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Naughty Dog Working On PS4 Title?

We've often wondered which of the first-party Sony studios might be working on games for the next generation; i.e., the PlayStation 4.

And we had certainly hoped Naughty Dog would be one of the first teams to start looking forward. The good news is that according to a job listing for a Character Artist, Naughty Dog is definitely looking into the upcoming generation. The successful applicant will help create "next-gen games" and will also be responsible for making "million-poly models game-ready." If you're wondering, the number of polygons in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves characters was around 80,000.

We have no idea what this mystery project could be, but we're definitely excited. How can we not be? The premier cutting-edge developer of this generation working on something for future technology? A million polygons per character? Heck, and we thought The Last Of Us was something pretty damn amazing.

There's only one thing left to do at this point: wait for Sony to unveil the PS4. ...can't be too far off.

Tags: naughty dog, next-gen, next generation, next-gen consoles, ps4

1/23/2012 11:30:09 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (42 posts)

firesoul453
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:40:23 AM
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Seems obvious that they would be working a ps4 title. I'd be surprised if they haven't at least started.

But will it be another new IP? Or one of the two from this genreation.

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Highlander
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:41:07 AM
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Multi-million polygon character models?

::blinks::

OK, that will look somewhat awesome. definitely seems a tad beyond the current hardware though.

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TheAgingHipster
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 12:29:44 PM

Looks like we'll soon be buying larger, higher resolution TVs, eh? Got to see every hair on Elena's head, after all!!

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Highlander
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 1:12:13 PM

lol, not quite. Besides, we haven't even hit universal adoption of 1080i/1080p yet, so there's really no point in worrying about 2160p...

1080p is already 2 MPixels, and a multi-million polygon model may still only render several hundred thousand polygons at a time even when filling the screen because the entire model is never visible at once. So even though it might have 3 million polygons in the model, they're not all visible. Also, the rendering engine may render polygons below the pixel resolution of the display, but when the image is finally constructed and filtered, the final image will be 1080p. The additional polygon count simply adds to the quality of the final image.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 1:50:28 PM

1 million

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Highlander
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 2:59:13 PM

1080p = 1920x1080 = 2,073,600 pixels.

2MPixels.

:)

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firesoul453
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 5:44:47 PM

I personally love 1920x1200

Most computer monitors support it and its a much better ratio than 1920x1080

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godsman
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:40:18 PM

Since the current generation are using in-game rendered cutscenes, it only make sense to make the characters as detailed as possible. There are times where the cutscenes zoom all the way to the character's face. You will need as many polygons as possible.

The multi-million polygon won't be shown all at once. Probably half-million are used for the face and another 200k used for the hair on the back of the hair. You cannot see both front and back of the character at one time.

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godsman
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:40:19 PM

Since the current generation are using in-game rendered cutscenes, it only make sense to make the characters as detailed as possible. There are times where the cutscenes zoom all the way to the character's face. You will need as many polygons as possible.

The multi-million polygon won't be shown all at once. Probably half-million are used for the face and another 200k used for the hair on the back of the hair. You cannot see both front and back of the character at one time.

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___________
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 1:11:41 AM

sharp already unveiled a 8K res TV at CES, sadly they have no intentions bringing it to the market.
:(

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CrusaderForever
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:55:30 AM
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Does anyone know what a current PC game tops out on in polys? That would be a good measuring stick as to what the PS4 will be able to handle. My guess is that ND is working on Uncharted 4 for PS4 launch. Sony knows they need a killer launch to leave the X720 in the dust.
Next gen is going to be my heaven!

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Highlander
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 12:12:12 PM

The job listing isn't. Conclusions drawn from it could be called rumor, but it's clear that they are working on something beyond current PS3 capability, so it's safe to considering next generation. Other than that, we're in speculation territory.

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Buckeyestar
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 12:02:10 PM
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Uncharted 4. Playstation 4. It feels right.

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Havoc
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 12:29:57 PM

Honestly they could leave uncharted alone for a couple of years and work on something new. The last uncharted just felt like been here done this and the endless gun battles got so tiring.

I dont know why but the whole game started to feel boring to me. Why do i have to kill 50 militants in a confined space every 10 minutes. And the climbing was so easy, just keep spamming the button until im where im supposed to get to.
Im very glad theyre working on a new game thats as they say very different from uncharted, gameplay wise.

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Oyashiro
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 12:06:50 PM
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Stop it ND... I don't want a new console right now! Don't make me want one!

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Highlander
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 12:11:04 PM

It could take 3 years to build a game for a new platform, perhaps a little less if the platform builds on an existing one, but there is still a lot of work to be done building new code from the ground up. That would put a PS4 possibly in the late 2014/early 2015 timeframe. But, of course, it's pure speculation at this stage... ;)

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 12:35:17 PM
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1 million compared to 80,000, a whole lot of big little poly chunks. Anyways ND next project will blow our mind.

Next on the PS4, will devs start making games on blu-ray double sided quad-layer discs or just stick to blu-ray one sided/double sided disc that's 25GB/50GB of data?

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PSTan
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 1:23:32 PM
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In comparison, Kratos's character model in GOW 3 was 20,000 polygons (last I read), and we all knew how impressively realistic he looked in that game.

I'm personally excited for new hardware, as long as naughty dog adds new gameplay elements alongside more powerful systems. I'll admit (I know some
of us are thinking the same thing), while uncharted 3 was one of the best games I played last year, it felt a little formulaic. Hopefully new hardware will inspire developers to push the boundaries whether in cinematics or gameplay.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 1:41:52 PM
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I love being a gamer. No matter how old I get I still have gaming in my life to remind me of the kid in me. I get extremely excited every time a new console is introduced.

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maxpontiac
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 3:07:17 PM

This 38 year old kid at heart agrees with you!

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Clamedeus
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 3:24:27 PM

Gaming is going to be in my life for along time, I don't see it going away for me, it's a fun and enjoyable hobby.

I don't care how old I get, I'm still going to game!

I'm still young though.

(23)

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BikerSaint
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:13:49 PM

59, and I'm a gamer for life!

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 8:57:46 AM

Right on Biker!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 1:53:23 PM
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Ya gotta wonder what the PS4 launch lineup will be like. I gotta say I feel like Uncharted needs a rest after Golden Abyss, The Last Guardian will either limp into this generation or become vaporware, MGS5 would have to start production NOW in order to make it. Resistance is dead. Sony has to be very careful with the PS4 launch.

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Looking Glass
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 3:00:24 PM
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So much for Sony bowing out of the next generation.

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maxpontiac
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 3:06:46 PM

I was thinking the same thing. If that report was accurate about one of the Big-3 not partaking in the next generation of consoles, does this mean it's Microsoft!?

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Fane1024
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 3:18:49 AM

One can hope.

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Ignitus
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 4:00:16 PM
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Of course they are working in a PS4 game. I'm excited and sad at the same time.

Excited for a new ND game in superior hardware! Can't wait. Yet, no more PS3 games from them. It was good while it lasted, too bad it seems it's going to end soon.

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Looking Glass
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 4:08:23 PM

What are you talking about?

We still have The Last of Us.

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Ignitus
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 4:14:59 PM

We all know that's coming, but what else after it?

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VampDeLeon
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 4:09:54 PM
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Guess I better finally upgrade my SDtv

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LaasYaNir
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 9:36:16 PM

Oh, the sights you'll see!!!!

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BikerSaint
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:22:36 PM

I kept my older Sharp 32" SDTV just so that once I'm all finished with turning my living room into a gaming den hopefully by late Spring, I'll be hooking all my older non-HD retro systems up to it.

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Akuma07
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 4:33:26 PM
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nooooooooooooooo

It is too early for a new console.

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Mamills
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 4:36:17 PM
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make sense, takes about 2 - 4 years to make a game, so if they starting now it would be good

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BigBoss4ever
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 6:58:02 PM
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not willing to contemplate or deliberating at this moment on anything about PS4...

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Robochic
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 7:07:52 PM
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no matter how old i get (30) gaming will always be fun especially if nd keeps pushing out the amazing games.

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Twistedfloyd
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 7:21:01 PM
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Uncharted 4 in 2014. I think PS4 gets announced next year, and U4 is a launch title. Or 2013. One of the two.

I really don't want a PS4 yet, but damn if ND makes Uncharted 4 for PS4, it's going to be nearly impossible not to get it.

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Lairfan
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 7:24:23 PM
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Uncharted 4 on PS4...that's the only logical conclusion to make. And whatever its about, it'll be amazing if this article is any indication.

Really, the only problem I'm seeing right now for the PS4 is a possible lack of launch exclusives besides Uncharted. The only other ones that will conceivably be done for launch are Killzone 4 (you know GG's gotta be working on it after that crappy cliffhanger) and LBP3.

Other than that, it looks like GoW IV is on the fast track for this gen, The Last Guardian is pretty much dead, Resistance is pretty much dead, and MGS5 (even though I don't want it) is probably still a ways off from being announced. So I hope Sony can scrounge up enough exclusives for the launch, although I'm pretty sure Uncharted could carry the system all by itself for at least a little while if they really needed it to.

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daus26
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:49:51 PM
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If ND did 80,000 polygons per character, and increased to a million for next gen, it makes me think how crazy PD can do? GT5's premium car is approximately 200-400k polygons each. If ND can jump from 80k to 1M, how far can PD jump with their premium cars?? Over 5 million?!?!!

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___________
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 1:13:50 AM
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eh.
i really am worried ND will do the same mistake they did this gen.
ie bite off way more then they can chew, end up releasing a year late and with a really buggy unfinished product just like they did the original uncharted.
thed be much better off doing what everyone else does, and just get a game out first to learn the system then reach for the stars!
no point trying to win gold in the olympics marathon if you dont even know how to walk yet!

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Qubex
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 3:57:23 AM
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Well it proves that the PS4 will be at minimum about x4 the current power of the PS3...

Roll on 2014/2015... I think it could be very exciting to see what tech Sony has up it sleeves...

The question is though... will the PS4 web browser be any good?

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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