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Gaijin explains why War Thunder is skipping Xbox One

Friday, 23rd August 2013 11:12 GMT By Dave Owen

Gaijin Entertainment used gamescom to confirm that it’ll be bringing War Thunder, a free-to-play aerial combat MMOG, to PS4 in time for launch. The developers have now discussed why they decided not to bring the game to Xbox One.

In an interview with Edge developers Anton Yudintsev and Kiril Yudsintsev outlined why they chose PS4.

“Well the main thing is you need a lot of people in the game for online gaming to make your game successful,” said Yudintsev. “And Sony allows us to make cross-platform games for PS4 and they allow us to make simultaneous updates. We have a digital agreement; we can make simultaneous updates on PC and PS4. That means there will be a lot of players playing from day one.”

He added: “PS4 is so powerful, and the architecture is similar to PC, so it’s much easier to maintain simultaneous updates.”

When it comes to Xbox One Yudintsev cited the fact that Microsoft hasn’t yet decided how they’ll handle online free-to-play games and self-publishing. “They need to stop talking and start basically doing something.”

The developers make it very clear that the decision is about Microsoft’s policies rather than the respective power of the next-gen consoles. Xbox One will not allow cross-platform play, which was a deal-breaker for Gaijin. However, they did tell Edge that the PS4 is “obviously” more powerful than Xbox One.

Yudintsev said: “GPU, like 40 per cent more powerful. DDR5 is basically 50 per cent more powerful than DDR3, but the memory write is bigger on Xbox One so it depends on what you’re doing.”

War Thunder is targeted for a launch day release on PS4.

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  1. Hcw87

    But Xbox One has the Cloud!

    #1 11 months ago
  2. VibraniumSpork

    “When it comes to Xbox One Yudintsev cited the fact that Microsoft hasn’t yet decided how they’ll handle online free-to-play games and self-publishing. “They need to stop talking and start basically doing something.” – http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr64/osuvalpal/wince.gif

    #2 11 months ago
  3. sleaker

    So basically, even though Microsoft has had all this press about opening up the platform and allowing self-publishing, they actually haven’t changed anything yet and are still having trouble moving over to a scheme that is friendly for developers.. Doesn’t surprise me.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Lengendaryboss

    @1
    Da power of teh cloud :)

    #4 11 months ago
  5. wicktus

    more power
    More freedom regarding Updates and crossplatform
    cooler than X1
    enough said
    And btw cloud is compatible with ps4 too.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. bobnice

    Gaijins games arent that great anyway. Ive played all their games and even own birds of prey or wings of prey…or whatever it’s called, oh and I own their apache game that came out a few years back, mostly because im a flight sim fan and play them all. However these are merely just ok. Ive tried this game on my PC as well and they run their course within a couple of days then I get tired of them and put them down for good. Really its no big loss if the xbox does not have this game…download it free on PC and you’ll see your not missing much.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Eregol

    I can only assume that MS is preventing cross platform play with PCs to stop people being able to cross platform play with people playing the PS4 version.
    Can’t really see any other reason why they wouldn’t allow it.
    Could this be a masterstroke by Sony by getting there first?

    #7 11 months ago
  8. VibraniumSpork

    @5 “cooler than X1″ http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae141/kamikazescot/bgsn89-1.gif

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Joe Musashi

    @1 I think this game has its own clouds.

    @8 No doubt, a comparison of running temperatures between machines will determine which is the cooler.

    JM

    #9 11 months ago
  10. melonbuster1

    That game blows.. but he is more worried about the pc then both systems. . Because if Microsoft let him cross play then he would make it. So its all bull. He knows how many people are going to play it from ps4 so he needs the pc ranks to inflate the gaming environment.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. VibraniumSpork

    @9 Haha ;D

    #11 11 months ago
  12. Eregol

    @10 Seems you know a thing or two about talking bull.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. TF_PtMaster

    @6 sorry mate, but maybe you are a n00b in flight games. This game is fantastic.

    #13 11 months ago
  14. eaglerapida13

    War Thunder looks like shit then he talk about the gpu
    f*ck off

    #14 11 months ago
  15. pcbros

    It’s funny to see people reference the “the cloud” without having a clue what it really means.

    Yes, anything is compatible with the cloud. Xbox 360 had cloud saves. But we are talking about server network size here. Microsoft has a huge amount of servers developers can now use to provide dedicated servers to their games.

    We have yet to hear Sony say anything about this. PS4 owners for the moment have to hope developers take on the burdon of providing and maintaining dedicated servers.

    Hope this game runs on dedicated servers…

    #15 11 months ago
  16. EsiX

    “40 per cent more powerful. DDR5 . . . ”
    Dude It’s not “DDR5″ it’s “GDDR5″ :lol:
    hey Yudintsev , how the hell you can speak about next-gen consoles performance when you don’t know the difference between DDR5 and GDDR5 ?

    #16 11 months ago
  17. Vylsith

    @16 There’s this thing that they call typos in the journalism industry. Nevermind the fact that the ONLY thing the G stands for is graphics, so technically you can say DDR5 and be correct. Any type of GDDR RAM is based on DDR technology. They are all based on double data rate technology. So while it’s likely that this is a typo, even if it’s not it’s still technically correct. There is a difference between GDDR and DDR, but technically you don’t have to include the G. GDDR is simply grahpic oriented DDR. While it’s good to avoid ambiguity, GDDR is still DDR. You can easily tell by the context what is meant. In many eastern languages extra words are left out when the context is obvious. You’re just throwing out fanboy nonsense. Sorry the truth hurts.

    You’re also using a ad hominem attack to avoid his argument. You’re making fun of the absence of a G in an attempt to pretend the argument means nothing, even though he’s an experienced developer and you are not. Stop pretending his opinion means nothing, it means a considerable amount. A lot more than yours.

    #17 11 months ago
  18. PS4FANB0Y

    @17 – A developer talking up the system he is solely releasing his game on. You have to trust this guy!

    “His opinion… means a CONSIDERABLE amount!”

    Just like we have to trust Capcom when they said, “Dead Rising 3 is ONLY possible on Xbox One”.

    #18 11 months ago
  19. waffleryebread

    @17 GDDR5 ≠ DDR5 (fifth generation DDR) with a “G” on the front of it.

    #19 11 months ago
  20. james80

    Gddr5 is the same as ddr3 just with a wider bandwith it is not 5th generation ddr. Also how would this developer know if the ps4 is more powerful than xbox one? If he is only making this game for pc and ps4 he doesnt need a xbox one dev kit therefore he would not own one. He doesnt know what kind of power the xbox one has . He has no experience developing for it.

    #20 11 months ago