Sperasoft talks console development in 15 minutes

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Published on July 21, 2014

Author: Sperasoft

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Sperasoft talks about several important aspects of game development on various consoles as opposed to PCs.

CONSOLE DEVELOPMENT IN 15 MINUTES All you need you to know to be a Pro

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• Different hardware platforms o PC, XBox, PS3 o Each have its own unique properties • Consoles are weaker that PC o But they have controllers! • Dev Kits used for development: o Debug hardware specific problems Overview

• Different hardware platforms o PC, XBox, PS3 o Each have its own unique properties • Consoles are weaker that PC o But they have controllers! • Dev Kits used for development: o Debug hardware specific problems Overview

• Whatever you do, think of memory • Avoid leaks ( everyone fails that ) • Know your memory management system • Avoid memory fragmentation • Never use global scope new • Sometimes useful to un-inline functions • Careful with templates • Always use same allocator to delete stuff • Stack size is limited too • Use memory analysis tools available Memory

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• Always think of the performance • Understand usage of the code that you write • Avoid extra nested loops • Avoid extra pointer dereferencing • Avoid cache misses • Sometimes useful to handcraft/unroll loops • Sometimes useful to inline functions • Use performance analysis tools available Performance

• You must know and follow your processes • Simple code > smart code • Keep relevant people in loop • Code reviews are mandatory • No build breaks • No major functionality breaks Teamwork

• TRC stands for Technical Requirements Checklist: o Failing to meet TRC cost a lot of money; o It is better to pass first party TRC check at once; • Be aware of TRC violations: o due to unresponsiveness; o due to controller unplugs; o to screen space allocation; o due to network connectivity loss; • Can use game restart as last resort TRC Specifics

• Pay attention to your interface • Design clean interfaces, use PIMPL • Maintain ABI • Try to use PODs in your interfaces Package Development Specifics

• Know and use STL: o It is quite good comments and documentation • No magic numbers • Defensive programming, assert a lot • Use includes, namespaces correctly General Coding Specifics

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