A Plague Tale: Innocence devs talked about the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Scarlett next-generation consoles. According to the devs, it seems that the upcoming consoles could have dedicated CPUs for real-time Ray Tracing. This technology is not common in games right now but it could be when the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett next-generation consoles launch.
The PS5 and Xbox Scarlett next-generation consoles are expected to launch in 2020, that is a long time from now so that technology could mature by then. The devs also touched on cloud and the following is what they had to say in this regard:
Each time we talk about that with other developers on the team internally, that discussion is more about, ‘Is this the last generation of consoles? Will we move into a cloud-based kind of service?
VR has not been very successful and even though Sony has supported VR, Microsoft has not done the same with the Xbox and it could be the same for the Xbox Scarlett as well. The following is what devs had to say in this regard:
I still believe it is not going to be the case for a while. And that the next-gen consoles will actually slowly integrate more of the VR. Because you know when you do VR you basically need two different types of rendering. I’ve read some paper about ray tracing in real time. I guess there are lots of improvement in tech out there. It sounds like maybe we might have surprises regarding this type of tech.
The devs further went on to talk about how PS5 and Xbox Scarlett could have separate CPUs dedicated for real-time Ray Tracing. That would be interesting to see but I doubt that will be the case. The following is what the devs had to say in this regard:
Maybe Microsoft or Sony will find a way to have a dedicated processors for this type of ray casting rendering. It seems like it might be revolutionary in terms of late rendering. In our game we would be happy with such a thing. For a game that plays so much with lights and shadow it will be great.
There is a lot of anticipation around the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Scarlett consoles even though they are going to release around 2020. It will be interesting to see what these consoles will have to offer in terms of performance.