Whether or not a game runs at 60 frames per second (fps) is something all players want to know heading into a game’s launch. While it is still not commonplace for most games to hit that benchmark, the developers at Codemasters believe they are very close to hitting 60 fps with F1 2015.
F1 2015 is racing toward its June launch, but there is still plenty of work for Codemasters to do before then. In an interview with Red Bull, F1 2015 Game Designer Steven Embling talked about how close the development team is to hitting the ideal frame rate on PlayStation 4.
“We’re aiming for 60fps and we’re very close to that now on PlayStation 4. Obviously the team are optimizing right until the end and it’s looking like we’re going to hit that target,” Embling said. 60 frames is of course the benchmark nearly all gamers like to see in any game they play, but Codemasters is also still learning about these new systems.
“Everyone who is working on optimization and the art, they need to get used to the new memory budgets that the new generation of consoles will allow them,” Embling said.
Even if F1 2015 falls short of the 60 fps benchmark, it should still be very close, given his comment above. For Codemasters, this is their first project to come to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so there is bound to be a learning curve. When you compare F1 2015 to the next game they build, there will surely be some differences due to the level of experience they’ve gained from this project.
With a June 12 launch date quickly approaching for F1 2015, Codemasters is now in full focus for getting the game ready for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Embling discussed the current situation with the development team and how they are working to get the authenticity of each car in F1 2015.
“It’s a bit of a mad rush this time because obviously with the 2015 cars they’re all relatively new, but they’re coming in now and we’re just getting them in the game,” Embling said. “We’ve got unique recordings for every engine now, all the way up until the end of the rev-range. So we can plonk that into the game and it sounds a lot better than previous titles.”
The new power of the PS4 and Xbox One have opened many doors for developers to realize things that simply weren’t possible on the previous generation of gaming. While there will be a continued learning curve for these developers, games like F1 2015 will only benefit from the acquired knowledge of developers.
F1 2015 is scheduled to launch on June 12. The game will be available for PS4, Xbox One and PC.