Secret Ponchos Developer Explains The Difference Between PS4 And PC Games Development

Creative director Yousof Mapara talks about the advantages and disadvantages of both platforms.

Posted By | On 27th, May. 2014 Under News

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It’s often been stated that developing for the PlayStation 4 is easy. It’s also been stated that porting PC code to the PlayStation 4 is easier than, say, porting the same to the PlayStation 3. The PS4 has the benefit of more powerful hardware compared to its predecessor but when you look at PvP titles like Secret Ponchos, isn’t it really the PC with the advantage?

GamingBolt spoke to creative director on Secret Ponchos Yousuf Mapara about the same and asked how developing for the PC compares to PS4 development, especially given the audience available for PvP games on PC.

“I would not say one is better than the other. Each development platforms has advantages. It’s definitely nice how on PS4 we are dealing with a common set of hardware for all customers. We can optimize the game to have a very exact line between performance and quality. With PC that line is in a different place for every machine, so the approach is different. You let the customer pick what they want and give them the settings to do that.

“PS4 development is pretty cool for devs because of things like the Share feature…It’s great when you have a bug and you press a button and it captures the footage, although it’s a feature for players, we use it a lot as a dev tool. I like being able to run the game on my dev kit and have my computer I’m animating on running at full speed.

“Some stuff is really cool on the PC though too. You can take your Laptop to the coffee shop, and not worry about your dev kits! Both have trade-offs.”

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