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Battlefield 4 uses 95% of CPU power found in PS4 and Xbox One

According to developer DICE, BF4 already uses up to 95 percent of available CPU power on next-gen consoles.

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Battlefield 4 is a very tasking game on next gen consoles. According to Frostbite technical director Johan Andersson, the game uses 90 to 95 percent of the available CPU power on the PS4 and Xbox One. You can check out an in-depth Q&A at AMD with him and other developers here.

While the next gen consoles are clearly more powerful than the previous generation hardware, Sony and Microsoft have decided to focus more on the GPU than the CPU. Both the PS4 and Xbox One have an 8 core CPU clocked at around 1.6 Ghz, which doesn’t sound like a lot. Furthermore, developers only have access to 6 CPU cores, the last two are reserved for the OS.

While it’s no surprise that a game as complex as Battlefield 4 uses almost all of the available CPU power, we’re surprised that developers are already almost hitting the limit. Of course, over the next many years, games will get more optimized to squeeze better performance out of the consoles. The design of the next gen console also allows developers to move things such as physics from the CPU to the GPU to take care of.

Battlefield 4 has now been released on no less than 5 different platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. To get a complex game like BF4 running on so many different platforms is quite an achievement, and maybe that’s why we’re seen some of the technical difficulties the game has been facing.

Yesterday DICE said that the entire team is working to stabilize Battlefield 4, and that they would not move on to other projects until the game is stable.

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  1. Brandon
    November 24th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    ALWAYS room for optimization though. We could still see graphical improvements in BF5 and Battlefront.

  2. Conor
    November 24th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Or Play PC 🙂

    • Steven shearing
      February 21st, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      A lot of users can’t afford a PC up front, most PC users are low to mid specs but many are high end and a ps4 is mid at a great price tag.

      Yet viewing YouTube now shows a breath of fresh air as last gen game’s pre-owned are now super cheap and people are moving it.
      My friend for instance now has about 11 games sitting on a shelf ready to be played.

      Besides most people play local split screen games when family or friends list, my party plays halo 4 players quite often, you could not do this on a PC at the same price.
      They don’t even notice frame rates or the 720p, unless you tell them.

  3. wiiboy101
    November 24th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    only shows how crap those jaguar cores are ad the 4 core not 8 core its dual 4 core clusters not 8 cores so that alone is a bottleneck

    gddr5 ram as a cpu ran in ps4 gimped cpu performance as gddr5 is highlateny ram NOT SUITED TO CPUS AT ALL

    the 6 remaining cores also handle the HD srround sound so its all looking far far less impressive than HYPED

    wiius 3 cores will WITH EASE match the 6 of ps4

    there superior cores with superior catch and direct access to gpu EDRAM and wiu has low latency design optermized pre-fetch and low latency ddr3 ram

    wiiu off sets back group processing to a arm core and sound processing to a HD surround sound processor

    LOL @ 8 cores

    • Guest
      November 25th, 2013 at 5:03 am

      And yet all Wii U games look like Nintendo 64 in HD. No thanks.

    • brian
      November 28th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      First off it is 8 cores total. Second off unified gddr5 is smart and Sony offset the bottlenecks they even discussed it.

  4. THU31
    November 25th, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Dat pop-up must be very demanding.

  5. Edwin Obando Chacon
    December 22nd, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Its funny to see the article author and the readers justifying the poor performance on consoles, saying optimization will come at time. DICE have access to both consoles like one year before launching, having all this time to program on the metal, and the game still takes 95% of the cores available for the game? Its pathetic. If you want to be fooled, its ok, but dont try to fool others.

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