 30fps. Sorry, but that is not what I expect from a next gen game, on either platform. I know that this is not the only culprit, but I have to say that I am pretty underwhelmed by a good deal of the launch titles on both machines.
Wonder if they are at all working to make an XB1 patch, if not I may have to skip this game till I get my PS4 next year
This doesn't make sense, design head Tim Browne had already confirmed the PS4 and X1 versions would run at 60 fps:
Did something happen or was he only referring to the multi-player?
You people that say the xbox one isnt capable of running this game at 1080p are idiots. You have no clue what you are talking about
Wow, GG consoles. Maybe after another 10 years of outdated crap hardware they'll finally be able to run 1080p next gen.
THANK YOU FOR NOT CHOOSING PARITY!!! ALWAYS USE THE HARDWARE TO IT'S FULLEST POTENTIAL!!! LOVE PLAYSTATION. INSTANT BUY!!!
Normally I don't like "day one patches" but this one is justified. Good show on keeping a full sprint right up to the finish line, chaps.
Pathetic. Can´t wait until Watchdogs is supposed to release. I wonder what kind of shit you idiots come up with then.
Sure, if you have a Titan card.
The PS4 and X1 never drops under 30fps. While on PC you are used to variable framerate. But if ou really never want to drop under 60fps...
For instance need for speed rivals is locked 30fps on consoles. You will need at least a radeon HD7950 or Geforce 660 to never drop a frame at locked 60fps on PC. And this game is gimped on PS4 to reach parity with the X1 version on consoles.
AC games aren't not optimised for PC anyway.
So true. Two possibilities:
1. This blog entry is a lie and AC4 on PS4 is not the first 1080p title.
2. They've been lying all the time and AC never ran at 1080p on PCs, only upscaled ;)
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My connected PS4 says it is only patched to 1.02 and it won't recognize or download 1.03. Those who have the issue: Ensure your saves are in the cloud, delete the game from the PS4 HD, eject the disc, power down the system, re-insert the disc and allow it to fully install, start the game. The game will say that AC4 has been added to downloads. The patch will now download. Don't forget to fully close AC4 so the patch can install.
PC should be fine, as they can implement MSAA/SSAA just fine on the more powerful GPUs. The "developed a brand-new AA technique" gives away that they're using a shader-based effect (FXAA) on the consoles, and tuned it to cause less edge blurring.
TL;DR - Want the graphically best looking version of AC4? Buy PC. Only have consoles? Buy PS4.
Except it did run at 1080p on pc. You could easily see that. (if something isn't running at the native resolution of the monitor the screen is all blurry) Maybe there's something wrong with your settings?
The AA technique is probably something similar to TXAA not FXAA. Consoles have been using FXAA for years so that's nothing new. They especially mentioned ropes of the ships which indicates TXAA. I highly doubt it's full on TXAA like on PC but something less intensive but creates the same effect.