ARK Survival Evolved on Xbox One X Will Remove Host Barrier Thanks To Extra Memory

Other consoles simply lack the memory to load an entire world while playing the game, says Studio Wildcard.

Posted By | On 28th, Aug. 2017 Under News

Studio Wildcard’s ARK: Survival Evolved is finally releasing this week and despite the controversies, from the sale of paid DLC while in Early Access to the bump in price for retail, it’s been a long journey. Along with releasing on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, ARK: Survival Evolved will also be making its way to Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.

GameSpot recently fielded questions from fans regarding the overall state of the game prior to launch and passed them to Jesse Rapczak, who is Studio Wildcard co-founder, co-creative director, art, and technical art director for the title. GameSpot user LLamesOnTheRun actually had an interesting query when he asked if private games would be improved to allow for further player distances instead of having to stick close by to the host.

Rapczak replied that for consoles, “This is a problem of memory. Xbox One, PS4 and PS4 Pro just don’t have enough memory to keep the entire world loaded while also playing the game. Fortunately, the Xbox One X has massive amounts of extra memory, so we plan to remove the host barrier when the host is using an Xbox One X!”

Of course, this further incentivizes buying an Xbox One X but optimization is still an on-going task. In a prior question, Rapczak noted that further optimization would be coming to the PC version based the console work that’s already been done. ARK: Survival Evolved will be out on August 29th.

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  • Mark

    Oh wow. That’s def sumthin most of us overlook; the 1X’s memory does allow for faster loading, and now provides more player freedom in-game, nice

  • Norahs Arievilo

    What if an external device was used that has over 1 terabyte that I download the games on to and play off of it so why can’t the tethering be taking off without buying the xbox one x? Why can’t you program it to external devices if it can work on xbox one x there is a way to play without the tethering on an external drive plugged into the xbox one.

    • jorden

      THAT IS how it works on consoles with less memory. Hard drives are slower than RAM so RAM makes it seamless where a Hard drive needs time to load it.

    • Mark

      The RAM/memory has to be on the motherboard because of the amount of speed it takes the CPU and GPU to interact with the memory for textures. External drive is waaaay too slow for that, ur game would run like 2 frames per second! Also, harddrive is permanent memory, RAM is temporary for whatever the game needs at that moment

    • DarthDiggler


      SSD would be a possibility but SATA3 isn’t as robust as the transfer rate between CPU, GPU and memory.

    • Mark

      Dude I got completely lost on what she said….I thought she meant sumthin else lol

  • Truthhurts24

    1X is officially powerful. I love hearing these great things about it from devs that have the dev kits..

    • Wei Feng

      Yes, checkerboarding is still powerful

    • S. Cruz

      Lol another salt dropper

    • ZeroX9876

      the hardware cost more and is newer, did you really expect a weaker console than the PS4 Pro? that wouldn’t make any sense!

    • Truthhurts24

      Yes it is because there checkerboarding at a higher resolution than PS4 Pro I agree.

  • Mr Xrat

    So this is the power of their mediocre upgrade on an unfinished unoptimised indie game.

    I note they haven’t mentioned the downgrade of ultra textures at E3 to medium at Gamescom but little details like that are beyond Xgimps.

    • D.R.


    • Ocelot forgot his meds

      Dude is beyond moron…more like fruitcake

    • S. Cruz

      Lol you’re dropping salt everywhere buddy

    • Patchman2076

      I get you hate Microsoft, but now you hate an indie dev. I don’t know how you got so many upvotes on this comment.

    • mark0394

      So many up votes because he has many accounts which he uses to up vote himself… He’s a loser

    • Patchman2076

      Loser is just putting it nice. This guy is just plain weird. What a freak

    • Guest19

      If you are referring to the Xbox One X as the “mediocre upgrade” what would that make the the PS4 Pro?

      Inferior sound good? How about subpar?

  • Ocelot forgot his meds

    Very impressive indeed.
    The X is mine

  • Wei Feng

    Sales will crush PS4 and win back the generation, your right

  • Dapsy

    In other words, as a host for ARK survival evolved your recommended requirement should be the Xbox One X…
    Any objections?…

    • Mark

      Lol. Good one


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