Ubisoft: Far Cry 4 with ultra-high settings will look the same on PC, PS4 and XB1

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Far Cry 4 is expected to be one of the best-looking video games ever made, judging by the trailers that Ubisoft published earlier this month. What is somewhat surprising is that according to a representative of the game developer, the game will look equally good on all modern platforms, including the PC, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

Alex Hutchinson, the creative director of Ubisoft Montreal, said in an interview with Major Nelson, that the ultra-high graphics setting of the Far Cry 4 on the PC will look exactly the same as the game will look on the new-generation consoles.

“Because we develop [Far Cry] on the PC, you’ve never really seen on console the ultra-high PC version before,” said Mr. Hutchinson, reports Softpedia. “So even out of the box, even day one, we just stuck the code on the new consoles and we were able to dial it all the way up. So as a console player you’re already getting by far the best version we can ship.”

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While graphics processing units of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 are based on the same GCN [graphics core next] architecture that powers the AMD Radeon graphics cards, modern gaming graphics boards for personal computers offer considerably higher performance than the GPUs in the consoles do.

On the one hand, it is good to know that the owners of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One will get premium quality graphics in Far Cry 4. On the other hand, if a game looks the same on platforms with very different graphics processing capabilities, it means that it does not fully utilise capabilities of modern PCs. A shiny new AMD Radeon R9 295X2 just has to show better graphics than a game console. On the other hand, Mr. Hutchinson said no word about resolutions, antialiasing and some other details that greatly influence the image quality in general.

“We want the gameplay experience to be the same on all platforms so we’re leaning on technical differences,” said the creative director of Ubisoft Montreal. “Everything you see, whether it’s the fur on the animals, the grass on the ground or the leaves on the trees. All these things are bumped up a huge amount in the next gen version.”

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KitGuru Says: Keeping in mind that game developers pretty often reveal rather strange information, we should wait and see how everything turns out. Perhaps, Ubisoft wanted ultra-high-quality graphics to be displayed at 720p resolution at 30fps framerate on the consoles. Obviously, a picture at 720p resolution could look the same on different platforms, but gaming PCs will simply deliver considerably higher performance in this situation. On the other hand, there is an ongoing scandal about downgraded graphics quality in the Watch Dogs version for PC; maybe, something similar is going to happen to the Far Cry 4.

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  • plk4

    here we go, watch dogs 2.0

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  • nytonial

    something similar? something exactly the same…

    i would expect that, in a year, the secret Microsoft and Sony deals hit the media. Paying off devs to make PC’s as inferior as their 3 year old obscure hardware.

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  • Zero

    After Ubishit’s Watch Dogs hidden graphics I expect nothing good…

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  • http://optional.com requirednamess

    translation = graphics will look crappy on PC

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  • Joshua Mora

    good That means that I can run this game with a video integrated of a intel hd 1000?!! :D and the most important in ultra graffics!! xD xD

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  • Anthony Attwood

    I love these screenshots though, the game may look amazing but you can still notice that it’s far from photo realism which, to me, isn’t a bad thing at all! The detail is impeccable but the colours! Oh the colour are so vivid and beautiful, them mountains actually look very refreshing too. The blood from the chicken really stands out and there’s no soft shading around it as if to show weight and contact with the ground, but that doesn’t matter. The colours are very attractive overall and just like World of Warcraft they will pull in a huge HUGE audience captivated by the graphics and colours. Assuming the gameplay and story is as great as Far Cry 3, I see this being a comical smash hit of a game that will have people making parody movies for a long time :)

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  • Joseph Riches

    ubisoft: trying to keep consoles relevant as PC gaming becomes more popular

    ubisoft: reducing development time on the PC

    ubisoft: trying to make PC gamers hate them

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  • SnaikBG

    “the game will look equally good on all modern platforms, including the PC, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One” so considering how powerful modern PC’s are i guess they will be downgrading the PC version in this game too eh ?

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  • Ramon Zarat

    Hutchinson is obviously full of shit.

    Current mid range PC GPU are already double the rendering power of the next gen consoles… What he REALLY meant is “You’ll get the same shitty visual quality as on console, but at useless high frame rate”.

    Artificial visual quality capping on PC seem to be considered an acceptable business practice by Ubisoft. The bottom line is “the lowest denominator wins”

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  • justerthought

    This game is going to be great and I’ll be getting it on PS4. I fully expect the graphics to be breathtaking but I’m afraid it’s a bit of a stretch to believe the statement that it will look as good as a PC on ultra high. The PC will have higher quality AA so it should look superior.

    Mind you the PC version of Watch Dogs was the same as the PS4 version, but I don’t buy into the downgrade thing. The image quality of Watch Dogs is superb on PS4. It comes very close to matching the E3 PC tech demo, which wasn’t as good as the myth makes out by the way, and in some areas surpassed it. I don’t see it as a downgrade with stuff missing, I see it more as some things were removed in order to include something else of equal merit in its place.

    The only area it fell short was the lack of a full blown bokeh depth of field effect. Overall, the graphics in Watch Dogs is very impressive. I’ve seen comparisons showing the cars in the E3 tech demo and the cars in later videos, but to be honest the cars in the final game are flawless, maybe not exactly the same but equally good.

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  • jdwii

    Watch dogs looked so bad i have no idea why people think otherwise i mean the tree’s alone look horrible i remember thinking of godfather 2 the game when i saw them. Also the textures are gross to. I never thought the game looked so good. Now GTA5 for the PS4-PC will look great. I actually thought farcry 3 looked amazing as well 4 well only look better. To be honest as long as it looks good and plays good i don’t care if the PC is the same i doubt it will be with higher FPS on the PC and such i could never play this game at 30FPS and have fun for long i tried it on my PC with farcry 3 and i was like man this feels so bad

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  • Adam Midderigh

    Im just hoping my PC will run it smooth on high settings, my 4.2Ghz quad should be fine, but my Nvidia GTX 660 might struggle a bit, all depends on how well optimized the game is.

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  • sirjonk

    Um, resolution. /thread.


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  • Suros

    If a fairly loaded PC won’t do any better than it does on a console, they held things back. Simple as that.

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  • EmoBurrito

    I ran FC3 on my 660ti (My processor’s a 4.0 oct core) on Ultra at 1920×1200, 60fps. If anything, this one should still do the same at High, or Ultra at 40fps.

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  • Luke

    I might build a PC with fair specs do you think I will be able to run far cry 4 at ultra settings?

    i5 Quad Core
    GeForce GT 640 VRAM 2gb
    8GB Ram
    MotherBoard OC 2400mhz
    SSD 120GB

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  • Unwittingnemesis

    …so basically, I’ll be able to run it at 4K/60 with my two year-old 680s. If it looks the same on all three platforms, that means that the game was designed for Xbox One’s 7770-7790…a GPU that is so relatively weak that it literally isn’t even classifiable as a “gaming” GPU, as of 2014. That means that this game, while no doubt inclusive of impressive style and art, won’t actually “look” good by modern standards. It will look like a game designed for XBOX One, or a game designed for a low-spec desktop application GPU from a few years ago. In other words, this game will be less visually impressive than Far Cry 3, which requires most of both of my 680s at 1080/60/4x MSAA (this is about 5x the GPU of XBOX One, incidentally).

    In other words, Far Cry 4 is a bust for mid to high-end PC owners. Not a shocker.

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