Ubisoft's new open-world title Watch Dogs has been facing some issues related to downloading, for some PlayStation 4 owners.
Watch Dogs players are reportedly facing the issue of slow downloads, and several gamers, who purchased the title, have not been able to play it. Many used the official PlayStation 4 thread to lay bare their frustration of being unable to play the much-awaited game even after purchase.
Players faced problems as the download seemed to be stuck for a long time. The game initially had to download a 3.4 GB file, which allows the users to play the game, while the rest of the game would be downloading in the background.
After the launch of the game, a title screen displays that the installation in PlayStation 4 is happening in the background. But the title screen remains so even after several minutes, causing frustration among players who have been waiting to play the action-adventure game for a long time.
Many users in the thread agreed that they all felt the same problem. This issue stopped players from continuing play, till rest of the installation is completed.
However, the issue has not been reported on other consoles like PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Watch Dogs PC Version Graphics Performance Criticized
The PC version of Watch Dogs is facing criticism from players, who have complained about poor graphics performances. Even players with high-end systems grappled with the issues as they were unable to play the game and it did not live up to the expectations.
Digital Foundry, in its analysis, had confirmed that the PC version was disappointing, when compared to other versions. It faced "stutter" issues despite having high-end hardware.
"The lack of consistency during gameplay is quite frustrating," said Digital Foundry in its first impressions on the PC version of Watch Dogs. The dissatisfaction was also expressed by many users on the game's Steam listing page. Players experienced crashes and stuttering in graphics, while audio cues were not aligned properly.
However, Sebastian Viard, graphics technical director of Watch Dogs, has defended the game tweeting: "Watch Dogs can use 3+ GB of RAM on NG consoles for graphics, your PC GPU needs enough VRAM for ultra options due to the lack of unified mem".
Viard also asked players who experienced this problem on a faster PC "to lower one of those settings to reduce the GPU VRAM usage: texture quality, AA, resolution".
He also congratulated his team for taking on an 'incredibly complex task' and doing a 'fantastic job' at it. But he also promised that the team is working on a patch that will fix and improve the issues faced by players.
Meanwhile, Watch Dogs has become one of the fastest-selling games in history, with it selling more copies in the first 24 hours than any other gaming title from the company.
"I once said that the buzz around Watch Dogs was driven by the incredible passion of our early fans. Today we broke the record for the biggest first-day sales in Ubisoft history," Jonathan Morin, creative director, stated on the UbiBlog.