Assassin’s Creed IV Currently Renders At 900p On PS4, Future Update Will Bring It To 1080p


Assassins’ Creed IV: Black Flag is the next-generation title from Ubisoft and a new addition to the Assassin’s Creed series. In a blog statement by Gary Steinmenn, Communications Manager at Ubisoft, it was revealed that Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag currently runs and outputs at 900p native resolution on the PlayStation 4.

Steinmann states that the players will have to download an update (which will be available at a later date) to output the visuals to 1080p resolution. Associate Producer of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Sylvain Trottier stated that the difference won’t be noticeable by many as the upscaling process barely adjusts the image.

If it’s running at 720p vs 1080p, you’re going to notice the difference, by far,

But if it’s set at a resolution that’s very close, where most of the pixels are already there in internal processing, most people won’t see any difference.

Trottier continues that the title update is not only to bring the resolution up from 900p to 1080p. He says that a brand new anti-aliasing technique will also be included in the update which will further remove jagged-edges from the game.

The most important part of this title update is not necessarily 1080p native resolution,

It’s the fact that even when we were done with the project, even when we were finished with the certification and everything else, even when most of the engineers had started to work on other projects – like we always do at Ubisoft – some of my engineers continued to work on Black Flag and they even developed a brand-new anti-aliasing technique.

This new anti-aliasing technique won’t just be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One will also receive an update for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag which will add this new anti-aliasing technique to use on Xbox One’s version of the game as well.


Recently Activision also revealed that the retail copies of Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PlayStation 4 were running at 900p resolution due to a mixup on the inside of the organization. Activision has then stated that a new update will be made available that will bring the PlayStation 4 version back to 1080p native resolution.

What do you think about these games not running at 1080p resolution from the get go? Does it affect your purchase? Let us know in the comments below.

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