DX12’s Reduced CPU Overhead & Multithreading Gains Are Exciting, May Not Be Beneficial To Indies

“Small studios aren’t focused on the latest and greatest tech,” explains Greg Lesky, Lead Designer at DrinkBox Studios

Posted By | On 10th, May. 2014 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


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DrinkBox Studios will be releasing the Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition across the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U. The content of this game will be similar to the Gold Edition that was released on the PC with all the extra goodies like DLC and boss fights.

GamingBolt recently got in touch with Greg Lesky, Lead Designer at DrinkBox Studios and since the studio has already worked on PC games before we decided ask his take on Microsoft’s latest API that is due for release next year. Given that the API will help the AAA studios in pushing games with even more better graphics, but what about the indies? Greg believes that he is unsure how DX12 can help indies as those small studios are more focused on improving gameplay mechanics.

“Hmmm. I’m not sure there are big benefits to indies,” he says. “Small studios aren’t focused on the latest and greatest tech – they’re more interested in having a stable, portable, and easy-to-use tech base so they can focus on making the game. That’s why you see a lot of indie devs using Unity, OpenGL and GameMaker. Upgrading to a new API that’s Windows-only where a lot of the benefits are on the performance side (something small games aren’t usually constrained by) doesn’t sound like something indies will get excited about.”

However he is personally excited about it since it will allow coding closer to the metal. “Having said all that, I’m personally excited about the reduced CPU overhead and the improvements to multithreading. Having worked on consoles, I like anything that brings the API closer to the hardware, and DX12 sounds like it’s doing that.”

Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition is expected to release sometime later this year.

This is just a snippet of our interview with DrinkBox Studios and we will have more in the coming days.


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  • Reason Freeman

    Great misleading title.

    • Kamille

      did you even read the piece? It says that is not beneficial because directX is not portable like openGL. Portable like making ports across multiple platforms because directX is Windows only while openGL is open source and used by a bunch of different devices.

    • Johnny

      Why don’t you Google dx12. It’s designed to be portable to all platforms, pc, tablet, consoles phones. Your statement gave me a good laugh though.

    • Dennis Crosby

      Yes DX12 will help make portability better for multiple platforms that why you see so many people excited. From PC – mobile better performance for everyone but we still have to wait until 2015 before we see the benefits

    • GHz

      It’s more about not needing DX12 for the kind of game development they do. In short, they don’t need all that power. And he didn’t just mention OpenGL, he mentioned Unity as well. Unity have a very strong partnership with MS & XB1.

    • Daniel Lawson

      it’s not the power, but the porting from pc to xbox to tablet and even phone that’s huge for indie devs

    • GHz

      That too…but It can equate to power depending on the the graphic card. If your card is leaning on the low end older kind, you’ll see huge benefits. If your card’s is quite updated, then no. Your already have the power you need.

    • Daniel Lawson

      the power isn’t important to most of the small indie devs… the ability to port games in days is probably higher on the list… DX12 gives them extra head room though so there is where power comes in to play

    • jent

      Gamingbolt does this kind of thing a lot to try to draw in clicks. It mostly works. Its a shame.

  • me3x12

    And this is all great for Xbox One because we already know Xbox One this gen is the system that’s already and going to have the most big budget first party exclusives so this is all good for Xbox One. PS4 is the indie box this gen with far less first party so X1 FTW!!!

    • ps4lol

      WRONG

      Sony has the largest AAA 1st party studios.
      PS4 will have the most AAA 1st party games.
      MS relies on paying 3rd parties for exclusives.

      Fact.

      You are an evil constantly wrong microsoft fanboy shill with no clue what you’re talking about, just flinging feces and screaming “INDIESTATION LOL!11”.

    • me3x12

      No sorry YOUR WRONG just because Sony had the edge last gen and had more studios it’s not translating this gen. MS X1 already has more exclusives out now and more slated in the future then Sony. Sony is becoming more of an indie box on PS4 because they are financially strapped. And if you will like I can provide you a list of current released first party exclusives and what’s coming and i promise it’s a good amount more then what’s coming on PS4. Again PS4 has lots of games coming but the majority of them are indies.

    • ps4lol

      LOL what a load of delusional lying fanboy shill bullshit.

      SONY STILL HAS EVERY SINGLE 1ST PARTY STUDIO AND THEY’RE ALL WORKING ON PS4 GAMES

      Sony’s 1st parties are ALL working on PS4 games. The gaming division is making a profit and is well funded.

      The gaming division and first party studios are well funded and making a profit. During the quarter ending 31st December 2013 the Game business made a profit of $172m off the back of an impressive 64.6 per cent rise in sales year on year.

      PS4 has the superior version of all console AAA multiplats, The Order, Driveclub, MLB 14: The Show, Deep Down, Uncharted 4, TLOU Remake, more dev support including indies, free to play games and MMOs like FFXIV and Warframe, and unannounced 1st party games (Gran Turismo, God of War, Media Molecule, Quantic Dream, etc.) Titanfall 2 and future 3rd party games will almost certainly be on PS4.

      Recently Sony has filed trademarks or had leaks for no less than 6 games. Entwined, Kill Strain, Blood Borne, Dark Chronicles, Project Beast and Guns Up. Expect a big E3 reveal of new FIRST PARTY games.

      Meanwhile Microsoft IS STILL RELYING ON THIRD PARTY EXCLUSIVES.

      THIRD

      PARTY

    • me3x12

      Sony has indies and are doing repacking of last gen games like GT6 again on PS4 same with TLOU. Sorry currenrtly MS has.

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      You just got DESTROYED!!!

      http://www.winbeta.org/news/details-microsofts-e3-2014-conference-reportedly-leaked-news-halo-5-and-more

    • ps4lol

      You’re literally so stupid and wrong you can’t tell the difference between first and third party. You actually think that E3 list is real (hint: it’s fake as h*ll). You’re listing games that don’t exist.

      Perfect example of a dumb as rocks, constantly wrong fanboy shill.

    • jent

      Now thats the pot calling the kettle black. But ps4lol is partially right that some of the ones listed are as yet unreleased or are just rumored. me3x12 is also partially right in saying that PS4 has numerous indies and remasters of currently released games planned.

    • ps4lol

      That shill is so stupid it’s literally trying to list third party games as 1st party.

    • me3x12

      Until the list is proven wrong we shall take it as mostly real and it’s seems really feasible. Either way PS4=indie box this gen and X1=most first party exclusive box this gen. Basically Sony=broke MS=rich

    • Georges

      You guys make me laugh.. There is a ton of exclusive games coming on both consoles (check out E3 so you may get some enlightenment on a few of them but not all) and for now there s only a few and really not many new gen games on BOTH CONSOLES. You r wasting your time trying to promote your fav console and embarrassing yourself. All is a matter of preference about which games you want to play and what console you want to play multiplat games on

    • ps4lol

      That shill is so stupid it’s literally trying to list third party games as 1st party.,

    • jent

      No he is right you do troll quite a bit.

    • Dennis Crosby

      Don’t reply to that guy he’s a troll he has multiple accounts and will follow your comment every where

    • JerkDaNERD7

      Don’t bother with him. We are ALL somehow part of this misterx master plan. LMAO! The guy has no life.

    • Dennis Crosby

      He said that to me the other day and honestly I have no clue who monsters is

  • jent

    I would guess that many indie developers have no access to DX 12 as of yet and are not in a position to say one way or another if it will positively affect the development of their games. So far I have only read one post by a developer (who I think might be considered an indie developer) who has actually seen DX 12 at work in his company. He sang of its praises. I hope it improves the overall quality of games on the Xbox One and the PC. I see no point in PS4 fans having any issue with its release. How does an improving Xbox One take away from the PS4 and its development?

    • Georges

      Yea and PS4 is also improving. There should be a few games that start being developed with those improved tools on Xbone and PS4 in a couple of years

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