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User Info: temgun

temgun
4 years ago#1
So with the upcoming console generation, so many developers have said that the work required for the next generation games is quadrupled. Now, what about the PC versions of current generation consoles? Lately there have been PC versions that look absolutely amazing on PC (Tomb Raider for example) that easily surpass anything that has been shown from the next generation of consoles. The work to make the PC version is extremely small compared to the work to actually make the whole game. Now that the consoles are catching up, how is the work suddenly quadrupled?

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temgun
4 years ago#2
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User Info: TheC0ndemnedOne

TheC0ndemnedOne
4 years ago#3
There's more to it than just graphics.

Next-gen consoles have more processing power and more RAM as well.

Imagine games with better graphics than what we have now and a lot more calculations and scripts going on in the background. Add those to bigger worldspaces and you've got your answer.
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User Info: DarkZV2Beta

DarkZV2Beta
4 years ago#4
What it actually means is a new generation came around, so higher-ups can skim more money off of development budgets for paid vacations and leisure trips while blaming it all on the developers., and charging more money for less game to make up for it.
The most complicated, best looking, and largest games have been relatively cheap to produce compared to the big budget tiny console games that have flooded the market.
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User Info: TimePharaoh

TimePharaoh
4 years ago#5
TheC0ndemnedOne posted...
There's more to it than just graphics.

Next-gen consoles have more processing power and more RAM as well.

Imagine games with better graphics than what we have now and a lot more calculations and scripts going on in the background. Add those to bigger worldspaces and you've got your answer.


No it's pretty much just graphics which is why AI has barely improved since PS1 days in most BOOMSPLOSION AAA titles.
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User Info: TheC0ndemnedOne

TheC0ndemnedOne
4 years ago#6
DarkZV2Beta posted...
What it actually means is a new generation came around, so higher-ups can skim more money off of development budgets for paid vacations and leisure trips while blaming it all on the developers., and charging more money for less game to make up for it.


TimePharaoh posted...
No it's pretty much just graphics which is why AI has barely improved since PS1 days in most BOOMSPLOSION AAA titles.


Both true, unfortunately, but there are always some changes. They're rarely ever as noticeable or groundbreaking as graphics improvements, though.
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