Watch Dogs: Legion on Xbox Series X is looking really, really good

Watch Dogs: Legion on Xbox Series X is shaping up to be a treat.
Watch Dogs: Legion on Xbox Series X
Watch Dogs: Legion on Xbox Series X

If you’re like me, you probably considered picking Watch Dogs: Legion up to play on your Xbox One X. It’ll run at 4K and 30 frames-per-second, just like on the Series X. There might not be much of a difference, right? Let me tell you — I’m glad I didn’t, and if you’re waiting for Microsoft’s newest console, you should be, too. Watch Dogs: Legion on Xbox Series X is shaping up to be a treat.

Microsoft and Ubisoft took a deep dive today into how Watch Dogs: Legion is optimized for the Xbox Series X. Players on Microsoft’s new flagship console will get much better performance, for sure — you likely won’t see the drops from 30 FPS like you might in the Xbox One family. But that isn’t even the best part.

Watch Dogs: Legion takes full advantage of the Series X’s ray tracing capabilities. On top of that, it’ll sport “greater fidelity, shadows, geometry, and support variable refresh rates.” Yes, it’s a bummer that the game is locked to a lower frame rate, especially when Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will hit 4K/60. But Legion is at least making that decision knowing it’ll offer the graphics to back it up.

Take a look at the video below. Peep the lighting and the reflections. Tell me this is not gorgeous. I dare you.

Some of you may wish to exchange graphical fidelity for a higher frame rate. I don’t blame you — in fact, I’m probably right there with you in terms of wanting the choice. Unfortunately, Watch Dogs: Legion being a cross-gen game released in the middle of a global pandemic might’ve made it a bit tougher to optimize for a multitude of graphics scenarios. What we have is what we have, but at least what we have is looking pretty damn spiffy.

Watch Dogs: Legion is out now for Xbox One and PC. The Xbox Series X version will arrive with that console’s launch on Nov. 10, 2020.

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