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PS4 vs PS3 Dynasty Warriors 8 Video Comparison Doesn’t Really Show the Generational Gap

by on January 3, 2014 8:11 AM 10

Tecmo Koei’s Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends  is one of the first PS4/PS3 cross-generation Japanese games to be released (at least in the Asian market), and a video showcasing the difference between the two platforms has popped up on YouTube, courtesy of user UltimateGameChannel.

The video plays the two versions of the game side by side, and the difference is quite visible. The PS4 version has better lighting (with dynamic shadows, that seem to be completely absent or very subtle in the PS3 version), better textures and normal maps. Some of the textures on the PS4 version actually seem completely different from those of the PS3 version.

That said, the two versions really don’t show what you’d call a large generational gap which is unsurprising, considering that Dynasty Warriors has never been too much about showing flashy graphics, as much as about displaying ginormous numbers of fighters on the battlefield.

Despite that, it’s still interesting to see what Tecmo Koei decided to improve for the next current generation of the game. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation‘s Producer Kenichi Ogasawara, that also worked on the Dynasty Warriors series, actually said in an interview that better results can be achieved by working for the PS4 from the beginning, so we’ll have wait for Dynasty Warriors 9 to see what the console can really bring to the franchise.

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  • nbnt

    There are some pretty big differences. Dynamic shadows, particles, and god rays are missing in the PS3 ver. And there are some completely different textures (and maybe a different DoF, can’t really tell from the vid quality). That’s a bigger difference than any cross gen game so far, funny how it’s DW that did this.

  • Daniel Dorestant

    Its weird, some stuff looked better on Ps3

    • Michael Norris

      Eh i don’t see it,the Ps4 textures/lightingDOF, looks much better.

  • DarthDiggler

    Does anyone really play Dynasty Warriors?

    • Nicholas Perry

      yes. Lots of people do. They are fun games. Nothing has to be innovative or the like to be enjoyable or fun.

  • Sai

    Video quality doesn’t quite show the gap between resolutions and framerate. Also self shadowing models are a huge thing, on PS3 they’re just mapped to the textures.

  • PrinceHeir

    just wait for Dynasty Warriors 9 or 10 and you’ll see how much of a difference the PS4 will be ^^

  • Nicholas Perry

    I can see a lot of differences and would buy the PS4 version anyday over the PS3.

    Higher resolution. Better AA. Better quality textures. Better lighting model. Better Post effects like DoF. Better Mesh quality. Less specular aliasing issues thanks to the improved lighting model and AA. More background detail. Effects missing on the PS3 completely like Dust.

    The PS4 version looks a lot more cinematic and even CG like in many respects

  • Shady Shita

    I saw huge differences , the shadows , the lighting , the details , the dust is not even there in the PS3 version , not to mention that this is a launch title , so the differences will show up even more in the coming years !

  • Adenan Di Luffy

    better resolution


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