Although it’s been five months since the third instalment of Watch Dogs was released, the French company does not want to ignore those players who have acquired the London hacking on a next-gen console.
On Reddit, Watch Dogs: Legion‘s live producer, Lathieeshe Thillainathan, and online director, JP Cambiotti, have held an AMA (Ask Me Anything). Here, they got a question when the players can expect a performance update so that the game can run at sixty frames per second on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. While the answer was short („60 FPS for next-gen consoles is in development and we’ll announce the exact release dates with our future Title Updates.”), it did confirm that Ubisoft is going to increase the frame rate from 30 FPS on the November-launched consoles.
We don’t know when the patch will arrive, which should include the Xbox Series S, as it also runs the game at 30 FPS on 1080p, with ray tracing in the reflections. The Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 both target a dynamic 4K resolution, but only with 30 FPS. Previously, Digital Foundry was already guessing that Ubisoft would address this issue eventually:
„Everything runs at 30 FPS on all three systems, with none of the varying levels of slowdown found on the last-gen machines – uninteresting for frame-rate graphs but great for the players. I suspect we were limited on both CPU and GPU sides on the last-gen platforms, but the new hardware just powers through, with the DRS system taking care of any potential graphics bottleneck. Given this, I do wonder if an optional performance mode could deliver 60fps gameplay too: according to the config files on PC, there was a 60fps mode in the works for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X at some point, but that is not the case in the final version of the game. Perhaps that will arrive at a later point,” Digital Foundry’s analysis claimed.
Let’s be patient then.