Dishonored's lead level designer labels PS4's 8GB RAM "a joy"

When Sony stepped out in New York with the surprise revelation that PlayStation 4 had a whopping 8GB of very fast GDDR5, there were few people more pleased than Dishonored's lead level designer Christophe Carrier.

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alousow1903d ago

big joy. let see some results at E3

SantistaUSA1903d ago

Wonders has been done with consoles that only have 512MB! Imagine what dev will be able to accomplish now. I'm interested to see open world games :-)

DonteDemonSlayer1903d ago

Keep in mind Santista that 8GB does not guarantee that the games will utilize all of it. A large amount of it will go to running the OS and social features, probably leaving a little room for future upgrades (The PS3 failed to foresee the importance of cross game chat, and had no left over RAM for future improvements).
SONY could also decide to make the use of the social features optional, but that means that developers would have to choose to include cross game chat, or in game music. Akin to the Vita in which some games the developer can choose to have those disabled to put more power into the actual game (Gravity Rush/Ninja Gaiden both lack the ability to use music and online features in game).

SantistaUSA1903d ago


I'm completely aware that the games won't be able to use the 8GB of GDDR5, I don't how much it will be available for just game, but I'm thinking dev will be able to use up to 5GB and the other 3GB will be for the OS, social features and recording game play etc. Still this is a HUGE jump from 512MB ;-)

nosferatuzodd1903d ago

Indeed look at what was created on 512 mb of ram heavy rain god of war gt5 uncharted gears of war,now can you imagine whats to come damn it i cant wait

Gorilla_Killa_X1903d ago (Edited 1903d ago )

And those games didn't even use the full 512 mb due to the os of the ps3.

Muffins12231903d ago

3 to 2 gb's will be used for the ios and 5 to 6 will be used for the game :D

colonel1791903d ago

Didn't they say that the OS and everything that had to do with it (background downloading, in game OS, in game chat, upload videos, streaming, etc) would be handled by another chip entirely; leaving the 8 GB of RAM only for the games.

NewMonday1903d ago

the info available says the PS4 OS will just need 500m of RAM, the talk about 3g of RAM is for the Durango.

hesido1903d ago (Edited 1903d ago )

@colonel179: The processing will be handled by other chips, not the RAM. The 8GB GDDR5 will be the only ram available on the PS4 for all these tasks, but there will probably be a small amount of Flash ROM for BIOS. Those tasks will need quite a bit of memory, and it would be illogical for them to have their own RAM, as the PS3 has massive amount of RAM anyway.

I am expecting they will reserve 1GB for the OS in the beginning to be on the safe side, launch titles won't probably even use half of the total RAM. Then they will surely be reducing the OS footprint immensely, even down to 512MB's during the life-cycle of PS3.

PS4isKing_821903d ago

Exactly. Games like watch dogs and future gta games will be brain melting beautiful. Next gen can't come soon enough!

DigitalSmoke1903d ago

3 gig for the Ps3 OS?
Not by a long shot, this isn't a windows desktop you know, 1.2 gig max, but i personaly believe it won't even go over 600MB.

SephirothX211903d ago (Edited 1903d ago )

Windows 7 64 bit uses 2gb ram so I can't see PS4 os taking up more than 1gb but will probably be less than 1gb or there is serious inefficient coding.

Irishguy951903d ago (Edited 1903d ago )

The fact that those games where only on 512MB shows how unimportant Ram is in Video games. Of course you need Ram. But having an overabundance of it will not magically improve the important parts of the system. GPU - CPU.

princejb1341903d ago

Do you guys really think the OS will consume so much ram?
Our current consoles (not wii u) have 512 mb of ram
This 512 is split for the OS and game
So the ps4 will use a max of 1 gig for the OS
So 7gig goes into gaming which is more than enough

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miyamoto1903d ago (Edited 1903d ago )

RAM it, baby!
RAM it hard!
16 million times!

Gamer19821903d ago

As a level designer we are struggling against memory every day. We cut things, we remove things, we strip things, we split the levels, we remove NPCs from levels because there's not enough memory.

And even the PC versions were cut to ribbons.. I'm excited as a PC gamer as consoles will make PC gaming better. Yet PC gamers "other than myself" complain about them..

-Falaut-1903d ago (Edited 1903d ago )

"as consoles will make PC gaming better", one of the smartest and truest things I have read in awhile good sir.

Highlife1903d ago

Not sure what else he could say

Shadow Flare1903d ago

He could talk about his cat

deep_fried_bum_cake1903d ago

That would be an interesting article. "My cat Mittens clearly doesn't have 8GB of GDDR5 RAM because he treats me like a stranger every time I see him."

Shadow Flare1903d ago

Shigeru Miyamoto had to take his cat to the vet because it was severely bottle necked

Walker1903d ago

PS4 is gonna be most powerful console game of next-generation !

AdmiralSnake1903d ago (Edited 1903d ago )

Power Means NOTHING if you don't utilize it....Ask the PC crowd.

JsonHenry1903d ago

If you don't optimize for it. It is very true. But given that it is a close system I expect to see them do things right. Even 8gigs of slow DDR3 would be reason to rejoice on a console. I can't tell you how surprised I was to learn that they really went for a whole 8 gigs. Its crazy. The CPU/GPU is not that fantastic. Already outdated by two generations of PC parts. But still with 8gigs of ram they should be able to pull off some serious eye candy for a console.

zebramocha1903d ago

@admiral I guess we'll never know what the ps4 could do because sony doesn't have first party studios.

AdmiralSnake1903d ago


Well the 1st Party support is a given...however many gamers, including myself would love to see 3rd Party developers utilize the technology given, especially on the PC platform.

Sony 1st party developers make great games, but so do many others.

Ritsujun1903d ago

Miss zebramocha never owned a ps3.

ooquis1903d ago

Common...consoles are the the best examples of utilizing power.

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baldulf1903d ago

So, Dishonored 2 for PS4 confirmed?

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