PS4 Advantage over Xbox One Yet to be Seen, Both Consoles a Significant Upgrade – Counterpunch Studios

Line producer Jake Fenske talks facial animation on next gen consoles.

Posted By | On 04th, Jun. 2013 Under News

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As technology progresses, one specific field of graphics just keeps getting bigger and bigger: Facial animation. This is the realistic representation of a character’s emotions and involves a deep process from motion capture right down to rendering. As consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bring next generation technology to the console market, so will games begin to incorporate realistic facial animation above and beyond what we see today.

We recently had a chance to sit down with Jake Fenske, Line Producer at CounterPunch Studios, who specializes in facial animation and has used commercial technology such as Faceware (seen in games like Crysis 3) along with CounterPunch’s own tech for producing jaw-dropping visuals and facial expressions in 3D characters.

When asked about what next gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One could provide in terms of visual fidelity, Fenske stated that, “We’re starting to develop technologies built around realtime applications. We are also starting to have discussions with Stereoscopic companies to project out where we think the gaming industry is going. We think one day people will be playing with holograms.”

As for the Xbox One’s 8GB DDR3 RAM versus the PlayStation 4’s 8GB GDDR5 RAM, and any advantages derived from the latter because of this discrepancy, Fenske remarked that, “Anytime there is an increase in the hardware there will be an improvement in the level of facial quality that can be achieved.

“We will be able to use higher resolution models, rigs and textures. This only increases the believability in the facial animation and the deformation quality our facial rigs. Whether the PS4 has an advantage over the Xbox One is yet to be seen on our end but both are a significant upgrade from the current generation.”

The main appeal of next generation consoles though, is their PC like architecture and tremendous amounts of power. This helps facilitate easier development while still bringing cutting edge graphics to gamers. Will a day come when next gen consoles allow for easier facial animation as well?

“No matter how much technology advances, there is still no answer for the emotion a human being brings to a character. The fidelity will increase and so will the need for people who can bring life and emotion to a character.”

As for the next generation of gaming, stay tuned as E3 2013 gets closer and we learn what developers will have in store for us in the coming months.

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  • Kevin Henderson

    With Microsoft’s alleged anti-consumer policies, the PS4 is looking mighty fine.

  • Intelligent

    Thats wrong they both have 8 gb of ram. The PS4 has 8GB of GDDR5 ram and Xbox One has 8GB of DDR3 ram

    • jb223

      but the difference is how the devices utilize that ram….first off, from what i understand, gddr5 is better for gaming, secondly, xbox’s ram will be split evenly from what i’ve read, 1/3 for the os, 1/3 for the kinect, & the final 1/3 for gaming, whereas ps4 will devote the majority of it’s horsepower for gaming with a small amount utilized for the os….ultimately it’s all right there in the cards if these figures from respected tech sites are to be believed, that sony’s machine is focussed more on games

    • Guest

      Nope, games can use the full set of 8GB RAM minus the overhead of the hypervisor OS (about 100MB from what I can see here). The hypervisor switches data between the different OS’s blazingly fast through the 4 move engines.

    • jb223

      sounds like you have got it figured out haha….i’m pretty hopeless when it comes to most of this stuff

    • GamingBolt

      yes! Corrected!

  • Patrick O’Neal

    Wow your PS4 RAM capacity is off PS4 will have 8GB of GDDR5 RAM,
    512Mb of the PS4 RAM will go to OS & XboxOne 8GB GDDR3 Ram will have to share with 3 OS Microsoft stated 3GB of that RAM will go to OS.

    LOL get your facts straight

    • GamingBolt

      yep, Corrected!

  • lt.dan

    Lol, ps4’s 5 gb. Are you stupid? both have 8gb ram, but sony’s os only use 1gb to operate while xbox uses 3. So sony has more ram and it’s faster. Also, ddr5 is not a thing, its gddr5, which is derived from ddr3. I stopped reading after that because the author obviously has knows nothing about the hardware specs of either console, and is just pulling things out of his ass.

    • GamingBolt



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