PS4 Is Slightly Easier Than Xbox One To Develop For, Resolution More Important Than 60fps

Producer at Koei Tecmo Akihiro Suzuki shares his thoughts on PS4/Xbox One development.

Posted By | On 05th, Mar. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

Producer at Koei Tecmo Akihiro Suzuki has revealed that during the making of Bladestorm: Nightmare on the PS4 and Xbox One they did not faced any major issues, but the development team did find the PS4 slightly easier to handle.

“Looking back on developing for Bladestorm: Nightmare, there weren’t any major issues that the team faced for the PS4 or for the Xbox One. But having said that, if you look back at the history of the hardware, Sony has always been saying the PlayStation 4 is going to be much more developer friendly in a sense,” Akihiro said to GamingBolt.

“So maybe that’s why a lot of developers are saying that or indicating that the Xbox one is a bit more harder [to develop for]. But again, for Bladestorm: Nightmare’s team there weren’t any major issues. But having said that, maybe the PlayStation 4 is slightly easier. ”

With the debate on resolution and frame rate being such a hot debate amongst western players, we asked how does a Japan based company like Koei Tecmo handles this kind of a situation. Akihiro stated that although a higher frame used to be a priority before, they are now pushing for better visuals, resolution and a variable frame rate instead.

“At Koei Tecmo it may depend on the project we undertake, but starting from the PlayStation era say the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 era obviously frame rate was important to us. So we had to make sure sixty frames was always expected as a standard to start with. But having said that we couldn’t jeopardize the visual expression of the game, as that’s also important to our franchise and all the games we make. So in terms of balancing, we don’t seem frame rate being that important as it used to be. ”

“Obviously looking at our Dynasty Warriors games, most of them actually have varying frame rates. So depending on the circumstance of the battle some scenes actually move at sixty frames, but with these areas we wanted to make sure that we at least reach the minimum visual quality. ”

“So in such instance that the frame rate drops to let’s say thirty frames and in this way we make sure we get the right visuals to appear on the screen. So you know, for us, if we had to pick one or the other we would slightly prefer resolution as we would like to make sure that we have the right visuals to appear on screen in any given area of the game.”

Bladestorm: Nightmare releases this month on the PS4 and Xbox One.

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  • Toni D


    • Exposure Levels

      Correction: IS

  • Matt

    60fps > Res… but from a console standpoint Graphics > Res > FPS

    • kma99

      yeah right, who wants resolution over frames dropping? good luck convincing others.

    • joe shmo

      i think matt is right most console consumers prefer graphics and res over the frames per second, well atleast since ps3 and xbox 360 its been this way.. its sad but i believe its true. everyone is like xbox one is trash ps4 is trash blah blah blah ps3 is trash xbox 360 is trash this and that has better graphics blah blah blah. when it comes down to it true gamers enjoy everything, they dont pick one side or the other if you have a pc you play what you can on pc if you get a console you play what ever you want on that console. if you get spare money and want to play a game thats on another console you dont have you either buy that console if you have the spare money or you play at a friends house if your friend has it. the point is if you are a real gamer just enjoy what you have available to you and live it up. and i want to point out one thing about this resolution thing 900p vs 1080p is laughable lets all be honest yes there is a difference between the two that is noticeable side by side but without that you really arent going to see that difference to much or at all. hopefully this nonsence about resolution will stop when dx12 comes out because im seeing too much about this going on.

    • Matt

      apparently every developer

  • Guest

    What a pooron. FPS >>> Resolution, especially when running at 30fps, as the framedrops is more noticable on that low level PC hardware.

    • Exposure Levels

      What an Xf*g. Xbox Done is weaker. It can’t even output 900p at 30 fps.

  • kreator

    Funny that this comes up now after hearing what DX12 is going to do for X1 ;/

  • Tha Truth

    Absolute truth and complete fact. Only non – gamers would disagree. I know that certain people might not like to hear the truth since they fell for the lies, overhype and marketing scam when they bought Microsoft’s 900p machine but it’s 1080 or go home in the gaming world.

    So sad that certain people would sink so low to argue with game developers because they’re embarassed and insecure about buying the wrong console. Poor dying Microsoft = lies, overhype and underdeliver and sales prove that.

    • Starman

      MORONIC…….. do us all a favor , and STFU with your fanboy antics …

    • Mark

      Lol! Agreed. Tha Truth can’t control his fingers man lol

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      Lets go through this again.

      If you bought a PS4 for resolution or framerate over the xbone. You are an idiot since both have neither.

      If you actually CARED about these matters, you would have a PC. And lets face it, even with PS4 you end up with medium settings and disgusting FXAA. So PS4 owners claiming the xbone is filled with lies and overhype would be hilarious if it wasn’t so pathetic since both were sold with that (But I’ll laugh anyway).

      But instead, you are a brand loyalist currently playing the PS4’s biggest exclusive to date: Buyers Remorse. And that is the real truth.

      And it’s 1080 60FPS or go home, now. And PS4 can’t deliver on the 60 most of the time. So go home, console peasant.

    • Derrick Lee

      I have a pc and ps3. my pc is mainly for fps games. I feel consol is better for other games such as fighters, sports games, even 3rs persons like uncharted, and metal gear Solid. I havent upgraded to the new generations due to lack of games. I prefer ps for variety of games. For Xbox I think they just keep rehashing gears, forza and halo. PS3 I played metal gear solid, killzone, little big planet, last of us, heavy rain, uncharted, God of war, demOn souls, grand turismo
      smaller titles I played were twisted metal, yakuza , ico
      I guess it’s just preference, I prefer the games on the ps. I thought gears was good, forza is probably good but I’m not a huge racing game fan, halo never impressed me. I mainly play fps on pc and grew up playing games like quake 3, unreal tournament and cs. I feel those are head above halo imo.

    • Derrick Lee

      Btw why don’t you make a exclusives list of Xbox games that are not on pc not with names of gear, forza and halo in it and compare it to my list. Perhaps it can change my mind.

    • evan

      Just video games dude lol relax

    • Tha Truth

      Let’s go through this again…anyone who claims to have a PC for gaming is a liar or an idiot since PC owners don’t buy games, they pirate them because they’re too poor to know any better.

      But instead, you are a brand loyalist playing the PC’s biggest exclusive to date: overhyped and overpriced graphics cards and poverty and this is a laughably pathetic fact. Stop pirating games and get a job so you can buy them like any decent, civilised human being would, delusional PC peasant.

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      I moused over my steam library which read “153 games” just as I read this comment and smiled that I would never be as much as an idiot as you before going to play Sleeping Dogs at 60FPS. Something you can’t do either.

    • Seventizz .

      Oh look, Demfax found another site to shortly get banned on.

      Two words ‘The Order’.

  • Starman

    Real gamer’s and DEV’s know 60fps is way more important than higher resolution …If the game doesn’t perform well (driveclub , the order , infamous etc etc) then the sacrifice defeated the purpose …

    • Tha Truth

      MORONIC. Do us all a favour and STFU with your ignorant, fanboy antics.

    • Mark

      Lol. Agreed. Starman can’t control his fingers man lol

    • Exposure Levels

      But Driveclub, The Order, and Infamous all performed better than Sunset Overdrive, Ryse, Dead Rising 3, and Halo Broken Collection

    • Adam Kováč

      Sunset Overdrive: performed almost without an issues
      Ryse: performed well
      Dead Rising 3: some FPS drops, but man, 1000 zomibes at a same time
      Halo: MCC: performed great, but problems with dedicated servers
      All 3 games you mentioned for ps4 lacks something important for games – gaming experience…. Not even talking about Driveclub problems from beginning.

  • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

    What a pathetic generation this is.

    Seriously. Buy a PC. Then you get FPS, Rez and Graphics.

    • Derrick Lee

      It’s funny you attack the ps4 performance by comparing them to pc. Yet you defend whatever Microsoft does in you previous comment. Not saying you are not a pc supporter but you are obviously also a Xbox supporter and ps hater. Since you are unable to attack the ps with backing from the Xbox you then use the pc lol peasent.
      I have best of both world, I am mainly a pc gamer but I also support ps for their libary of exclusives and some games I feel play better on consol.

    • Manoj Varughese

      Better ignored. He wishes to tag the console owners as brand loyalist while he doesn’t have an idea of what an nvidia loyalist he is.

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      Ah yes, the “If you criticize Sony. You must be an Xbox fanboy or a closet xbox fanboy” ad hominem.

      Have you ever stopped to consider that this generation is completely underwhelming that you can consider both wastes of time? No, of course you won’t.

    • Manoj Varughese

      ALready owning a PC…dying light, far cry 4, assassin’s creed unity, cod aw…played all in 1080p 60 fps glory with my GTX 980. But still can’t help getting back to my PS4 for those exclusives. Recent one being The Order 1886.

    • Reddz Foxx

      $60 …6 hour games… go preach your crap somewhere else the Order looked good but the game play was absolute garbage.

    • Manoj Varughese

      Well..if you can’t find something else other than the widely discussed subjective aspect of the game, you are no good than preaching crap. I wasn’t just referring to The Order 1886.

    • Reddz Foxx

      You didn’t bring up any good games either.

    • Manoj Varughese

      Well, The Order was good to me. Does that matter?

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      You poor fool. I hope you rented it.

    • Manoj Varughese

      No I bought it. Take your arrogance somewhere else. You have no issues being loyal to nvidia as evident from your avatar and yet you seek to target other console owners. pathetic.

    • Exposure Levels

      You’re fanboying and damage controlling for Xbox. People don’t care about PC. They want a console and the PS4 is stronger. Why is a PC gamer leaving multiple comments on PlayStation articles?

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      Ah yes, the Sony fanboy’s last tool of deflection. If you criticise the PS4 for failing to deliver the standards Sony promised at the start of the generation, you are an “Xbox fanboy”. Amusing. And by amusing I mean pathetic.

  • Zarbor

    Tecmo hasn’t made a a great game in years. Why would I care what they have to say.

  • Dirkster_Dude

    It would depend on the game, the developer, support from console manufacturer, software development kit design, and so many other factors it is unlikely to be easier or harder for all games to be developed for on a particular platform.

  • This Guy

    Yeah cause Koei Tecmo are a good resource to give the low down on game development. Ever since anyone with any programming skills left Team Ninja they’ve been a shell of a company that only produces half a**ed sequels and ports. That’s like asking Kia about building high quality cars.

  • benbenkr

    Ye…ah. The demo was running at sub-30fps.

  • Seventizz .

    Gee, a Japanese developer praises another Japanese company. What are the odds?


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