Thumper Dev: Launching PS4 Pro is ‘Conservative Move’ , Talks Cerny’s Claim of Less Dev Effort

Developer Drool discusses the effort needed for PS4 Pro upgrades.

Posted By | On 09th, Dec. 2016 Under News

Though the PS4 Pro doesn’t have any exclusives (yet), it’s a given that optimizing one’s games for the PS4 while also keeping the PS4 Pro in mind can be a task. How difficult is it actually though, especially with lead engineer Mark Cerny saying it takes only a bit of effort?

GamingBolt spoke to Thumper developer Marc Flury from Drool and asked about developing on two SKUs as opposed to one and whether an incremental console upgrade was a good idea given the currently small market for 4K TVs.

Thumper is just one SKU. Sony requires every game to support both Pro and normal PS4. It’s more work, but it’s nothing new. Every PC game has a much more complex set of hardware configurations to support. I’m not sure if it’s good move, but an upgraded option for ‘enthusiasts’ makes sense to me. As I mentioned, I think it’s a pretty conservative move.”

As for Cerny’s claims that only 0.2 to 0.3 percent of overall effort is required to convert a PS4 title to PS4 Pro, the developer replied, “It’s hard to quantify, but it’s not too much work. We were lucky because we could afford native 4K, so all I had to do was change some numbers. I didn’t spend time implementing any of the more sophisticated techniques other games use to approximate 4K resolution (e.g. 4K checkboard).”

Thumper is currently available for PS4, PS4 Pro and PC along with support for VR.

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  • Hvd

    cerny is aliar .2 to .3 effort its not that much…lmao….lies

    • Mark

      Well it sounds like it depends on the size of the studio to me

    • Hvd

      nope cerny said it only takes .2% to .3% effort he said nothing about the size of a studio at all just that fact it takes .2%-.3% effort.

    • Mark

      Well yeah according to Cerny….I’m talkin about what the ACTUAL dev effort is as told by different studios

    • Hvd

      all that people care about is what that liar cerny

    • Aenea

      We all should care more about what anyone else says than you and your idiotic posts filled with lol, lmao, insults and flat out lies…

      Ignoring this post means I’m right about you! :p

    • Aenea

      Why is that a lie and what has it to do with this article?

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  • J.j. Barrington

    No exclusives (yet). What makes you think there ever will be Pro exclusives?

    • Hvd

      there wont be mid gen consoles killed should get your 2 years out of your pro then the ps5 will be here when sony is getting destroyed by the more powerful xbox scorpio..lmao

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