Now, initially, I tried to deny a downgrade. But after a comparison video I saw, I knew something was changed from 2012. A LOT was changed. But THIS, it does make me angry. The 2012 visuals are in the files. The better rain, the shaders, bloom effects, even some NPC reactions and explosions! Now, question, why the HELL would UbiSoft DO this? Was there a reason to go to the console graphics (which are a FAR CRY from the way the worse mod looks, I'll be sure to put a comparison video below)? I have a theory. Now, I'll use the same disclaimer I use with my Catholicism arguments. I can't prove this, but I have evidence!
You know how heavily Watch_Dogs was promoted heavily on PS4? They may have said PC was the premiere platform for the game, but I heard WAYYY more about the PS4 release. Hell, it has additional content. Well, here's what I think happened. Sony paid them off. They did it to make the PS4 look just as good as the PC version. So, they implemented the graphics of the PS4 version, and NPC reactions, and a few other things to the PC version at the last second. That would explain the poor optimization and stuttering some players experience.
I installed the Worse patch. Instead of 45-60 FPS on ultra at 1440P, I can actually get 87FPS! And this game looks BEAUTIFUL. Not to mention, the motorcycles handle a little differently. Now, this also explains high system requirements. I had a buddy play the game on a 5650! And it WORKED, and it ran good, minus the stuttering. The game, as it is retail, doesn't look like it warrants high system requirements. But now, it makes perfect sense! Why UbiSoft would screw people over like this is beyond me. I wouldn't mind, but the fact that the effects are in the files shows UbiSoft is covering up. Ubisofts next patch better unlock all this stuff, or else I'm going to be PISSED. And UbiSoft can't say it was a lie! They can't, because it's FACT!
I just looked at it ... awesome forget I spoke that is the best looking version of the game. It makes you wonder why they did not just leave it as it was.
I heard about this yesterday when Totalbiscuit did a video on it, he came to pretty much the same conclusion-either Sony paid them off or they were just grossly incompetent, I certainly wouldn't put it past Sony to do something like that.
The PS4 version is certainly not the only version that looks good though.
The game was made to run on Nvidia only, any machine with AMD that tries to run the game will suffer from a crippling framerate, freezes, crashes and glitches galore.
Sure PC's can be more powerful but who wants that hassle when a new game is released.