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Assassin's Creed "Parity": Unity is 900p/30fps on both PS4 & Xbox One

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Steverulez

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Assassin's Creed Unity will run at 900p/30fps on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Ubisoft has confirmed, with the publisher opting to aim for platform parity to avoid discussion over the differences in performance.

"We decided to lock them at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff," senior producer Vincent Pontbriand told VideoGamer.com while explaining that it's the consoles' CPUs – not the GPU – that prevents Ubisoft Montreal from improving the game's performance.

"Technically we're CPU-bound," he said. "The GPUs are really powerful, obviously the graphics look pretty good, but it's the CPU [that] has to process the AI, the number of NPCs we have on screen, all these systems running in parallel.

"We were quickly bottlenecked by that and it was a bit frustrating, because we thought that this was going to be a tenfold improvement over everything AI-wise, and we realised it was going to be pretty hard. It's not the number of polygons that affect the framerate. We could be running at 100fps if it was just graphics, but because of AI, we're still limited to 30 frames per second."

Last year's Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag also shipped at 900p/30fps on both PS4 and Xbox One. A post-release patch, however, bumped the PS4 version to 1080p. Ubisoft has given no indication that it has plans to do the same for Unity.

Assassin's Creed Unity launches on PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 14.
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Beat me with a 1080p display if old
 

Boke1879

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So they intentionally forced parity in order to avoid debates? FUCK OFF UBISOFT

Seriously Ubisoft should really catch hell for this.
 

Alucrid

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well now we'll just debate just how much ubisoft sucks, great job Vincent Pontbriand
 

JaggedSac

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I think there is irony in there somewhere. Or is it ironic that in trying to avoid a shitstorm, they have created one?
 

SJRB

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No fucking way did he seriously say "to avoid all the debates and stuff".


REALLY?
 

GitarooMan

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Woooow, that "lock them at the same specs to avoid debates" stuff is going to go over real well. Ha, the glass of water above is perfect.
 

Daviii

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"We decided to lock them at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff"

Translated: "Microsoft paid a shitload of money to hide the fact their console is much worse"
 

Impeccable

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Will hold off on buying it until the patch is released.

Amazing how this has parity this time considering....
 

CaptainTiptop

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Hopefully it's launch parity and eventually a 1080p patch for PS4 comes out like with AC4. Otherwise, fuck this.

Where were all the third-party 360 games crippled for 'parity' with PS3 last-gen?
 

Sid

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So here it doesn't even matter that the PS4 is more powerful,same with Destiny and others,what's up?
 

Garrett Hawke

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Maybe Sony should send someone over to Ubisoft to fix the "unacceptable" 900p.

This is really disappointing news tho, WD really showed the 900p. For open world games with long draw distances 1080p really helps.
 
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Win-Win for Ubisoft. Only a handful of people won't buy the game because of this and they probably got some nice money from MS. Or maybe someone at Ubi got a new car, whatever.
 
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