Haven’t you realized the chances that your PlayStation 4 got more powerful a little bit? The PlayStation 4 comes with the octa core CPU. Till now, the game developers may leverage six of them from the list while other two ran into the operating system. But the company Sony recently has unlocked the latest 7th core for the games, or at least the part of it.
Sony has not communicated about move yet, but some of the developers are already having advantage of 7th core. For an instance, audio middleware maker is a latest Firelight Technologies which is released with a version of the sound effects engine using FMOD.
In particular, the change log mentioned the 7th core, which is spotted by Eurogamer “PS4- Added FMOD_THREAD_CORE6 in order to allow the access to the newly created unlocked 7th core.”
The FMOD runs on each and every platform out here such as PlayStation 2, 3, 4, Linux Xbox, Xbox 360, Portable and Vita, Xbox One, 3DS, iOS, Wii, Wii U, Android, OS X, Windows, and more. It is integrated in various popular game engines, such as Unity, the CryEngine, the Unreal Engine Source and more. You can also say, Firelight Technologies know the way how to optimize the audio engine for all the platforms.
As the reminder, Microsoft also did the exactly same thing earlier, letting the developers leverage 7th core on Xbox One. Both the gaming device PS4 and Xbox, one has been using the core for system tasks like voice commands. It looks like the game developers have to share the core with these tasks.
All games that you already have use 6 cores. They have been optimized in order to run on 6 cores, and they would not take the advantage of new core without any new patch. There is not much incentive in order to spend the time updating existing games if they are running fine on 6 cores. Now, for new games they are taking advantage of the 7th core if it is not too late during the development. Game engine developers will update all the engines to enhance the new feature in it. On the PS4 and the Xbox One the GPU power is more important than the CPU power. So today’s change is not earth-shattering but games might run a little bit smoother.