Contrast Dev On PS4’s 8 GB GDDR5 RAM: “Still Scratching Our Heads As To What To Do With It All”

Sam Abbott says that it should be “much easier to develop for PS4 than PS3”.

Posted By | On 21st, Jul. 2013 Under News


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We recently spoke to Compulsions Games’ Sam Abbott – currently developing Contrast for the PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. We asked him how does the PS4’s unified architecture and 8GB of RAM help bring Contrast to life.

Abbot responded that, “Haha, well, it makes it really easy to get onto their platform! There is so much memory and so many cores on that machine we’re still scratching our head as to what to do with all of them.”

With all the talk going around about how easy it is to develop for the console, as well as to bring PC games over (as Warframe developer Digital Extremes recently attested to), we asked Abbott if it was as simple as just picking up the PC code and pasting it on to the PS4?

“It’s definitely a lot easier than on the previous generation of consoles where the architecture was much more divergent from PCs, but it’s also not as simple as cut & paste .Once the industry has had a few months to iron out its kinks, it should be much easier to develop for the PS4 than for the PS3.”

Published by Focus Home Interactive, Contrast is expected to release in Q3 of 2013.

Stay tuned for the complete interview scheduled to be published next week.


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      Well said, I don’t think most Sony fangirls realize it…

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      The only fangirls are sexxxbox girls like u,you obviously havnt heard of the documented proof released by snowden about microsoft working directly for the nsa,which microsoft only answers with saying they supposedly have no choice but to train the nsa on how to steal every piece of information from its users,including every single skype call ever made,& tons more,you are the one who knows nothing about commen sense let alone microsoft,thats why the camera cannot be completly disconnected,they try to say you can turn it off,then why cant it be disconnected.

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      did you think the NSA was that stupidly limited? you don’t have to be kinected only for NSA to ‘see u’, once you’re on the net you’re the potential target, regardless what device you’re using as long as it has built-in camera & mic. #dealwithit

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      Shhht, paupers can’t think that far.

    • cozomel

      Shhhh, xbots cant think at all.

    • GribbleGrunger

      He’s just wanting to believe it is only MS that works for the NSA, or pretending that Sony products are all immune to the NSA campaign. Thanks to uncle Snowden, it’s been running since long before the first Kinect was introduced, but insecure fanboys cannot think outside the box.

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      MS admitted to it, they were one fo the first and easiest, you muppet! Now get off Microsofts dick and realize that they will sell you out in aminute. You whats funny is all Kinect is going to be used for is for MS to spy on you and know what to advertise to you. Now go play your pathetic ass 360 with its 2-3 exclusives

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      yeah, so lets make it easier and give them one more device for them to do it us with. Oh and lets overpay for it, cuz the shitbox is overpriced!

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      MS is finished. Xbone is dead even before the console war has begun

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      $0ny PauperStation 4 will be overhype and underdeliver to the fourth power.

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      Micro$oft Shitbox will be overhyped and underdeliver to thenth power. MS cant even count to 3

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      As always. Sony is full of lies.

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      Oh like you understand or realize anything of any significant’ s. You blind MS. Fangirl…..

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      just like most xbot fangirls dont realize how douche they are. Its so obvious that you’s are all scared and mad cuz the ps4 is so much better and cheaper, unlike that piece of shit box

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      Your an ass hat. Obviously you didn’t read the article. Bye

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      Hes running around posting this on loads of websites
      Why are these fanboys so bitter lmao!?
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      they are mad, and scare and jealous and extremely obnoxious. So i’ll give them a dose of their own medicine

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      Aha. He worked for the companies. He made lots of games but he himself never had any control in the direction of the games or anything big like this. That was the companies, not him. When your told to make a cheap game with low quality and you say no I want quality they would find another developer.

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      Your a lost Baboon.

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      Your a fat ugly fanboy.

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      Nothing will save the low powered xdone. It is over for MS. also forza/ryse demo didnt run on Xdone too. that was a lie from eurogAMER

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      You can always order a Pizza on XB1….

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      haha good one man!

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      huh? im cozomel, how are you cozomel? weird

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      Yeah, looking at your profile picture, you probably do that every single day.

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      Lmao do you go around the internet posting this? You posted this on another website what a fanboy lmao
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      Your just a gay fag who no1 likes. Clearly a dead fanboy go die in the corner please

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      ahah glad you mad girl, very predictable. Nah i cant go die, sorry to disappoint ya. Your name looks delicious to the NSA tho. *coughs*

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      I think people don’t like PoS3 N4Gtards or NeoFAGs in general, like you probably. I see remarks like mine towards them all over the internet.

    • GribbleGrunger

      I couldn’t stop LOL-ing at the hypocrite who bashes MS but clearly uses MS Windows for browsing N4Gaymz and Co.
      It really tells you how low can his IQ go…..thanks to Sony for brainwashing him.

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      English please, that was borderline retarded, whats your IQ? 80?

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      nobody likes you or your gay ass xbot defense force buddies, go crawl back up ms’ asshole

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    • Abort Mission

      I don’t know anyone other than mentally retarded Xbots who would pick the Inferior box One over the PS4.

      Flopza 5 One’s library of casual F2P fighters (Casual Instinct), QTE Kinnect games (Ryse) and 3rd party content being claimed “exclusve” (Titanfall)

      PS4 w/ better specs at $400 >>> Xbox One with NSA-nect 2 camera

      Everything about the One is a giant fail. MS had to backpedal their DRM crap LOL

      Jump ship buddy. Before its too late!

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    • Jason

      People are already calling him Mark Cernobyl. Something bad is about to happen, I’m sure of it. PS4 will overheat or something like that. Such a small poorly ventilated case with lots of very hot components is asking for trouble, especially when most people stuff their consoles in poorly ventilated TV furniture.
      Also, did anybody try the PS4’s USB ports that are on the front and apparently only on the front? Funny thing at Comicon, someone tried to put an ordinary USB flash drive into it and it didn’t fit, the body of the flash drive (a common Corsair one) was too fat to fit in the small crevice and push all the way through to connect properly. That’s just poor IMHO.

    • cozomel

      :)) hilarious, bro Jason!

    • Abort Mission

      This site is infested with too many Xbot cancers like you

    • cozomel

      the whole internet is infested whole xbots

    • Dakan45

      no its filled with pauperstaontards

    • cozomel

      The irony, you’re worried about reliability when you’re a xbox fanboy, (RROD) oh the irony. Worst electronic malfunction in the history of electronics. I went through 5 360’s because of RROD

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      MAke way for the royal RROD 2.0

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      I know personally many who had to go through hell in the same way..and then finally turned to PC. PS3 for some.

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      LMAO The fact that you’re attacking Cerny’s proven track record is sad.

      Where’s Donny where you need him? Oh wait, he jumped the sinking One-tanic ship for the Zyga LOL

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      Your the Vatican on this site. My advice is hold your hands in front of you and say in a monotone voice “PS4 ftw” and “greatness awaits” whilst slowly marching aimlessly. What’s laughable is Sony or Microsoft doesn’t pay these fangirls A DIME for their blind advertising–the girls pay THEM. Lol I’d say the playstation girls are worse but the xbox side was bad at the last console launch. Whichever console is “winning” that side’s idiotic zombie clan dominates the forum. This flavor of idiocy is current ATM.

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      So im a fanboy for saying that GDDR5 is better then DDR3?
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      Have you ever heard of FUTURE PROOFING YOUR CONSOLE!?
      Nothing that i will say will get through to you idiots i hope you stay well away from Playstation i would hate to have silly guys like you in the community.
      Serious.

      Yup 1 downvote after posting it a few seconds ago lol. Jesus you guys must not have no life just sit on this website trolling and nerding off comments. lmao

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      You were one of those retards who signed the petition to bring back DRM to the One, huh?

      You’re a desperate fanboy

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      Nah i couldnt give a crap if they have DRM or not im not buying the console. Its the Xbox fans who are asking for it back check IGN…
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      You realise GDDR5 has lower power consumption… so therefore is cooler… lol

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      Sorry but that will not happen. For instance, if you research developers opinion over the PS4 you will see that they praise the console and how easy it is to work with while in contrast, you don’t see that kind of praise over the xbone.

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      Sorry but try to learn the history. The PS4 gets the easy praise more because it’s a better news in contrast to the PS3 last gen. The xbox platform has been very popular for its’ easyness to develop for so many years now, and so will the XBO. Microsoft is a software company, it’s an advantage. So it’s not really a news for gamers & devs, it’s been proven for long, not because it lacks of praise.

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      True, the Sony store will be an even slower junkyard, just like it’s been for quite a while now.

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      8GB GDDR5 isn’t the only plus point; the decision to use it has meant Sony haven’t had to use 1.6 Billion Transistors of the APU/SoC’s Die on embedded ‘band-aid’ RAM like on Xbox One.

      Therefore Sony have spent the extra transistors on an extra 50% GPU Power, Additional Compute (GPGPU) Queue Granularity, doubling the ROPS (Fillrate) etc.

      Sony have a GPU with 50% more raw power, double the fillrate, and additional compute capabilities. They have a unified high speed memory architecture which acts as a unified address space and will undoubtedly use custom memory controllers in line with the HSA spec to minimise latency issues for CPU-GDDR5 operations.

      They have a smaller console that’s £100 cheaper, far more iconic and likely still using a smaller die.

      Smart Bets and Japanese Engineering have paid off here.

  • Shaun

    There needs to be some moderation on these comments. Article is great, but the people in these comments are ridiculous on both Sony and MS side.

  • extermin8or2

    Wow this is funny to read almost all the arguments for Sony are insults at people or MS and almost all the arguments people are making for MS are either insults at sony or people, or based on incorrect ‘facts’ and tech they think they understand but clearly their tiny minds can’t comprehend. Firstly the guy going on about GDDR5 and heat, its lower power than DDR3… so heats um less, operates at lower temperatures. Secondly the guy shitting on Mark Cerny for various things-he didn’t work for those companies when they went down infact they went down after he left… go figure what that would actually show on graph hmmm but correlation doesn’t=causation anyway. Secondly you think he’s going to allow for heat issues, he may not have designed the final casing but the dimensions etc he’ll have done all the calculations for and I think he’s probably more qualified than you seeing as the guy finished a Physics, mathematics and computing degree/degrees at the age of 17… that means he must have started when he was what 14? So stfu when clearly you don’t have any credibility to be making predictions about his work on an unreleased piece of hardware with thus far no indication of any heat issues etc on. As for the rest of you, grow the fuck up? Please.

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      Thank you. Glad someone here is using their brain.

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    well sony should lend nintendo some lllooolll 🙁

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  • Adolph-Fitler

    Atari, 3DO & especially ALL Sega consoles were better than any MS product, & especially there consoles… All these consoles are still working today MOSTLY, whereas, in contrast, not 1 360 built in the 1st 3yrs of production work…..they have a 100% failure rate……& that is not another 30% made up MS number, that is deduced from myself & EVERY SINGLE one of my friends having to replace there machines constantly, swapping out HDD’s after being forced to get a cheaper arcade unit .I mean, you MS Bill Gay-tes dickridin’, shitflop ONE lovers carry on like the RROD problem NEVER existed & was a conspiracy theory dreamt up by Sony fanboys…..You all claim that Sony fanboys are worse than MS or Nintendo fanboys…..there all the same dickheads……..it’s just that at the moment, MS fangirls are looking the worst of the bunch, as they are the most butthurt, scared & therefore, vocal, when hiding behind there keyboards.

    I mean, one loser on here arracks another on personal merits, judged by his avatar photo, calling him a fat so & so…..I mean, comon, you cowardly little dweebie faggot, JAson, or should I say Gayson…….

    Hakesterman said nothing personal against you, all he did was say, “at least you can order pizza on Xbone”……..Your response is to attack the poor dude, for making a pretty funny comment, against a product, you f&%king internet “HERO”, big tough cyber toughguy, sitting behind the protection of his firewall…..Whats the matter, I mean it’s obvious that your slut whore mother was exactly that, & that is why you have anger issues….But wise up pal…..Stop sounding like a fag, & attacking people personally, on looks & such, as you, obviously another bloke, are just showing that your preference when choosing a boyfriend to insert your undersized, mommy abused, pecker in, is skinny dweebs that act like there tough, only while in the confines of there own home, JUST LIKE YOUR SKINNY FAGGITY ASSED SELF.

  • Guest

    $0ny PauperStation, ’nuff said N4Gtard paupers!

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      The world’s biggest data breach goes to ……

    • Guest

      Wow 77,000,000 stolen ids? Hahah thats worst than RRODs in gaming history! Talk about Sony’s lamest track record, good ammo to inform people in the world against the fangirls 😉

  • joey

    Playstation track record pretty much speaks for itself. They’ve never let me down, that’s more than I can say for some others

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    If you can’t think of what to do with 8gb of fast RAM, then you can’t think.

  • Jeff

    Lol what the hell is wrong with you guys. Xbox OWned!!!


 

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