Skip to main content
  1. Tech
  2. Games
  3. Consoles

How developing on Xbox One and PS4 is easier and harder

See also

This week, we are featuring an interview with Executive Producer Marcus Nilsson from EA. With quite a few titles at launch for both the PS4 and Xbox One, both offer different challenges for development. We asked Marcus what makes developing on the next-gen systems easier and also what makes it harder. Here is his response:

Absolutely. This time around, it was easier for the simple fact that all consoles are alike and when you have an engine like Frostbite 3, by default it needs to be able to scale between high-end and low-end PC specs. Without a doubt it makes [developing] easier. The difficult part with next-generation, is all of the backend systems. The going online and seamlessness, matchmaking, plugging into second screens, first party systems with friends and parties, that is ridiculously complex now and I think that’s [why you see delays]. It’s just so complex nowadays to get everything to work, from being able to make it work within a studio to being able to make it work with millions of players.

No doubt having similar hardware architectures will make it easier developing between the two systems, but from there you have the hardware specs to cater to of each system. Stay tuned for more from Marcus this week.

For all of our latest exclusives, previews, reviews, and features, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. You can also follow my personal Twitter HERE.


Don't Miss

  • Massive
    Ubisoft Massive exclusive: 'The Division', PS4 & Xbox One, Activision to Ubisoft & more
    Games Exclusive
  • iPhone
    Get your wallet ready: The next iPhone could cost $100 more than your last one
    Tech Buzz
  • Civ
    Need to catch up on 'Sid Meier's Civilization'? Here is everything you need to know
    Games Feature
  • Google Glass
    See how Google Glass is letting sick kids go to the zoo without leaving the hospital
    Tech News
  • Upcoming
    These are 2014's biggest PS4, Xbox One and Wii U games
    Games Feature
  • Google
    Google has filed for a patent to develop contact lenses capable of taking photos

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!