Competing game consoles Xbox Scorpio and the PlayStation 4 Neo could benefit the gaming community and software developers. The 4K and VR perks of these competing consoles could bode well for developers, as they can utilize these additional tools mid-cycle as opposed to waiting longer for hardware upgrades between systems.
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Mid-Cycle Opportunities Benefit Gamers And Developers
PlayStation and Xbox console gamers didn’t have to worry about opening up a computer case to change out a video card for a better graphics experience. The brunt of game consoles is the fact that the “software is optimized for the hardware,” according to Uproxx. PC gamers can participate in a pleasant and engaging experience, which is enhanced by the hardware’s power.
Recently, software developers have a tendency to create Xbox and Playstation games that have amazing features, but the consoles tended to lack the ability to handle them. According to a report last year by Kotaku, there was a side-by-side comparison of the Xbox One console and Xbox 360 that pointed out certain improvements. YouTuber OrbitalWings gave a concise breakdown of the two when playing the Mass Effect game.
The PC game ran nicely, so there were no concerns in that area.
The Xbox and PlayStation upgrades are reported to be backed by EA, a software game developer known for the recent Battlefield games and the FIFA series. It will be interesting to see how they will move in parallel with these new game consoles.
Now, the Neo and Scorpio systems should usher in the optimization of entertainment software, and it’ll be great to see how EA’s Mass Effect turns out considering they are “absolutely actively looking at a trilogy remaster,” according to Uproxx.
The game consoles’ intermittent upgrades allow for a refresh of sorts. Peter Moore, who is EA’s chief competition officer, gave his take on how the “mid-cycle console refresh” could be advantageous to game developers and gamers due to the next step in the perks that are coming with the new Xbox and PlayStation consoles, according to Express.
“We’ve been very public about how supportive we are for Sony and Microsoft’s plans for Neo and Scorpio. From my experience of having to launch two platforms and planning for a long life cycle – first parties have so much to cater for now. Getting ready for 4K, getting ready for VR, this kind of mid-cycle refresh is great for the industry, great for publishers like ourselves, great for developers to get some more tools, more power.”
— MobiDevices (@MobiDevices) August 22, 2016
Xbox And PlayStation “Upgrade-ability” A Concept Not Considered Since Sega’s Mega Drive
EA Vice President Patrick Soderlund gave his insight regarding how the company backs the two game consoles. He thought it to be an “interesting approach,” according to a report by Game Informer.
“We haven’t seen this whole idea of upgrading since the Mega CD in 1991 or something. At the time, that might not have worked, but this is different. I can only comment to what’s been announced by Microsoft, the whole idea of keeping the ecosystem intact and scaleable is right.”
A Look Into 4K and VR With The New Consoles
The PlayStation 4 Neo and Xbox Scorpio consoles’ 4K and VR technology is something to look forward to, and with these advancements, it will be pretty amazing. Game informer reports that both game consoles will usher in VR head mounts.
Also, there’s an engine in Frostbite that can pretty much allow the Xbox Scorpio and PlayStation 4 Neo to be likened to PC architecture, as they are touted to be dynamic and scaleable. This allows for a larger capacity in which developers create games and bring more to the gaming community. But there’s a drawback, as developers must determine how much they want to use that power when it comes to resolution.
“If you were to run a Battlefield or some of our other PC games today and you run them in ultra high definition resolution, you can run them in 4K. That’s a resolution impact, and that’s meaningful. But then you get to choose what to use the horsepower on.”
The Xbox Scorpio game console is rumored to be the most powerful of the systems, according to Express, with six teraflops of GPU. This power will support the VR and 4K specifications. The PlayStation 4 Neo is said to be revealed in New York on September 12. Word on the street says it’s connected to the PlayStation VR, which is debuting in October.
Which system will you purchase: The Xbox Scorpio or PlayStation 4 Neo? Either could prove to be a great 4K and VR gaming experience.
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