VooFoo Dev Was Initially Doubtful About PS4 PRO GPU’s Capabilities But Was Pleasantly Surprised Later

“I was pleasantly surprised.”

Posted By | On 08th, Nov. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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The PS4 Pro may be the most powerful console ever made at the moment, but there is no denying that the system could have been far more powerful, and could have pushed true 4K visuals and media. However, it is also indisputable that everyone who has gone hands on with the system has come away impressed. Sony’s wizardry leads to the otherwise underpowered PS4 Pro punching far above its weight. This is what Mark Williams of VooFoo, Technical Director currently working on Mantis Burn Racing, told us, when we had a chance to talk to him recently.

“I was actually very pleasantly surprised. Not initially – the specs on paper don’t sound great, as you are trying to fill four times as many pixels on screen with a GPU that is only just over twice as powerful, and without a particularly big increase in memory bandwidth,” he explained, echoing the sentiment that a lot of us seem to have, before adding, “But when you drill down into the detail, the PS4 Pro GPU has a lot of new features packed into it too, which means you can do far more per cycle than you can with the original GPU (twice as much in fact, in some cases). You’ve still got to work very hard to utilise the extra potential power, but we were very keen to make this happen in Mantis Burn Racing.

“In Mantis Burn Racing, much of the graphical complexity is in the pixel detail, which means most of our cycles are spent doing pixel shader work. Much of that is work that can be done at 16-bit rather than 32-bit precision, without any perceivable difference in the end result – and PS4 Pro can do 16 bit-floating point operations twice as fast as the 32-bit equivalent.”

Ultimately, this does come back to the point that console specs are far more nuanced than most people expect, and cannot just be broken down into one number.


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  • Hvd

    stretching now media? with a no name dev to give any kind of good news about the ps4 pro.there are the bias reviews liek ign and gamespot and there are the real reviews that are saying how it really is.

    believe it or not media people see the bias.no mater which dev you bring out.

    • Mr Xrat

      You losers were gloating when the same dev said the opposite a few days ago. Most reviews for the Pro have been positive as well. Suck it up, buttercup. It’s going to be a long year.

    • Cenk Algu

      İt is weak,useless console.4K is possible only in indie,remastereds,spirt games.Besides No visual improvement at all. Truth hurts:)

    • Aenea

      No visual improvements? What are you smoking?

      Ah well, no matter how you spin it, it’s 3 times more powerful than the Xbox One S….

    • Cenk Algu

      Dont care how powerful it is since not bringing any graphical enhancements. The only difference is resolution haha

    • Aenea

      Ah now I get why Xbox users were happy with 720p games! A higher resolution is not a graphical enhancement!

      And don’t be crazy, all games have graphical enhancements, even on 1080p, but of course you won’t believe that since you’ve got your hope set for next year’s Scorpio which will be a native 3k machine! yes, that wasn’t a typo….

    • Cenk Algu

      Be sure that it will destroy your weak machine No matter what;)

    • Aenea

      Well, using your (slightly) own words: I don’t care how powerful it might become when it finally releases since it is not bringing any graphical enhancements. The only difference will be resolution, haha!

      See, how idiotic that sounded? Now go find a Scorpio anticipation article and go fantasise with other Xbox fans how mighty the Scorpio might be…

    • Cenk Algu

      Lol I can feel your fear in my bones. Scorpio is not slightly more powerful. It is by far more powerful. The games will significantly better and runnin better. This will make you upset:(

    • Guest

      Not true, kid. Get your facts right. Oh wait, that would defeat your fanboy driven agenda.

    • Guest

      He’s smoking all the fumes coming out of his Xbox.

    • Guest

      And what is Scorpio, but a slightly improved (supposedly) console, if even. UWP?! That garbage? then why wait a year for it when you cant get that and better performance out of a PC now. You wanna talk about useless. Reap, what you sow, son!

    • Mr Xrat

      Can’t wait to rub it in your bald little head when the Shitpio is pretty much the same. 🙂

    • Cenk Algu

      You will be dissapointed little Rat. Scorpio will destroy your dreams and your fake accounts:)

    • Mr Xrat

      Just like DX12 and the cloud and new SDKs and everything else that was supposed to save you. 🙂

    • Hvd

      have fun PAYING for your pro patches.yes sony isnt stoping 3rd party devs from charging you…lmao you get to pay to play upscale 4k…lmao

    • Guest

      And you’re still a bitter, bitter troll. Your hate for Sony isn’t healthy kid. Go outside, get some air, there are other more important things in life than just your petty little console war. Loser!

    • Aenea

      Indeed, people see the bias from GamingBolt in practically every article! They are Xbox fanboys thru and thru, like you!

    • Guest

      Amen.

    • Guest

      Oh look who it is? Its “obsessed”, still have nothing better to do with your time other than troll Sony artciles all day, every day, eh? Like I said, you got no life, you loser! Now get a life.

    • Hvd

      shoo guest shoo.

  • crazy_black_man-

    This story sounds an awful lot like a retraction to me.

    Translation: Ultimately this comes back to the fact that the developer of “Mantis Burn Racing” is trying to clean up from bad mouthing the PS4 Pro’s abilities the last he was interviewed, or maaaaaaaybe he asked GamingBolt not to print such fanboy tainted garbage again, and attribute their fanboyism to him, and his yet to be released game. Hilariousness.

  • Mr Xrat

    Kirk? Efnet? Bad Wolf? Where are you?

  • Luke Skywalker

    It kind of shouldn’t be that hard…
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aabcf7b4c0fe1c7eb1d23fbe87cee26337459b62efb08d9e75dc33079ae875d8.jag
    The gpu being twice as powerful, I thought that was a given.
    Awesome that they’re using half floats, let’s see how that translates to other devs.


 

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