Ive always known that gaming consoles were not on the same level as a PC in terms of hardware performance delivering 30fps at sub-par resolution 90% of the time, but the latest leak from a Unity developer has me shocked.
According to an anonymous email sent to giantbomb.com’s weekly podcast, A unity developer has expressed his concerns over the graphical processing capabilities of next-generation consoles and their ability to run 1080p @ 60 FPS, with the consoles having been released around a year ago, having them at their hardware limits already is a shock to say the least.
The PS4 couldn’t do 1080p 30fps for our game, whatever people, or Sony and Microsoft say. …With all the concessions from Microsoft, backing out of CPU reservations not once, but twice, you’re looking at about a 1-2 FPS difference between the two consoles.
What’s hard is not getting the game to render but getting everything else in the game at the same level of performance we designed from the start for the graphics. By the amount of content and NPCs in the game, from someone who witnessed a lot of optimizations for games from Ubisoft in the past, this is crazily optimized for such a young generation of consoles. This is really about to define the next-generation unlike any other game beforehand.
We are bound from the CPU because of AI. Around 50% of the CPU is used for the pre-packaged rendering parts..
– Anonymous Assassins Creed Unity Developer
Slaughter house for PS4 and Xbox One
If the anonymous email is to be believed then it leaves us in a very stick situation. We accepted that Xbox 360 and the PS3 didn’t have 1080p gaming support purely because it was a new technology, but in an age where we have multi-monitor set-ups and the ability to play at 4K resolution, as gamers we expect more than a console limited to 900P / 30FPS.
Now, for hardware that sits under your TV and will deliver a decent gaming experience, gaming consoles are not bad – but for any gamer that is serious about having the best of the best graphics while still having a smooth gameplay experience, it might be time us console gamers started looking into building ultra-small SFF gaming PCs and using them instead, I’ve been enjoying Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at 1080P / 100fps with 2x super sampling on my big screen via my pc – best of all I am using an old ps3 controller via my PC to play.
Some good news for the indecisive
For those of you who have not yet got yourself an next-generation console, want to but still can’t device between the two there is some good news….
…With all the concessions from Microsoft, backing out of CPU reservations not once, but twice, you’re looking at about a 1-2 FPS difference between the two consoles.
With the hardware debate potentially settled and coming from a game developer, I think you should look at the consoles software and what it offers you as a gamer, but for me I wont be getting a Playstation 4 anymore, I’ll invest the money into an Nvidia GTX 980 and game at 4K resolution instead.