Watch Dogs: PS4 vs Xbox One Graphics Comparison

Watch Dogs is one of the most hyped game of this month and it is very close to its official release. Now that the game is out in the hands of some lucky users – since the street date has been apparently broken – we can finally see some decent comparison in the form of screenshots and videos.

Thanks to YouTube user Jason Knothe, we can see a proper video comparison between Watch Dogs on the PS4 and Xbox One. Check it out below.

This comparison is surprisingly well done and shows the details and changes between each version in a neat way.

From this comparison, it is apparent that the PS4 has slightly better quality shadows compared to the Xbox One. We can also notice that jaggies aren’t as visible on the PS4 because of the higher resolution, meanwhile Xbox One has noticeably worse aliasing. The textures appear to be a match for both of them though. In the end, the different isn’t really that big except for the difference in pixels. Xbox One renders at 792p while the PS4 settles for 900p. Both run at locked 30 fps though, and seem to sustain this for the most part.

Which version of Watch Dogs are you going to get yourself? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Gust

    Y do u people spend all day on these pages arguing over ps4 if its so great shouldent you be playing it or r u so insecure with your great purchice you spend all day on the web trying 2 convince yourselves and eveyone how great it is. ray chariles can see the xbox had way better lighting Xbox has the best exclusives you people r really spending your time talking about this all day if ps4 is so great y cant they come out with a game 2 outdo ryse look it up its the best looking game out and its a xo exclusive.

  • Jj Bizzle

    To me it’s a no brainier if my PC was capable I would be playing this on PC, but I haven’t upgraded it in 4 years. I do own both PS4 and X1 and will be getting it for the PS4. For me Any multiplatform games will be purchased on the PS4 as it is the better of the two and to get the most bang for your buck.

  • Mark Reed

    If you have it, max out pc is better by a good bit, but down to how you see it, bigger screen shows the extra power off, but again thats all maxed and on a screen to do it justice, once you start coming down in size, the real world use starts to even the playing field out a bit. PS4 next and Xbox one last, though its not night and day diff.

  • sergeantnorider

    PS4 just looks darker to me. That is usually used to hide issues so I would say XO is the better of the two…particularly at night. I give PS4 an slight edge during the daytime. They’re both decent but like people say…PC smokes ’em both. Too bad console gamers are so cheap. Be cool to see what Sony and MS could build us as consoles with $1000 to spend. Instead we get whatever tech they can cram in a box for $400. Well we got what we all whined for…be happy…stop expecting to get the same performance for less than half the price…

    • ps4lol

      Uh no.

      The “darker” is called ambient occulsion, and Xbox is lacking it. PS4 also has higher resolution.

      • sergeantnorider

        Lol. Dude you call it whatever you like but I like IQ on the Xb1 version better. You know…opinions. This is America so we get to have those. Smh.

        • ps4lol

          microsoft fanboys have deluded themselves to the point where they prefer the lower resolution, less effects version on a more expensive console.

          • sergeantnorider

            And Sony fanboys have deluded themselves into thinking these numbers mean more than the final product. So you constantly tell us that Ryse looks bad because its 900p and then we walk into a Best Buy where that game is playing and everyone is gathered around watching it. Lol.

            Even Usher over at CinemaBlend (who hates MS far more than you trust me) admits that the Xb1 version of Watch Dogs looks better. Seems Sony is achieving 1080p by reducing texture quality and effects and some us don’t like the results. No reason to get nasty dude. Again, its my opinion.

          • ps4lol

            LOL completely utterly wrong.

            THE TEXTURE QUALITY IS THE SAME ON PS4 AND XBOX ONE VERSIONS OF WATCH DOGS. THE PS4 VERSION HAS HIGHER RESOLUTION, HIGHER SHADOW QUALITY, AND AMBIENT OCCLUSION. THE PS4 VERSION IS TECHNICALLY SUPERIOR IN EVERY WAY. THAT IS A FACT.

            YOU ARE DUMB AND WRONG

          • sergeantnorider

            Well if name calling makes you feel better have it dude. Its not a very persuasive way to argue a point however. But I guess you believe you’ll just yell at me until I agree. Let’s see how that works out for ya. Lol.

          • ps4lol

            THE TEXTURE QUALITY IS THE SAME ON PS4 AND XBOX ONE VERSIONS OF WATCH DOGS. THE PS4 VERSION HAS HIGHER RESOLUTION, HIGHER SHADOW QUALITY, AND AMBIENT OCCLUSION. THE PS4 VERSION IS TECHNICALLY SUPERIOR IN EVERY WAY. THAT IS A FACT.

          • sergeantnorider

            Lol. What are you yelling for? You mad bro?

          • WATTS

            The PC version is technically superior in every way. That’s also a FACT.

  • Virdin Barzey

    The fact that people are getting so detailed and specific to discuss next to nothing is astounding. Number of you need to get a life. The game looks next to identical. I bet if they did not have them label none of these clowns would know which console is which. Give it a rest. Unless there are MAJOR differences, enjoy the game on your console of choice and talk about the game…..

    • ps4lol

      Keep crying and shilling while everyone else ignores you and keeps buying PS4s.

      • Virdin Barzey

        I have a PS4 and I could careless who keeps buying them since none of that money is going into my pockets, nor yours. You and your idiotic Xbot buddies keep clogging up the thread with your immature back and forth PS4 is better or XB1 is better nonsense that real gamers just ignore. Nobody cares about opinions or comments from trolls since they just talk crap and have no idea what they are talking about.

        • ps4lol

          Yup, you’re asshurt.

          STOP TALKING ABOUT THINGS I DON’T LIKE!!1

  • skratchy

    So much pointless arguing here. They tell us the facts, but folks are still trying to convince themselves their Xbone’s were worth buying. I’ll agree that these practically look the same, BUT I know better because the PS4 is more technogically advanced piece of hardware. The fact that the One CANNOT run at 900P should actually tell you something. Funny how Microsoft fanboys went on and on about how 360 games looked better than PS3 games and, now that Sony has one-upped them, suddenly there is no difference between 790P and 1080P. Give me a break. Let’s just go back to 240P and see how y’all like that.

  • MrZweistein

    As always this specific author of the article takes his own spin into it. Yes the PS4 has the better shadows SOMETIMES, any yes there is more aliasing in the Xbox One version. On the other hand the Xbox One has the better textures and the better lighting. But the last two point he just forgot to write down because it is something positive in a Xbox One version of a game. Shame, shame, shame.

    • Xbox One has better textures and lighting? Wow? Care to point to the exact place where the lighting is better and where textures are clearly of higher quality? I would gladly change what I said if I see a solid proof.

      PS4 has better shadows because of a higher quality implementation of AO compared to the Xbox One. This is not restricted to this game. AFAIK, Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals all had better AO on the PS4. So again, this is not “SOMETIMES” but “EVERYTIME” on the PS4.

      • ps4lol

        I’m pretty sure the Xbox version doesn’t have AO at all.

        • F..k the world

          Go and play bro…let the world be stupid.WTF is wrong with you?!

          • WATTS

            He was fed brain turd as a child…

    • ps4lol

      No it doesn’t. You’re delusional.

      PS4 version has higher resolution and ambient occlusion, it’s technically superior.

  • Alex

    After six months they managed to make a worse version of WD so it can work on XBone. Yay for progress.

  • Bob ski

    Gay xbone tards never change, You fucked up again

  • Paul Forsythe

    Very quickly I can see that there are many subtle differences. The PS4 version has lots off little atmospheric lighting, reflection, soft focus, lens flare and other details that are missing in the xbox one version. Once you notice it is very easy to tell one from the other. I say this as an xbox fanboy. There is only one thing MS had to do to win the console wars this gen and that was to make sure they had better hardware than Sony. They failed at the first post. Now I have to put up with Sony’s awful GUI and network services to play the better versions of games. Ugh.

  • Guest

    Looks the same, but the PC looks miles better than the 900p PoS4 version.

    • WATTS

      Yes that’s a fact can’t argue with that.

    • ps4lol

      What the hell is “the PC”?

      PS4 is stronger than most PCs.

      • WATTS

        Not mine. Please post more about how your PS4 isn’t as good as most PCs.

        • GodGamerDerp

          My PC is probably better than yours, keep crying about “DUH PC” as if it were a monolithic entity.

      • HollatotheBalla

        My gaming rig from 2009 was as strong as a PS4 that came out on launch. Kinda sad.

  • You are flat out wrong

    Even in crappy, compressed Youtube videos the PS4 version looks better. Superior lighting.

  • tom

    they are so close. was gonna wait till i get a ps4 for the game but now think ill just get it on xbox

  • jacksjus

    In the beginning the only difference I saw was that the shadowing was more realistic on the PS4 version, however those trees swaying near the end showed a significant difference in detail.

  • marc berry

    A look at the shot that they put up you see aliasing right there (car) on PS4. wow…

    • ps4lol

      PS4 version has higher resolution and ambient occlusion, it’s technically superior.

  • Dangerousjo 1985

    Both look great.. Xb1 comes out on to barely on lighting and smoothness.. And ps4 comes out on top when it comes to shadow..

    • ps4lol

      Uh no. 720p = more aliasing and jaggies, less “smoothness”

      PS4’s footage is better in every way in the still comparisons

      still wait for digital foundry

      • marc berry

        Why is PS4 all ways darker?
        2:30 XB1 looks a lot better.
        Why is it this close any way?
        where is that 50% at?

        • ps4lol

          792p-900p + better quality settings

          • jent

            You should answer his question ps4lol.

          • ps4lol

            Factual PS4 Hardware Advantages: +6 CUs, +560 GFlops (44% greater), +16 ROPs, +6 ACEs/CQs, better GPGPU support, better performing CPU, and faster unified memory. PS4 OS may also have less overhead or reserves.

            Both Sony and MS have world class coders that will extract every bit of performance out of their consoles with their drivers/APIs/SDKs. The difference is PS4 simply has more powerful hardware to work with, so it will always stay ahead in graphics performance.

            Every console has a power budget that can be put towards resolution, framerate, or visual effects. PS4 has a higher total budget than Xbox. Therefore Forza 5 would run better on PS4, and Driveclub would run worse on Xbox.

            PS4 will have better performing games for the entire generation as it has more powerful hardware, you can’t overcome a hardware gap with better drivers/SDKs. Any game running on Xbox One can be run with better framerate/resolution/visual effects on PS4.

            Even if Xbox had a far more powerful CPU and 10000GB of 10000 GB/s memory, it’s ability to render graphics is STILL limited by the weaker GPU. There’s no getting around the weaker GPU, there’s no free lunch.

            DDR3+ESRAM is still a size and bandwidth bottleneck and difficult to code for. The DMA registers help transfer data between DDR3 and ESRAM, they aren’t super special sauce.

            If they’re both running at the same resolution the Xbox version will have lower framerate and/or visual effects, or the PS4 hardware isn’t being pushed.

            Xbox has memory size and bandwidth bottlenecks, weak GPU and GPGPU, only 16 ROPs, and OS virtualization overhead that all degrade gaming performance. Take your pick.

            Exclusively 1080p 60 FPS games on PS4: MGS V, CoD Ghosts, FFXIV, Tomb Raider, MLB The Show 14, Resogun, Trials Fusion

          • jent

            “so it will always stay ahead in graphics performance”
            -You should be careful in your use of the term always. You do not have the ability to see into the future. It is possible that the Xbox One will be better in some aspects of graphical performance. You should say something like “so it should stay ahead in graphics performance.”

            “you can’t overcome a hardware gap with better drivers/SDKs”
            -Sure you can. It depends on the quality of the drivers/SDKs. I won’t assume that the PS4 developers will always make superior drivers and SDKs, and neither should you.

            I hope you enjoy the games on your console. I will enjoy the ones on mine. Have a great day.

          • Bob ski

            Your machine is inferior so always xbone tard

          • jent

            Thanks for the enlightening contribution.

          • ps4lol

            Those are the facts, it’s not my problem if you’re too dumb to understand technology.

          • jent

            Personal unfounded attacks don’t help your point.

          • ps4lol

            I already laid out the facts.

          • jent

            As did I about a couple of your points. Note that I did not dispute all your points. You falsely assume I did.

          • ps4lol

            All you said was “WE DON’T KNOW FOR SUUUURE” when anyone who understands the technology does in fact know for sure.

          • aawells07

            Just curious. Why are you spending so much time all over the net day in and day out going on and on about this? Is this what gaming is about to you? Why spend this much time trying to convince everyone that the PS4 is better? Who cares? Right? You’ll never win arguments on the internet and all this ranting is for nothing. I’m a neutral party here and play all platforms so don’t bother with gigaflops and RAM comments. I’m seriously curious what drives you to do this? Are you hoping that everyone is gonna suddenly change their mind about which platform they like?

          • ps4lol

            Are you upset someone is stating facts and reality to dumb, delusional, constantly wrong microsoft fanboy shills?

          • aawells07

            Why would you think I’m upset? lol. You didn’t answer the question tho? Also again serious question. How old are you? Don’t be offended by my questions. Your answers could some of us some insight into why you do the things you do.

          • ps4lol

            Just telling dumb, delusional, constantly wrong imbecile fanboys they’re wrong.

          • aawells07

            Have you ever thought about maybe a different approach? Have you ever thought about making more in depth and more mature comments? If you made more thought out replies people would be more likely to listen to you instead of argue. You surely don’t like to argue with people and name call? Right? Just try it sometime man. There’s nothing worse than going to an article and seeing everyone arguing and going crazy. Don’t worry about if everyone agrees with you as it’s just not worth it. Just a thought man.

          • WATTS

            Because his a a troll and needs to defend his purchase because he feels insecure with his decision and his life in general.

          • WATTS

            fanboy much

          • IseeN4Gtardscrying

            He’s a pauper, he can’t afford anything else.

          • ps4lol

            Are you upset someone is stating facts and reality to dumb, delusional, constantly wrong microsoft fanboy shills?.

          • ps4lol

            Asshurt shill much?

        • You are flat out wrong

          It’s a last gen game.

          No doubt the Xbone version will have a problem with jaggies and overcontrast, just like Wolfenstein does.

      • Dangerousjo 1985

        That’s what the stats say but my eyes say different so I disagree that the ps4 looks better in every way.

        • Body_landslide

          if you read the article it says ps4 had the better visuals.

      • Dangerousjo 1985

        If they never told you which console was which by showing the names in those corners you wouldn’t have known which video was ps4.. Or which game looked better..

        • ps4lol

          WRONG

          Stop telling people what they can and can’t see. You just make yourself look like more of a delusional idiot.

          • jent

            Aren’t you telling him what he can and can’t see?

          • ps4lol

            No

          • jent

            You should read what you wrote.

          • IseeN4Gtardscrying

            The only delusional pauperidiot is YOU.

          • ps4lol

            Mentally ill, take your pills.

    • Bob ski

      Keep kidding yourself Xbone tard your machine is inferior

      • BCminer

        I have both new consoles, a PS Vita, a 3DS, a quite strong gaming rig and just ordered an nVidia SHIELD handheld console. Oh, I make 160k a year so I can afford them. You are all losers lol

  • dvidvizer91

    This is quite interesting, been playing around with the pc version for a bit and I can see now that ps4 is much closer to ultra on pc then xbox one. It would seem that xbox is equal to high settings, lower shadow quality, little AO, worse AA, while the ps4 is using higher AO, ultra or close to a form of ultra shadows, and better AA. This is not surprising.

    • Dylan Harris

      um the developers said that BOTH consoles are equivelant to high. The ps4 barely looks ANY different then the xbox one.theres a tiny difference.

      • ps4lol

        “have fun with your ps3.5, moron” – You

        Keep crying and spinning while everyone else ignores you and keeps buying PS4s.

        • WATTS

          such anger, much fanboy!

          • IseeN4Gtardscrying

            Yep, so much $0N¥ pauper that can’t afford anything else but has to defend his pauperbox all over the internet, pauperanger
            He can’t help himself though, he failed at real life.

          • ps4lol

            Are you upset someone is stating facts and reality to dumb, delusional, constantly wrong microsoft fanboy shills?

          • WATTS

            such irony, much owned…
            Actually i’m enjoying playing Watch Dogs on my “Microsoft” Windows PC with superior 5760×1200 resolution and Ultra detail settings. Enjoy your super awesome 900p. lol

          • ps4lol

            Dumb, delusional, worthless, malicious fanboy shill.

            PS4 will have the graphics advantage the entire gen. PS4 hardware and software will outsell Xbox globally the entire gen. PS4 will have more dev support and more 1st party games the entire gen. Sony still has a large number of 1st party studios and they’re all working on PS4 games. PS4 will make a net profit, Sony won’t go bankrupt. I’m constantly right, as usual.

            PC and PS4 are different markets with different pros and cons. PS4 has price/performance and simplicity, PCs have a higher potential performance, but generally more expensive and requires time and knowledge to buy, build, and maintain one.

            PS4 is comparable to a mid range PC at 1.84TF. PS4 has some interesting architecture benefits over traditional split CPU/GPU split memory pool PCs, and other customizations. For $400 you get a lot of price/performance, more than a $400 PC would get you. PS4 is better than most PCs. PS4 will have lots of good exclusives, both console only and PS4 only.

            Xbox/PC fanboys seem to be on a war on people too poor or unwilling/unable to spend time and money buying, building, and maintaining a PC. Mustard race claiming they can afford multi-thousand dollar PCs but too poor to buy a $200-400 console.

            Only deranged fanboys keep chewing their own legs off screaming about “peasants”.

          • Mike Litoris

            “Mustard race claiming they can afford multi-thousand dollar PCs but too poor to buy a $200-400 console” LMFAO, I’d rather buy a PS4 or Xbox One somewhere in 2015/2016 when there is actual games available that I’m interested in, otherwise it’s not worth it, has nothing to do with being able to afford one or not.

          • WATTS

            But my PC with Microsoft Windows running is high end and 1200p and runs ULTRA with Watchdogs easily on my rig so why would i want a PS4 with 900p sub standard graphics? 😀 Are you suggesting i buy a PS4 and lower my immersion and wow factor in games with a console that’s already out of date? I mean you are so hung on superior technology, surely you wouldn’t be suggesting i use a PS4 to play in less detail? lmfao

          • ps4lol

            No, you’re a fanboy imbecile.

          • WATTS

            lol says the troll with a fanboy avatar and name.

          • angh

            I guess this config costs a ‘bit’ more than $399. I do have gaming pc myself and ps4 as well. And this game isn’t worth of getting on PC. Almost non existent modding community for ubisoft games. PC all the way for games like Skyrim though.

            Back to the topic: difference between xbox one and ps4 is quite visible. To say the least – just look at shadows.

      • dvidvizer91

        Ya from playing it on pc and seeing the differences here, that is not the case. As I said before, you can clearly see better shadows and AO in the video. In order to get xbone shadow quality i had to lower it. Saying the ps4 looks barely different just means you do not know how AO works and how it makes a bigger difference with the overall picture quality and feel. Digital foundry will have the final verdict anyway.

        • WATTS

          The pc version is superior in every way sorry. Ive been playing it none stop and consoles cannot handle ULTRA settings nor can they handle my 1200p resolution. 🙂

          • wattskiller

            Ok, we get it. You play on 1200p on ultra. How many times are you gonna say it

          • WATTS

            How many times you going to troll?

          • ps4lol

            My PC is better than yours, I know more about tech than you. You’re a dumb, delusional fanboy shill.

          • WATTS

            pot kettle and the such