[Update: Sony has removed the 1080p, 60fps description from Watch Dogs]
Previously we reported that Watch Dogs will be 1080p at 30 frames per second on the PlayStation 4 and potentially 960p on Xbox One. Well, Sony wanted to turn those numbers on their head.
On the official PlayStation website for Ubisoft's upcoming Watch Dogs, as spotted by Junkie Monkeys, the game is listed as rendering at a resolution of 1920 x 1080p with a frame-rate of 60 frames per second. Don't take my word for it, check it out in the image from the site, below.
This seems a little baffling given that Ubisoft themselves had previously confirmed that they were targeting 30 frames per second – no matter what the resolution would be for either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
In fact, creative director Jonathan Morin made it seem as if the 30fps wasn't quite as steady as they would like. Some previews of the game shows footage that looks as if it occasionally dips below 30fps at times. Managing 60fps on home consoles seems a little far-fetched to me.
Some “insiders” also noted that the game would be running 1080p and 30fps on the PS4 and 900p at 30fps on the Xbox One. Later on, another gaming site asked a Ubisoft representative at a preview event about the resolution and frame-rate for both consoles, and they were told that the Xbox One version would be getting a bump by release, up to 960p at 30fps.
Consistently, unequivocally and unconditionally, Ubisoft has made it known that they are aiming for 30fps on the home consoles.
So where is this magical 60fps figure coming from?
Well, DualShockers noted that the listing doesn't appear on any other PlayStation website outside of that of the U.S., and it also has no mention on the Xbox One promotional page either.
Many suspect a bit of miscommunication on the part of the PlayStation website operator. Others believe that perhaps Ubisoft pulled a trick out of their hate like a rabbit at a magic show, showcasing the horsepower under the PS4's hood and gunning for 60fps while the Xbox One sits back in the loser's circle at 960p and 30fps. If the latter turns out to be true, then all of you who put $500 down for the Xbox One must be feeling about as betrayed as V. Stiviano when she promised The Black Eyed Peas some tickets to the Clippers' game.
The likelihood is that Watch Dogs could be about 45fps on the PS4, but Ubisoft will probably lock it down at 30fps. If they can free up some resources (possibly turning down some shadows or dynamic lights here and there) they might be able to hit 60fps (but that will come at the cost of downgrades) but the reality is that graphics rule the marketplace, and I'm sure Ubisoft will go with graphics over frame-rate in this case.
Watch Dogs is scheduled to launch at the end of this month for the new generation consoles, the old generation consoles and the Glorious PC platform. Need more info? There's about a thousand trailers right here.