'Watch Dogs' Graphics Comparison Video: PS4 And Xbox One vs. PS3, Xbox 360 & PC

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated May 30, 2014 04:32 PM EDT
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Ubisoft's Watch Dogs is out on a variety of platforms, spread across current and last-gen systems with differing graphical capabilities. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the title may look pretty similar, but how do the PS3 and Xbox 360 stack up against their more powerful coutnerparts?

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IGN has put together a useful video, below, which compares the PC and four console versions of Watch Dogs across the systems. It mostly focuses on the differences between last generation and the current one, as that's where the most noticeable discrepancies are. The PC version is included as well, with the settings all set to ultra, and the fidelity on the new consoles is mostly on par with computer hardware--if you have a rig that powerful.

Graphics comparisons are enjoyed by a lot of gamers in general, but there is particular interest in the appearance of Watch Dogs. The title debuted and looked great, but a series of seemingly less-impressive looking clips leading up to its release had people questioning if the game had actually been toned down, and if the original footage shown was always implausible for the finished product.

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In the end, the game looks very good, if not mind-blowingly next gen. Being split across two console generations will require some limitations, which we've seen in other titles that have bridged the gap, but it's generally a good-looking game.

The video does a very effective job of comparing scenes from Watch Dogs on all platforms--good work to the video team over at IGN. It's difficult to capture and demonstrate the differences between graphics, but side by sides and transitions make it easy to spot the differences. The more powerful consoles certainly look better than their predecessors, but the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions hold their own. Watch for yourself below and tell us what you think in the comments.

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