The Crew Developer Explains How They Achieved 1080p Resolution On Xbox One, 5% CPU Reserve Helped

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Posted By | On 18th, Jul. 2014 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


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With all the debates regarding Xbox One’s inability to achieve 1080p resolution on many multiplatform games, it’s kind of remarkable that Ivory Tower have been able to achieve parity between the PS4 and Xbox One versions of The Crew. We have spoken with several developers who have claimed that the eSRAM is simply too small to output 1080p, so how did Ivory Tower managed this development situation?

“The team at Ivory Tower is a very senior team with designers and programmers with over 15 years of experience in the driving genre,” Stephane Beley, Game Director said to GamingBolt. “They’ve been optimizing game on PS1, PS2, PS3, Xbox and Xbox360 before that so it was a challenge for them but nothing wildly unknown. We’ve also benefitted a lot from Microsoft allowing developers that don’t need Kinect that much to use the extra ~ 5% CPU that were originally allocated to it.”

The Crew is due this November for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.


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  • Guest

    Really? 2 paragraphs? Hope you didn’t strain yourself writing this.

  • Guest

    The Sony PaupRs are going to handle this poorly again.

  • Kamille

    they gimped something and uses those resources to achieve 1080p.

    • XboxGamer33

      Oh please… Forza Horizon is about 5 times the game that Need for Speed or Driveclub is and that has 1080p with everything in it (day light cycles/weather/open world). It’s not that hard with racing games honestly

    • XSpike

      Horizon looks really good, but Drive Club is more impressive. Forizon will be the better game though, it’ll be more fun

    • XboxGamer33

      True, being open world and having all of these cars means more bang for your buck. However, being closed course means Driveclub will look better.

    • Guest

      I think DC will be more fun.

    • d0x360

      I bet you do because it’s a Sony game. Nothing else matters.

    • Guest

      Nope, cuz its more of a arcade racer, dont like sims. But nice assumptions. Keep doing that

    • d0x360

      If you say so killah.

    • Guest

      Whatever you say tiger.

    • d0x360

      Glad we agree. Guest.

    • Matthew Prescott

      I’ve never been a racing game fan, but I’m considering giving them a whirl. They both look like fun. I could be wrong, but I was under the impression that Forza Horizon 2 leaned more towards the arcade racer genre.

    • Edonus

      The funny thing about it is that Drive Club has way less cars and all the cars are automatic and no tweaking or customization. Forza games on the other hand have an unmatched tuning system and supports automatic and manual transmissions.

    • Not_true

      Every console or gaming device has a power budget that can be put towards resolution, framerate, or visual effects. PS4 has a higher total budget than Xbox, and good PCs have an even higher budget.

  • Michael Norris

    Sniper Elite is 1080p on Xbone.The game has vomit inducing screen tearing and runs at a low frame rate.I am not sure 1080p is the answer on Xone games.

    • Mark

      Not necessarily. There’s a number of 1080p games the One without any tearing.

    • Guest

      Thats not the point. Man, you’re sharp!

  • Edonus

    Time to move the goal posts. 1080p is becoming to much of a norm on the X1. The insecurity of the PlayStation nation can’t accept the two systems being close in performance. Even though it is a reality.

    • Guest

      Nice trolling troll! And there’s more than just res, like AA, AF, DOF, motion blur, texture quality, shadow res and quality, AO, framerate, etc. You dumb bots dont seems to get that. Instead you wanna keep it all simple, so you can sucker the other idiots into believing. The X1 is inferior, no way around it. And it shows on most games.

    • llortretsam

      As a Xbox owner that doesn’t really care about graphics, to me the multiplatform Xone games that are lesser resolution still look quite nice, but it seems stupid to denie that there is a difference, just get over it and ignore it. The Ps4 is the stronger console, but hey it doesn’t have Halo or Gears of War.

    • Michael Norris

      Just because an Xbone game runs at 1080p does not mean shit.Sniper Elite says hello,Ps4 archives 1080p with better frame rate and effects oh and no screen tearing which most games on Xbone do.

    • Gekko36

      I bought the Xbox One because I know what games I want to play are Xbox Exclusive, I love it.

      I don’t care that the Xbox One is a little weaker on the GPU, its not a HUGE difference to me. My PC rig is a beast and dwarfs both PS4 and X1 but I like playing in my livingroom so Xbox One was for me.

      I could buy the PS4 too but I havn’t forgiven Sony for how they trested me as a PS2 customer… Disgusting!. Hence buying the Original Xbox instead.

    • Not_true

      Close is a matter of opinion. PS4’s hardware being more powerful for gaming graphics is a fact.

  • PC Elitist

    i’d imagine they talk like this about 1440p or even 4k , but 1080p , lol its almost 2015 and they still get “challenged” to make their game run at 1080p , “next-gen”

    • Edonus

      Well… you have to remember that consoles are made for the commercial crowd. The commercial viewing device is the TV the highest resolution for normal TVs is 1080p. There are 4k tvs but those arent standard and probably wont be for quite some time. So there is a range with 1080p being the highest. This the start of the generation the new game engines havent even rolled out heavy yet. Most of these games dont even have 1080p textures and assets on console.

      Next gen is about more than pushing pixels and frames. Truth is the thing that makes PC games more impressive than console game isnt really the resolution or frame rate to be honest….. it’s the effects advanced AI and gameplay mechanics freedom. Resolution is just the flavor of the month because these journalists and analyst had to justify their claims that Ps4 is the Mana machine. Truth is things like the particle effects in Infamous SS and Sunset Overdrive are more important and interesting than native resolution.

    • PC Elitist

      you have point, but i still wait to see that other thing .. its all just remasters and res/fps talk , where are the games? where is that next gen gameplay? in watch dogs maybe , like they claimed? i think this is the weakest first year of consoles ever. Most of upcoming titles like this for example have one new thing , which is always online co-op/mp kind of thing. Im afraid there is nothing next-gen there , its even bad that they force so much online stuff in single player games lately

    • Guest

      Yet the bone can barely even do that! It struggles to 1080p and can barely even do it at 30fps, same with 900p, it struggles to even do that. And dont come at me with no nonsense about Forza 5. Cuz one graphically weak game only proves my point. The system is weak any way you cut it.

    • bardock5151

      The ps4 can barely put 15 AI on screen. How is forza 5 graphically weak check out those.

    • bardock5151

      Here it is

    • bardock5151

      Aside from the forza title most would have a hard time picking real or game

    • Not_true

      AI (generally handled by the CPU) has what to do with GPU performance? PS4 and Xbox CPUs are nearly identical.

    • bardock5151

      Yes they are nearly identical, what isn’t is the sdk, the api and the other hardware built around them. The AI takes cycles away from the cpu so do physics and any other number crunching process, in turn this can starve the gpu as it still needs direction from the cpu, usually resulting in unstable frame rates, hence why some games on pc that have a large number of AI, physics calcs or have an engine like id tech 5 require a fairly decent cpu and a mid to high end gpu compared to other games with less AI or physics might only require a i3 and mid to high end gpu to run well, consoles are another story for the cpu as they can have the workload made to run mostly in parallel across all cores but the same limitations still apply once you hit peak perf. With more work on the cpu less frame rates result, then you’ll need to lower how much work the gpu can do to try and bring those frame rates inline with a reasonable goal. The cpu in the xbox can talk faster with the gpu than the ps4 can,

    • You are flat out wrong’s mom

      tell me about it, i was hoping for the so called ‘next gen’ to make 1080p 60fps the easy to achieve standard, even ps4 falls flat with a max 1080p 40fps on most games & 1080p 30fps for xbone games.

      we should be aiming for 4k to make the consoles future proof but i rekon the console lifespan will be a lot shorter this gen & i hope it only lasts 3 years max.

    • Guest

      I agree and these dumb ms fanboys cant see that. Talk about stupid.

    • d0x360

      Yes dumb ma fanboys and dumb Sony fanboys. Fanboys are DUMB regardless of what platform they pledge their sad lives to.

  • ASSASSYN

    But teh sony kiddie game developers told me teh CPU boost would not yield any results!

    • Guest

      Yeah, stay stupid, it fits you well. If a game is only 5% cpu speed from achieving 1080p then yeah, the 5% boost will make a difference, but if its not, then it aint happening. But you’re obviously to stupid to get that. Explains wy you like MS. Good fit.

    • Michael Norris

      Game developers are sacrificing frame rate and effects to achieve 1080p.MS wants developers to go with 1080p over effects/AA and the worst part frame rate.A 900p Xone game with similar effects and frame rate is a better trade off then 1080p with lower effects and frame rate.The trade-off isn’t worth it.

    • bardock5151

      Please find me any mention where Microsoft has said to any developer anything along the lines of asking for 1080p over anything else. If anything Sony is pushing developers for 1080p more, look at Driveclub straight up linear, Infamous pretty but empty, killzone pretty but ai belong in goldeneye on the N64. All those games point to resolution and frames being placed above all else, the gpu may be able to push 1080p easier than the gpu in the xbox but the cpu in the ps4 cant provide decent AI at 1080/60, cant provide lots of AI at 1080/30 with good effects and cant provide real physics or hard changes to where your going at high speed at 1080/30 absolutely every exclusive on the ps4 is trying to cover the fact that the cpu cant feed the gpu fast enough, its just a bottleneck. The xbox developer’s however are lowering the res on their own with no concern as to what Microsoft might say and then you get great looking games with lots of tough AI at 900/30 and a online openworld with top notch driving physics, fully dynamic lighting and weather, with lots of different cars and customization all with great visuals at 1080/30. Now please tell me what console sounds like a GAME console and which sounds like a TECH DEMO.

    • Not_true

      No. People are saying it won’t bring parity, which is true.

  • You are flat out wrong’s mom

    clearly esram isn’t too small for 1080p, that statement was made by ‘anonymous’ devs or talentless indie devs are probably paid sony n4g drones. Outlast was one of the only decent indie games & they managed to achieve 1080p without the 10% gpu reserve.

    if parity between both consoles continue to happen then i can see why people will prefer xbone with it’s better online services, features & games.

    • Guest

      PS4 has the better online service, PS Plus smokes Live. And the PS4 has better features, more games and better games, not to mention the better multiplats. And the majority of the world thinks so too, hence why the PS4 consistently keeps outselling the bone by a big margin every month even with MS constantly trying to give it away. Only you dumb fanboys think otherwise. Talk about a twisted world view.

    • You are flat out wrong’s mom

      dry your tears, if parity continues then ps4 will have nothing to brag about, unless it’s vast indie collection. psn is a hacked downtime service with terrible chat audio quality, i should know i own both, it took me 3 hours to try & redeem my destiny beta the other day. joke of a service. ps4 sold well due to its low price point from launch, all my mates have it for that reason… it was cheapest at the time, wonder why xbone sales doubled after price drop? no because you are were busy counting pixels of indie games i guess..

    • DLConspiracy//

      I stand by the XBL service more than PSN. The Chat quality on PSN is a killer for me. Something as simple as the chat can ruin your experience with your friends online. Especially when it comes to competitive online gaming. Although for some reason when I played the Alpha for Destiny the chat quality seemed a bit better. Not sure why.

    • sd

      For me I just wish Sony would add a decent download manager. I have run into problems with downloads not prioritising, this has stopped me streaming cable tv on my ps4 as it has no bandwidth left. Also why can I not choose to pause or just download 1 item at a time. In addition let me turn the damn light off so the battery on the controller lasts longer. yes there is an extender, but I dont want a bulky add on.

      These are a few of my gripes with the PS4 so far. Also every month MS do amazing updates to the UI on my xbox one and there are so many apps outside of gaming. Sony need to add more features and improvements each month. MS are trying harder and doing more, I feel like sony are being complacent due to their success.

    • OMGitsSexyChase

      your right that download queue is terrible on the ps4, the Ps4 does a terrific job of managing it while playing games and I never experience slowdown or anything, but I wish you could pause it without having to cancel because my roommate would be playing something in the other room and my internet couldn’t support me dling and him playing.

    • sd

      I have not noticed in games as much, but I have noticed while streaming cable tv through my PS4 app. My cable tv streaming was tested and running at 14mbs down. Then I queued some downloads and tried to use my cable tv. It wouldn’t work. I speed tested and it kept showing me max speeds of 1-2mb down. I found a workaround to stop the downloads by unchecking enable internet. This meant after 4 minutes or so my downloads failed. My cable tv then worked again and ran at 14 down. (BTW the xbox and PC run at 16 down) and my downloads were stopped. I then had to manually restart my downloads later as they do not autostart.
      Hopefully that helps you in the future. You do not need to cancel any downloads, just disable internet connection in settings and wait for them all to fail. Its annoying, but its a workaround at least.

    • sd

      PS4 has the better online service? How many times does PSN go down when a major game is released. It cant handle the strain. Personally I much prefer xbox live oh and yes I own a ps4 and xbox one and have compared the differences. Both have positives and both have apsects that are done better on the other console. i.e. controller battery and download manager on the PS4 is a joke. The UI on xbox one is so much better. But yes the GPU in the PS4 is more powerful and this will show in many games, but in other games the difference will be negligible.

      But the main point about both is that to play halo, gears, sunset overdrive or even forza I need an xbox.

      To play naughty dog games, god of war or LBP I need a PS4.

    • OMGitsSexyChase

      How many time has Xbox live, and PSN gone down in the last day,….both once

      PSN: 0 XBL: 0

    • sd

      Yes they have, but that was not my point. Xbox live and PSN will both naturally have outages, this is fine. My point was that pretty much every time there is a big event (destiny, GTA V) PSN crashes or suffers problems. It is not as robust. It is also slower than xbox live. I have both PS4 and an xbox One. When I run speed tests on my PC and xbox one they are always faster by 1-2mb than on my PS4. Both are connected in the same way.

    • Bliss Seeker

      Better UI? Hahaha. Good one.

    • sd

      Do you have an xbox one? I have both PS4 and xbox one. The UI is far better on the xbox. The Xbox also has far more worthwhile apps, there are only 6 in Australia on the PS4. In addition the PS4 is region locked for media. The xbox is not. To use dvds or blu rays from other country’s you simply change the console country of origin in the settings.
      So yes the UI and user experience is far better on the xbox one. Unless you can give me solid examples to say otherwise.

    • Bliss Seeker

      Well I own a PS4 and a couple of my friends own an XB1 so I have had first hand experience on both consoles. (I will be buying an XB1 later down the line, probably when Halo 5 is released.) Anyway unless you are using voice commands (which only work about 80-90% of the time; which isn’t bad, but when you’ve been using a mouse or controller which works 100% of the time it becomes tedious) for the XB1 UI it is ridiculously behind Sony’s in terms of usability and speed.

      Anyway never mind I just deleted most of what I wrote because I found an article which pretty much sums up how I feel about the XB1 UI which will save me a lot of time haha.

      Here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2014/03/13/the-xbox-one-needs-a-serious-user-interface-overhaul/

    • sd

      I guess it comes down to personal preferences. Like I said I can list numerous advantages for both systems. Both shine in areas that others dont. For example battery life on the controller, unlocked hardward, voice controls, the ability to snap apps and create your own home page, download manager etc. I read the article and one thing is you should never use gestures on the xbox UI. It’s stupid and would annoy anyone. Many of the problems have been rectified. Also I like how the article states how the PS4 UI is better, but never gives examples of how. Personally I find sony’s UI annoying.

      Having said all that I bought my PS4 for TLOU remake and at the end of the day its a game console. TLOU will most likely be the best game I play on any system this year.

    • Bliss Seeker

      Doesn’t’ the PS4 have unlocked hardware (i.e. removable hard drive) and XB1 doesn’t?
      Anyway I guess it can be preference. Especially when it comes down to aesthetics. Anyway, why do you find the PS4’s UI annoying?

    • sd

      It does have a removable hard drive, but I would rather the ability to use an external one. That way i would have more storage when I buy a new drive (internal + new purchase). External drives are also cheaper and easier to pick up than decent internal drives that fit the PS4.
      When I say hardware locked I mean Blu ray and dvds. The xbox lets me play dvds and blu rays from any country simply by changing the country in settings. The PS4 is locked and I can only play region 4 dvds and region B blu rays. Also when changing the country in the xbox settings I can access the xbox store in that country and get full access to all apps and games.
      My biggest issue is the download manager, no ability to pause or select just the 1 download I really need. Also it does not prioritise when I stream through my cable TV app. It renders the streaming through this app unusable if it is downloading. I found a workaround, but it takes 5 minutes to do. With the usability on the xbox I can snap to my home page. So when I start it up I have the game I want to play and a selection of apps I always use on screen at the same time. I never have to scroll through anything to get to the app or game I want. Voice control on kinect also works well for movies. It used to be pretty bad, but the last few months have seen huge improvements and it now works extremely well. I find with the PS4 I am searching more than I do on the Xbox One. Things are grouped very well on the Xbox One.

    • Bliss Seeker

      When I say hardware locked I mean Blu ray and dvds.

      Your comment says “unlocked” to be fair but thanks for clearing that up 🙂

      And I agree on the download manger bit; but it is a problem which can be easily fixed via an update (whenever that arrives lol). As for snapping I’m not really too interested tbh but I can definitely see it being very useful. Anyway I’m just going to end the conversation abruptly it’s dragging on a bit and I keep disagreeing with parts of your comment lol 😉 Thanks for the reply.

      (It was the end part btw)

    • Not_true

      Parity won’t happen if PS4’s hardware is being pushed.

  • d0x360

    Its 10℅ GPU time not 5% CPU time.

    • Michael Norris

      At least your info is correct this time.I never heard about a 5% Cpu reduction.

    • sd

      Maybe the only used 5% of the CPU to make the game….oooh that leaves plenty of power for future games.
      🙂

  • JerkDaNERD7

    Those several developers have mostly been indie…

  • Joe Cimmarrusti

    It’s amazing that after 3 generations fighting, Sony finally has a machine that’s nearly identical to Microsoft, but has a larger gpu…finally. Now they brag about horsepower when previous generations they either lied about specifications(ps3) or stated that it’s not about graphics, but the games themselves(ps2). Like seriously folks…oh, I have both machines…play Call of Duty on my PS4, but have been finally enjoying some exclusives on my Xbox One.

    P.S. Pertaining to who sold more consoles, I don’t really care as long as the games I want are released.

    cheers,

    SEADRIVE


 

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