Behold! Assassin’s Creed 4: PS3 vs PS4 Comparison

We all know there really isn’t that compelling of a reason to rush out and buy either Playstation 4 or Xbox One just yet. That won’t happen until sometime early next year when Watch_Dogs finally drops, assuming it launches ahead of Infamous: Second Son of course. Until then, the interesting TV features of Xbox One and the vastly improved interface of Playstation 4 aside, almost everything you can get on either console has a version also available for previous-gen consoles.

“But surely,” you’re shouting at me, “surely there must be some differences between the next gen and old gen consoles. Otherwise, releasing games for both platforms would feel like a tremendous waste of time and also money. Otherwise, our entire civilization might be a lie!” And you’d be right, straw human I erected to avoid actual substantive questions about next gen tech! And to prove it, our man James Heaney decided to compare Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag on PS3 to the same game on PS4. Spoiler alert: Graphics be better on PS4.

Here’s how it went down:

True fact: Despite fairly substantial graphical differences, Ubisoft spared no expense to ensure that both versions of the game contain the exact same level of plot incoherence.

But enough about that, if you’re still recovering from Thanksgiving, let us know in comments what you think about the differences.

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8 Comments on Behold! Assassin’s Creed 4: PS3 vs PS4 Comparison


On November 30, 2013 at 2:29 am

I bought Black Flag for the PS3 and loved it, but when I heard there would be a PS4 for me at (Europe)Launch day I decided to stop playing and wait for the 10euro upgrade to PS4 version. So yesterday I got my PS4 and imo the difference in AC4 is very noticeable. But it is mainly graphics wise. The leap from HD-ready (720p) to full 1080p is very welcome, as it is much sharper and deeper colors on my Bravia 46″. Apart from that you can look at it as putting a PC version on ultra (or max, whatever) setting. Beter draw distance, much more particle effects (very noticeable during naval battles, with big clouds of smoke more rain etc) beter AA and AF etc..The most noticeable improvement I like the most is the constant 60 frame-rate (or at least close to), without any screen-tearing.
So if you like eye-candy and a smooth frame-rate, It’s certainly worth it.

The video our lovely James made doesn’t do it really justice though, Youtube’s compression is terrible. I think the only way to really tell is to see it live in action.


On November 30, 2013 at 9:01 am

Really not the same as on PC, I have a GTX Titan and getting AC4 to run smoothly on my computer is a pain. If one of the most powerful commercial graphic card can’t handle the game smoothly than the game is not well optimized for PCs, also the FOV in the game on PCs is poor. I have a big monitor and my FOV is fairly small and there is no FOV slider in the game so very things is awkward for me.


On November 30, 2013 at 10:11 pm

it aint coming out next year. I picked up my pr-order ofACIV black flag:Bucanneer Edition for the PS4 and my pre-order of the PS4 on Aus calender 29_11_2013 USA calender 11_29_2013.


On December 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

To be honest, the difference isn’t that big, especially for four hundred bucks. The 360 definetely needed an upgrade, but only the highest demand graphics (like explosions) do you really see a difference. Dropping 400$ for about a significant graphics change for at most 10% of the game, not really worth it in my opinion.


On December 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Everyone who’s already slamming this as not worth it.

If you purchased a system day one or pre-order with a good chunk of store credit like myself, AC IV is probably your best bet for a good 40 hours of game play in the single player alone [that's if you enjoy the ship combat, which I personally love]. Let’s also not forget that is a cross platform launch title, these games are the first wave and are not the best the system has to offer.

Want to see what the graphical difference is between launch stuff and end cycle stuff? Look at the first AC game compared to this or Halo 3 compared to Halo 4 [the sixth in that series in actuality].

As far as the guy talking about his PC, no one give a sh!t mate.

People buy consoles because it’s a guarantee that anything released for that console in the next decade will run on it. You don’t require the hassle of checking specs and still get to play a lot of great games that tend to be cheaper in the long run since you don’t need to drop hundreds of dollars on rebuilding your rig ever couple years.

Hell I have a gaming rig and do you know what? I do the whole spec check every upgrade and can run Skyrim on ultra settings with mods to boot but the game I’ve played most on this thing is still Final Fantasy VII. Graphics are only one of the trinity of gaming that matters [Story, Art, Gameplay] please stop acting like 60+ frame and a 2000+ resolution is the be-all/end-all of gaming.

Dan Miller

On December 2, 2013 at 9:51 am

Where’s the review?? I know Phil has a particular interest in this series, and its an interesting entry in that it’s technically proficient while also being completely devoid of progress in the main story that has provided framing for the series thus far. I’d like to propose two structures for your review, Phil.

1. Review AC4 as one might review a new OS or new version of a purely functional tool. These features might be better, but do you need to upgrade?


2. Talk more broadly about the history of placeholder games in this era of yearly release cycle pressure. They built AC3 with AC4 in mind. It’s the same engine, same animations. They did this once before with Revelations, which sort of has to be mentioned, though at least Revelations purported to advance the plot of the characters we were accustomed too. Do we just start skipping every other AC game at this point? I thought Batman Origins was best described as “a giant Arkham City mod”. Is AC4 just a giant AC3 mod?


On December 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

next gen are better than pc !!!!!!!!!


On December 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

most people aren’t spending an extra $400 just for this game keep in mind. its for a whole gaming experience over the next decade. sure its not a huge leap right now but like someone else said, look at the first gen ps3 graphics compared to now.