Polish developer Cd Projekt are wizards, managing to make the most of the hardware afforded them. They did incredible things with the Witcher 2 on Pc, and even made the Xbox 360 version of the game look surprisingly good. Its delicious sequel, The Witcher 3 is coming to PS4 and Xbox One – and its developer reckons the Xbox One is easier to work with.
In a feature on Witcher 3 over at Eurogamer, said that the Xbox One will get more powerful with time; which is a given really. As people become more familiar with how to do things, they’ll be able to squeeze more out of the hardware.
"I saw how Microsoft opened up certain parts that they hid before from developers," CD Projekt’s Balázs Török said. "They opened them up, like, ‘OK now you can have this back door, and it’s risky but you can do this and that…’ This is how developers learned a little bit more and more every step. From Microsoft it was a good way to do it – to always let the developers do a little bit more."
That doesn’t mean there’s some magical secret sauce hidden in the Xbox One hardware though, nor is Török speaking of that mystical cloud that Microsoft says will make the Xbox One better.
"It’s not like they would open up new hardware or anything – there’s nothing new in there," Török cautioned. "It’s new ways to do something. Both companies are already using all the knowledge they have from previous products to make the API tailored to games … so I expect that they will do something like, ‘OK now you can do this; it’s extremely risky – only do this if you know what you’re doing! But you can do this.’
"It will happen, eventually, but right now we are preparing for it."
He does,, however, feel that Microsoft’s Xbox one is the easier machine to develop for – mostly because the API’s are what you’d expect from Pc development, while Sony’s are a little more alien.
"The Xbox One is pretty easy to understand because not just the hardware is similar to the PC, but everything like the SDK, the API is really similar to what you would find on a PC," Török noted.
That’s in stark contrast to many other developers, who find the Xbox One and its ESRAM a bit fiddly. In the end though, it doesn’t matter which platform you play it on, the Witcher 3 is going to impress the hell out of you.
Last Updated: November 29, 2013