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Oddworld Dev On Why They Like Working With The PlayStation 4

Many game makers have explained why they really appreciate the hardware design of the PlayStation 4.

Here's another example: In speaking to Just Add Water CEO and Oddworld development director Stewart Gilray, GamingBolt learned that this particular developer really likes the 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and the helpful Unity Engine:

"It means we don’t have to worry so much about stuff, the fact that the memory operates at around 172GB/s is amazing, so we can swap stuff in and our as fast as we can without it really causing us much grief.

It also means we can do a lot of lead development on high end PC’s without having to worry overly about RAM limitations or graphics features our target platform DOESN’T have. Granted we are working on other platforms that do have those restrictions but the Unity Engine has helped minimize those."

They haven't factored in features for the Dual Shock 4's touchpad just yet, but that's all right. Someone should tell these guys that we don't need 'em, anyway. Oddworld: New 'n Tasty, the remake of the original PlayStation classic that blended puzzle, adventure and platforming elements, will be ready to go this holiday season for the PS3, Wii U, PC and Mac, and the PS4 version will follow in 2014.

The PS4 is obviously much more developer-friendly, especially when compared with its predecessor when it launched. This was one of the primary goals of Sony heading into the new generation, and it seems they've succeeded. Devs love the PS4!

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, just add water, ps4 hardware

8/12/2013 10:53:12 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

Kiryu
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 11:44:48 AM
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Learning the Unity Engine right now,Creating a Project,Very useful tools,Hope Unity will be used for more AAA Games like Unreal Engine.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 12:09:10 PM

Yes, we must give less money to the Gears makers.

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Beamboom
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 12:35:30 PM

Unity is *awesome*. And it supports so many platforms it's almost unbelievable that the result on that engine *can* be this good.

This engine will shortly be the major tool of every indie dev out there. Mark my words.


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Kiryu
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 1:13:21 PM

Guys can you recommend any good game design universities?

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Beamboom
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 2:24:38 PM

Not me, I don't even live in the states and I am too old to know - there was no such thing as game design in the educational system back when I was a student.

Here in Norway it seems that these days most IT schools have a game design class to choose after the first year. But really, programming is programming and graphic design is graphic design. Just follow whatever direction you want to focus on and you'll get there eventually. If it's game design, industrial designer or Hollywood special effects maker you end up being is not easy to know when you're at the beginning of an education.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 2:54:39 PM

Temjin might have some clue.

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Underdog15
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 4:10:47 PM

Yeah I'd ask Temjin. If he doesn't respond here, ask him next time you see him post somewhere else. He always seems to know the inner workings of various specs and programming whatsits.

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Beamboom
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 4:47:03 PM

... Not to mention I belive he himself is doing an education in 3D design these days.

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Banky A
Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 5:57:53 PM

why is everyone getting thumbs downs?... one of our members is going into game dev :O

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 12:08:46 PM
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Are they 3rd party?

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MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 12:56:17 PM

Nah, they are Mario Party.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 1:14:43 PM

You stumped me, I have no witty comeback for that one.

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DrRockso87
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 1:57:24 PM
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I can't friggin' wait for Oddworld: New 'n Tasty! I'll pick up both PS3 and PS4 versions day 1! Why? Because it's Oddworld! :D

It's great the so many developers support the PS4. There have been a large amount of indie JRPG Kickstarters erupting lately with many of them announcing they're all coming to PS4 in the future!

Sony really designed the perfect console. Now they can have amazing first-party content with more amazing third-party content letting indies do all the work.

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gumbi
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 5:59:03 PM
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Nice to see even more positive press from Developers about the PS4.

I have to admit, being a bit of a techie, I was crestfallen to hear Sony had abandoned the Cell with this next generation. In fact, I was very much against it at first. It just didn't make sense to me after all Sony had invested in it, and all the time developers had invested learning and making the best of it.

A cell upgrade would have been easy, cost efficient, and totally 100% backwards compatible... For me it was a no-brainer. But it was still a big leap for the little guys, and Sony is pushing the indy scene hard these days. Going x86 was the sure fire way to make sure every developer out there can make games for PS4... and I guess that speaks for itself.

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Akuma07
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 9:39:14 PM
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Interesting.

They only mentioned the RAM bandwidth, but the way they talked about high-end PC's made it sound like they had access to a higher amount of RAM on the PS4.

I can't wait to find out how much RAM the PS4 allows for games.

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___________
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 5:10:37 AM
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its a crime weve had to wait this long to see another oddworld game!
so cant wait for this, abes oddysee and crash bandicoot 1 are 2 of THE best games EVER made!
2 games i play every day on the way to work.

its ironic though that the biggest advantage for the ps4, has also been its downfall.
playstations always been known for being the most technically advanced console out there, and it got that from its weird out there architecture.
now they have thrown that out the window, and its made the ps4 that much less interesting and exciting.
hell you could not buy a PC as powerful as the ps3 when it released, the closest thing was IBMs blade servers and there price was through the roof and still lower performance.
nowadays though, well, give me 600 bucks and ill build ya a PC that will knock the ps4 into next century!
and thats todays money, wait till november when the ps4 releases and parts will be even cheaper thus offering even more power for lower bucks.
exactly why next gen systems are so disappointing.
weve had to wait by far the longest weve ever had to wait, seven freaking long years, and what were rewarded with is mild cheddar!
:(

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PlatformGamerNZ
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 11:57:08 PM
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well more gud news for the ps4 thats gud ryte.

happy gaming =)

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