Next-Gen Consoles – Taking Realism in Games to another Level
Video game consoles are among the most popular gaming devices of the moment, along with PCs. However, considering the fact that gaming consoles had a late start in the race, it is quite impressive where they’re at today. The current next-generation consoles, the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, are both impressive pieces of technological wonders, and they both have one single goal – to make games feel as realistic as possible.
What Makes Games Realistic?
While there are lots of games that aim to a funny approach in order to be as entertaining as possible, without having anything to do with realism (think Super Mario for example), there are others that try as hard as possible to mimic reality.
In order for a game to feel realistic, there are two main aspects to be met:
- Realistic graphics;
- Realistic physics.
For the graphics, it’s a no-brainer: the better the visuals of the game, the higher the chances of the game to feel realistic. This was quite a problem in the past, as the hardware resources of game consoles were quite limited, especially when compared to the ones of PCs, but thanks to the quick evolution of technology, this is no longer an issue nowadays. We can even see realistic graphics on mobile phones, which is a clear indicator how far things went in this field.
The second aspect – physics – is where things really get complicated, as replicating real-life physics, such as gravity, has been one of the biggest challenges, both on video game consoles, as well as PCs. Physics are usually processed by the graphics processing unit (GPU) and, besides the fact that powerful GPUs are needed for realistic physics, there was also the problem of heating, as GPUs, as well as processors, tend to generate quite a lot of heat when used intensively, and the small size of video game consoles doesn’t provide enough space to fit in powerful cooling systems.
Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – Making It Happen
Despite the technical challenges that make realistic games hard to create and run, Sony and Microsoft managed to make it happen with their next-gen consoles, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Both companies oriented to the hardware giant AMD for their main hardware components. With its vast experience in creating processors and graphic processing units both for desktop as well as for laptops, AMD managed to achieve the impossible – creating processors and GPUs that are powerful enough to be able to run complex and realistic games, while also staying cool enough to be fitted in consoles that come with limited cooling capabilities. Both consoles use 8-core custom AMD processors and AMD Radeon graphics, which paired with the 8 gigabytes of RAM, give games plenty of processing power.
As a result, demanding games that pack in high-quality graphics and realistic effects, such as the latest games in the Call of Duty or Battlefield series look better than ever on these platforms.
The other benefit of having a lot of processing power to play around with allows game producers to focus on another important aspect – AI intelligence. AI, short for Artificial Intelligence, controls the in-game enemies, and its role is very important if you also want a game that feels realistic, and not just looks realistic. Especially in first person shooter games like the ones mentioned earlier, having good AI is crucial, because no matter how awesome the surroundings look and how realistic the weapons are, shooting at dummies that don’t know how to hide or fight back would be plain boring. Game developers are starting to give this aspect a lot more attention, so besides awesome-looking graphics, the latest games on the next-gen consoles also come with an AI that will put all your skills to the challenge, making the battle more real than ever before.
Author Bio: Jason Phillips has drawn this wonderful post. He is a blogger, a freelance writer who always stays updated with new gadgets launched or will launch in the market. He is also a co editor at an online gaming site Airplane Games 365.