Xbox One 7th Core SDK Update Does Not Make Much of an Impact, eSRAM Was Not An Issue – Larian Studios

Swen Vincke, CEO of Larian Studios on developing Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition on Xbox One.

Posted By | On 26th, Sep. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


Divinity Original Sin

Update: The title was updated to correctly match the article below.

Larian Studios’ Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition is due for the PS4 and Xbox One later this year. GamingBolt recently got in touch with Swen Vincke, who is the co-founder, CEO and creative director of Larian Studios and asked him a few questions regarding the Xbox One version of the game.

Was the development team able to take advantage of the SDK update that allows developers to use the 7th core for more processing power and whether it has benefited the development? Swen confirmed that they are indeed using it however developers can only access 60-70% of the core so it has not impacted development in a big way.

“Yes, we are using it. [On benefits] Not a lot apparently but we are using it. You can only use 60 or 70% of it so that is not big of a difference. Essentially it won’t make much of an impact,” Swen stated to GamingBolt. A lot of developers faced development issues due to the Xbox One’s eSRAM. Did Larian Studios faced anything similar while working on Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition?

“We had experience with it with the Xbox 360 but we had to make some changes to cope with it. But in general we managed to achieve the same frame rate as that of the PS4 and we managed to engineer our way around it.”

Earlier it was confirmed that both the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition will run at 1080p and 30 frames per second.  Stay tuned for our full interview with Swen soon.


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  • Psionicinversion

    well 60-70% is higher than the 50% they originally said when the unlocked the core

    • Guest

      They originally said 50-80% moron. So get your facts right before you start spewing inaccuracies. Some people!

    • FreeRyu

      Damn he was wrong chill lol

  • it’ll make a different to others.

  • Jason Shephard

    I wouldn’t be too surprised to see MS allowing full access to that 7th core one day.

  • archfiendx

    Two words:

    Forced parity

    • Psionicinversion

      doubtful. more likely there engine cant do 60fps without rewriting it and they cant be bothered so 30fps it is

    • archfiendx

      True. That could be the case.

    • Jetman082

      The engine could handle 60fps, it’s the hardware in the systems that can’t handle 60fps. These consoles aren’t fast enough for extremely next gen looking graphics at 1080p/60fps.

    • Psionicinversion

      how do you know? NFS is 30fps because engine/game is built around 30fps which is why its delayed on the PC because they have to rewrite large parts to make it work above 30

    • chrisredfield31

      PC version is 60fps so the game logic is not tied to the framerate.

    • Triton

      Yeah the PS4 service is trash, I want dedicated servers and cloud computing for all games. Not just Xbox exclusives.

    • Guest

      Well then the Xbox One service is trash cuz they don’t use dedicated servers and cloud computing for their games. Just some of their exclusives.

    • Rodney Patrick

      You sound stupid even on a bad day Microsoft service is better than Sony’s fact!

    • Triton

      Go sit in a corner kid and calm down with a juice box.

    • kreator

      Idiot

    • Mr Xrat

      No, you want those things for your generic multiplayer that get boring after five matches, LHF_Toni.

    • Tech junkie

      Three words, Bottle necked CPU

      This just in graphics suck on PS4 and Xbox One. Thanks for being a Pony

    • shane

      Forced parity? Yeah the ps4 is some type of super computer. You know they need titanium screw’s to hold all that plastic together? You know because the ps4 is so powerful. Even the supposed PC master race is so jealous.

  • Gene

    Is this the site where fanBOY come to discuss fantasies and untruths? Yep it is. Wow! Rename this site gaming for fanBOYs who hate truth. lol.

    • Triton

      No thats Dualchockers and Neogaf.

    • Coffee High

      Seven of us got banned for life for calling bs on an author on dualshockers. Fortunately, I hadn’t closed the page before he banned us and removed our comments and his own. So I copy-pasted them and sent them to everyone involved. We were informed that all “news” articles on their website are considered “editorials”, therefore the author has the right to embellish facts and figures to make their point. Wow huh? The ban still stands, but they were concerned that the author decided to verbally abuse every one of us in the comments with threats to have us banned if we called him out on his lies.
      But no action was taken against him. Just a warning to everyone, most derogatory articles are click-bait, like this one… Designed only to get people arguing with each other, not impart news.
      Look at this article for example! A remaster of a last Gen game finds little use of the 7th core? Yeah, because it was built for last Gen systems! Duh!!!

    • Psionicinversion

      let me guess… Guisseppe Nelva?

  • Fayxz

    The cpu itself is still very slow so it’s not expected to make a massive impact, i wonder how much more fps it can actually add in a next gen game? Would be interesting if devs posted some before and after results

  • TNArulezWWE

    Really you went to a dev just to question xbox one version and not ps4, couldnt be more one sided just for that alone. Then the question you asked was about frame rate, making out the dev team had troubles with the development to get its frame rate rite, but really they most likely did it without trouble.

    To me this is one dev whos built one game and some reporter writing an article being a very one sided jerk/fanboy. I hate article like this full stop whatever the side its coming from. Theres just no need to give anything or try to give it a bad name.

  • GHz

    So they could’ve went 60fps if they didn’t incorporate split screen. In the end I really don’t care if its running 30fps. Its not a sim racer or 1st person shooter so..(shrugs)meh

  • marc Berry

    I have to say that i told you so !
    ESRAM is XB1’s video RAM. Where did we hear that ” We had experience with it with the Xbox 360″ That’s right i say it every time i can, so here it is one more time.

    “This controversy is rather surprising to me, especially when you view as ESRAM as the evolution of eDRAM from the Xbox 360.~”

    And how much of it was in 360 10MB. So lets mark that as one more “dam got that wrong too.”

    • Joe Cool

      Who exactly are you talking to when you say “told you so!”

    • Robert

      “ESRAM is XB1’s video RAM. Where did we hear that ” We had experience with it with the Xbox 360″”

      You know Xbox 360 had eDRAM, Not ESRAM?

  • Hvd

    well diablo3 still looks better then this..lol ill pass i wont be picking this up till its free on xbox live..and arnt we beyone this 1080p/30fps stuff yet?get over it people if you want 1080p/60fps buy a $800 pc or deal.

  • Mr Xrat

    Remember the heady days of nine months ago when Quatman and Zaire and Styles and all the other clueless Xbox fanboys said unlocking half a core would make all the difference?

    Who ever could have suspected they’d all be talking crap.

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    • otherZinc

      Halo 5 is and will be better made with more options than any shooter on the PS4.

      Forza Motorsport 6, is and will be better made with more options than any Racer on the PS4.

      These lazy developers are getting exposed by M$s in house developers each year.

    • Mr Xrat

      Oh hey, it’s otherZinc. Go back to shilling for your dead console at The Koalition. 🙂

    • shane

      On hey, its Mr zrat! What’s wrong, no game’s to play on your ps4?

    • Mr Xrat

      More games than the Shitbox Done has, rodent. 🙂

    • shane

      Really, what new first party games ya playn that has recently came out sport?

    • Mr Xrat

      Too busy playing GOTY MGSV still right now, pal. MGO is up in a week too.

      How’s dat Furtzuh? Forgotten about it yet? Everyone else has.

    • shane

      Why do you spell X1’s games like a 3 yr old? FYI I don’t like racing games.

  • Coffee High

    It appears I posted this as a response instead of a regular comment…
    Seven of us got banned for life for calling bs on an author on dualshockers. Fortunately, I hadn’t closed the page before he banned us and removed our comments and his own. So I copy-pasted them and sent them to everyone involved. We were informed that all “news” articles on their website are considered “editorials”, therefore the author has the right to embellish facts and figures to make their point. Wow huh? The ban still stands, but they were concerned that the author decided to verbally abuse every one of us in the comments with threats to have us banned if we called him out on his lies.
    But no action was taken against him. Just a warning to everyone, most derogatory articles are click-bait, like this one… Designed only to get people arguing with each other, not impart news.
    Look at this article for example! A remaster of a last Gen game finds little use of the 7th core? Yeah, because it was built for last Gen systems! Duh!!!

  • WHY does this site think ESRAM is a bad thing??? Think of it as BONUS RAM on top of the 8GM of regular RAM. The PS4 has 0MB of ESRAM.

  • Stu

    Unlocking half a core is not going to do much of anything.
    That said, do i care…….no. will i still play on my x1……yes until the drake collection hits then its all about my ps4.

  • Pops

    I thought a game had to be built from the ground up to see benefits.at least that’s what Phil said.if the game is already built and they unlock a core it’s not going to see anything major

  • chrisredfield31

    The 7th core using 60-70% doesn’t matter much when the GPU can’t keep up with the CPU. In this case, it’s scaling the workload across 8 cores and it’s just enough for the GPU to handle. You can’t do anything more with weak hardware.


 

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