Watch Dogs: Legion will run at 4K, 30 FPS with ray-tracing enabled on next-gen consoles
Watch Dogs: Legion is targeting 4K and 30 frames per second with ray-tracing enabled on next-gen consoles, according to live producer Lathieeshe Thillainathan.
When asked whether Legion will give players the option to disable ray-tracing in order to hit that 60 FPS benchmark at 4K, Thillainathan did not respond.
Ubisoft previously revealed that one of its other marquee titles launching this fall, Valhalla, was targeting 30 FPS at 4K, despite both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 promoting 4K gaming at 60 FPS. This led to confusion about the standardization of 60 FPS on the Series X, and Xbox marketing manager Aaron Greenberg clarified that “a standard or common 60 FPS is not a mandate.”
This isn’t that surprising, considering the game’s PC settings at 4K require beefy GPUs like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and AMD Radeon VII. What’s more interesting to consider is what options developers will give to next-gen console owners when it comes to performance, and how these studios will adapt to next-gen consoles’ different modes, whether that’s with 4K at ray-tracing, 4K at 60 FPS, or 120 FPS at 1080p or 1440p. As consumers get their hands on the next-gen consoles and begin to more fully understand their potential, it’s not impossible to imagine that they will demand more graphical options.
Besides the game’s performance benchmarks, Thillainathan revealed several more interesting tidbits about the ambitious Legion. Here are some of our favorites:
- If everyone on your team dies with permadeath disabled, and you don’t recruit anyone else, you can technically get a game over.
- Ubisoft specifically adapted Legion‘s driving model to London’s right-hand driving and narrow roads.
- You can still recruit NPCs to your team in online mode, and your friends can either help you or “make it more interesting,” though online mode “will be a dedicated space for online-specific content.”
- Characters that you buy through the season pass are also subject to permadeath, and the only way to get them back is to start a new game.
- Speaking of online mode and permadeath, permadeath will be turned off for online mode at launch, though Ubisoft is still discussing ways to incorporate this mechanic into multiplayer.
Watch Dogs: Legion launches October 29th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with Xbox Series X|S versions available on November 10th and a PlayStation 5 version available on November 12th digitally, with a physical version set to arrive on November 24th. Players who buy the game for current-gen consoles can get the next-gen version for free when staying within their respective console families.