Warframe Dev: “PS4’s GDDR5 RAM Opens Up Possibilities for Extra Detail, Video Streaming”

Creative director Steve Sinclair also talks about Titanfall and how it measures up.

Posted By | On 31st, Jul. 2013 Under News

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We recently had a chance to speak to Digital Extremes creative director Steve Sinclair, currently working on Warframe for the PlayStation 4, about how the developer was using the extra GDDR5 RAM of the console, along with benefits derived from the unified architecture.

Sinclair replied that, “We are using a lot of the memory, but because of texture streaming, we have plenty to spare! That’s a good thing, it gives us options that we never thought we’d have before, and it opens up possibilities for extra detail and video streaming. The unified memory is part of what makes the console so great to develop on. You can use threads to generate textures and graphics assets.

“You can use the GPU to process physics and effects data. It’s key in shipping a console that is great early in the cycle while leaving the ceiling quite high for hybrid computing techniques in the future.”

We also asked a bit about Titanfall since, well, it’s another mech game with soldiers that wall-run and perform parkour. Especially since that game will be exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox 360 (along with PC) while Warframe will be PlayStation 4-exclusive. He replied, “Huh? What’s TitanFall? Kidding. Saw TitanFall at E3 and it looks amazing and we saw a lot of the parkour stuff we have for our Space Ninjas in there…

“I expect TitanFall to just raise the competitive bar and push us further to keep our fans engaged. That said, without knowing a lot of about the game, Warframe is focused on PvE and Coop. It’s a shooter/MMO blend with crafting and dojo building. We update our game at a staggering pace, which combined with our procedural level generations, keeps the game fresh on a weekly basis. I don’t think it hurts that we’re free either.”

Warframe’s release date for PlayStation 4 is currently to be announced.

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  • XBO FTW!

    It will also be on Xbo.

    • ryan dungey

      Not yet it won’t hasn’t been announced that it’s coming to it

    • Clayton Borges

      screw xbox

    • ryan dungey

      Yeah Ps4 ftw GreatnessAwaits

    • XBO FTW!

      Trust me, it will. And might even look slightly better!

    • Lord Akki

      you’re delusional, if anything PS4 is the superior console. But, what about ‘the power of the cloudz’? lol not happening. Just you wait and see 🙂

    • ryan dungey

      Please explain how it will look better on Xbox when the ps4 has far superior hardware like it’s gddr5 ram which excells at graphic related tasks not to mention it’s better gpu

    • XBO FTW!

      Are we fogetting last gen?

    • ryan dungey

      If I remember correctly last gen the ps3 had the best looking games for example god of war, uncharted, last of us, infamous, resistance, granturismo, killzone etc

    • XBO FTW!

      All of those can be done on the 360! And none of them looked better than Crysis/Witcher which were multi plat so…

    • ryan dungey

      None of them can be done on 360, see if you were talking about the pc versions of crysis and switcher I might agree with you on that but they need £1000 pc to run smoothly, the console versions of those games run like utter garbage Ihave them both and compared to what last of us and uncharted offer crysis and wswitcher on consoles look like crap.

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    • Lord Akki

      Go and run back to your Xbone articles.

    • Dakan45

      He is making a point you moron.

      But hey warfarme is not a demanding game at all, it looks worse than dark sector, we talking about 2008 quality visuals.

      Every ancient pc can run them.

      Also its funny how the devs like to talk and talk and talk based on speculation but neither of them can actually answer just how much ram is available for them not all 8 of them thats for sure.

      So why even a developer that makes ancient looking games gets to talk about speculations on ps4 and not someone like dice or crytek instead?

    • XBO FTW!


  • Lord Akki

    Why compare this to Titanfall, when it’s free. I only care for games on the PS4.

  • Edonus

    WTF does he mean EXTRA. This is why Sony fans are retarded, they get fed so much tainted information you cant tell them nothing. The real question should have been how does the extra speed of the GDDR5 ram or extra bandwidth. the Ps4 is a good system you dont have to do this.

    It makes it so cheap when stuff gets misrepresented.

    And Why are they asking devs about other games. Games that arent even out yet can this game live on its own merits and can Titanfall live on its own. To much WWF in game journalism these days.

    • Lord Akki

      Four words: “coding to the metal”

      That is the optimization that the PS4 allows the devs to create epic things on it. Next-gen begins when PS4 arrives. Greatness Awaits.

    • Dakan45

      Codding to the metal? the hell you apaupers believe this crap?


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