E3 2012: Watch Dogs could be next-gen, will use SmartGlass

Ubisoft has dropped the biggest hint yet that the Watch Dogs demo that blew away the E3 crowd on Monday was in fact based on next-gen console hardware.

When asked to confirm which formats the game would appear on by GTTV, Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot replied PS3, 360, PC and… we’ll see”, complete with a knowing smile.

And after a closer look at the incredible trailer, which can be seen below, it seems increasingly hard to believe that such visuals are possible on current hardware.

Things to note: the dynamic lighting, the incredible cloth physics, the highly detailed facial animation, the lack of NPC repetition. That’s simply not possible on 360 or PS3 if, as Ubisoft insists, the demo was real-time.

In addition, Ubisoft has confirmed that the game will implement Microsoft’s SmartGlass technology that utilises an additional tablet or smartphone whilst playing the main game.

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