Yesterday VRFocus reported on Land’s End developer Ustwo Games stating on Twitter, that bringing its virtual reality (VR) title to Samsung’s older Note 4 was proving to be a ‘significant challenge.’ Blackriver Studios, who make Jake and Tess’ Finding Monsters Adventure has responded saying it was also ‘having problems’ trying to bring its VR title to the Note 4 due to the limitations of its older architecture.
Phil Lira, a graphics programmer for Black River Studios said via the site: “We’re also having problems with that on our game. Looks like we’re going without MSAA and possibly mono for Note 4.” MSAA is Multisample Anti-Aliasing, where the different textures on the screen are measured to remove chances of polygon pop-up, improving image quality. And with mono sound only being produced the overall experience will be diminished for owners of the device.
Ustwo Games responded with: “noooooo not mono!” But as Black River Studios explains, it’s: “still better than not having the game on Note4. depending on the scene it might go unnoticed.” Which many owners of the Note 4 may agree with. But as developers experiment more and more, pushing the newer processors to their limits there will have to be a cut off point. VR technology is moving a such an incredible pace devices like the Note 4 will find themselves becoming obsolete quicker.
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UPDATE: Lira has gotten in contact with VRFocus to clarify that his comments were referring specifically to achieving a 60fps framerate with Finding Monsters on the Galaxy Note 4 and not the entire experience. The title is said to be hitting this framerate in some scenes but not all, while later Gear VR compatible phones are achieving this in all scenes. Black River Studios does not anticipate having any problems with the release of the Note 4 version of the device.
VRFocus apologises for any confusion caused.