Bink Video is an application used by games developers for full motion video in games, supporting a wide variety of formats, including the PS4, PC and Xbox One. Recently, RadGameTools, the creator of Bink Video have released the latest iteration of software, 2.4
In the release notes of Bink 2.4, it reads “And even cooler, Bink 2 can be much faster than Bink 1, due to its multi-core scaling and SIMD design (up to 70% of the instructions executed on a frame are SIMD). It is really fast – it can play 4K video frames (3840×2160) in 4 ms on PCs and 11 ms on Sony PS4 or Xbox One using the CPU only (or 1.4 ms and 2.3 ms using GPU acceleration)!”
Now, somewhat obviously, the way the figures are presented are a little confusing if we look at the GPU acceleration. A few website have already reported the PS4’s GPU to be running the video with a lag of 1.4ms while the Xbox One manages only 2.3ms. However, if we look to the right of the webpage there is another statement. “Bink 2.4 now ships with optional GPU decoding! Using compute shaders on Windows, Linux, Sony PS4 and Xbox One, you can offload much of the video decoding. This is two to four times faster than CPU-only decode (and even more for 4K video). Decode 4K video frames in 2.3ms on PS4, and 1.4 ms on a PC!”
So it would seem that indeed the PS4 and PC’s figure is noted, but the Xbox One’s GPU figure isn’t – unless for video they’re fairly close. For the CPU though, it’s a little clearer. The AMD Jaguar inside both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 are similar enough in performance. It would appear that the PC is far ahead, rendering the frames in only 4ms while the PS4/x1 require 11ms (almost 3x slower). These figures roughly coincide with the figures released previously regarding texture generation.
The problem with the texture generation figures is that there were lacking specifics, including the system used for the PC, the amount of CPU cores that the task was taxing and more.
We’ve reached out to RadGameTools for comment to see if they can clear up the X1 performance.
UPDATE. RadGameTools have responded, click here for full info.
You can view my video on this topic below.