Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag PS4 patch brings resolution from 900p to 1080p

Friday, 15th November 2013 18:49 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag will have an update made available “shortly after” PS4′s release in order to bring the game’s resolution up from 900p to 1080p, Ubisoft has announced.

According to the firm’s community manager Gary Steinman, the game shipped at 900p to ensure framerates wouldn’t go below 30fps.

“Finishing the game at 900p gave the development team the extra room in terms of the GPU and CPU usage to ensure the framerate never dips below 30 frames per second,” he stated. “The team then used the time between the ship date and the release to focus on a title update that could deliver native 1080p resolution on the PS4.”

“The most important part of this title update is not necessarily 1080p native resolution,” added associate producer Sylvain Trottier. “It’s the fact that even when we were done with the project, even when we were finished with the certification and everything else, even when most of the engineers had started to work on other projects – like we always do at Ubisoft – some of my engineers continued to work on Black Flag and they even developed a brand-new anti-aliasing technique.”

Steinman added that current PS4 players should “pay special attention to finer details like the ropes on the ships,” and then have another look once the update is installed as an example of the change to resolution.

The anti-aliasing technique will be available for both PS4 and Xbox One.

Thanks, Eurogamer.



  1. Sini

    Console peasants with their shenanigans.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. ddtd

    Good news and more proof that launch titles don’t show a console’s potential. I can’t wait to see what these devs can do on both systems once they’re more familiar with how to code for the hardware.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. gomersoul

    Gamers really are gaining back the industry… Just complain enough and you get what you want… 1080p 60fps and some particles please, lots of particles, no drm either

    #3 1 year ago
  4. tenthousandgothsonacid

    What’s the xbone running at ?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Legendaryboss

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Legendaryboss

    Officially no one knows.
    Unofficially 900p.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. OnionPowder

    Link to EG is broken, here is a corrected one:

    if XB1 is running at 900p post patch then that is just fucked. the 360 version is running at 720p FFS

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Panthro

    I heard that if you say the command ‘xbox activate super secret second GPU’ all games then run at 1080p 60fps…

    Any truth to this? My cousins half sisters boyfriends uncle works at Microsoft and he says that it is true.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. OnionPowder

    @8 I can verify that is true


    Need more proof?

    #9 1 year ago
  10. ultragamer

    Yay! 900p -> 1080p! My eyes can see again! :P

    #10 1 year ago
  11. KineticCalvaria

    Meanwhile the xbox one version continues to run at 900p…

    #11 1 year ago
  12. ultragamer

    Meanwhile, for some users, the PS4 version continues to run at 0p and 0fps…

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Reddpayn

    Someone should make a video about cod ghosts ps4 version splitscreen gameplay

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Max Payne

    @1 I laugh so load. Thank you.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. bobnice

    Once again, the people who cried about needing internet, you know those guys who said they had no internet, or bad internet, or lived on a submarine, and shit on MS…those poor souls will be unable to download the patch and forever play AC4 in 900p On their PS4

    #15 1 year ago
  16. OnionPowder

    @15 the same people will never be able to play it on the Xbox One even to this day.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. ultragamer

    @16 Some people are not able to play it on their PS4 even to this day.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. G-Sama

    @15 Dude … Xbox One couldn’t have OPERATED without internet , there’s a huge difference between patching a game to a better resolution and not being able to play the game at all because of your internet …

    i swear to god xbox fans are by far the worst of two , they just complain about everything they know their machine can’t do and wait on every bit of “bad” news to prove how inferior the ps4 is …
    it’s not the Xbone i hate …. it’s the retarded fans that do these kind of stuff , just accept the fact that PS4 offers the better deal and get over it , play Xbox no one cares everyone has a prefered console for god sake ..

    #18 1 year ago
  19. o0die

    So you’re really playing that card after the fiasco that is xbox360? Funny stuff bro

    #19 1 year ago
  20. ultragamer

    The Sony Defense Force has finally arrived to save the day once again.

    Playstation 3.5, “More of the same awaits”*

    *Please install updates and use HDMI port at your own risk.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. bobnice

    @ #18

    Im no fanboy so chill, dont get so mad. I have my ps4 waiting for me at best buy on my way home from work and I have an xbox one preordered for the 22nd. Im just pointing it out that those people who originally complained all over the internet about needing internet are not able to download this patch. Im not comparing the two evils im just pointing out that this is shitty for the guys without internet. Im no fanboy of a brand, im a fan of games…I own a ps1 ps2 ps3 psp psvita (white) ps eye ps4 (in an hour) and also an og xbox xbox 360 xbox kinect xbox one (22nd). Chill bro there are more important things in life to be angry about

    #21 1 year ago
  22. pukem0n


    holy crap, don’t insult a fanboys whole purpose in life. they will get angry and cry in their parents basement :)

    #22 1 year ago
  23. TheBlackHole


    Talking to yourself is the first sign of madness.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Rockstar Vienna

    @23 Ha!

    Awesome news btw! :D

    #24 1 year ago
  25. xxJPRACERxx

    @23 lol

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Clupula

    @18 – That’s just how Xbox people are.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Djoenz

    @20 Ultragamer

    “The Sony Defense Force has finally arrived to save the day once again.

    Playstation 3.5, “More of the same awaits”*

    Who are you mate? Ive heard that before. You are either a lonewolf in disguise or some xbots like to clone eachother. Familiar.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. ultragamer

    @27 “More of the same awaits”? You probably heard that from gamers.

    If you are referring to Sony Defense Force, I read that some where today. Are you a member?

    #28 1 year ago
  29. RussellGorall

    I would rather have it at 720p and 60fps.

    By the way, can we ever stop with this fanboyism for corporations?

    #29 1 year ago

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