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PS4's Development Environment Is Much More Mature Than Xbox One

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Sony’s commitment to the humble developer has been pretty consistent over the past couple of months. While it made some major missteps with the PlayStation 3’s architecture, the company’s aiming to reverse those issues with the PlayStation 4. And, according to Avalanche Studios – who’s working on an unannounced next generation title – the system’s production environment is already way ahead of the Xbox One.

“The PS4 environment is definitely more mature currently,” chief technical officer Linus Blomberg told EDGE magazine. “Microsoft has some catching up to do.”

Blomberg added that the PS4 is more powerful on paper, but that it’s too early to call a winner in the technical stakes. A recent Digital Foundry report stated that Sony’s system is likely to be significantly more potent than Microsoft’s machine.

Regardless, the Swedish studio is excited about the advancements that the new consoles will bring. “Next generation to me has always meant more than nice graphics,” chief creative officer Christofer Sundberg said. “I don’t really see any big negatives at this point. For me, the success of the new consoles will be determined by how much freedom developers will have to make our gaming experiences customised for our fans.”

Avalanche is widely rumoured to be working on a new entry in the Just Cause franchise, which could make its debut as early as E3. Considering just how spectacular Just Cause 2 looked on the PS3, we’re eager to see what the studio can do on the PS4.

[via edge-online.com]

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User Comments (16)

Paranoimia

#1

Paranoimia said:

Unnnngh... Just Cause 3... the possibilities!

Easily and by far one of my favourite games on PS3, and in my personal opinion, one of the best of the current generation. So much fun, so much to do... it was repetitive, but never got boring. According to Raptr I have 138 hours clocked on it, and I'm still not at 100% completion. I have got all the trophies, though. :-)

Just Cause 3 would be an instant buy for me.

BornOfEvil

#2

BornOfEvil said:

I've only played the demo for JC2, but I loved every second of it. t was one of the most ridiculous games I've ever played, but you can't stop yourself from going back for more.

JC3 would be a definite day one buy for me.

charlesnarles

#3

charlesnarles said:

Sony always tries hard to keep up with the passage of time in regards to its loyal customers; as the gaming community as a whole grows in numbers (kids buying first systems), individual preferences stay more or less the same (I still want another classic PS2 Ace Combat after owning Assault Horizon). They know that lots of kids buy Nintendo, teens buy Xbox, and adults buy PS4. Who votes for the return of AO rated games? ...just kidding.

MorriganIsHot

#4

MorriganIsHot said:

Just Cause 2 was very amazing. Only thing I didn't like was the over priced black market. Can't wait for Just Cause 3.

Reverend_Skeeve

#5

Reverend_Skeeve said:

Ah, Just Cause 2! What can I say? I pumped around 120h into this game and haven't even completed the 6th story mission. Love it. Such amazing graphics, so much fun despite the repetetiveness. Can't wait to see what those guys will pull off on the PS4! Just Cause would be an insta-buy for me...and the open world steampunk game they teased would be an instant nerdgasm. Can't wait for E3!

Giygas_95

#6

Giygas_95 said:

@Reverend_Skeeve I know right?! I've easily pumped over 200 hours into that game! My brother and I love taking turns playing it at night and doing crazy stuff like driving a motorcycle off the top of a skyscraper or off that airstrip on the Mile High Club. Actually, today today is one year since I got Just Cause 2! Two things that would make me want to get a PS4: Just Cause 3 and Ghost Recon Future Soldier 2. Just Cause 2 is in my top 10 games of all time!

Reverend_Skeeve

#7

Reverend_Skeeve said:

@Five-seveN Absolutely! :) JC2 is one of my all time favs, and I've been playing games for about 30 years now. I just love the style of the graphics and the vibrant colors and everything. I'm so looking forward to Avalanches next (gen) game. A bigger Just Cause 2 with more vehicles, weapons and more destructability (and a cheaper black market with more objects to order) would be enough to make me happy. And submarines. Please add subs! :)

I can only imagine how amazing this game would look with so much more RAM and CPU grunt at its disposal! Would indeed be enough to sell me on the PS4. Not to mention Watch_Dogs and Destiny, two games I'm also VERY excited for.

Might give GRFS 1 another try if you like it so much. Rented it once and it didn't hook me, somehow. Great graphics, though.

Giygas_95

#8

Giygas_95 said:

@Reverend_Skeeve Yes to submarines! Better airplane controls would also be appreciated. I'm satisfied with the graphics the way they are, but can you imagine the size of world the PS4 could render? It'd be huge! I wasn't so interested in a new PS before, but the possibility of a new JC (and hopefully a new GRFS) Would be enough to make me get it. I'd likely wait a few years before getting one though as I did with the PS3. By that time there would be more games, better system stability, and possibly an upgraded console design. Also, about GRFS, I have to say that some of the later missions are where it really gets good. The fifth mission is definitely where I got hooked. The game amazed me because I would play one mission, think "This is my favorite mission!" Play another and "This is my new favorite mission!" Play yet another and "Now THIS is my favorite mission!" It just kept getting better and better to me. The mission that's two missions from the last one is my favorite. It goes pretty heavy on stealth, and you can go through it getting very few kills and causing no alerts until near the very end. Hope you enjoy it if you try it again! :)

Reverend_Skeeve

#9

Reverend_Skeeve said:

@Five-seveN Indeed, better airplane controls would be nice. And yes, the graphics were already absolutely amazing on the current gen, so I'm not worried that JC3 would look amazing. And yes, considering how huge JC2s world was (with 512MB Ram) I can't wait to see what Avalanche will pull of with 8 Gigs. JC3 alone would also be enough reason for me to get a PS4...although I hope I'll be able to afford it around launch, but we'll see. As you said, buying later means a more stable system and more games, so that wouldn't be bad either.

And I will check out GRFS again. Might rent it next week end or just grab it from my fav. game shop where I saw it a few days ago for 17,- €. I shall report how I like it. :)

Giygas_95

#10

Giygas_95 said:

@Reverend_Skeeve Okay! Incidentally, how many missions did you play the first time you rented it? The first four missions are definitely the game's low point at least for me (especially mission 4 which I find to be quite boring.) Missions 5, 9, 10, and 12 are my favorites. Mission 10, Gallant Thief (I think it's called Lone Wolf in Europe), is easily my favorite of the bunch. Then there's also the Raven Strike DLC that has three more great missions. :)

Reverend_Skeeve

#11

Reverend_Skeeve said:

@Five-seveN Ah, that might explain it, because I think I just played the first three or four missions back then before I lost interest (the last one I played was the one where four guys are playing football in front of a structure). So I'll definitely give it another try and see if I like the game better after that one.

I might go for rental, though...somehow I am reluctant to spend money on my current gen system when the money would fit so much better in my PS4-piggy bank... ;)

Giygas_95

#12

Giygas_95 said:

@Reverend_Skeeve Yeah, that last one you played was Noble Tempest. I like that one personally, but it's not the best mission in the game. Mission 5 is where it gets good. You get a mortar spitting, missile launching ground based drone. It's a lot of fun!

Giygas_95

#14

Giygas_95 said:

@Reverend_Skeeve Just to be clear, if the last mission you did was Noble Tempest, then you have to do Tiger Dust (my least favorite) and then you're at the mission with the Warhound drone. The Warhound only appears in that one mission, but that's kind of a good thing because it would make your guns pointless if it appeared in the game more. It's that powerful!

TheXboxHero

#16

TheXboxHero said:

At least have some e 10+ games to t games or I might not even consider ps4. I don't like all these bloody shooters to be honest.

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