Watch Dogs graphics debate from game dev

Watch Dogs is set to be one of the biggest game releases of the year, for all platforms. Ubisoft’s game has generated a lot of extra interest since its reemergence a week ago, notably though on a potential change to the graphics which has now prompted the attention of one notable games developer.

As most of you are probably well aware, the game has come in for some criticism after gamers had noticed some changes from Watch Dogs in 2012 during the original reveal, to Watch Dogs in its 2014 form after Ubisoft unleashed a new story trailer.

While Ubisoft has maintained that the game’s graphics hasn’t changed at all and would be a ‘ridiculous’ thing to even consider, Cliff Bleszinski has chimed in with his own thoughts on the possible change and there’s some very interesting quotes to read from him, to say the least.

Some say that Watch Dogs has basically been downgraded since the last time we saw the game. Surprisingly, it appears that Cliff agrees with the gaming community on this point, as he states below on Twitter:

The Unreal Tournament and Gears of War design director didn’t stop there though, even going as far to admit that it isn’t good for developers to be holding on to last-gen, as it limits the capabilities of what the PS4 and Xbox One consoles can do.

These words are going to hit home with many gamers we feel, but it will be interesting to hear what Ubisoft thinks of them considering they are still adamant that Watch Dogs hasn’t received a downgrade.

Somehow we feel that this isn’t over yet. If you are still on the fence on this Watch Dogs downgrade debate, let us know your thoughts on the comments from Cliff Bleszinski – do you agree with him 100% on this occasion?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Stinky Buttface
Stinky Buttface

LOL I’m going to pirate this now for sure.


It’ll be fine on pc 😀 Plus if not, There’s always ENB.

vahe k
vahe k

I think the games gonna be fine. And hey,of course they have to downgrade it and that is because so the PS3 ,Xbox 360 can handle it there’s a reason that it is better on next gen BECAUSE ITS NEXT GENERATION

Xavier Grey
Xavier Grey

Everybody was saying that AC4 was going to look bad on PS4, but look what happened. It had the same exact quality as PC except for a bit of AA that was shaved off. I suspect that Watch Dogs will be the same except for some highly unnoticeable jaggies that honestly don’t change the quality. I suspect the same of inFAMOUS: Second Son as well (except that it doesn’t come out on PC). I obviously don’t think they will look as great as the touched up non-realtime E3 trailers, but that goes for PC as well. You should expect something… Read more »

Luke Sacco
Luke Sacco

The only reason it looks different in the story trailer is because they decided to create said trailer on the PS4 Development Kit, when all the others were from the PC build. Ubisoft has stated on multiple occations that this is the case, and that the graphics from the PC version are the same as they were in the earlier trailers. The graphics will ALWAYS be downgraded on consoles, next gen or otherwise. Sure it would run better if you only focused on one console, but even then the designers are limited on their maximum performance the game can achieve.… Read more »


I agree 100% What’s the point of getting a ps4 if graphics are going to be held back to regulate or down their working activity for older consoles or other consoles. It probably would look 100 % better if it was supported with one console in mind aka for me the ps4 and one type of technology specific to work with; instead they are complicating their situation. At least in my opinion.


If next gen games are holding back for previous gen. Why bother upgrading at all.

Darren Hill

The more recent trailers look less detailed to me as well. That said, the trailers didn’t do Assassin’s Creed Black Flag justice. The trailers don’t hold a candle to seeing it in person in my opinion on PS4. Either way, I look forward to playing Watch Dogs, am excited about the story line and flexibility of the game.

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