#1 Posted by Tearhead (2151 posts) -

Hey guys, I got this shiny new PS4 and was wondering which platform should I buy this game for. If the visuals/performance on PC are significantly superior to the PS4 that would sway me towards the PC version, but I've heard talk that this game might not be properly optimized on there. What do you guys think?

PC Specs: GTX 670, i5-3570k, 8gigs ram

#2 Posted by GaspoweR (2792 posts) -

I've been playing it on PC and it looks and plays great. :)

#3 Posted by bigjeffrey (4768 posts) -

PS4, apparently it is a bad PC port.

#4 Edited by Kidavenger (3502 posts) -

I've played all the past ones on PC and they were all fine.

Your PC is more than enough for it.

The only reason to go for PS4 is that PSN deal right now $10 credit if you spend 60, so it'd be $10 cheaper on PSN.

The last few AC games have been under $30 on boxing day, I don't know if AC4 will follow that trend, but something to consider.

#5 Posted by soulcake (248 posts) -

PS4 for sure extra content for PS only and the PC port is badly optimized.

#6 Posted by jayjonesjunior (1086 posts) -

PS4.

#7 Posted by selfconfessedcynic (2495 posts) -

I run AC4 on my 660Ti @60frames with everything on high except V-Sync. With v-sync on, it gets locked to 30 for whatever reason. In short, performance wise you should be fine outside of towns.

However, I'll be playing it on PS4 because I prefer ps controllers to the 360 gamepad and it's less hastle to get it up and running on my TV (no having to switch primary monitors / etc).

#8 Edited by Blommer4 (191 posts) -

If you have the console, like you so, I say go for the PS4 version. Only reason I say that is that building a little library can be a smart thing to do, since the launch lineup is... a launch lineup.

#9 Posted by Vinny_Says (5685 posts) -

EXTRA 60 MINUTES OF EXCLUSIVE GAMEPLAY ONLY AVAILABLE ON YOUR SONY PLAYSTATION 4 CONSOLE BY SONY INC.

#10 Posted by Xeiphyer (5594 posts) -

Might as well play something nice on your new PS4. I've been playing the PC version and its working perfectly well though.

#11 Posted by TheHBK (5463 posts) -

PS4, I know some have had better experiences but again, some are saying the PC port is bad though it can get patched. I mean even the PS4 version was patched to up res it.

#12 Edited by Jimbo (9772 posts) -

I've had no problems at all with the PC version. Very pleased with how it looks and runs.

I don't know how PC / console game prices compare where you are, but the PS4 version is like 50% more expensive than PC here in the UK.

#13 Posted by yinstarrunner (1182 posts) -

PS4 so that you have a reason to use it.

#14 Posted by captain_clayman (3318 posts) -

Question: Is the ps4 version targeting 60fps or 30fps?

#15 Posted by avantegardener (1108 posts) -

PC version is cracking, if you do want to have something to play on PS4 (slightly lack lustre launch that it is) it appears to be jolly good there too.

#16 Posted by spraynardtatum (2594 posts) -

I dunno but the PS4 version I have is pretty bitchin

#17 Posted by SongWriter1987 (123 posts) -

If you play on pc just disable vsync because it locks it at 30fps. If you keep the ambient occlusion on normal and don't use soft shadows you should get a solid 60fps on the ship and between 40 and 50 in town.

#18 Edited by jkz (4001 posts) -

PC version's pretty good so long as you take a few seconds to tweak settings. Runs beautifully on my laptop near maxed (and looks incredible). If you want something for your PS4 (new hardware with a dearth of software and such) then it seems like it's pretty damn good there too.

#19 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4329 posts) -

PS4, apparently it is a bad PC port.

No it's not, the game is running smoothly on mine maxed out with just FXAA. The game runs in the low 40's in the dense vegetation areas and then it's 50 to 60 during ship parts and traversing the cities. i7/GTX 770

I've played all the past ones on PC and they were all fine.

Your PC is more than enough for it.

The only reason to go for PS4 is that PSN deal right now $10 credit if you spend 60, so it'd be $10 cheaper on PSN.

The last few AC games have been under $30 on boxing day, I don't know if AC4 will follow that trend, but something to consider.

Greenmangaming currently has the PC version for $45 when you add their voucher code.

#20 Edited by Tearhead (2151 posts) -

Question: Is the ps4 version targeting 60fps or 30fps?

Hmm... seems the PS4 version runs at a constant 30fps. And 60fps on my PC has always been a big deal for me.

#21 Posted by SlashDance (1803 posts) -

The reason people say it's a bad PC port is because it doesn't run quite as good as it should due to questionable optimization, which is true but that doesn't mean It's broken. In fact the port job itself is actually not bad with added visual effects and an actual graphics menu, unlike AC3.

It's disappointing that you need a monster of a PC to make it run at constant 60fps maxed out, but the PS4 version is not as good as the PC version maxed out, and runs at 30fps... so with your specs you can easily make it look and run better. (source: I have the same rig, except only 4gigs of RAM)

#22 Posted by groundbeef (63 posts) -

With that rig you're prob okay on the PC, but unless you get a good deal on the PC version you might as well get the PS4 one, the PC port definitely could have been better.

#23 Posted by Korwin (2824 posts) -

That machine will run it just fine. I have a 3570K machine with a GTX680 which I use as my lounge room "console". I set the sunshafts to low and the shadows to high (the soft shadows are a no go) and it runs just fine with FXAA. As your on a 670 you might need to go to medium shadows but I don't think you will need to adjust much more than that. It will still look nicer than the PS4 version and give fairly solid 60 fps (might hit the odd dip here and there but nothing serious).

#24 Edited by fetchfox (1221 posts) -

@tearhead: I'd say go with the PC version as your rig will make it look nicer and play smoother than on PS4. Just remember to use Nvidias Adaptive vsync instead of the built in version! It'll be smoother and have far less tearing. The exclusive content is also on PC... And it's not really worth it in my opinion. If you want it, get the Digital Deluxe edition from steam.

#25 Posted by Humanity (8799 posts) -

@tearhead: I'm getting it for PS4 just so I have a reason to turn the thing on. I'm also getting Killzone 4 to see pretty graphics despite having no interest in playing it. These are dire times.

#26 Posted by Creamypies (4049 posts) -

PS4 has exclusive content, so it would make sense to play it there.

#27 Edited by fetchfox (1221 posts) -

@creamypies: the content is also included in the "Assassin's Creed Black Flag Digital Deluxe Edition" that you can for PC through Uplay or Steam. I know for certain as I've played the Aveline missions on PC. The content is only exclusive on a console level, meaning not for Xbox 360 or One.

#28 Posted by AlexGBRO (273 posts) -

@tearhead: go for ps4 it has an extra hour of misions

#29 Edited by crusader8463 (14413 posts) -

Get it for PC. I have a slightly better processor than you, but otherwise same specs and it runs smoothly at 60 fps with a few tweaks. None of the consoles are doing that from what I hear. As for the extra content, you can just watch it on youtube.

#30 Posted by Cincaid (2953 posts) -

What the likelihood of it appearing during this Steam fall sale?

#31 Posted by JoeyRavn (4947 posts) -

EXTRA 60 MINUTES OF EXCLUSIVE GAMEPLAY ONLY AVAILABLE ON YOUR SONY PLAYSTATION 4 CONSOLE BY SONY INC.

Actually, the Aveline DLC is available on PC. It's console exclusive on PS4, though.

#32 Edited by Tearhead (2151 posts) -

Well, Amazon's current sale kind of answered this question for me. $35 for the PC version is an amazing deal! Thanks to everyone for the great and valid points.

#33 Posted by Cincaid (2953 posts) -

@tearhead: Got it as well from Amazon! Awesome that you could choose between Steam and Uplay (even though you have to run it through Uplay from Steam)!

#34 Posted by Timoti87 (8 posts) -

PS4