Has The Division been downgraded?

Tom Clancy’s The Division will be out on March 8th. Unfortunately rumors of the dreaded “downgrade” has surfaced all over the internet.

Developed by Ubisoft which is notorious for downgrading games (Watch Dogs etc.) , dazzled gamers all over the world at E3-2014 with a teaser demo which showed off some impressive visuals and physics – But videos have surfaced the web showing that the beta version (currently available to a select few gamers) has been downgraded significantly.

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The videos (Xbox One version) shows that textures in particular are of a much less quality than what was showed at E3-2104. Physics seems toned down as-well, but let’s think about this from an objective view point.

Console games is the bigger market when it comes down to sales , outselling PC games 3 to 1 – Prompting game development companies to develop titles for consoles first and then porting them to PC , sometimes at the expense of visual quality and physics. This makes business sense since game development companies are in it for the money and they have to cater for the biggest market. This naturally causes a rift in the gaming community and many forum battles have erupted between Console owners and PC owners.

Adding fuel to the fire , game development companies such as Ubisoft tend to show demo’s at E3 which looks graphically superior to the end product. This also makes business sense since much of the gaming community is driven by hype , and hype is a great tool for boosting pre-order sales. So after all this background info , is The Division actually downgraded? Well – Yes and No.


In terms of Consoles , The Division has been significantly downgraded – but it has to be said that Ubisoft never claimed that the demo showed at E3-2014 was played on a console.

In terms of PC , The Division has not been significantly downgraded (This is a double edge sword as the E3-2014 demo probably ran the game at max settings and at 4k resolution) – Information has surfaced which details the graphical settings for the game – and there are alot of options to play with.

Here is a list of graphics options available for PC gamers only (apparently there are more but we can’t confirm this):

  • Vsync (on/off)
  • Frame Rate Limit (on/off)
  • Shadow Quality
  • Shadow Resolution
  • Spot Shadow Count
  • Spot Shadow Resolution
  • Contact Shadows
  • Post FX AA
  • Temporal AA
  • Sharpen Image (%)
  • Particle Detail
  • Enable Wind-affected Snow
  • Volumetric Fog
  • Reflection Quality
  • Local Reflection Quality
  • Sub-surface Scattering
  • Anisotropic Filtering
  • Parallax Mapping
  • Ambient Occlusion
  • Depth of Field
  • Object Detail (%)
  • Extra Streaming Distance (%)
  • Chromatic Aberration (on/off)
  • Lens Flare (on/off)
  • Vignette Effect (on/off)

Looking at these settings , it is safe to say that the game on PC will look exactly or almost as good as the demo showed on E3-2014 – The only real question is : Will your PC be able to handle this game at max settings? That is something that only your PC can answer.  Let us know what you think about “Downgrading” in the comments section.

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Ray Watson

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