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PS4 Watch Dogs offers the 'real HD experience,' says Ubisoft

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on 11 July 2013

Ubisoft has claimed that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Watch Dogs will offer ‘the real HD experience,’ though stressed current-generation editions are no slouch either.

"We know not everyone will be rushing out to buy the new PS4 or Xbox One right away and that's totally okay," said Anne Lewis, communications associate for Ubisoft on the firm’s blog.

"Enter the 'fourth pillar' of [Watch Dogs' engine] Disrupt: The engine was built for next-gen, but it’s flexible enough to allow owners of current-gen systems to still get an amazing experience."

Senior producer Dominic Guay chimed in by explaining “on current-gen systems we may need to cut down the number of people on the street a little, but it’s still the same game.

“You don’t get the same sense of the crowd, but it allows us to scale certain bits and keep the same experience.”

Colin Graham, animation director on Watch Dogs, added that the PS4 and Xbox One versions allow the team to take the visuals up a notch when it comes to various in-game effects.

Graham assured us that "players are going to know they aren't getting a bad experience if they play Watch Dogs for the current gen, but the next gen is the real HD experience.

"You can zoom in another level. You can have better shaders, better simulation on the wind or the water, more particles, better atmospherics... Basically anything you can get with more computing power."

Watch Dogs is pencilled in for release on PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox 360 and Wii U on November 22. Next-generation versions have yet to receive a release date, but we’ll keep you posted.

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