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Geomerics Founder On Xbox One eSRAM: I’d Be Wary of Rushing to Snap Judgments About The New Hardware

Unless you are living under the rock, the Xbox One's eSRAM has been subject to much debate and controversy regarding it's inability to render 1080p resolution. (PS4, Xbox One)

MCTJim  +   548d ago
in other words..I dont know.
Dudebro90  +   548d ago
If you got that from that statement, you are either illiterate or a jerk.
LordMaim  +   548d ago
To be fair, Doran didn't give any information, opting for marketing buzzwords instead.

To sum up what he said, "we'll have to wait and see."
dantesparda  +   548d ago
So you didnt read the article you just read the headline. He literally says nothing other than PR speak.
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gman_moose  +   548d ago
To me it sounded like his comment was from before the launch of these consoles. Either that, or he's a moron.

He says:
"You cannot really say anything until the first games are out and consumers have got their hands on both devices"

Ummm... gamers DO have the first games, and have got their hands on both devices. What the hell is the guy smoking?
ABizzel1  +   548d ago
I personally don't understand what MS was thinking of with the XBO. I get unified RAM being convenient for development, but this is one case where they should have went with separate pools of memory.

4GB DDR3 (console RAM) + 4GB GDDR5 (Game RAM) would have been the wiser choice, because Day 1 they would have had a easy to understand set-up, and performance would be nearly as much of an issue. They could have still used the eSRAM if they wanted to, but honestly it would have been better to add more shading units to the APU, to push the console closer to the PS4 in performance.

They went with a theoretical solution that won't show it's best results until late in the generation when the winner has already been decided, when they could have had a near comparable console Day 1, and possibly have price advantage on their side by $50, which was needed all last gen to keep the 360 neck and neck with the PS3 (as well as winning NA).
redwin  +   548d ago
Interesting you say that. The PS4 was not gonna have the GDDR5 until the last day, the Xbox was twice as powerful as the ps4 was gonna be. Sony reluctantly changed it the last minute. That article was placed here in N4G about 3 months ago. When I read that, lol, the first thing in my head was, corporate espionage . Lol, but of course that's just me playing around. But I know that Sony would like to get to MS for what they did to blue ray.
ABizzel1  +   548d ago

Could you please link me this article, because based on facts and not rumors, we know the PS4 was always going to have GDDR5 it only changed to from 4GB up to 8GB the last day. Also the XBO would have had twice the amount of RAM, but not twice as powerful as the PS4 had they gone with 4GB of GDDR5.

Prior to their launch there were tons of rumors claiming the PS4 and XBO were going to be using APUs (which turned out to be true), but the rumors were based on APUs available at that time which were Trinity / Richland (which the XBO is currently just over 2x more powerful than).

The twice as powerful rumor came from the rumor of the XBO being powered by a GTX Titan, but it that was easily shot down by anyone with hardware knowledge considering the Titan was a $1,000 GPU, and was more than 2x more powerful than the PS4.

Regardless MS should have known better than simply going with DDR3, because an APUs performance is greatly affected by the speed of the memory, and looking at any GPU available at the time it was clear that 2GB of GDDR5 was a minimum requirement for the graphics and performance they were trying to achieve.

It was flatout smarter and easier to just drop in 4GB of DDR3 + 4GB of GDDR5, and call it a day. The only downside to this, is that they couldn't dynamically add or reduce memory usage if they ever needed to, which is the benefit of a shared memory pool, but when gaming is suppose to be your main function the graphics memory was the more important of the two, and seeing how Sony had access to a confirmed 4GB, MS should have at least be able to do the same.
TFJWM  +   548d ago
@redwin Ummm no. Sony had been planning on going with GDDR5 for awhile but it was only going to be 4mb. The last day Mark Cerny went into the meeting and said we really need 8 and they went for it.
The_Infected  +   548d ago
"From what we are seeing both PS4 and Xbox One are well thought out pieces of kit, and consumers are having a hard time choosing between them."

Funny you say that. Over 9 million PS4 owners and only around 5 million Xbox One owners. Doesn't seem to hard to see what everyone prefers more.
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MasterCornholio  +   548d ago
If the sales were 50 50 I would agree. However the PS4 sold double the amount of Xbox Ones which is why I don't believe that consumers are having a hard time choosing between the two. Now if you compare it to the Wii U the story's a bit different.
Animal Mutha 76  +   548d ago
Only 5 million?

That's hardly a failure or 'everyone'.

Personally I'm pleased that both have sold enough that they will be well supported. Many Gamers will buy both. I bought a PS3 for GT5 and will no doubt be tempted when GT7 comes along.
MysticStrummer  +   548d ago
3 million of those sales were in 2013. In 2014 PS4 is outselling XB1 3 to 1.
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IRetrouk  +   548d ago
Sega sold close to 10 million dreamcasts, didnt help them even with that amount sold, although saying that, micro can afford to take more of a hit than sega could. And lets not forget that the 5 million is shipped not sold.
nitus10  +   548d ago

As to the failure of the Sega Dreamcast there are quite a few reasons. It would be best to read the following URL to get a much clearer picture of what really happened.

BTW Using Google I get about 168,000 hits on this topic but from what I can gather Sega over-reached itself even though some of the concepts were ground-breaking and paid the price.
Volkama  +   548d ago | Well said
Is it a recent interview though?

“I’d be wary of rushing to snap judgments about the new hardware. You cannot really say anything until the first games are out and consumers have got their hands on both devices,”

I'm fairly certain that has already happened, no?
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RegorL  +   548d ago
I also think this is a very old interview.

"Geomerics’s lighting middleware, Enlighten is being used in several upcoming games like Dragon Age Inquisition, Star Wars Battlefront and Mirrors Edge."

All using the same game engine, Enlighten is in Frostbite.

We already have several Frostbite games out there.
Battlefield 4
NFS Rivals
PvZ GW (soon on PS4)

XBox One can kind of keep up as long as frequency is kept @ 30 Hz. When running @ 60 Hz PS4 pulls away...
Artista  +   548d ago
PS4 is available in more countries though. Sure, it would probably sell more of they were available in the same amount of countries but the gap wouldn't be this wide, so fall 2014 will be interesting.

I know I'm having a hard time deciding so I'm probably gonna end up with both.
Volkama  +   548d ago
I suspect most people here had both a 360 and a PS3, and I suspect most people here will eventually have a PS4 and a One. Even if it pains some of them to admit it :)

Bigger question is will they bother to subscribe to both consoles? Software and services are where the money is, not pure hardware numbers.
AnteCash  +   548d ago
Oh look what i found on croatian webshop.

According to you x1 is only available in 13 countrys.
Spotie  +   548d ago
What type of sales boost are you expecting? If it's anything other than a marginal increase, you're fooling yourself.

Madagascar isn't gonna help close the gap.
Psygnosis333  +   548d ago
XboxONE is available in Macedonia,Serbia and Slovenia too..The whole BALKAN
Master-H  +   548d ago
Yup, the xbone will really start to take off when it comes out in Cambodia /s
xDHAV0K24x  +   548d ago
that's fine. Apple's iPhone outsells other smartphones. Doesn't mean it's the best for everyone!
RegorL  +   548d ago

Android has a 85% market share...
KennyCiseroJr  +   548d ago
Wow 9 million people with no games to play huh? bummer.
SmokingMonkey  +   548d ago
In case you forgot

The Last of Us

200+ GOTY awards

40+ 10/10's
Keith Olbermann  +   548d ago
How many more games x1 players playing over ps4?
BiggerBoss  +   548d ago
No games? That's funny, cause xboxs only real exclusives now are forza and kinect sports rivals. Everything else is either on or going to PC.
And exactly who are you trying to fool troll? There's hardly any games out for both systems fanboy. Why don't you and and the rest of the jackasses with no life go get a job? Or better yet, atleast quit trying to play captain save a ho. Even if someone starts it first, why lower yourself and show everyone how childish and moronic you are.

In case you are wondering, think there's 3 games that have been released that are worth it ( MGS & TLOU, WD,one of which is short but sweet, a semi GTA clone, and a slightly worse remake of a PS3 game . KZ,BF4,ISS, RSoR,Forza,UFC, and etc ; are all games that suffer from being rushed and released with either lack of content, all graphics no gameplay, being bug filled, so on and so on. Later this year ( maybe ) but definitely next year is when you will start to see games that are worth bragging about.

So to say only PS4 or only X1 have no games is just an utterly childish and stupid fanboy thing to say just because you feel the need to defend your purchase by grasping at whatever straw you can... BTW this not only is directed @ you but the rest of the tards in here that think the same way. Grow up people, why play games at all if you find more enjoyment flabbing gums online.
k3rn3ll  +   548d ago
The country's man. The countries. It'll they are available in all the same markets I pay no attention to sales numbers
BX81  +   548d ago
You have to take into account more than just sales on this one. If ms pulled their head out of there ass to begin with then we would have a better base on which console is preferred. IMO ps4 has the sales right now and for me ms has the games I want to play. Actually getting my ps4 early was a mistake for me.
Azzanation  +   548d ago
Take into account that 72 countries are selling the PS4 and that makes up more then 1 million sales out of there 9 million.
Xbox was surpose to come out next year instead MS brought it out early to not let PS4 take too much market. They manage to sell 5 million Xboxes when there API DX12 isnt even out.
Also MS had 8gigs of Ram from the start and MS kept with there Hardware strategie while Sony change there Hardware specs in the last minute. Only thing MS did was tweak there CPU.
Should thank MS because if it wasnt for them Sony would have stayed at 4gigs of Ram.
mochachino  +   548d ago
"I’d be wary of rushing to snap judgments about the new hardware. You cannot really say anything until the first games are out and consumers have got their hands on both devices,”

Many games are already out.

Why do I feel that the close EA-MS relationship is somehow behind this. All games mentioned using guys middleware are EA games.
Volkama  +   548d ago
OK, here's what we've got: EA and Microsoft, in conjunction with the saucer people, under the supervision of the reverse vampires, are forcing middleware developers to provide neutral quotes about the consoles.

Is that about right?
joeorc  +   548d ago
yes because no companies use Astroturfing techniques on the internet..LMAO





Yes; because No one does it, sure thing is all a conspiracy.


Or maybe just maybe you can count on a company to do what a company does in its best own interests!


“Just keep rubbing it in, via the press, analysts, newsgroups, whatever. Make the complete failure of the competition’s technology part of the mythology of the computer industry.” -

–Microsoft, internal document
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TankCrossing  +   548d ago
@joeorc you think MS and EA are teaming up to offer incentives or strongarm middleware developers into giving neutral answers like "From what we are seeing both PS4 and Xbox One are well thought out pieces of kit"

You're in deep, but I am glad you can laugh about it LMAO
Bathyj  +   548d ago
We're through the looking glass here people.
rdgneoz3  +   548d ago
Yep, a lot of games are out, and the differences have been shown. Games will only get better looking as the gen goes on, but the opposition won't be sitting on their hands. Last gen MS had the console that was easier to make games for off the bat and multiplats looked better on it for a while (the cell was a bit complex to work with). This gen, both systems are similar architecture (x86) and similar CPU, with differences being mainly in ram and GPU. And judging by the games currently available, the shoes on the other foot this gen.

And seeing as MS has called the esram an evolution of the 360's edram, it's not too hard to get a grasp on like it was for developers with the PS3's cell.
kingvendrick  +   548d ago
Its just more damage control. The PS4 sales figures beg to differ.
Sonital  +   548d ago
Damage control by Geometrics?
Cryptcuzz  +   548d ago
They are a middleware company and so they would be smart to stay neutral as much as possible. All they want is to promote their middleware to as many developers on all sides as possible.
Gh05t  +   548d ago
So much stupid spin in this article it makes me dizzy.

He really has no opinion yet? He is lying and trying not to make either Sony or Microsoft mad at him by claiming a better console. I am an Xbox One owner but c'mon its okay to say PS4 is easier to make games or middleware for or vice versa... Have an opinion or dont answer the question but to speak this drivel to not alienate one console or another is cowardly.
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Why o why  +   548d ago
Spoken like a champ.

These judgements aren't snap ones
Very well said man. Bubs up!
mcarsehat  +   548d ago
Haha, this site...

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SliceOfTruth888  +   548d ago
both consoles are success and both consoles need each other to be strong. If either Sony or Xbox went away it would be the worst thing that could happen and gamers should be enjoying all platforms not choosing sides its embarrassing. As an owner of all 3 current gen i can tell you i have no idea why anyone would be buying a PS4 over the Xbone because if i had to choose 1 it would be xbox hands down. So far i have been enjoying or finished

1)Killer Instinct
3)Powerstar Golf
4)Crimson Dragon
7)Dead Rising 3

Everyone of these games have been enjoyable and some are fantastic and Halo Collection and Sunset Overdrive are just months away? Meanwhile my PS4 i have played

3)Second Son
4)Last Of Us

Killzone and Knack are garbage iam sorry but i got NO enjoyment out of these 2 and i forced myself to finish these titles. Second Son i actually didnt like for some reason i found it boring, BUT! before the fanboys attack i understand why it got its praise for some reason it just didnt click for me and it deserves the praise it gets. And Last of US well....its the best game ive ever played....again. Thats not really a knock on the game because its amazing but i have yet to be impressed by anything ps4 yet. I do look forward to the order, but thats next year and besides driveclub is there anything even coming for PS4 thats exclusive before 2015? I mean how anyone can say xbox isnt about the just confusing to me heck my untouched for a full year wii U is getting major gametime with Mario Kart compared to my PS4. I dont understand the gaming public
Ron_Danger  +   548d ago
Just wondering what your opinion of these games are:

Resogun, Contrast, Outlast, Don't Starve, Mercenary Kings, Pixke Junk Shooter Ultimate, Stick It to the Man, Dead Nation, Trine 2, Road Not Taken, Doki Doki Universe, Stider, Towerfall Ascension, Fez, Warframe, War Thunder, and Blacklight Retribution

Since all these games are either Free to Play or Free with PS+ they could've also been added to the list of games you've played on PS4.

I just think it's fun calling out people with one bubble who claim to have all 3 systems but then describe the games they don't like by using cliche Internet forum terms instead of actual first hand opinion.
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DJustinUNCHAIND  +   548d ago
Here's my opinion on those games.

All skippable.
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Ron_Danger  +   548d ago

Of course you'd say that and of course you'd give no reason why. I guess it's just easier to give a short thoughtless answer to appease your target group than to give actual reasons. I guess some people come here for actual discussions and others come here to prove why they have one bubble.
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GryestOfBluSkies  +   548d ago

then you are missing out on a ton of fun games. ive literally played well over 100 hours on just a few of those games
GodGinrai  +   548d ago

Maybe DJ simply does not care for those games. the reason really can be that simple...just saying...

"I guess it's just easier to give a short thoughtless answer to appease your target group than to give actual reasons"

I think you are putting a little too much thought into his response..but whatever...


"ive literally played well over 100 hours on just a few of those games"

wow...where do you find the time?
GryestOfBluSkies  +   548d ago

i mean combined, not each. but to answer the question, most of my gaming happens between 10pm and 1am. some days more, some days less.
Benjammin25  +   548d ago're missing quite a few PS4 exclusives there. Trying to make the competition look stronger ey? Naughty naughty! By the way, three of those Xbox games are either on, or are coming to, PC. And Crimson Dragon is a POS.
nitus10  +   547d ago
Well you are entitled to your opinion although I am quite sure many will disagree with you.

Personally the reason why I have not purchased a PS4 is the fact I have a PS3 and quite a few games to catch up on. If the PS4 had backwards compatibility I would of purchased it pretty much day one, like I did with the PS2 and PS3 (FAT one).

Currently none of the games for the PS4 are compelling enough for me to purchase one, although that will most likely change next year providing I have gotten through most or all of my PS3 games.

I should mention I love RPG's (Elder Scrolls on-line does not count IMHO) and I have quite a few that I have not finished. Anyone who is a fan of RPG's will know how long games like Skyrim can take especially when I have the three DLC's associated with it. In fact I had to stop myself from repeating the game "Oblivion" since I found I originally did not play the game properly.
ceedubya9  +   548d ago
Gamingbolt stays on this esram/resolution stuff, huh?
GUTZnPAPERCUTZ  +   548d ago
eSRAM has already gotten better since launch. The current SDK with DX11.2 has already compressed Frame Buffers. DX11.2 can support a 16bit 4xMSAA 1080p frame buffer in the 32mb space offered, DX12 is rumored to run the same frame buffer at half that and only use 16mb of eSRAM for it. I guess the future will tell, people just need to remember, Hardware is nothing without good software to run it.
AnteCash  +   548d ago
Now it only needs a decent GPU to use it...
imt558  +   548d ago
I see that eSRAM can push Xbone :

But, what developer say :
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mmj  +   548d ago
8GB of 176GB/s GDDR5 will always be better than 68GB/s of DDR3 connected to 32MB of 204GB/s ESRAM.

That said the GPU is Xbox One's main achilles heel.
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Smootherkuzz  +   548d ago
The end result is software! Game content! Some of the games looked like crap compared to today's games but the game play was second to none. Every gamer would love to see their favorite game from days past to be played on both PS and Xbone. As it has been pointed out so many times the both have their weak points as its aways been between consoles. It all depends on what you what games you play? It not about kicking butt with sells.
cruzngta  +   548d ago
The only absolute judgement is PS4 is superior in hardware. Games are great on both. PS4 is going to only get better as well so the gap is going to either widen or remain the same. End of story.
FayZ_  +   548d ago
xbone 'it's inability to render 1080p'

forza 5
forza horizon 2
Halo Master Collection
Alien: Isolation
BF Hardline
Dying Light
Fifa 14
Project Cars
Sniper Elite
The Crew
Witcher 3
Tomb Raider

armchair devs will always struggle to hit 1080p on xbone, ps4's advantage is that its easier & it's additional performance only adds a few more fps than xbone, eg, tomb raider & sniper elite for ps4 is only about 10fps more than xbone, just because it can do 40-45fps on ps4 doesn't mean it's 60fps.

parity has already happened.

and besides res ain't everything, ryse won best graphics at 900p and i think 900p+ is fine.
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Cryptcuzz  +   548d ago
Look at it from a consumer point of view.
Majority of games that are released each year is by third party developers. So naturally, a lot of people would rather buy the console that plays their games the best. Which has been the PS4. Couple that with the fact that Sony is going to produce just as many (if not more) exclusives and new IP's on the PS4 than it did on the PS3, now that it is selling so well.

I agree that resolution and FPS is not everything, but if I had a choice and I am sure many others feel the same way, the PS4 is just the safest bet in playing the best looking and feeling game from third party developers.
LogicalReason   547d ago | Spam
wynams  +   548d ago
Well the "lab" that is the real world says there is probably something to this bottleneck stuff. #4ThePlayers!!!
Tedakin  +   548d ago
I think you have to admit the Xbox is improving and devs are getting their heads around it. There are still people calling the system Xbox 720 and throwing out "LOL 720p" when only a few launch ones were that and most since then and now are 1080 or at the least 900. Clearly devs are figuring it out. 7 months ago I never would have dreamed Destiny would be 1080 on Xbone. If Witcher 3 gets there hopefully the debate will start dying.
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