4K Gaming: Claiming R&D and VGTR

Tuesday, 6th June 2017

The struggle towards 1080/60fps gaming continues – and that struggle doesn’t come cheap. Although 4K capable consoles have hit the market – the PS4 Pro launched earlier this year, with Xbox Project Scorpion set to release later in 2017 – 4k games remain in the minority, with many developers struggling to combine 4K quality and innovative game play features.

Yet demand for high resolution gaming will only continue to grow – just visit any gaming forum for a long list of gamers hungry for full 1080p game-play.

Developers looking to embrace 1080p not only face the initial outlay costs of investing in technology to facilitate 1080p/60 game building. Setting out to create a 4k game and maintain a solid frame rate throughout also has a huge creative and financial impact when developing each new title thereafter. Certain game-play features become much more complicated to produce in 1080p, leaving developers with an uncomfortable choice between resolution and game-play.

Funding Development

While VGTR applications are steadily increasing on a title-by-title basis, many developers are losing out on crucial funding towards their in-house technological development. What many game development companies don’t realise is that R&D Tax Credits can actually be claimed alongside VGTR, to cover different aspects of development.

For example:

The latest title in a series is slated for release in 1080/60fps, but certain gameplay features can’t support the higher resolution.

  • R&D Tax Credits can potentially be claimed against the costs of researching and developing new technology to facilitate gameplay at a higher resolution: essentially, those programmes that can used across titles in the future.
  • VGTR can still be claimed towards development costs of the same title, just not against costs that have already been cited in the R&D claim.

Think you could be missing out on valuable financial relief? Contact us on 01926 512 475 to find out more about successfully claiming VGTR and R&D.


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