PS4’s Lack of Dedicated Audio Processor Compared To Xbox One Doesn’t Really Result In Limitations

Audiokinetic’s Mike Drummelsmith speaks on the positives and negatives of a dedicated processor.

Posted By | On 27th, Oct. 2014 Under News

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Though Microsoft has made Kinect an option for Xbox One consumers, no longer bundling the motion camera with the console, an extraordinary amount of work went into its design. This was further facilitated by the extensive improvements made to voice recognition and sound. In fact, the Xbox One features an on-board audio processor to help in this regard while the PS4 doesn’t. But does that really result in limitations to the latter as a result?

GamingBolt had a chance to speak to Audiokinetic senior sales representative Mike Drummelsmith, which created the Wwise middleware. On being asked about the lack of an on-board audio processor for the PS4 and whether it resulted in limitations, Drummelsmith replied, “Not really. Having extra hardware is nice, since it makes some things ‘free’ from a performance standpoint. However, extra hardware can also add complexity into the mix that makes it more difficult to diagnose issues and maintain full control over your audio pipeline.

“As soon as you hand off something to a dedicated processor and say ‘do something with this’, you’re pretty much bound to whatever that processor does! Both Xbox One and PS4 have each presented their own challenges and benefits, but we’re nicely on top of each (and we have a ton of current-gen games in development, running the gamut from small indies to massive AAA titles).”

What are your thoughts on the same? Let us know in the comments.

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  • TomaszSzkudlarek
    • Daniel evans

      i was going to say i thaught i remembered mark cerny talk about a dedicated chip for audio. thank you for sharing links to confirm and LOL at this site xD

    • Guest

      Yup and this is one of the ways all this FUD and misinformation starts. Info like this. The PS4 DOES has a audio processor/engine and its called TrueAudio and is fully programmable. Its part of the CPU. And alot of the extra audio processors in the X1 were really made for Kinect and voice detection, not game audio.

    • Psionicinversion

      its not part of the CPU its part of the GPU but yeah DSP is supposed to be pretty good for 3D positional audio

  • GHz

    I dont understand. Why would Wwise middleware agree that PS4 do not have a dedicated Audio Processor. I thought it did.

    Wwise are all about audio for vid games and have a impressive resume in regards, so they are in the position to know the truth. So I’m a bit confused now. What happened?

    • Guest

      This is a flamebait article that backfired, that’s why.

  • Logical Reason

    What a dumb article. How does this guy not know what he’s talking about and be in the position with the company that he’s in?

    Hope he get’s fired. I mean this. Genuinely. Not because I’m mean but simply because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about when he CLEARLY should.

  • Matt

    It still saves CPU cycles by having a dedicated processor. It’s only a miniscule amount say 1 or 2% but both consoles have a dedicated portion of the system devoted to it.


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