Housemarque Explains Why Nex Machina Is Only on PS4 and PC; Talks PS4 Pro Support, Switch and Scorpio

Housemarque Head of Publishing Mikael Haveri Explains why the developer is sticking with PS4 and PC for Nex Machina, for the moment.

on May 19, 2017 2:49 AM

Housemarque’s Nex Machina is coming to PS4 and PC, and fans might be wondering if the Finnish studio has been considering other platforms.

DualShockers has a chat with Head of Publishing Mikael Haveri, who explained why the developer is sticking to Sony’s console and PC for the moment.

“Those two platforms are what you’re getting.

There are always weird costs and time things involved if you want to go on more platforms. We’re very familiar with PlayStation 4 and our engine runs on PC. Those both seem to be big viable markets as well so when you put one and one together you get the two platforms we’re at right now.

I will add however that I love my Switch and I’ve been playing it more than my PS4. Again though, the question is whether or not Nex Machina would be able to run on that device. Very likely, the answer is no. On the Scorpio however, I think it would run because that’s a pretty kick ass system. But again, for Nex Machina, these are the business deals we have now. Maybe twenty years down the line we will have special collectors editions for other platforms.”

Speaking of platforms, Haveri also gave some information on what kind of PS4 Pro support will come built into the game.

“I will put it into terms that we can talk about right now. Bascially, we will have PS4 Pro support. Currently, it’s pretty straightforward. We’re just trying to figure out what the optimal resolution is that we can tie in with the 60 frames per second because that is a must for this title. We can’t promise any specific resolutions right now, but that’s currently what we’re trying to polish and figure out.

We will be releasing a short tech video at some point to talk about the sort of weird technology in Nex Machina. The game doesn’t have a normal engine where you can add different graphical features depending on the platform’s specs that you’re working with. Every aspect of the engine is very much tied to the resolution. So yeah, on PS4 Pro it’ll look better, but mostly geared towards the resolution scale.”

There is a lot more to say about Nex Machina, and you can find it all in our full interview with Housemarque.

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