FMOD Dev Confirms That PS4 7th CPU Core Is Now Available, Allocation Isn’t Dynamic

Could this help developers in the long run?

Posted By | On 30th, Nov. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


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Latest update: It seems like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End may be using the extra processing power as well. A tweet from Naughty Dog lead designer Robert Cogburn possibly hints at its usage.

Original Story:

Last week it was widely reported that Sony had unlocked the 7th CPU core of the PS4 for developers. The information was taken from FireLight Technologies’ website, a company that deals with audio middleware [FMOD], when they revealed that their tech was using the PS4’s 7th core. The change log has since been removed but we got in touch with FireLight to get a confirmation regarding the same.

Brett Paterson from FireLight Technologies confirmed to GamingBolt via email that the 7th CPU core of the PS4 is indeed available for the developers. However its allocation is not dynamic which possibly means that only a certain percentage of the core’s processing units are available to the developers. Brett also revealed a few details regarding how FMOD is using the 7th core. FMOD is shared with other OS libraries on the core and in case FMOD doesn’t receive enough CPU, the debugging profiler needs to be used to check out what is causing the overhead. [Read more about PS4’s Razor profiler here]

According to previous reports, only 6 of the 8 cores were available for developers which means the 7th core will definitely help development in someway. In case of FMOD, the developer can simple offload the audio middleware on the 7th core while ensuring other OS libraries and code are working properly.

Microsoft on the other hand also provided developers with the Xbox One’s 7th core but with a dynamic range of 50-80% utilization. This has helped several developers improve frame rate and other performance parameters of Xbox One games. It will be interesting to see how this will help the developers working on the PS4. If you are interested in learning more about FMOD and FireLight technologies, check out GamingBolt’s interview here.


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  • Michael Norris

    Glad to hear it these consoles need all the help they can get.

    • Truth™

      It’s not going to help anything.

      PS4 will still be garbage

    • Egla

      No it’s not garbage. You simply get what you pay for.

    • DarthDiggler

      @egla:disqus @The_PC_Truth_Insider:disqus

      So those 30 million gamers are all a bunch of morons?

      Please give it a rest. We get it you like the PC! The fact that you PC guys hammer on about the PC Master Race all the time really showcases a lack of social skills which demonstrates a great deal of virginity in my eyes. It is likely that neither of you can legally drink, if you can and you act like this you llikely don’t get many calls to go out with friends on a Friday night. Who would want to drag a PC Gaming Evangelist around to bars and clubs when that kind of talk will kill chances of getting laid for anyone who hangs out with that person.

    • Egla

      Don’t know why you’re addressing me. Not calling anyone a moron. Just don’t get why people expect miracles from a 400 dollar machine?

    • Truth™

      “So those 30 million gamers are all a bunch of morons?”

      Yes they are. They bought a console where they are now being monitored by the NSA and INTERPOL.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ps4-playstation-4-gamer-chat-monitored-by-anti-terror-agents-spies-italy-italian-minister-andrea-a6753471.html

    • Jony Beleño

      A long time ago I used my computer to play my games. I was very happy but, in time, I discovered some things about using my PC to play. And I didn’t like them. I discovered that, with every driver update, DirectX update, library update or OS patch I could (and would) be breaking some games. Some of them could be patched… The very old ones can not. So, with every change in technology, I knew I will be having less playable
      games. Then came my first console.

      Was it more powerful? Not at all.
      Has better graphics? Not in it’s Wilder dreams!
      Was it simpler to use? Well, Yes…
      Was it better to play? Totally

      Why?

      Because I KNEW that all the games I could buy for that machine, no matter how new or old, will be playing the same. All I need to do was inserting a disk and play. End of the story.

      All the people have their preferences… Some like old Vinyl records because they have a “warmer” sound (so they say), other like CD’s because they don´t have to take as much care for the discs as the vinyl LP´s, other can not comprehend why on Earth someone would like to use a disc when they can have all the music on a digital portable player. And even in this case, some people can not play anything less than FLAC/ALAC while others are very happy compressing mp4’s to lowers unknown to man just to have 1000 albums on their phone/player.

      You must think this happens because they don´t know… But that is a big mistake. They DO know. But they exchange some benefits for others: For some, the option to have all their music on their phone/player is much better than carry a bag of CD’s or to have justo 10 HiDef FLAC albums at once. They KNOW their music fidelity is somewhat degraded but they DONT CARE
      because they have WHAT THEY WANTED. They exchanged fidelity for convenience.

      And they are very happy with this.

      The console? Just the same… Some gamers just don’t want to upgrade their playing-machines every year with the last ultra-high technology in visual, processing and sound to be able to play games. To them, games are just a pastime, nothing to have two jobs just to have the money to stay on top of the Master Race. They just have to insert a disc and play. And they are very happy with this too. They KNOW the games on PC can
      scale to resolutions beyond what my 4K TV can output, they know the frames per millisecond will be astronomical but they don´t feel they NEED this to play a game. They are happily exchanging Ultra High Fidelity and Smoothness for the
      convenience to have some games the PC will never have (and they like) or to be able to play those games from their box in the attic without problems (they don´t like emulators, ok?).

      So, if you are REALLY part of the Master Race, you MUST understand that a lot of people JUST DONT LIKE TO USE THE PC for playing games. And you know what? That´s right. If YOU need to have the most ultra high spec PC to feel powerful or something… Thats right too! You are happy that way. Console players are happy too.

      You can show them what the PC can do, but you
      never try to “convert” other people to “your faith” because that would be rude and disrespectful to others. If you can not accept that simple truth, maybe you don’t deserve to be a part of the Master Race at all.

    • You have a rather ironic name don’t you?

  • Truth™

    SILKY
    SMOOTH
    20FPS

    #4ThePayers™

    • GamerZ Elite

      Better than 5FPS 🙂

    • Truth™

      Fallout 4 is 60FPS on PC, fam :^)

    • DarthDiggler

      @The_PC_Truth_Insider:disqus

      Who cares? LOL

      Do you really think that I am regretting buying a PS4 now?

      Not at all.

      Now is there any chance that you regret your life choices? For example your life choice to become the #1 PC Troll?

      IMHO you aren’t aiming high enough. 🙂

    • Truth™

      Good old deflection. Can’t even defend the console.

      How’s Just Cause 3 running on PS4?

    • DarthDiggler

      @The_PC_Truth_Insider:disqus

      You are nothing but deflection — you contantly invade console forums so you can tell everyone how awesome your games play on PC.

      There is NO POSSIBLE way you have lost your virginity. This kind of stuff just wouldn’t be all that important to someone who has. You are just declaring yourself a loser to the world and celebrating your celibacy.

      Just Cause 3 isn’t out yet.

      How is that virginity treating you?

    • Truth™

      7th core unlocking means a Silky Smooth 25FPS instead of 24FPS, fam :^)

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/da5925f191402927dc45fdd661ea7ae9ec86fcf8421c065d3c062d0be1d0dbf3.jpg

    • DarthDiggler

      @The_PC_Truth_Insider:disqus

      I want to know the Truth!

      Have you lost your virginity?

      How many FPS is it when a girl takes her shirt off?

      What is the resolution of a female nipple when erect?

      Do you even know what 2nd base is?

      When you go to lunch do they call it recess?

      Are you paying your parents rent for the basement or are you still in school?

      I await your response bro! 🙂

    • Truth™

      Can’t even defend the PS4. Go straight to playground insults.

      Pathetic just like consoles, really

    • Sandy Wich

      What does virginity have to do with video games? Are you 16?

    • Starman

      denial …lol

    • Sandy Wich

      I know right?

    • GamerZ Elite

      Then why u here go to ur PC…. OH wait….. PC has no game except indie……….. LOL

    • Sandy Wich

      Nearly every strategy/mmo/point and click/isometric rpg/simulation/sandbox/indy, “and more”, games are almost exclusive to the pc platform. That’s not including mod titles like dayz or arma life, “and countless other 1000+ hour mod titles.

      Unfortunately… It seems like you got used to suits telling you how to think.

      Enjoy Uncharted 4. You know, 3 years after ps4 release.

    • LGK

      Better graphics, cheaper games, much bigger and better selection of games. And in case you console players haven’t realized it yet, you can actually connect your PC to your TV in your living and use an Xbox or PS controller to play the games.

      So your living room comfort argument won’t work.

    • LGK

      “Then why u here go to ur PC”

      What if he’s typing on his PC? Which he most likely is.

      “PC has no game except indie”

      Ironic, considering the fact that Sony is pushing for Indies and that most of the games on PS4 are Indies.

    • Dotcum22

      You do post alot in Console news got nothing to do on your pc? No good pc news? i never ever go to a PC news section i don’t care same goes for nintendo but seems that you care a lot! lol you fail so hard

    • DarthDiggler

      @dotcum22:disqus

      I blame this guy’s parents. Seriously they effed with his head if he really thinks his behavior is acceptable.

    • Dotcum22

      He can’t do anything about it i get it… i still feel sorry for him… Damn shame inbreds are still a thing anno 2015

    • Sandy Wich

      Talking about someones virginity when getting made about video games is proper?

      How did your parents raise you btw? …Think about it, kid.

    • DarthDiggler

      @The_PC_Truth_Insider:disqus

      What is smooth? Your chin because you are too young to actually grow hair there? Don’t worry so much buddy one of these days your balls will drop an you will be a man too!

      In reference to this image it seems the frame rate is much lower than 60fps.

    • Truth™

      WHy can’t PS4 keep COD Blops 3 at 60FPS even at 1360×1080?

    • Josh Morland

      What’s up with the 0fps on Just Cause 3 for Xbone? Isn’t even in 1080p either! LMAO!

    • Truth™

      Currently getting 60FPS at better settings on JC 3 on my PC. So why should I care about the low tier trash xbone, stalker? :^)

    • Josh Morland

      You don’t own a PC. You’re a M$FT d!ckrider paid to talk trash about the MORE POWERFUL console you fraud.

    • Truth™

      Yes PS4 is more powerful. And is still weak trash compared to PC gaming. You seem awfully angry when people discuss what a weak, low powered trash console the PS4 is. It’s just like the xbone. Useless :^)

      PS. Just Cause 3 is really fun at a proper framerate and not dropping to 18FPS like on PS4 (Where’s the 7th core?). Stay mad :^)

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/531b6e1e60bc3628dec43b6e8ce195ee832b291f3a82048fe1e3e6b5edf819b5.png

    • Josh Morland

      *^M$FT schills gonna schill*

    • Truth™

      $ony $chills gonna cry when their weak platform is made fun of because the xbone is so finished that no one talks about it.

      How’s that silky smooth 18FPS in Just Cause 3 on PS4? I can tell you 60FPS is great on my PC :^)

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1a413850ad1c348cc1ea4a97d04b029b75838c17049e94967f6b87d314703052.jpg

    • Michael Norris

      The game isn’t optimized very good so stop with the JC3 bullshit.

    • Truth™

      Only on AMD. Game runs great on Nvidia.

      Silky smooth 18FPS on PS4 LOL

    • Guest

      The PS4 version has a higher framerate, less tearing and runs mainly at 1920×1080 whereas the X1 version has a worst framerate, more tearing and runs mostly at 1200×900

    • Truth™

      Still drops. Still pathetic.

      PC still wins.

    • Guest

    • Truth™

      PC runs Fallout 4 at 60FPS. PS4 drops to 18FPS. No one cares about xbone. LOL

      Poor console peasant is angry 🙂

    • kreator

      LMFAO!!!!

    • I don’t get it

    • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

      Still have no life I see, nothing but trolling Sony articles your whole day, what a miserable worthless existence you have. Amazing with all that love you have for PC all you seem to be able to use it for is being an a$$hole.

    • Truth™

      PC Gaming is the only honest form of gaming left not filled with COD Dewritos TVTVTV and other Sonycuck ideals they adopted from the 360.

      I convert the peasants to a better form of gaming by showing them how bad console gaming is.

      The 7th core won’t save the PS4

    • Guest

      Got nothing better to do but be here all day long, every day obsessing over the PS4, eh?

    • Truth™

      Got nothing to play on PS4 except the game of buyers remorse, eh?

    • XbotMK1

      Probably a Nintendo or Microsoft shill who hides behind his PC because he has no facts or valid arguments to use against the PS4 to promote his Wii U or Xbox One. He desperately wants you to buy a PC, anything other than a PS4. Some of these fanboys are scared of PS2 levels of domination. Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to work towards a future where they have a straggle hold PC users by the balls.

    • Truth™

      Wii U has more games than PS4 and is the only console worth buying John Derp

      POS4 still has NOTHING and sub-30FPS multiplats. Pathetic console

    • Guest

      Wii U is garbage, with less then last gen graphics and 20-30old kid games. Mario 120 anyone? The Wii U cant even match the 360/PS3, hence why nobody wants it, yet this clown sticks up for that but hates on the PS4. What an idiot.

    • Truth™

      Wii U has games
      PS4 has no games

      🙂

    • Michael Norris

      #lies

    • Truth™

      PS4 has no games 🙂

    • Ilias

      You are funny!!!
      Come on and play uncharted 4
      final fantasy xv and horizon zero dawn on your high end pc!!!
      XAXAXA

  • WEL

    A slight overclock boosts all the cores and thus the entire CPU but one more core or one less makes no difference. Especially when we are talking about AMD’s tiny and weak jaguar core.

  • Dynasty2021

    Just goes to show how much peasants dont know anything about performance in games related to cores.

    There is almost no difference in performance of the i5 and i7s from Intel in games.

    But moron fanboys at N4G etc will believe this is the second coming, when we will 100% see NO difference in the next few years.

    • Mark

      Wow, no difference in frame rate from an I5 and I7?! That’s surprising. I woulda thought otherwise. And yeah, I’m not expecting a huge frame rate boost outta the PS4 because of this either.

    • Truth™

      They are already crying over Just Cause 3 running fine on PC and like garbage on consoles with three minute load times on the PS4 version.

      Careful not to drown in peasant tears over the next few days.

    • Dotcum22

      i already drowned in PC master race tears for the release of Batman

    • DarthDiggler

      @dotcum22:disqus

      SHHH…. PC master race will soon realize that many games they play are optimized on Consoles and “ported” to Windoze.

    • Sandy Wich

      Optimized is 15 frames per second slow downs? Since when was playing 1440p/60fps < 900p 17-30 fps?

      …Junior high?

    • Truth™

      How’s Just Cause 3 running on PS4? :^)

    • Dotcum22

      No idea did not buy it busy playing Batman how was it for you? Plus you tool most gamers don’t even care about all that PC master race BS you spew out. It’s just you have a hard time finding that out and accepting that you are late to the party. Pc master race BS is so old come up with something new mate.

    • DarthDiggler

      @The_PC_Truth_Insider:disqus

      Better than Batman on PC. I notice you don’t respond to me virgin boy. Is my analysis hitting too close to home? 🙂

    • Truth™
    • DarthDiggler

      @The_PC_Truth_Insider:disqus

      Do you really think these images will make me enjoy the game less? 🙂 I don’t mind games that run about 30 fps. Has never been a big issue for me. Would I like 60 fps? Sure why not, but PC Gaming is a time investment that I can’t justify as an adult. Sure for a several hundred dollars more than a PS4 I could have an incredible gaming system. At the end of the day it doesn’t give me what I really need and that is TIME. With PS4 I can maximize my gaming time.

      With console gaming you fire up the game and go. PC just can’t match that level of time efficiency. Sure applications like Steam and Origin makes things better but it all still runs on a general purpose machine that was never designed to be specialized in any kind of application.

      If you love PC gaming and I can tell you do — why can’t you recognize the fact that other people love console gaming and just appreciate the fact that we are different?

      IMHO you are incapable of this level of empathy because you still live under you parents roof and you really don’t know what life is like in the real world so you manufacture this alter ego called “Truth” which you use to be an A-hole in articles that have little to do with PC gaming.

      You really have too much time on your hands.

    • Sandy Wich

      How is pc gaming anymore of an investment than console?… You’re not thinking clearly. Time? It plays when you load it up?

      How are those minute long load screens on console? How is waiting for that PS4 OS to load going for you? …Typing on the internet? …Loading a video?… How about every time you miss click the share button and have to wait 10 seconds to play again? You’re wasting more time than gaining, you just don’t let yourself see it.

      Mutlitasking is what pc’s are legend for, and it does nothing but save time and maximize entertainment. Movies/music/social media/gaming/writing/work is 1 click away, and can be done all at the same time with an extra monitor or 2.

      And once again like before, you may dislike that person for being a troll, but generalizing someones sexuality or personal living situation from how they act in a forum is just… so poor.

    • Truth™

      Console peasants are dragging back the industry and PS4 is a trash console that even now has the NSA and Interpol monitoring it’s while it’s biggest selling point is COD exclusive maps along with constantly poor game performance.

      It’s killing gaming and you are enabling it.

    • Consoles are dragging back the industry, what about older PC’s? Do you think the master race that buy a new gfx card every two years is enough for developers to stay afloat? Why do the games have to cater to low/mid end PC’s then?

      PC’s with the separate mem pools is dragging back the industry as well, devs do not invest in GPGPU programming due to PCI latency.

    • Truth™
    • DarthDiggler

      @The_PC_Truth_Insider:disqus

      When are you going to touch a boob? 🙂

    • Truth™

      Confronted with reality and can’t defend his console. Says it all.

      Stay mad.

    • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

      Better then it is on xbone.

    • Truth™

      So still garbage and your only defense is “B-B-BUH XBONE”. No “BUT 7TH CORE”. Can’t even defend your own garbage console while deflecting to the other garbage console

      Meanwhile it runs well on PC and is extremely well optimized.

      Sonycucks are really pathetic.

      How’s Just Cause 3 running on PS4, Consolekeks?

    • DarthDiggler

      @The_PC_Truth_Insider:disqus

      The truth is you are a attention seeking individual who parades and celebrates their immaturity. I think it’s great you find things to do “socially” given your long-term virginity. Most “Master PC Race” or as I like to call it the PC Caliphate don’t seem to have time to tear themselves away from their beautifully rendered games or pornhub long enough to really let us know just how pathetic us console peasants are. Seriously though you should give us more of a chance it may help your chances of meeting a special girl.

      I wasn’t aware that Just Cause 3 had been released. Last I checked it comes out tomorrow.

    • DarthDiggler

      @dynasty2021:disqus

      You don’t think that the lack of difference in the i5 and i7 has a great deal to do with games likely being designed for the lower CPU in order to get the most return on the game investment? Cater to the lower end CPU and your audience size is increased.

  • Cenk Algu

    it wont bring any improvements at all because it uses unified GDDR5 Rams.Every active core means less bandwith on the memory so you people can forget the improvements.

    • DarthDiggler

      @cenkalgu:disqus

      So your position is Sony and MS are adding hardware features for developers but developers won’t use those features because they will diminish performance?

      I would think that the engineers with Sony and MS likely have a better grip on this than you.

    • Cenk Algu

      Haha idiot hardware is hardware and you cant change what it is. GDDR5 no bueno for the CPU.

    • Cypher-Unknown

      Haha!

    • Cenk Algu

      Yeahhh ignorant it wont. Thats it.

    • Cypher-Unknown

      English, muddyfunster, do you speak it?

  • THEundying27

    Don’t get your hopes up people.

  • I think it’s hilarious how we always hear about how X1 and PS4 top sales and consoles and software but we never hear about PC sales on these sites but we see PC gamers on these comment sections talking about their machines’ capabilities NOT EVEN their OWN moachines’ (Don’t post “it’s yours machine” no one either cares for you to prove it/lie about it) just what some PCs can do. Why do PC gamers feel the need to be important in these canvos that have nothing to do with them or with people that will most likely won’t convert just because shaders are “better” or render faster or has higher frame rate. We just rather play with our friends most of us. I’m not going to get all my friends to buy another 500 to 1400$ machine to deal with the frustration of understanding another infrastructure like steam and rebuy Destiny (did that come out on PC I ACTUALLY don’t know) and all expansions get used to keyboard and mouse leave all exclusives behind and leave the mainstream fun of whats going on with console gaming for some “advanced” FPS and 1080+p resolution. I’ll pass.

    • Sandy Wich

      Some people are uncomfortable with other peoples ignorance.

      Because a good gaming ps is 1400 dollars.

      Because consoles 2-3 meaningful exclusives a year are, “all the exclusives.”
      I can’t remember the last time I saw more than a handful strategy games on console. Or mmo… point and click… sandbox… free to play… simulation… indy… tbh… the only thing I’ve seen on ps4 in the last 2+ years worth taking note of was BB… Oh well.

      Understanding how to click, “play”? No wonder why your a console gamer.

      Mainstream fun? You call 30 million ps4 gamers, “mainstream”? Did you get mainstream confused with manipulation? …Mainstream is for children, but tbh, if you want to try mainstream, check out league of legends.

      But hey, ps4 JUST got Twitch, join the mainstream fun.

  • DA-ROOSTER

    Naughty Dog is now using the 7th core but can’t run uncharted 4 at 1080p 60fps only 1080p 30fps
    Can’t run Uncharted 4’s multilplayer above 900p

    Hilarious

  • Mr Xrat

    All those Xgimps who said the PS4 couldn’t do it and the gap was closing all those months ago.

    Reality is so harsh.

    • Truth™

      And then it all comes tumbling down again for the Sonycucks when their garbage console can’t run Just Cause 3. A well optimized game on PC.

      Pathetic, really. Where’s the seventh core Rscottycuck? Or you and all your friends upvoting too busy doing damage control. Oh wait. PS4 has no games. Not like you have anything better to do :^)

    • Hector

      I love my high end PC and PS4 equally but people like you make me feel embarrassed to be a part of the PC gaming community. To whoever reads this, not all PC gamers are like this low-life. There are some who love all gaming systems.

    • Guest

      Wah, wah, wah, more crying from this obsessed looser.

    • Truth™

      Wah, wah. More console peasants crying at facts that the POS4 is underpowered

    • Truth™

      No, wait we can correct that. The PS4 version drops as low as 18FPS

      That 7th core. Likely needed to get beyond to 800P. Supercharged PC.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1a413850ad1c348cc1ea4a97d04b029b75838c17049e94967f6b87d314703052.jpg

    • Matth Matic

      Dude. do you get paid to trash consoles. Each and article you there trolling.

    • Guest

      He’s obsessed, so he cant tolerate the fact that the PS4 performs better than the X1 (cuz even though he claims to be a PC fanboy, he’s a really a xturd).


 

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