Just Cause 3 Taking Full Advantage of Xbox One’s Power, Using Latest SDK Update

Game director Roland Lesterlin also talks about pushing both current gen platforms to the max.

Posted By | On 07th, Nov. 2015 Under News


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Avalanche Studios’ Just Cause 3 will be 900p resolution on the Xbox One and 1080p resolution on the PS4, though the developer noted that players can expect excellent performance on both platforms. That being said, when you consider that the Xbox One’s hardware has been blamed for its inability to hit 1080p resolution on many titles, it would be interesting to hear Avalanche’s take on the same.

Speaking to game director Roland Lesterlin, GamingBolt asked if the Xbox One’s eSRAM is what caused the lack of a 1080p resolution for games in general. Are things better now and have developers been able to overcome it? Lesterlin said that, “All I can say is that Microsoft has been amazing to work with. They have supported us as we learned the new console and have helped us optimize a number of areas of the game to take full advantage of the console’s power.”

And Avalanche is using the latest SDK which allows for an additional CPU core on the console. “We are using the latest SDK. We push both consoles to their max, so every programmer on the team has enjoyed using that extra power to push the game that tiny bit further.”

Just Cause 3 is out on December 1st for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. What are your thoughts on performance for the Xbox One in comparison to PS4? Let us know in the comments.


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  • Rhodri

    Still no directx 12 sdk.

    • Guest

      Yeah, cuz that bullsh’t is going too make a difference, NOT!!! When are you dumb nuts going to realize that DX12 was modeled after the X1’s DX11.x API which is a lot more low level access than DX11 on the PC ever was. All DX12 for the X1 is going to really do for it is make it easier for devs to port games from PC to X1 and vice versa. Don’t get me wrong, there may be a few areas where there will be improvements. But to think that its going to make a significant difference is purely ignorant. Every time MS announces some improvement (like SDK, API, 50-80% of a extra core, etc.), you dumb fanboys get all jumpy and excited thinking its going to make the X1 on par with the PS4. Yet, it has yet to happen and wont, because no matter how much you clowns want to deny it, there is a real physical difference in power between the two. This dev is telling you that they are maxing the power of the system using all the lastest improvements in the SDK and API and still it cant match the PS4’s 1080p resolution. So deal with it and stop living in a fantasy land.

    • Tga215

      This!!!

    • Rhodri

      Dumbass none of what you said was relevant. I was talking about the DirectX 12 SDK still not being out yet. But you attack me with this BS. I never referred to ps4 at all but you call me a fan boy but your fanboying now, I don’t even own Xbox one yet you call me a fan boy for wanting to see improvements to a system. No matter what you say DirectX 12 will help Xbox one no matter what link I post you will continue to be ignorant so I will leave it at that.

    • Fayxz

      ok relax, i didn’t know you were a microsoft developer…

    • HAppY_KrAToS

      Exactly. Resolution wise alone, the ps4 is using 60% more power, 1080 vs 900

      ———S I X T Y——— – 60

      But we can be sure the ps4, despite the 1080p, will have a better draw distance, better textures, better antialiasing, etc.

      Which makes almost 2 power of —T W O—- xbox1.

      Which part of the simple maths the Xbox guys don’t understand?

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      I think what people do not understand is why the ps4 does not have any 1080p 60fps game. With your great knowledge can you explain that?

    • nova

      Yeah any… MG5, Metro Redux, Uncharted Collection, Tranformers, COD AW, etc.

    • Psionicinversion

      COD AW doesnt run at 60fps constant on PS4 and lol mentioning remasters….

    • nova

      Yet the HMCC doesn’t even run at a stable 60fps… at least, remasters on PS4 have good performances.

      And COD is almost locked on PS4 :

      https://youtu.be/M0RFd6mSprU

      Especially the multiplayer :

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CaMFypV8Z8

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      There you go, you proved me wrong MGS5 is 60fps. But that’s it, not etc.

      It is sad that the ps4 AAA flagship exvlusive as uncharted will be 30 fps so you need to resort to remasters to bail you out. 🙂

    • nova

      You have many games that run at 1080p 60fps on PS4… much more than on XB1… basically, only racing games can achieve 1080p/60fps on XB1.

      Other examples :

      Plants vs Zombies, Trials Fusion, Mortal Kombat X, etc.

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Only MS engineers know exactly the benefits DX12 will bring to the XB1. It is not out yet for XBox development, so all of your ignorant post is baseless.

    • HyDrO

      http://wccftech.com/phil-spencer-directx-1-xbox-one-hardware-graphics/ – Yep Phil Spencer told you and still the fanboys don’t listen

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Your reading comprehension is really bad. What Spencer said is common sense. DX12 wilk surely not increase the hardware or graphic capabilities. What does that mean? Well exactly what he said.
      Do people expect DX12 to add more RAM, upgrade the GPU, and the CPU? No

      Will DX12 help developers fully optimize their games for the XB1? Maybe, but we do not know what the result will be.

      Like I said, only MS engineers know at this point.

    • HyDrO

      Lol bad reading comprehension while you state a whole lot of nothing. Nice. I’m pretty sure engineers communicate with the head of Xbox so he likely knows too, no secret sauce for you.

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Your “whole lot of nothing” comment just reinforces that your reading comprehension is your problem.

      Also, Specer never said that DX12 would not improve optimization, he simply stated the obvious which everyone knows that no API will Change the hardware. Hard to understand?

    • HyDrO

      Why are you still talking? You continue to say a whole lot of nothing. Funny how I simply post a link and somehow have bad comprehension for that which leads to you trying to explain an article in depth that I already read and posted. You sound emotional and defensive for what? Is it that important to you?

    • HyDrO

      Btw your attempt at explaining basic comprehension was cute. Run along little girl.

    • XbotMK1

      Direct X12 features are already implemented in the Xbox One API.

      The name, “Direct X12” refers to PC, but Xbox One already has a low level API with Direct X12 features.

    • Rodney Patrick

      No it’s not idiot, right now it’s still using direct x11

    • coen Helthuis

      XboxMK1 is right. Not all the DX12 features are in the Xbox one api but dx12 makes pc’s more console like since developers can work at a lower level in pc’s

    • Tech junkie

      You do realize the Xbox got it’s name from Direct X?

    • Matthias Heinz

      No, the main advantages are still not implemented, the threading model and the reduced cpu overhead on the workloads and the deferred contexts are still not used. The XBox One API is still DX11. DX will come in 2016.

    • Srenia Ia

      Low level? MS has not said that ever. They said Directx 11 with Xbox One extension – Directx 11.3. Directx 12 with WDDM 2.0 virtual GPU memory on the Xbox One hasn’t even been implemented until it gets Windows 10 OneCore. Game engines are just switching over with Game devs just in the beggining phases. So ports that give 20% more GPU and 50% less CPU hasn’t happened yet. The pure Directx 12.x games are just starting to be made.
      Directx 11.x/WDDM 1.3 is still being used.

    • Lee Collins

      DX12 wont make much difference to xbox one PC yes but Xbox one only uses some of the DX12 api features which won’t affect performance hardly if at all

  • Dangerousjo 1985

    That’s fine beautiful!! 900p res just like uncharted 4 well be..

    • Bull Proodhead

      uc4 multiplayer*

    • nova

      +60fps

    • Rodney Patrick

      Still multiplayer 900p,oh but since this a Sony game we are talking about I guess it’s ok now…..smh

    • nova

      And do you know what 900p means on PS4 ? 720p on XB1…

    • Rodney Patrick

      And you are salty!! The truth always hurt.

    • Dangerousjo 1985

      Not true at all, where are you getting that made up bs from, uncharted 4 doesn’t look better than ryse son of Rome and that’s running at 900p on xboxone..

    • archfiendx

      Your love for Xbox has made you retarded.

      I see Terminator upvoted your comment too. Go figure.

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Mp 900p 60fps….SP 1080p 30fps. Why tehy did not make the game 1080p 60spf on the SP? 🙂

    • Dangerousjo 1985

      Lol not the 1080p that Sony claimed that all their games will run at..

  • Dangerousjo 1985

    Just to add just because ps4 sometimes has a baby hair more res then xbox one doesn’t mean it’s a game changer for them, xb1 has more actually game changing options on the rise, like backwards compatibility, and Dx12 that well make Xbox one the definitive online console that no other console can copy because they’re incapable of replicating what it will do.

    • Bull Proodhead

      Are you getting paid?

    • Dangerousjo 1985

      Nope not yet hopefully one day, are you getting paid ?

    • XbotMK1

      This is what a delusional fanboy who doesn’t have a clue what they’re talking about looks like.

    • Dangerousjo 1985

      Really what exactly am I saying that is delusional, your comments are truly of that of a fanboy

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Ignore him, he is just a ps4 fanboy who trolls xbox one articles because the ps4 has no AAA exclusives.

    • ZeeJJ

      Lol. They think that the PS4 is better because of a slight change with the resolution. So that’s the only thing that they can say when they’re talking about the PS4.

    • Renzoe

      If resolution is the holy grail to console fanboys,than maybe they should which to pc!

    • PeregrineX7

      cool story bro

    • hvd hvd

      you cant say that to these ps4 fanboys i know that and you know that.you want to know how bad they are if they think the sky is green and you told them to look up and told them it was blue they would still argue till no end.i have tried. they will know if a few days when dx12 comes to xbox one.

    • HyDrO
    • Dangerousjo 1985

      Did I write that dx12 would change those things ?

    • HyDrO

      Change what things?

    • Dangerousjo 1985

      Things as in make the Xbox one more powerful, always hit 1080p..

  • Bull Proodhead

    GamingBolt comment section gives me AIDS

    • HAppY_KrAToS

      cool

  • Michael

    Xbox version will look just as good and run better.

    • archfiendx

      Were you dropped on your head as a baby?

    • Lee Collins

      Look you are both wrong PC is the bes!!!t
      My R9 390x GPU alone cost more than your weak consoles. And my 8 core 4.7Ghz CPU is something to brag about not a tiddly little 100 Mhz increase over the PS4 like the Xbox one.
      A whole 2.0Ghz more and a whole 8 gig ram to use upgradeable to 32 gig.
      Yes it costs a lot more but were talking performance not price here and boy was it fun to build 🙂 Just playing the latest games on a machine you built yourself at such great performance is a whole new experience. And I for one am happy to pay the money for 2k 1440p or 4k 2160p rez gaming @ 60fps over 900p @ 24 fps or 1080p @ 24 fps lol

  • d0x360

    Stay classy gaming bolt. Still yammering on about esram as if you have any idea what making a game…or writing any code at all entails.

    Keep fanning those flames of fanboys. Let’s also talk about api! Another topic 99.9999% of people don’t actually understand yet fight about like they have degrees in computer science.

    Pepper in some dx12 nonsense next time please, dont just leave it up to the commentors to fight about it, really get it in there somehow.

  • nova

    Gaminbolt, you should also ask about the weaker GPU…

    • Rodney Patrick

      How about weaker CPU…

    • nova

      Which may explains why the XB1 gets the inferior version… clearly the deciding factor…

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    • Mark

      Yeah honestly I was thinkin the same. Some games are GPU bound, and some CPU bound. Perhaps the PS4 gpu is the main factor for a number of these games.

    • justerthought

      Yes it’s definitely the powerful PS4 GPU that is the deciding factor in terms of 1080p, but a powerful GPU is also hungry for large amounts of data fast. That’s were the GDDR5 RAM comes in. They work together to give the gains we are seeing.

    • archfiendx

      A stronger CPU can’t make up the difference for a weak GPU.

    • justerthought

      No it can’t.

      Graphics are extremely processor intensive. GPU’s are especially designed to run multiple parallel processes in rapid succession to grind through the massive amount of the data processing used in graphics.

      A CPU just does not have the same clout and is more focussed on management tasks using small data sizes that need to be performed faster than the GPU can handle.

      That’s why the PS4 version of AC Unity went belly up. The PS4 has a very powerful GPU but the dev caused a CPU bound situation by flooding the PS4 CPU with masses of NPC data that each required management and physics. Bad game design.

    • 54NCH32

      Probably why archfiendx said the word CAN’T in his comment then.

    • justerthought

      PS4 has the weakest CPU because MS are running theirs at a higher clock speed to squeeze out a bit of extra performance in areas that require CPU intense activity.

    • Psionicinversion

      Why?? its flogging a dead horse you dont to keep asking about something so damn obvious every single time they speak to a dev

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  • archfiendx

    Xbox fanboys are still here clinging for dear life. They’re claiming a proprietary Microsoft API will bail them out, instead of accepting the reality that Xbox One is weaker, even though multiple developers and Phil Spencer stated it won’t do much.

    Seriously, Microsoft fanboys need to be drug out in the street and stoned in public. lol

    • Gary

      I literally cracked up laughing when I read “lifeline and bailout”. This console war is just so freaking intense

    • Matthias Heinz

      “dragged out into the street and stoned in public”
      What a bullshit, only a fanboy can be so dumb.

    • justerthought

      Lighten up. He’s joking.

      He’s using shock tactics as a way to knock some sense into xbots who are not thinking logically. They continually delude themselves by clinging to ‘the faith’ that some magic secret sauce and the unlimited powah of the cloud will come to save them.

      Father Christmas does not exist and no secret sauce is coming to the rescue. There is no heaven either. There I said it. Sorry to disappoint. I’m a realist.

      Dreams are great if used as something to inspire you, but if you retreat into them to escape reality then that is unhealthy.

    • Srenia Ia

      Clearly haven’t looked into WDDM 2.0 virtualization the GPU memory of the XBox One/Windows 10. WDDM 1.3 allows for the physical layout directly to memory like the PS4 runs. Ask yourself will virtual memory layout of GPU/CPU/DSP all the way into the L2 TB/s caches help Xbox One over PS4 which can’t do that? HSA compute verses GPU compute alone. HSA programs run 2-10 faster than GPU compute programs. Is Xbox One weaker? 1st party games run better, while 3rd party lags. The new console update – “relaunch of Xbox One” – is about to happen bringing Directx 12.x, but more importantly WDDM 2.0.

      Both systems are good. Xbox One is relaunching with a whole new architecture (MS Wire). Wouldn’t discount Xbox One yet.

  • Dirkster_Dude

    What are my thoughts? I will enjoy the game regardless of a resolution difference I would never notice and not care about unless I was told beforehand like in this article. It is great that the PS4 can hit the 1080p mark but it simply doesn’t make that much difference at all unless you care about such things. Other than being able to say: “The XB1 is a weak piece a crap compared to the PS4.” Does it really affect your enjoyment of the game or perception that it is inferior somehow because of 900p on XB1? If you can answer yes to that last question then I think it tells us more about you than it does any perceived issue with the 900p game on XB1.

    • ZeeJJ

      Finally someone who knows what I’m talking about. You won’t know the difference unless it is side by side and even then it’s still not really noticeable unless you’re a graphics freak that is going to look at every inch of the game which I’m sure no one will do unless they have no life :|. So people should just play the game and stop looking at the resolution because it’s not like you’re comparing the PS2 graphics to the Xbox One because that would then be something that would change the look of the game. PS. Don’t reply to this if you’re a Fanboy because, I don’t have time to reply to idiots that can’t just enjoy a game without complaining about it.

    • HyDrO

      768 shader, 48 TMUs, 16 ROPs, 2133 DDR3 vs 1153 shader, 72 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 5500 GDDR5. There you go, PS4 has better hardware.

    • Dirkster_Dude

      I just new someone would bring up hardware specifications as an answer. The PS4 hardware allows you to do some things more easily but so far it hasn’t been that impressive and I still wouldn’t notice the differences playing a game between 1080p or 900p unless it is pointed out to me so no it doesn’t matter at all.

  • hvd hvd

    relax people it will be fine.

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  • lagann

    That’s fine.

    The game will be good or not based on gameplay and not resolution.

    I’m not going to buy a PS4 just because most multiplats run on a barely noticeable higher resolution than their X1 versions. You want the best resolution and best graphics? Game on a PC. Nitpicking resolution differences between PS4 and X1 is like gloating about picking the smartest kid in a special ed class.

    It’s well known the PS4 has higher raw gpu power than X1 due to X1 cutting the same gpu chip to fit the esram. That said,I will not tolerate a crappy controller with dismal battery life, a crappy online service that I need to pay for, and a console that sounds like a jet engine when it winds up.

    • nova

      No, the game will be good and technically impressive based on the amount of enemies…

    • lagann

      LOL, still salty i owned you on the other article.

      Edit* Don’t stay up too late now, your mommy will be mad.

    • nova

      Yeah, you really owned me… see what your console can do when pushed to its limit : 900p…

      “We are using the latest SDK. We push both consoles to their max, so every programmer on the team has enjoyed using that extra power to push the game that tiny bit further.”

      Continue to deny the facts…

    • lagann

      I’m getting tired of owning you….

      That’s fine.

      The game will be good or not based on gameplay and not resolution.

      I’m not going to buy a PS4 just because most multiplats run on a barely noticeable higher resolution than their X1 versions. You want the best resolution and best graphics? Game on a PC. Nitpicking resolution differences between PS4 and X1 is like gloating about picking the smartest kid in a special ed class.

      It’s well known the PS4 has higher raw gpu power than X1 due to X1 cutting the same gpu chip to fit the esram. That said,I will not tolerate a crappy controller with dismal battery life, a crappy online service that I need to pay for, and a
      console that sounds like a jet engine when it winds up.

  • Ricardo Ortiz

    To tell the truth i like both and to me at least as far as graphics they both look the same

  • Yea Right

    I enjoy watching console peasants fight out who has the graphics settings of low, or very low, and I will enjoy this game at 60 FPS 4k max settings on the PC attached to a 65 inch 4k TV, all while paying less for the games overall, and having full backward compatibility to any PC game that was ever created. For example, Just cause 3 is on CD keys for only $25 preorder. That’s $35 difference just for one game. Most games can be had on the PC for less $45 even before release. Multiply that by 15-20 games and you just recouped $700-$900 back, that is not factoring in the stupid online monthly subscription for consoles. Add that 700-900 to your $350 console price tag, and you can easily build a 4k capable max settings gaming PC for ~$1200.

    • Psionicinversion

      For $1200… Yeah not even close, I know how much it costs to make a max setting one because you need 2 high end gpus

  • andy

    So long story short, taking full advantage of Xbone Power = 900p on a game that looks alright and nothing mind blowing. So pretty much the way its been since launch.

  • justerthought

    They a still couldn’t push it to 1080p though could they. Core weakness’s still exist. As compensation, if you have poor eye sight, a small TV or you sit too far away from the screen, you won’t be able to notice the difference.

    You could also comfort yourself by watching Youtube comparisons that gimp the PS4 quality down to XB1 level due to the heavy video compression, making them look the same.

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  • Terry Fredrick

    Excellent performance on both consoles ! Well considering there is already concern about console performance , the ps4 is said to have bad framerate issues along with long load times. I’m pretty sure this issue will be the same with xbox one. Neither of these systems can handle the es newer games smoothly. 30 fps with cruddy framerates. I will be getting JC3 for my pc


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