Developers are “starting to truly harness the power” of the current consoles

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This generation of consoles has surprised everyone. Both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One are outpacing their predecessors at the same point in their respective lifecycles, with the PS4 especially leading the charge. What makes it surprising is that many in the industry had pegged the Xbox 360 and the PS3 as the end of consoles as we know them – and that this new generation wouldn’t do all that well.

“Clearly, consoles have sold faster than everyone expected. We’re ahead of the previous cycle in terms of the pace. We’re on track to see, industry-wide, about 50-51 million units by calendar year end. And typically, most of the consoles are sold in the last quarter of the year because a lot of it is around gift-giving,” EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen said at the UBS Global Tech Conference.

One of the problems with the consoles though, is their relatively weak specifications. They’re built on familiar X86 architecture, packing in the sorts of components you’d now find in mid-to-low-range gaming laptops. Thankfully, thanks to low-level hardware access and better optimisation, consoles games still look pretty good. And according to Jorgensen, they’re set to look even better. Developers, he says, are now getting to grips with the consoles and how they work.

“The power of the new consoles is fantastic. I think software makers are just now starting to truly harness the power. The first year, you had people testing and pushing, but now I think you’re starting to see, particularly this fall and winter, a lot really exciting pieces of software in the industry that are taking the processing power of the console,” Jorgensen said.

Jorgensen cites Star Wars Battlefront as an example of how games are pushing the consoles – and in some ways he’s right. Yes, it’s true that certain resolution concessions were made to keep Battlefront running at 60fps, but it still looks pretty darned amazing. It’s a beautiful game, even if it is shallower than Darryn’s gene pool.

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Last Updated: November 18, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    Hehehe, dat header

    • Hammersteyn

      dat gene pool

  • Hammersteyn
    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Sad thing is, I know people like this

      • Hammersteyn

        Oscar?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Technically his mom wouldn’t be able to do that. :/

          • Dutch Matrix

            She should have drowned him. Whoops! That just slipped out. Sorry.

    • Nikola

      LOL again with the GiF’s where do u locate all these things hahahah!

  • PoisonedBelial

    +50,000,000 points for that header.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    They’re consoles, not Castle MF Greyskull.

    • Hammersteyn

      The hardware doesn’t cost as much either.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I don’t know. I’m pretty sure the Castle Greyskull my mate had didn’t cost as much as a console, even with inflation.

        • Hammersteyn
          • Ir0nseraph

            XD

          • Hammersteyn

            Is it wrong to want to buy it….

          • Ir0nseraph

            No not really

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            FUCKING HELL. Thank god I don’t have kids. “R6k? Here’s a tennis ball and a stick, go play outside.”

          • Hammersteyn

            Tennis ball? Too expensive. Use a rock

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            You never played dodge the rock as a kid?

            It is the reason my AGI is 7

          • Hammersteyn

            And the reason my grammar is 2

          • 😉

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            So grammar is proportionate to AGI.

            Interesting.

            Would you be prepared to participate in some….tests….you know, for SCIENCE!

          • Hammersteyn

            Sure, my endurance is 11/10. Just ask the guy down at the pub

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Good.

            [hands ProfSilverButt a device]

            Hold this

          • I can vouch for this. And his strength is 15/10. You don’t need grammar when you can HAMMER your point home!

          • Hammersteyn

            Hahahahaha

        • Is he on your friends list? tehehe

          • Hammersteyn

            I bet they still have play dates

          • lol

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • So a no then? Hehe See you this Sat?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’ll have to check my Saturday list for people.

          • I thought that was a shopping list? 0_O

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            ….

          • hahahah exactly what I was thinking 😉

  • fred

    must say , they have performed a small miracle to make star wars look so good and still run at 60fps on consoles.

    • Murshid Raven

      That is more the work of the developers optimising the game

  • As long as there is a good story I am happy.

  • HairyEwok

    We’re harnessing the true power of consoles….. in 900p and 720p XD

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Yeah, we all know you’re harnessing the true power of something when you have to make concessions to what you initially said would be the true power of said thing.

      • HairyEwok

        I’d have to say the anti aliasing they did to Battlefront is impressive, but now all the other developers will hop on that and use it saying “we run the game on 720p but look we took away the jaggies”

    • oVg

      Assassins Creed Syndicate. Why does Black Flag feel better to play? I dont get it.

  • Dutch Matrix

    Hey! I met Terry Crews once. WEll, at least I saw him. And yelled “Hey! IT’s Terry Crews!” He waved politely. THen did this weird almost nonchalant quick mosey out of there…

    • Gardos

      He’s a very humble man. Although he’s kind of like two men. A humble bundle one might say…

  • Nikola

    I guess they could have made the new consoles a bit more powerful lord knows Xbox One needs it!

    • oVg

      All anybody cared about was the jump from 512mb to 8gigs of RAM. What they did not know is that the extra 7 gigs of RAM was going to be used for social media and not the games.

      • Nikola

        Hahaha very true!! Stupid stuff when all we wanted is to play games!

  • oVg

    WHERE?

    Like the last gen, all those promises for 60fps/1080p are all lies.

    I would like to see a list of games that do meet Next Gen standards.

    This year had 2 games. MGSV and Project Cars. Re-makes excluded due to the low poly count.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      It’s not lies, it’s marketing.

  • Haha, this is funny they can barely hit 1080p/60fps

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