Andy Nealen: Static Console Hardware Is Glorious, Explains The Disadvantages of Iterative Hardware

“For developers, it’s absolutely glorious that they can design for a piece of hardware, and that hardware is the same everywhere.”

Posted By | On 03rd, Mar. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


Earlier this week Xbox boss Phil Spencer made it clear that they are looking into making Xbox One upgradeable in the future. So instead of different console generations, the Xbox One will possibly have iterative hardware configuration which is somewhat similar to what we have with mobiles and tablets.

But as expected there are some disadvantages with such a hardware model, a problem that apparently exists within the mobile space. Before Spencer announced his new plans for an upgrade-able Xbox One, GamingBolt caught up with Andy Nealen who specializes in computer graphics and is a consultant at Hemisphere Games. Andy also handles his day to day responsibilities as a professor of Game Engineering and Design at NYU Poly.

Co-incidentally we asked Andy about his thoughts about static console architecture against an iterative one. The following was his response:

“For developers, it’s absolutely glorious that they can design for a piece of hardware, and that hardware is the same everywhere. Because, even developing for iOS for example, you have different iOS versions, different sizes of iPhones and iPads, and you have to make sure your stuff works for all of them. Now mind you, this is still not as bad as development can be for PC- or for Android! Don’t even get me started on Android. Android is just a nightmare. Android is just the worse. It is just so hard to make it work. The only reason there is an Android version of Osmos is because we outsourced it to a company. And we’re very happy we did, because obviously it’s been a good success on Android, but we didn’t do it ourselves, because that’s the lowest level of graphics programming that I have ever seen in my life! Where a graphics engineer has to test all these devices, all different graphics drivers, and it’s the most Sisyphean task I’ve seen. There are different graphics drivers! And each driver has its own bugs!”

In short, it’s easier said than done. There will be a lot of challenges if Microsoft plans to go ahead with such a model which includes and not limited to insuring backwards and forwards compatibility, hardware compatibility and maintaining different firmware versions for different Xbox SKUs.

What are your thoughts on this matter?

Let us know in the comments section below and stay tuned for more news and updates.


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  • jent

    Does the developer understand the impact that DX 12 is supposed to have with regards to this issue? Since DX12 is supposed to make PC hardware have the previously console-only advantage of being able to access the lowest level of hardware features (aka to the metal), why should it matter the iterations? DX 12 is supposed to take care of that for you. Besides, even if Microsoft were to go forward with Phil’s vision for the Xbox One, it is unlikely there will be lots of hardware revisions. So in essence it would be much closer to iOS than Android from his response.

    • Mark

      Yeah, I mean for the whole graphics driver issue; the Xbox One will only have an AMD card, so u aren’t really looking at multiple drivers with many bugs. I think this isn’t gonna be an easy challenge for MS no doubt, but dam what a great move imo! I know I’ll be in that line for the first upgradeable Xbox! Lol

    • jent

      Personally I don’t know if this a good move or not. I’m going to wait and see if ends up being a benefit to me. I just think the developer in this story and Rashid need to be more fully aware of the context behind Phil Spencer’s comments.

  • Cenk Algu

    And tell Andy Nealen:I dont want to play my games with the worst graphics quality and poor performance on my console 3 years after the launch.Technology moving extremely fast and consoles with a stable hardware is literally staying out of competetion.Somebody had to do something.Thank God he sent us MS

    • Mark

      Buddabang!

    • JURIM-KILLZONE

      R£TARD!!

      You are playing games with the worst graphics quality and poor performance since you bought an Xbone… LOL

      “Thank God he sent us M$” …GENIUS!!!

      …LMAO XDDD

    • Cenk Algu

      loll ideeot.You think games looking and running and worse on XO? haha in which planet? What about AF issues and poor performance on yoir console? 19fpsUD,Bloodborne,Witcher3 etc…haha fantard

    • JURIM-KILLZONE

      LOL

      No plausible arguments huh?!… LOL

      Dying Light is a good example of better AF on PS plataform, Witcher 3 also have better resolution on PS4 (1080p NATIVE vs 900p on Xbone), V-Sync (Xbone doesn’t have), and now better fps as well… So…

      Bloodborne after the updates, have not fps problems anymore…

      Meanwhile on Xbone…

      http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/22/226349/2796876-5199299547-giphy.gif

      Xbone resolution:

      http://static.gamespot.com/uploads/original/321/3219509/2362173-0372375763-marcs.gif
      https://media.giphy.com/media/uQy09EvlKoDWo/giphy.gif

    • Cenk Algu

      haha Dying Light got AF upgrade with a lower LOD.UD,Bloodborne,Witcher 3 still running at 19fps on Weakstation4.Do you consolate yourself like this with lies?

    • JURIM-KILLZONE

      Nice no arguments huh?! …Like ever… LOSER!!!!!

      LMAO… XDDD

      Btw, watch your Xbone lose all his games to PC, and play them below of low settings on your beloved Xbone… R£TARD!!!

      That’s for you… LOSER!!!!

      http://i.imgur.com/VGb8X5H.gif

    • Cenk Algu

      That low settings will be better than PS4’s best haha

    • JURIM-KILLZONE

      LOL

      Keep fooling yourself… R£TARD!!

    • Cenk Algu

      Consolate yourself like this kid.When the other XO comes out you will cry like a little girl haha.

    • JURIM-KILLZONE

      LMAO…

      First was “hidden powers”, “power of cloud”, Dual GPU, DX12… And now… Buy another Xbox One (upgradeable)… OMG…

      That’s enough to me… LOL XDDD…

    • Cenk Algu

      They are extremely confident.

      http://www.vg247.com/2016/03/07/xbox-ones-mysterious-hardware-upgrades-wont-involve-screwdrivers/

      and I can smell your fear from here you coward haha!

    • JURIM-KILLZONE

      How many lies M$ needs to make you wake up huh?!?!

      Xbox sector is dead… Closing half of their Xbox studios… WAKE UP
      R£TARD… Or… buy another Xbox One “upgradeable”… LMAO… XDDD

    • Cenk Algu

      I can feel your fear from here.What happened? Won’t you be able to hound that glorious 1080p? You PS fans are hilarious.#feelingthe fearof PSFANS haha!

    • JURIM-KILLZONE

      Fear?!?!

      OMG… That’s your best argument now?!?!

      …#Feelingdisappointed… 🙁

    • Cenk Algu

      fear is in you and I can feel it haha!

    • JURIM-KILLZONE

      Bahhhh…

      …LOSER!!!

    • Cenk Algu

      haha feeling it!

    • razrye

      Still better than anything the xbone can do. That thing is weak

    • JURIM-KILLZONE
    • Cypher-Unknown

      Were you born this stupid or do you have to work at it?

    • Cenk Algu

      dont what I am but queit sure smarter than you!

    • Cypher-Unknown

      With a sentence like that, I doubt that you are.

    • Cenk Algu

      ok you are the smartest guy ciaol!

    • Mr Xrat

      Look up the Sega 32x if you want to see where this goes, Turk. Spoiler alert: you won’t be playing games at all. That’s not a massive change from what you’re doing already though. 🙂

    • Cenk Algu

      I will crush your dreams but I am living in a country where the 3rd.biggest economy of the World and having 36 Games on My XO.YOu must be having a realy small brain ideeot.We are not in 90s.It is2016 when the technology moving much faster than ever.What have you been smoking racist kid?

    • Mr Xrat

      No one cares where you live. No one cares for your excuses for MS copying Sega’s failure. 🙂

    • Cenk Algu

      No one cares your idiotic fanboyism.First of all you have to buy a brain to yourself if you compare 90s against 2016.Poor miserable guy haha

    • Mr Xrat

      Look in the mirror, loser. No one wants your Megadrive tactics. 🙂

    • Cenk Algu

      If I were you I would be begging to Sony to buy you a brain!

    • Mr Xrat

      Delicious irony. 🙂

    • Truth™

      Shilling a company with no innovation is what Sonycucks do along with using botnet operating systems 🙂

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/56e5ea7d592b1cb007ef0d482e533b7a848977f603de4786f801fd99af085328.jpg

    • Truth™

      PS4 could do with an upgrade since even the Nintendo 64 is laughing at Uncharted 64.

      And this is at 900P. LOL “Supercharged PC” they said.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cb08aa81596faa7482e487cbdf6ed7fc19f6e31e8036b42b2ebeb6050c6e9d3b.jpg

    • plop6759

      Keep on trolling.

    • razrye

      Then why have u got a shitbox ?

    • Cenk Algu

      because it is better than weakstation4!

    • razrye

      A bit backwards aren’t ya

  • Ruggarell

    Pretty much the end of the Xbox brand here and now. They are consoles and should be static. That’s why people love and buy them year in and year out. Consistency helps keep consoles alive. Now they just gave Sony complete market share domination.

    • Cenk Algu

      may be in your dreams since they want to upgrade their consoles often.

    • kee1haul

      people upgrade phones every year.

    • Ruggarell

      Phones are not meant to be static. They are evolving on an everyday basis. Consoles are investments that one would usually expect to stay the same throughout it’s entire existence. Consoles are meant to be consistent. They are static hardware meant to mainly do one thing – Play video games.

    • kee1haul

      and why should they be static? A pc is not static and they are they most powerful gaming machines. How do we know that console power could not grow as fast as mobile power has?

    • Ruggarell

      They should be static because it sets balance for all sides.

      The consumers who expect consistency
      The game makers who expect consistency
      The console creator who expects consistency

      Without consistency, the console gaming industry will die.

    • Truth™

      Consoles need to die. They are nothing but a Le Epik reddit meme with no games and keeping games from running at true potential with the terrible hardware.

    • Truth™

      And yet the PS4 has no games. So how can it play games, ruggs?

  • theduckofdeath

    NYU Poly is alma mater.

  • kee1haul

    Says the man who helped develop mobile card games on the fastest changing hardware in the gaming industry. He hasn’t a clue.

  • Mr Xrat

    Xgimps laughably in denial that MS isn’t copying the strategic blunders that killed Sega hardware. Trying to compare consoles to phones like they did three years ago is equally laughable.

    • Truth™

      Ruggarell your damage control over Uncharted 64 is reaching peak hilarity on top of Broforce only 30FPS on PS4. The buyers remorse from Sonycucks has never been so apparent. The only thing they can do is blame xbone and it’s clear they need it like the Batman needs the Joker or else they will have literally nothing. Especially since the Vita is dead because 3DS killed it.

      At the end of the day, PC Gaming always wins, baby 🙂

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/29dbbcc8606ba2df750f9da9f450d625cf96d6f99debc393cdb4ca7aca00d8e5.jpg

    • plop6759

      King Troll.

    • Mr Xrat

      Keep crying. 🙂

  • Truth™

    SO THIS IS THE POWER OF STATIC HARDWARE

    PC Gaming keeps on winning 😉


 

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