Watch Dogs vs. Grand Theft Auto V: A Screenshot Comparison Between Two Open World Games


Let’s face it, Ubisoft’s plan to release Watch Dogs on a wide variety of hardware has resulted in the old generation getting the least amount of attention, but it has also resulted in the current generation being held back to realize the full potential. In truth, both the old generation and current generation of consoles could achieve far better results than the current ones, but sadly this didn’t happen.

Grand Theft Auto V was released exclusively on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Upon its release, it stunned everyone with its beautiful lighting and one of the best and most detailed open world in any game. The graphics of the game were unlike anything at the time of its release. Now fast forward to more than half year later, and we have got another open world game on the old generation consoles. The question here is, does Watch Dogs even match, or come close to the level of polish that we see in Grand Theft Auto V? Lets see how both games compare against each other in screenshots.

Obviously Grand Theft Auto V has an advantage here. It is unbelievable how stunning the game can still look despite being almost an year old game, and having such a huge open world compared to Watch Dogs. It would be currently unfair to compare Grand Theft Auto V to Watch Dogs on the PS4, so we decided against it. Once an inevitable port of Grand Theft Auto V arrives on the current generation consoles, we can make that comparison as well. As it stands, there is nothing that comes close to the scope of Grand Theft Auto V on the current generation consoles. Heck, its daytime lighting is still a lot better than Watch Dogs on current generation, although Watch Dogs looks stunning during nightime, especially with a rainy weather or thunderstorm.

What do you have to say about this comparison? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Guest

    plus we are talking bright and sunny California to the windy city these are two different games with two different environments. I enjoyed GTAV but I also Enjoy Watch_Dogs I dont really compare the two other than open world sandbox. Watch_Dogs gives me alot to do while driving around and some very fun stunt opportunities while GTA left me bored and tired of driving. I think if we all stop comparing and start giving constructive criticism it will go alot farther in the future of gaming. Trolling is not fixing it, get a hint fanboys

  • Naysayer

    Stupid GTA Fanboys here. Watch Dogs is superior in every way, the crappy Consoles are technically outdated and GTA hasn’t evolved since 4 , in fact San Andreas was better than 5.

  • Fluffy

    It is all well and good to say that gta v is better looking than watch dogs, but there have been multiple titles in the gta series for rockstar to improve and learn from its errors. However in ubisoft’s case, this is the first
    watch dogs title they have released, and so have not had the chance to take feedback on board with a newer game, unlike rockstar with gta v.

  • Jeff

    Rockstar games is the founder and KING of Sandbox titles.
    I’m not sure what people expect.

  • Jecht_Sin

    The only thing I know is that Ubisoft kept its tradition and managed to have Watch Dog noticeably tearing even on Xbone (and slightly on PS4), while GTA V is tearless..

  • cusman

    GTA V is a simulated physics world for everything from the characters to all the objects and the lighting and shadows, even the sound, while Watch_Dogs is mostly just faked.

    I mean in Watch_Dogs you will see the sun reflected in building glass even when there is no sun shining at those buildings. Your momentum has no effect on how things break/crumble when you impact. The train stops the moment you get in front of it, yet the sound of it slowing down/stopping continues to play. Rockstar has been making, refining, and improving their game/engine for years, and Watch_Dogs has just put up a first game.

    I think it will take a few iterations before Watch_Dogs sandbox is as well implemented as something like GTA V.

  • lol

    I don’t know what y’all are looking at but in gaming having super bright daylight is considered BAD LIGHTING because it is highly unrealistic. Plus the clothing and faces in GTA V is horrible. I haven’t played both on my TV to compare but based on those I would not say GTA is sooo much better. Plus they already compared map sizes and it’s about the same. This is a troll article.

  • PachterStation

    Not forgetting that Watchdogs is a GTA clone. Not played Watch Dogs yet, but I’m guessing it’ll be one of these overhyped games that’ll be rammed with DLC.

  • Asif Bashir

    GTA V blows Watch Dogs out of the water quite literally, given how GTA V was able to run looking that incredible on a system with around 512mb of ram compared to Watch Dogs on PS4 which has 8GB of ram its shameful. Arguments aside on total ram available for development its still a ton more on current gen that’s for sure, for a game like Watch Dogs on current gen there is no excuse for it to look like it does also its gameplay is mediocre at best so another win for GTA V imo.

  • C

    Yet the screen shots are so obviously cherry picked. Work your magic to try and get more site hits.

    • thombro911

      Cherry picked in which sense? Cause if you’re saying it’s cherry picked for the views of GTA V looking better I’m going to be baffled cause. Watch dogs on old generation systems plays sooo horribly and all settings for the game on medium to low specs of what you can manually adjust on PC. I sat down and looked at it on medium/low specs and its god awful, the only console version that looks crisp and plays steadily for watch dogs is on the PS4, they couldn’t even get the game to run steadily on xbox one after delaying it multiple times. The game was overhyped to the extremes that it could be. Atleast GTA V follows through across the board when it released. Rockstar hands down outdid Ubisoft, so I honestly hope the cherry picking was for something other than you thinking the screen shots were to make GTA look better because I can tell you that from draw distance to extreme detail Watch Dogs can’t hold a stick to GTA, and I actually enjoy both games so it’s no bias just a fellow gamer who looks at facts not hype.

    • I tried my best to make Watch Dogs look better but…. it is hard. The lighting is flat and generic compared to what we have in Grand Theft Auto V, and this makes a huge difference.

  • guest

    On the old gen screenshots above, GTAV old gen is far superior to old gen Watch Dogs.