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EA PS4 Meeting Recap: 8-10x Power, 1080p, 60FPS, “Unprecedented” Gameplay, Games Shown Before E3

The EA investor’s meeting focused on the PS4 is now over, here’s the highlights.
-PSLS (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Sev  +   541d ago
8-10x more power? All these developers are contradicting each other. Oh well. It's more powerful, that much is a fact.
Jobesy  +   541d ago | Well said
2 things I find contradictory:

1. If what took months to do previously now takes days, why would dev costs rise and games cost more?

2. Consumers love microtransactions...wtf?!?
sypher  +   541d ago
Yep the whole point of things like the Unreal Engine, Unity etc is that it makes everything easier. But the cost is never in tech, that's the thing the cost is always in labour. Paying hundreds of wages for the complete dev cycle is the cost of a game.

If you are selling a million copies of a game and not making a profit there is something fundamentally wrong with the cost in producing your game and you need to figure out how to reduce that cost.
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bangshi  +   541d ago
More work to be done - takes less time to do the bits and pieces but there are more bits and pieces to do.

@sypher - you are right in a large amount of cost is in staffing, but this is calculated in man hours so Jobesy is right in his initial confusion over taking less time, but not costing less.

And Jobesy, on microtransations - Ultimate Team for FIFA is a huge, huge seller of microtransactions.
"“What used to take months in the past will now take days to do” [due to consoles being more like PCs]."

From the article.

I wonder if most multi plats will lead on pc?? Just make sense to me. It's all pc x86 anyway.
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TheGamerDood  +   541d ago
But if they still have to develop for current gen systems then I guess we shouldn't expect BF2 sized maps. So more of the same but with better FPS and graphics? Good lord. I just hope their netcode is up to par.
dcbronco  +   541d ago
@bangshi

It's pure greed. If what you say was the real reason then cost would never go back down. This is an excuse to raise prices while people are distracted by new graphics and physics. They're trying to pad their pockets. And most games will not have larger worlds. Madden, Fifa NBA. Most EA games will be different in physics and graphics if that.
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InMyOpinion  +   541d ago
“[PS4 and next Xbox are] between 8 and 10 times the power [of previous gen]“

Full quote from the article.
showtimefolks  +   541d ago
Jobesy

your 1st question, answer is greed. They want us to think it costs more so they can charge more. sooner or later these publishers are gonna jack up the price to $65-70. i totally agree with you if these newer consoles take less to develop than why are developing costs going up?

your second question's answer is the casuals,

you have too look at all the facebook and other casual games where your have micro transactions do very well. i think think MT is targeted towards us the core gamers. its for those who don't want to do the work of find stuff within the game world and would much rather spend extra $20 to have full access to everything from start.

that's what i never understood the hate on dead space 3, did EA forced anyone to buy anything to be able to play the game besides the game itself? micro transactions are here to stay there i said it. We the core gamers make everything about ourself when its not. MT isn't targeted towards us the core games yes i am saying it twice

people will complain about online passes well guess what get ready for offline single player passes like kingdoms of reckoning had, where if you buy the game used you won't get the 100% single player missions

and now Micro Transactions are here to stay, yopu never have to buy anything just play the game as normal and get everything you need within the game world while playing the game.

what was over looked in dead space 3 was how good the game actually was. The single player was lengthy, the combat was fun,the world was fun to travel through. but all anyone said or talked about was the micro transactions

stop complaining
NewMonday  +   541d ago
"If what took months to do previously now takes days, why would dev costs rise and games cost more?"

*re-coding for platforms with different architecture takes the most time, things need to be taken apart and put back together again. With similar architecture it could be as simple as re-scaling and testing.

* dev prices rise because presumably games will have bigger scale/longer draw distance/ higher resolution textures/better physics, all that needs more manpower, and that means more salaries. an extra 10 people with a salary of 50$ on a 2 year development cost 1m$
Autodidactdystopia  +   541d ago
they will certainly blow our minds.

think about it when the 360 came out some time ago call of duty 2 looked way nice, but look at the titles now.

Imagine kz shadowfall as call of duty back then and imagine what they will pull from these systems in about 5 years.

It will be spectacular to say the least.
rainslacker  +   540d ago
The rise in dev costs will come from asset creation more than anything else. In the next gen asset creation will be more time consuming because it has to be better, although this gen most things were made at high res then down scaled.

Games could theoretically get bigger and more complex, so while when one thing taken individually could now be done in a few days, as a whole it could take just as long or longer for the whole project. Inflation in general will mean that dev costs will always rise.

This is all theory of course, because quite honestly I don't see a whole lot of longer games being made. More complex maybe, and the worlds could certainly become bigger, and more assets required to populate them(which is probable). Overall though games have struck a pretty decent balance on length and content vs price...outside some glaring exceptions.

As to micro-transactions, they have become quite a money maker for publishers. I personally don't mind the ones that are purely aesthetic(costumes), or the ones that give a little boost for SP(money packs, armor/weapon packs). I never buy them though, but apparently a lot of people do. Casuals spend a lot of money on them, and they tend to be a major focus of cheaper or F2P games. In this case some companies do it respectfully, others are just hungry to withhold content to make an extra buck, and they range anywhere in between.
otherZinc  +   540d ago
@Jobesy,

Exactly: its going to take less time and youre going to raise the cost of said game or games. Also, with micro transactions?

I'm glad there aren't any EA games that I must have day 1!
Foolsjoker  +   541d ago
Exactly, I think most of the numbers are just guesses from developers, once the kit has been out for a few years, that is when we will know the true potential.
andibandit  +   541d ago
But it's only 2GHz?
DigitalSmoke  +   541d ago
It has to do with skills and creativity.
One man's blue hammer builds a house, the other one has a red one and slams a thumb, which hammer is better.
konnerbllb  +   541d ago
60fps. I'm drooling.
Link079  +   541d ago
EA are just crying over WiiU and Origin not happening so they will make us wiiu owners feel left in the dark i really dont care how powerful the ps4 is just waiting for proof in game.
stragomccloud  +   541d ago
They are really upset with that. However, it was stupid for them to propose it in the first place. Talk about a conflict of interest!
NobodyImportant  +   541d ago
EA are a business. They aren't going to leave Nintendo out out of spite. Grow up.

If they leave out the Wii U it will be for reasons that should be obvious to everyone by now.

PS4 has shown "in game". Just youtube "Shadowfall Jimmy fallon." There's your proof.
Upbeat  +   540d ago
I think you would have to be brain dead to buy the quick unlocks from EA for bf3, why spend money on unlocks when you can just play the game for a few hours and unlock them for free lol
Rainstorm81  +   540d ago
You would be surprised......people run out buy the quick unlocks then still suck at the game, that's the funny part to me
jacksons98  +   540d ago
For me it's not about the money, but why would I ruin part of the game experience? Where is the reward if you just buy the unlock?
Upbeat  +   538d ago
rainstorm i definitly agree with you there like, its only a matter of time before the prices for quick unlocks rise ( just like dlc ) and people will still fork out the money, if people refuse to pay more money for dlc then companies wont put the price up lol. what do u play bf3 on ?
doctorstrange  +   541d ago
They basically said that the 720 will be out this year too.
TrendyGamers  +   541d ago
No surprise there.
doctorstrange  +   541d ago | Funny
I feel sorry for N4G's mods during that month...
StreetsofRage  +   541d ago | Funny
What mods?
Nevers  +   541d ago
^people in the waiting room think I'm crazy, cuz that made me laugh so loud.
MRMagoo123  +   541d ago
the fact streets of rage can even still comment proves there are no mods.
Foolsjoker  +   541d ago
I wonder if they will keep that name "720" or go with "infinity" or whatever was rumored.
TrendyGamers  +   541d ago
Or pull an Apple and just called it the 'Xbox'.
Godchild1020  +   541d ago
Or maybe Xbox 3G. Going with the Apple Joke TrendyGames started.
mistertwoturbo  +   541d ago
You know this is an interesting subject, nobody knows what they will call the next xbox.

XBOX 362

Git it...? Xbox Three Sixty... Two...
T3mpr1x  +   541d ago
It kinda has to be, I think.
Foolsjoker  +   541d ago
I wonder if SimCity will come to nextgen consoles?
dbjj12088  +   541d ago
It's certainly possible! EA doesn't like to ignore a market, but SimCity is so PC-centric.
Root  +   541d ago
Yeah but they can still change the controls to make it work with consoles. Look at Minecraft/Terraria for example

I just don't want a dumbed down version like the Sim games

If they did proper ports they could use the expansions as massive DLC packs which people would glady buy with how much an expansion would bring a game.

Look at the Sims 3 for example insted of expansions we get crappy stuff like things to unlock content early...for £7-10, just for social interaction expressions. Then look at the neighborhood, instead of a full map without load times we get three/four houses per hub....are they seriously saying consoles can't support these types of games
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SoapShoes  +   541d ago
True but SimCity 2000 was on PS1 and it's on the PS Store too.
GribbleGrunger  +   541d ago
Yes it probably will. You'll just press X on your controller and your front door will open.
ThanatosDMC  +   541d ago
If they can put it on consoles without needing to cut corners, then im all for it.
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DragonKnight  +   540d ago
SimCity started on the SNES. No reason for it not to be on consoles.
TrendyGamers  +   541d ago
BF3 DLC alone brought in $150 million?!
RememberThe357  +   541d ago
That actually surprised me and I have Premium. I wonder if they count the servers in that as well?
linkenski  +   541d ago
Oh how i hope the next generation would just stay at this principle of having games run at 60fps, but of course they are gonna try and push the boundaries, as soon as they reach some kind of limitation. I just love playing games smoothly more than i like playing games that look prettier, in most cases.
OpenGL  +   541d ago
Exactly, we could have had 60fps games this generation but then there wouldn't have been titles that looked like Uncharted 3 and Red Dead Redemption. The same thing will happen next-gen, 60fps does not show up in screenshots, so developers won't stick to it.
N0S3LFESTEEM  +   540d ago
There's a reason COD has looked the same since 2007...
GribbleGrunger  +   541d ago
On microtransactions: “We’re building into all our games the ability to pay for more, to unlock faster… trucks, levels, etc. microtransactions. Consumers love that.”

Noooooooooooooooooo! levels? LEVELS! No, they wouldn't do what I'm thinking they'll do surely? 'Sorry you need to pay the gate keeper to access this side quest'.
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Trenta27  +   541d ago
All sorts of fail, EA. No more microtransactions!
Bimkoblerutso  +   541d ago
Unfortunately we seem to be the vocal minority here. There's too many idiots out there that don't understand what buying this crap is doing to the industry.

I mean, why the hell are people even paying for these games if they can't even be bothered to actually PLAY THEM!?
RememberThe357  +   541d ago
Levels as in multiplayer ranking. They're already doing what your talking about, they did it with Dragon Age. But I think in this context he/she was talking about multiplayer levels not levels on a map or in a single player.
doctorstrange  +   541d ago
Noooo
decimalator  +   541d ago
I love microtransactions, they just told me so!
Novistador  +   541d ago
Gamers may not always agree on everything.. but im pretty damn sure nobody likes microtransactions.. where are they pulling their data from?
mistertwoturbo  +   541d ago
What's wrong with you guys? I love microtransactions.

It's a type of cake isn't it?
sway_z  +   541d ago
If EA charge for levels already on the disc, people will boycott their games...I don't mind having a choice in paying for something extra if I want to, but not if that content is integral to completing the game.

8-10x power is good enough for me..I'm still trying to get my head around how they got Crysis 3 to run off 256mb vram.

Whatever happens next gen, PS3 will be remembered for ushering in new IP's and making a last technological stand with the likes of Uncharted 3 and Last of Us.

I feel extremely fortunate to be a gamer ;)
Trago1337  +   541d ago
"Microtransactions. Customers love that."

What now?
The_Infected  +   541d ago
They said that because they make tons of $$$ on Micro transactions but just because people spend money on it don't mean they like it! Hell they're probably saying F***K it i guess I'll have to get this and that to get anywhere in this stupid game! Lol
torchic  +   541d ago
did I misread/misunderstand the pricing quote?

“We haven’t set price, but you
will probably see a similar trend (where prices go up
$10, but then fall back down)"

what does that mean? another $10 hike?

*nevermind, just saw the other article :)
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doctorstrange  +   541d ago
Turns out it was actually EA misspeaking (or so they claim)
TrendyGamers  +   541d ago
Let's hope.
Wedge19  +   541d ago
They'd better be. I think games starting at $70 would spell disaster for the industry.
Tundra  +   541d ago
1080p/60fps is what I like to hear.
solid_warlord  +   541d ago
optimization will allow 1080p and 60fps. I have HD7850 which PS4 is slightly more powerful but HD7850 can do BF3 at 1080p 60fps. So i think B4 running at 1080p 60fps wont be hard.
jp_footy2  +   541d ago
Radeon HD7850 has 2GB GDDR5 ram vs 8GB in the PS4. Slightly more powerful??...... ;)
zeldafreak404  +   541d ago
i doubt itll use all that ram now
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SoCalledMe  +   541d ago
Oh god not this again , the 8 gigs of RAM have nothing to do with graphic cards VRAM which in ps 4 is 2 or 2.2 gigs , there literaly isn't a single desktop (PC) card with that much VRAM ( largest amount is in Titan 6gigs GDDR5 ) cuz there is no point in putting so much VRAM when gpu cant handle the tasks and abnormaly large textures that would fill up 8 gigs , most vram tasking game is modded skyrim with god knows how many graphics mods , and thats due to unoptimization and lots of resource hogs , and it fills up only 2.8 gigs ...
solid_warlord  +   541d ago
PS4 GPU power is more akin to GTX 660 with 1.8TFlops . However PS4 will certainy overpower it.
ThanatosDMC  +   541d ago
V-ram is different from ram... geez. It's like he's never built a gaming rig or invested in a gaming pc/laptop.
mistertwoturbo  +   541d ago
^SoCalledMe

8GB's of GDDR5 doesn't necessarily have to be only about putting things in it. Having that amount of extra RAM could be beneficial for resolution and Anti Aliasing.

I actually won't mind if PS4 games end up being 30fps. But by god, they better f'in have absolutely NO REASON NOT to put high levels of Anti-Aliasing and minimum 1920x1080.
SoCalledMe  +   541d ago
I don't think I'm some kind of expert but isn't AA taking up more VRAM , the memory that gpu is using, and not the system memory , I don't know how the console arhitecture works , is system memory shared with gpu so that gpu can use it ? I read the article when one of gg guys clearly says that shadow fall is using 1.5 out of 2 or 2.2 gigs cant remember correctly ...
cyril sneer  +   540d ago
@jp_footy
So i suppose you think ps4 is more powerful than a gtx titan that has 6GB gddr5.Funny that the titan can push 4.5 tflops which is more than double what the ps4 can achieve.
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DragonKnight  +   540d ago
@SoCalledMe: The GPU doesn't have its own separate memory. The 8GB's of RAM is unified, not 6 for the CPU, 2 for the GPU. Why have so many people glossed over that?
FATAL1TY  +   541d ago
PS4 8x8 ACE / CS & 8GB GDDR5
Tahiti 2x2 ACE / CS
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dazzrazz  +   541d ago
On microtransactions: “We’re building into all our games the ability to pay for more, to unlock faster… trucks, levels, etc. microtransactions. Consumers love that.”

This what scares me, more and more imbeciles are buying games and then pay to unlock stuff they already paid for 0_o
momthemeatloaf  +   541d ago
EA is so full of shit
--Onilink--  +   541d ago
I just hope this gen wont be just about pretty visuals, i want real gameplay innovations, no more awful AI, real physics, but with a meaning, not just for show... More believable and interactive enviroments, etc
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zeldafreak404  +   541d ago
dang i missed link anyone?
doctorstrange  +   541d ago
It was audio only, and mostly investor stuff, so not exactly riveting
Wedge19  +   541d ago
Hence why PSLS has the article to cover the important stuff.
cyclindk  +   541d ago
Something I just thought of and had not considered:

One, wasn't sure if the tech REALLY advanced enough on the streaming side to make up for crappy internet connections for Gakai to be feasible, but here's hoping.

Two, could Gakai be utilized as a "crutch" to add visual power to games actually running on your PS4? Sort of the way devs where able this generation to leverage streaming content from blu-ray discs in tandem with installs and so forth? Sort of "boosting" the visuals without the system having to do the work?

Third, Gakai by itself, access to the cloud would potentially mean, if the latency is almost non-existent (which I really imagine would require a fiber optic network but who knows), you could play a game running on a super computer someplace else that looks generations better, but play it today? I know there is Onlive, but my experience with it hasn't been all bells and whistles.

My thoughts
isa_scout  +   541d ago
1: EA can shove those microtransactions right up their ass.

2: I have trouble buying games now, and I don't think raising the cost of games another $10.00 is a wise thing to do.

I'm a working class guy with a family to support. God, if they make these games cost much more I might have to go back to my hobby as a teenager. Oh who am I kidding, I'm to old to be messin with paintball guns(but not videogames...lol)
Vergil-  +   541d ago
Wheres my Mirror's Edge 2 EA!?!
knifefight  +   541d ago
Seriously! It's like, shut up and TAKE MY MONEY!
tigertron  +   540d ago
I imagine a smaller team at DICE working on the game for a PS4/next-Xbox release. Maybe a launch title or out next year? who knows? but fingers crossed. I love Mirror's Edge.
Obamanationn  +   541d ago
micro-transactions , basically pay to win model .... that's been on PC's is cominng to consoles now ? lol thats why i bought a console to avoid that stuff ... this is bad bad bad newsssss
DivineAssault  +   541d ago
will wii u be able to handle multiplats at all nx gen? I know PS4/720 are built structurally like PCs to make development easier but idk if the wii u is the same way.. Will it be as easy to just downscale the poly counts, network features, etc & port? or are they just not getting anything ps4/720 is getting period? I guess it doesnt matter either way as im buying PS4 regardless of the power it has.. I want the newest games & thats the system to have to play em.. BF4 should look great on it & the new mass effect should be amazing
Gamer-Z  +   541d ago
If your paying to unlock levels then whats the point of even playing the game, i swear people get into gaming just to show off to their friends that they are into it. I wish these casuals would get the fuck out! Sorry for the language.
worldwidegaming  +   541d ago
micro-transactions are here to stay.
Blame the people who thought "Horse Armor" was cool!
The big argument is
"If you do not buy them then why should you care?"
and
"You can get all of the stuff by playing normally!"
Some games will force you to grind (waste time)
Best case would be
DLC to unlock "Super easy mode"
or "beat the game to unlock it!"
personally I hate DLC because companies treat the consumers like they are stupid. DLC should never be DAY 1!

I can see games costing 60 bucks easy and then selling
day 1 DLC for 10 bucks. (if they are reallllllly nice!)

It will be Microsoft and Sony battling it out worldwide
while Nintendo is content with being the boss in Japan.
(That is Nintendo's bottom line.)
PAYNEinc85  +   541d ago
I'm already tired of next gen. I'm ready for the PS5.
knifefight  +   541d ago
PS4 sales have been terrible, though. I don't know anyone who has one, and most stores in my area don't even stock them. I'm thinkin' Sony is dead.
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younghavok  +   541d ago
I think the Wii U will be just fine game wise. Its getting good 3rd party support now and seems to be okay for the rest of the year. As long as the games sell and Nintendo continues to offer incentives then devs will continue to support it. I personally dont think the PS4 is strong enough to eliminate it from the equation, otherwise no game from the PC wouldve made it on the 360 or PS3. Money talks and as long as there is money to be made with Nintendo power will mean very little.
worldwidegaming  +   541d ago
Indeed.
Mookie  +   541d ago
Skate 4?
tommygunzII  +   541d ago
EA will tell their investors anything. They are poison to this industry.
ftwrthtx  +   541d ago
Kirk: We need more power Scotty!
Scotty: I'm giving it all we got sir!

p.s. Scotty always gave lower estimates of power so he could look like a genius when he actually reached full power. Just saying.
Wedge19  +   541d ago
It's great to hear the devs coming out of the woodwork on the PS4 now that the cat's out of the bag. All of this talk is really getting me geared up for how truly awesome this next gen is going to be. Your feelings on EA aside, they've got their hands in a hell of a lot of games out there, and their support of a console is huge.
Novistador  +   541d ago
They also have their hands in some of the worst games as well. EA seems to be relying on quantity rather than quality.
decimalator  +   541d ago
wow, so many uninformed people with strong opinions
mrbojingles  +   541d ago
Here's one crazy idea:

Maybe, when they say its 8-10x more powerful than say, the PS3, they're hinting that only 4GB-6GB is actually available to developers and 2GB-4GB is used for game recording, streaming.

Wild theory, I wouldn't be surprised if the OS ended up taking up 2GB.
Heavenly King  +   540d ago
at most it will be 1gb.
mrbojingles  +   540d ago
How do you know?

Miiverse, one single screenshot, internet browsing, friends list all take up 1GB on Wii U. Sure, Nintendo may not be the best at dividing resources for an OS but adding instant access demos, game streaming, game recording, a new social network service (what's Sony calling it anyway), cross game chat, and other multi-tasking features are going to take up a lot of memory.

I'd like to think it won't be more than 1GB either, but this instant streaming/recording thing sounds like it will hog a lot of resources.
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